I´m not a medic, para medic, nor a 18 Delta.
What I say is my own opinion and nothing more. I´m not responsible for any misuse of medical equipment.
That being said...
In my last review I asked if there is any interest in a small EDC-able First Aid kit.
So, here we go.
Often times it´s like this:
You want to.
You are trained to.
All you lack is the equipment.
That´s where I found myself when it came to a „go anywhere“ First Aid Kit.
What was on the (German) market was too bulky, or simply didn´t fit my needs.
It looks loke Tasmanian Tiger thought the same thing, as they designed the TT First Aid Mini.
It´s a 10x7x4 cm sized zippered pouch, made from 420 HD Nylon, backed by a Hypalon loop at the back for mounting to a belt/rig/plate carrier or any PALS webbing.
With the Modular Support Bag for size reference:
By the way, the Support Bag is our designated Advanced Home Firt Aid Kit.
Fast to deploy, big enough to hold enough gear and very mobile.
But back to the FAM.
In Germany civilian First Responders are not trained in the use of Tourniquets.
A pressure dressing is a s far as we go, even Israeli Bandages are a rare sight…
Germany has room for improvement here, to put it mildly…
My wife and I are used to carry a RATS Tourniquet, it´s just faster and better suited to stop bleeding, if push comes to shove.
The FAM comes prefilled from the dealer, I´m used to replace the stuff, although it is decent quality, and pack to my liking.
For around 20€ you get the pouch itself, packed with the following:
1x dressing pack small, compress non-adhesive
2x wound plaster 10 x 6 cm, elastic
5x plaster strip 7,2 x 2,5 cm
1 roll of adhesive plaster 5 m x 2,5 cm
1x tick tweezers
I took it out and stored it. Then I filled with the contents below:
Victorinox Classic (scissors, tweezers, small blade)
Four alcohol wipes
Two gauze bandages
You need a light most urgently when you don´t have it, Murphy applies…
Sometimes a simple blade won´t cut it, hence the scissors, pun intended.
Nitril gloves are more puncture resistant than latex and more stand up to sunlight better.
Some moleskin for the coming blisters, and the usual Booboo´s.
The rest is self expainatory I think?
Some painkillers go a long way for sure...
With a little patience you will be able to fit everything into the FAM, combined with the RATS you have covered the most common mishaps.
Will it handle a mass casualty?
Surely not. And it´s not designed for that, take the Modular support Bag for that!
The First Aid Mini is build for EDC, where it shines in my opinion.
Being my own First Responder, that´s what I build this for.
Pack like this:
The flat stuff goes into the see through compartment:
The bigger stuff comes on top:
Zippe dup it look slike this:
Fit´s nearly everywhere, even in the AR15 mag pockets in my flanell shirt:
In the top mesh pouch:
Surely you already noticed what´s missing….
I was sure as helll that I still had some Red Cross patches in stock :-)
To sum it up, the Firsat Aid Mini is exactly that, a EDC-able First Aid Kit, truely small and won´t break the bank.
I find myself having the FAM and the RATS on me nearly on all times, and that´s a big plus in my book.
Let´shope we won´t need it for real.
If you have any question, shoot!