Improved First Aid Kit – IFAK Checklist
Does your first aid kit have the capability to handle major bleeding? Most do not. Improve the capability of your first aid kit by upgrading it to an IFAK with our free, easy to use checklist.
What Is an IFAK?
Most personal first aid kits focus on care of minor injury or illness but do not include the supplies necessary to handle major bleeding. The Improved First Aid Kit or (IFAK) increases the capability of a personal first aid kit by adding the items necessary for field management and control of major bleeding.
Why is this important? Most may think of combat gunshot wounds or an active shooter situation as when they are needed. While true, and an IFAK did grow out of the military and combat medicine, this is not where the highest risk lies for the civilian world.
So where can an IFAK help us?
- Severe injury during a motor vehicle accident
- Major laceration from a knife in the kitchen
- Accidental injury from a power tool
- Accidental discharge at the gun range
- Injury from farm equipment of industrial machinery
- A fall in the wilderness resulting a severe laceration.
- Any accident that can include the laceration of a major artery (primarily in the arms or legs)
All of these have a higher likelihood of occurrence to the average citizen than injury during a tactical engagement. And the proper use of an IFAK during these home emergencies can save you or a loved one’s life. Our free checklist below will help you build your IFAK so you are prepared with the tools needed to care for a loved one during a life-threatening bleeding emergency.
You Have the Tools, Now Get Trained!
Use the checklist to arm yourself with the tools, but don’t stop there. Get proper training on how to use the tools in the kit. Your tools are useless if you don’t know how to use them. Proper training on tourniquet application, wound packing, direct pressure, and bandaging are imperative.
In these situations, seconds count. You only have a few minutes to get the major bleeding under control before potential death due to blood loss. And realistically, without training and the medical supplies in an IFAK, you may run out of time before emergency medical help arrives.
Build your toolkit and train on how to use it.
Note: The information provided in this article is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice.