A couple of years ago, I was sitting in my upstairs office working when I heard a very loud and scary boom. I called down to my husband and there was no response. I tried again then rushed down the stairs, nearly tripping on my way down. There he was, Glock in hand, paying no attention whatsoever to my panic.
Long story short, he was attempting to remove what he thought was an empty reload shell that was stuck in the chamber of his handgun. The shell fired and we now had a bullet hole into our Brazilian cherry floor. It could have been worse. A lot worse. It could have been his foot or my dog who is always underfoot.
The point of all if this is that accidents do happen and we all need to be prepared for a medical emergency when help may not be on the way. It is my opinion that everyone should have a kit that can control severe bleeding and my top choice is the Gunshot Wound Kit from Doom and Bloom Store.
If “Doom and Bloom” sounds familiar, you have a good memory. The Doom and Bloom Store belongs to contributing author, Dr. Joe Alton, a medical doctor and his wife, Amy, who is advanced registered nurse practitioner. Together they are fondly known in the survival community as Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy.
Today I will tell you about the kit and also, in a fantastic giveaway, offer both the kit and a copy of their book, The Survival Medicine Handbook, to one lucky reader.
Ummm… did I mention that I am the Queen of Prepper Giveaways? More about the giveaway below. First, let me tell you about the kit
The Gunshot Wound Kit
Although officially called a “gunshot wound kit”, the kit includes a wide and versatile assortment of must-have implements for handling any type of traumatic wound that involves bleeding. This includes knife and stab wounds (accidental or defensive) as well as accidents incurred while chopping wood, cutting brush, or even a severe puncture while using common hand tools.
The kit itself is very compact, yet densely packed with a wide variety of implements, including dressings, clotting agents, personal protection gear and more. It is hard to believe that so much can be packed together in such a compact kit.
Here is a complete list of the contents which are snuggly tucked into a durable molle-compatible bag. My kit is packed into a red pouch but it is offered in a number of different colors, depending in how visible, or invisible, you want to be.
- 1 Bandage Scissors (EMT shears), to expose areas of injury quickly
- 1 SOF-T Tactical Tourniquet, to control bleeding
- 1 Celox App-A blood clotting granule applicator, to control bleeding and is easily flushed out during the wound cleaning phase
- 1 6 inch Israeli Battle Dressing (known in the US as “The Emergency Bandage”), to provide compression
- 1 Hyfin Vent Chest Seal Twin 2 pack (2 seals for entry and exit wounds)
- 1 14 gauge Decompression Needle sterile
- 1 H & H compressed gauze dressing
- 2 Roller gauze 6 inch sterile dressings
- 2 ABD 5 x 9 inch sterile dressings
- 1 Curved Kelly clamp, to close off bleeding blood vessels
- 1 Scalpel #10 sterile
- 1 Mylar blanket 84 x 54 inches, for shock
- 1 Cloth medical tape roll, to fasten dressings in place
- 4 Venom brand Black Nitrile gloves (non-latex)
- 1 Surgical Face Mask
- 2 Ammonia Inhalants
- 4 Alcohol wipes
- 4 Betadine (Iodine) antiseptic wipes
- 1 CPR mask
- 1 Combat Casualty Card with RED sharpie marker
- 1 Red 550 Paracord Keychain
- Documentation materials
The weight of the kit is well under two pounds. In the photo below, you can see the back of the kit and the snap straps that will allow you to attach it to a bug-out bag or another pack.
What to Do to Control Bleeding
The best kit in the world won’t help you if you do not know what to do with it. This applies to all kits of this type, and not just the Gunshot Wound Kit. For that reason I like to keep both a print version and electronic version of a medical handbook nearby and, as you know, the Alton’s Survival Medicine Handbook is my book of choice.
From that book, here is a step-by-step reference for bleeding control. If you do nothing else today, print these steps out and store a copy in your first aid kit.
1. Put on gloves.
2. Expose the bleeding wound.
3. Using a bandage or other barrier, apply firm direct pressure to wound.
4.Use tourniquets if bleeding continues.
5. Use hemostatic agents directly on bleeding vessel.
6. Wrap with tight compression dressing.
7. Cover patients with Mylar blanket in shock position (legs elevated 12 inches above level of heart, not for torso wounds).
8. When transporting, immobilize an extremity wound with a splint to prevent re-bleed.
Here is a YouTube video that runs you through the process using an active shooter situation as an example. Everything you need is included in the Gunshot Wound Kit although there is also a smaller, First Aid Bleeding Control Kit, you might also find useful.
I am so excited that Joe and Amy have provided you with an opportunity to win the Gunshot Wound Control Kit plus a copy of their book, The Survival Medicine Handbook, Third Edition. Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter below or click here.
The deadline is 6:00 PM MST next Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article. Please note that the winner must claim their prize within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.
Note: Due to Customs requirements, this giveaway is only open to those with a mailing address in the United States.
The Final Word
Preparing for medical emergencies is not a been there, done that sort of thing. Although we may never have to use our trauma supplies, we must be ready and able to do so.
And regarding removing defective shells from a handgun? Ensure your safety and the safety of those around you by employing the services of a professional gunsmith when you find shells that are “stuck” in the chamber of your firearm. In addition, if you use reloads, know your purveyor well, or simply take a pass and buy new.
Finally in closing, in these days of active shooter incidents in public places, an emergency resulting in blood loss can unexpectedly occur anytime and anywhere. Be knowledgeable, be ready, and be medically prepared.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
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Spotlight: One of the best places to shop for medical kits and supplies online is the Doom and Bloom Store. As a Backdoor Survival sponsor, you may have seen the store ad in the sidebar but in case you missed it, here it is again. Be sure to check out the Gunshot Wound Kit as well as the other custom kits filled with hand-picked items chosen from Joe and Amy’s extensive experience in the medical industry.
Bargain Bin: Below you will find links to items that are first aid related and also to the use of Fish Antibiotics when traditional pharmacies and medical personnel are not available. If you are interested in learning more, read Why Store Fish Antibiotics For Survival.
The SURVIVAL MEDICINE Handbook: Third Edition: This book by Dr. Joe Alton is the definitive source of medical information for all Prepper’s and is my go-to bible not only for emergency medicine but for day to day ailments as well.
AMOXFIN (500mg/ 30Capsules): Read the review and decide for yourself. This is 100% pure amoxicillin, designed to keep your fishies healthy. There is also Fin Mox Forte (500mg/100 Capsules): but there are not as many reviews.
Thomas Labs Fish Mox Amoxicillin 100 Count 250mg Capsules: The prices on fish antibiotics from Wal-Mart are some of the best out there. 500mg capsules are available here and shipping is free.
Stretch Bandage Wrap, 1” 30 rolls: I first learned about self-adhesive bandages when my dog came home from the vet such a bandage wrapped around his leg. A light went off telling me I needed to add some to my first-aid kit. And so I did. This is a fantastic price and rivals the price at the farm supply. I rarely use old-fashioned band aids any more. You are going to love this stuff.
Quikclot Sport Brand Advanced Clotting Sponge: A must for any first aid or emergency kit, Quikclot Sport stops moderate to severe bleeding until further medical help is available.
CELOX First Aid Temporary Traumatic Wound Treatment, 10-Pack: These small packets of granules will stop bleeding within 30 seconds. To use, pour directly on a wound and apply pressure; it won’t sting or burn. Also safe for pets. I like that the small packets are portable.
Tincture of Benzoin: This is another one of those items I had never heard of. Its purpose is to hold a bandage or dressing in place.
ProAdvantage Sterile Butterfly Closure Bandages: I checked my first aid kit and only had a few of these so I ordered a new supply. This box of 100 is about $6.
Israeli Battle Dressing, 6-inch Compression Bandage: This is another inexpensive, yet critical item. Combat medics, trauma doctors, and emergency responders all recommend this Israeli Battle Dressing (IBD) for the treatment of gunshot wounds, puncture wounds, deep cuts, and other traumatic hemorrhagic injuries.
New-Skin Liquid Bandage, First Aid Liquid Antiseptic: I have been using New Skin for years. It is an antiseptic, invisible, flexible, and waterproof. It works.
Spark Naturals Essential Oils: My first line of defense for minor ailments and illness is essential oils.A good option to start with is the “Health and Wellness” kit that comes packaged in a tin and includes a brochure with suggested uses for each of the oils. As kits, these oils are already discounted but as an added bonus, you get an additional 10% off with discount code BACKDOORSURVIVAL at checkout.
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