A Kit to Treat Trauma Before Help Arrives

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A few months back, I was contacted by Jeff Midgley, who expressed an interest in becoming a sponsor and advertiser on Backdoor Survival. As I always do, I checked out his website and product line to ensure they were appropriate for BDS readers.  Needless to say, his website “TNT First Aid” passed the vetting process and can be now be found on the sidebar (or at the bottom of the page on mobile).

What happened next was my own, more in-depth investigation of the items sold by TNT First Aid and the recognition that my own first aid kit, while totally practical, useful, and  portable, was missing some of the more esoteric components of a trauma kit.

Kit to Treat Trauma Before Help Arrives | Backdoor Survival

With that introduction, today I would like to introduce you to both Jeff, and the TNT Trauma Kit.  In addition, TNT First Aid will be providing one lucky reader a kit of their own, the TNT EMS-style Fanny Pack that is chock full of first aid supplies, thoughtfully organized and perfect for the car, hiking, camping, and of course, emergency purposes.

The TNT First Aid Trauma Back Pack

My first impression when opening the pack was its organization.  The design is such that related items are in separate compartments with most of those compartments being visible.  Anyone who has fished around in a standard pack know how difficult it is to locate something quickly.  Can you imagine doing that when someone has a large gash on their leg that needs tending to?

Beyond that, and again a first impression, was the weight of the pack, or, more properly stated, the lack of weight.  I weighed it myself and it came in as just under 9 pounds.

TNT First Aid on Scale | Backdoor Survival

Another feature I noticed right off was that the pack was not jam packed with a bunch of useless stuff of marginal utility in an emergency situation.  Everything appeared well thought out and applicable to a wide variety of wounds.  The eye magnet, especially was something that I was interested in since there was a time when I personally had a foreign object in my eye and could not get it out.

Here are a few photos of the contents.

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Kit to Treat Trauma Before Help Arrives | Backdoor Survival

Kit to Treat Trauma Before Help Arrives | Backdoor Survival

Not related to the contents themselves but rather to what is missing is the large section left empty so that you can add items specific to your needs.  In this section I will be adding an emergency supply of prescription meds, a blood pressure cuff, fish antibiotics, plus of course, my essential oil’s heath and wellness kit.  I will also be adding a book on first aid, some N95 masks, and an emergency blanket.  I like that there is room to customize the kit in this manner.

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Perhaps the best way to describe the TNT First Aid and the pack is to go directly to its creator, Jeff Midgley.  He was kind enough to answer some of my questions and as you read them, I am sure you will gain some insight as to why the kits from TNT First Aid are so impressive.

An Interview with Jeff Midgley and TNT First Aid

For the past week I have been checking out the items in your TNT Back Pack Trauma Kit. The contents are impressive and include a number of items I did not even know existed. How did you decide what to put in the pack?

The items I chose to put in the pack are all Items I have been able to actually test on real patients and know their capabilities.

As a medic working in the film industry we deal with cuts, scrapes, sprains and Strains and burns on a regular basis. We have tried hundreds of new products on the market. The ones I put in our packs are the ones that really work.

What, in your opinion, is the best way to learn how to use the Trauma kit (or any of your kits for that matter)?

Our motto is Technology + Knowledge makes all the difference.

We are giving you the technology and have created an app for your phones or tablets that can give you the knowledge and realism of injuries to help train you and assist you in an emergency in real time. This is the first ever app of this type. It is called FAIT First Aid. Every phone should have this app on it because when you have no cell service in a disaster and you cannot call for help, the app will still work and may be your only real time resource for treating life threatening injuries.

Gaye’s note:  I downloaded the app from the Apple app store.  It is only $2.99.

Our new website is only about a month from being completed and we will regularly be putting training videos on our website you can watch and learn from.

The pack itself is amazing. It is lightweight and yet appears to be quite sturdy. Did you design it yourself?

I helped with the design of this pack but did not create it. I designed the first pack like this one over 24 years ago as a new young firefighter and EMT. This pack is a new design of that original pack.

We use these packs because you can see everything in the kit. You should be able to see everything in your pack and if someone else needed to use your pack to help you it is easy for them to see what is in the pack.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself and your motivation for starting TNT First Aid?

I have spent the last 25 years working in Emergency Medicine. I am a Utah Certified Firefighter 1, and 2. Hazmat ops and awareness certified. EMT intermediate. I have worked in the trauma centers and burn units, ambulance and medical clinics.

I served for two years as a city wide emergency preparedness coordinator. I also served on a community committee to evaluate the needs for response in a disaster here in Utah for families and businesses.

I love treating patients but have found it even more rewarding to train and educate people on how to take care of their own emergencies. We get to help people avoid costly emergency room visits and survive major medical emergencies. I get at least a call a week saying thank you for the products and training we have given them. My passion for this started over 20 years ago.

I started TNT First-Aid 5 years ago with the goal in mind to prepare everyone I could.

I see that your tag line includes training as well as sales. Do you have plans to offer courses that are available online so that anyone can learn from them? I know that I, for one, would be interested in such a course.

We have developed a brand new training class. It is a 16 hour disaster medicine course where we teach the basics of anatomy and physiology of the body, how to treat all types of emergencies and illnesses and be better prepared. We even do fun mock disaster drills with patients and realistic injuries.

We are currently only offering this course in Utah but we are expanding. We are also working on an online version of the course and hope to have that available by middle of this summer. It will include real classroom type learning. If anyone out there has a medical background in EMS and is interested in teaching this course in your area we can set you up as an instructor for our program.

We are in the process of developing a 40 hour course as well. Our courses are not state certification courses, this means we get to create the curriculum and not have the state tell us what they think we should teach and shouldn’t teach like the CERT programs and some of the wilderness programs out there. They don’t teach enough in my opinion.

As someone who clearly has an interest in emergency preparedness, what are you personally preparing for?

Well, my family and I are preparing for the worst. We know it is just a matter of time.

Whether it is a financial collapse of the economy, or a human caused disaster such as terrorism, or a natural disaster such as an Earthquake which Utah is overdue for. We are prepared with our food, water, medical supplies, and a safe place to evacuate to.

My true belief is that if all we prepare for is 72 hours or 1 week we will be very under prepared. I feel whatever happens we need to be prepared to be without government assistance for as much as 1 year. We need to be self-sufficient even beyond that.

We rely too much on our common way of life and need to learn to survive without all of the luxuries we have now. Don’t get me wrong. I love those luxuries, but I am prepared to live a great life without them too.

A Word About the App

I downloaded the app to my iPhone for a one time fee of $2.99.  The app is also available for android devices.

The way it works is that every time a new video is added, the app will be updated for free.  According to Jeff, several police departments and schools in his area (Utah) are starting to use it because they do not have the training and do not frequently use the training they do have.

The videos in the app are high resolution with narration to take you through treatment options as well as with tips that will help you calm your “patient” during an emergency.

The Giveaway

TNT First Aid has set aside one of their EMS Style First Aid Fanny Pack’s in a Backdoor Survival giveaway.  Normally priced at $125, this kit will be the perfect addition to your medical supplies.  Click here for a complete list of the contents.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific 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 residents of the United States.

Special Offer

For the next week, TNT First Aid is offering Backdoor Survival readers an exclusive 30% discount on everything on their website.  That is a fantastic opportunity to get a high quality kit filled with all of the essentials.  To take advantage of the discount, use the code 30offBD at checkout.

Using that code you can pick up the Trauma Kit Back Pack for $276.50 instead of the normal price of $395.  You can’t go wrong.  Click this link for a complete listing of what is in the kit.

Of course that is just one example. You can use the discount code for anything on the TNT First Aid web site between now and April 8.

The Final Word

The “Bandaids” part of Bullets, Beans, and Bandaids is definitely an area where I need more education.  I have been lucky to have established a relationship with folks such as Joe and Amy Alton who are experts in survival medicine as well as with some readers who are nurses and EMTs.

Still, something I have learned is that just because someone puts up a website, does not mean they are an expert.  I always look at the credentials and see if the site owner or store walks the walk.  Or are they in it just of the money.

One thing I can say without reservation is Jeff and his TNT First Aid team are the real deal,  They know what they are talking about and want to help us become better prepared during medical emergencies,

I welcome you to take a look at their site or even to give Jeff a call to discuss your needs and determine which pack will be  right for you and your family.  Whatever you do, don’t forget to mention the 30% off discount and of course, to enter the giveaway to win an the EMS Style Fanny Pack for free.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight Item:  The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way, by Joe and Amy Alton, is a guide for those who want to be medically prepared for any disaster where help is NOT on the way. 

It is written from the non-medical professional and assumes that no hospital or doctor is available in the aftermath of a catastrophic event.  It covers skills such as performing a physical exam, transporting the injured patient, and even how to suture a wound. This medical reference belongs in every survival library.

Bargain Bin:  For your convenience, here are links to many of the items referenced in Fast Track Tip #10: 8 Uncommon First Aid Items as well as some other useful first-aid items.

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.

Super Glue  – The Original: This is the original Super Glue brand.  This works a lot like the liquid bandage above in that you apply it to the wound and when it’s dry, it will hold the cut together. Also check out Krazy Glue or Gorilla Brand Super Glue.

First Voice Self-Adherent Stretch Bandage (Pack of 10):  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.

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.

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.

Prepper’s Natural Medicine: Life-Saving Herbs, Essential Oils and Natural Remedies for When There is No Doctor:  This is a fantastic book from fellow blogger, Cat Ellis.  In it you will learn that natural remedies are not voodoo but rather, natures way of healing without the use of toxic chemicals and additives.  Highly recommended.

Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival:  Whether you are miles from help or immersed in an urban disaster situation, every second counts during a medical emergency. This book will help you take quick, effective action to stabilize the situation. One of the best things about this book (other than the information, of course) is it’s size.  It is small enough to keep in your bug-out-bag and also in your first aid kit.

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% to 15% off with discount code BACKDOORSURVIVAL at checkout.

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  1. Not really odd, but I swear by hot toddies for a cold (whiskey or bourbon, honey, lemon juice in tea). The trick is to drink it as hot as you can stand, while in bed, and stayed covered up. It has worked for me.

    • My Dad used Hot Toddies for all 9 of us! Also, if we had an allergic reaction to anything, or hives, rash, etc, he would mix up a cup of water with half tsp Baking Soda, a spoonfull of sugar, and Vinegar. We would drink it quickly, then the hives or rash would go away while we were still drinking it! It neutralizes the antihistamines, and all would be well. Never forget the Meat Tenderizer takes out the itch from mosquito bites. When we went fishing, if anybody got stuck with a fish hook, we could look for the doughy mud by the riverbank, and put mud on the injury. By the time it dried, usually, the problem was gone. Also, used the tobacco to pull out stings, when wet, and applied as a pack. We would tie it up with a little roller guaze… Mostly, we avoided most major injuries by WATCHNG those kids, and learning to take care of one another…

  2. I don’t know why it works, but it does….at the first sign of a stuffy nose cold coming on, pour 1/8 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide in your ear canal while you rest on your side. Roll over to naturally drain the ear and do the opposite ear then drain. It feels funky as all heck, but I swear by it as does my grandmas generation and it somehow keeps the cold frm developing. Anyone know why it works??
    Jo

  3. Awsome kit. Didn’t really think about a separate go bag for medical, just a few things in our regular go bags.

  4. The most oddball thing I have used in time of need? Once while camping, my then husband and I were caught in a campsite that ended up flooded in, the access road into the camping (primitive) area flash flooded. The campfire had drowned out, and most of our campfire wood was wet. I generally carry several fire starting methods but was failing at most of them (better practice, practice!) I normally carry vasaline soaked cotton balls in my BOB, but my camping gear I NORMALLY had vasaline and cotton balls, but I had raided my camping bag one morning because I needed the items in my morning beauty ritual, and I forgot to replace them. I did have a few cotton balls left, but no vasaline. I tore up the inside of my jeep for chapstick or anything else I could use, the only thing I found?? Baby suppositories, that I had bought for my grandson who was having tummy issues while switching from breast to bottle feeding. It worked! They melt when warm so I was able to “soak” the cotton balls I did have with them, and they lit and burned long enough to catch up the wood that we had.

  5. My mother sprained her ankle once and insisted we dig up some red clay, mix with vinegar, slather it on her foot and wrap it with a cotton cloth. It really worked and she was walking fine the next day.

  6. My oddest old-time remedy is from my great grandmother. For infections, scald a small amount of milk, soak up some of the milk with a pea-sized amount of bread, (or whatever size is appropriate to the wound) and apply over the infected area. Grandma wrapped this with a clean cloth, I just use an available band-aid. This has worked for our family in many situations helping to avoid doctor visits.

  7. Probably not the best thing to do, but in the wintemy hands get dry and the skin on my fingers will crack. I will use a little super glue and glue the crack back together

  8. I don’t know that we’ve used an oddball item for first aid. I’m married to a family physician, so we’ve pretty much got the normal stuff around that one would need!

  9. I have had great success treating stinging nettle (the plant) stings/rashes by rubbing the site with the crushed leaves of jewel weed (also called “Touch Me Not”). Stops the stinging almost immediately, even for a crying 5 year-old.

  10. I’ve had a lot of success treating stinging nettle (the plant) stings/rashes by rubbing the crushed leaves of Jewel Weed (also called “Touch Me Not”) on the site. Stops the stinging almost right away, even for a crying 5 year-old.

  11. Looks like a great kit to have on hand. I’ve also not thought about having a separate bag to grab for med stuff, just small kits in our grab bags.

  12. It’s not oddball any more, but years ago I always used superglue on cuts that probably should have had stitches (we were too far away from medical care to “waste time” just to get a laceration checked out).

  13. Many years ago when we were kids, my grandmother would moisten a little bit of my grandfather’s Red Man chewing tobacco in her mouth and put on bee stings. Seemed to take the stinging right out. Ah, the good old days!!

  14. Being a certified Paramedic IV, I usually have more than I need for any situation and can’t remember the last time I had to go to an oddball solution for treatment. I do remember 1 time a friends son had crashed on his mountain bike and I had to fashion a traction splint from some limbs and twine.

  15. I don’t know how oddball it is, but we brew tea using mullein for when we are congested. We also make a poultice with comfrey.

  16. My oddball remedy is that I use meat tenderizer to remove bee stingers from my skin. I just add water to the tenderizer to turn it into a paste, leave it on for a few minutes and the stinger comes right out.

  17. After thinking long and hard I don’t think I’ve ever used an oddball remedy or anything that anyone else hasn’t used

  18. Pretty common I think, but I’ve of course fashioned DIY band-aids out of whatever tape was available and some paper or cloth many times.

  19. I am glad someone has developed a good medical bag and love how you are incorporating training into your website and products

  20. We were using Colloidal Silver before it became known very much on the internet. It’s origin goes way back and has quite a few uses. Plus you can make your own at home much cheaper than buying it bottled.

  21. I’m lucky in that I haven’t required first aid often, so I haven’t used any “odd ball” techniques. However, I have some techniques for making myself sneeze (yes, not quite a medical emergency), such as sniffing a jar of pepper and sticking my head near the freezer.

  22. The content list of this pack is pretty impressive. I started a small pack a couple of years ago, but I can see that MY content list is sorely lacking. Thanks for this article, and thanks for making one of these kits available to one lucky winner.

  23. For stomach aches, my grandma had us get leaves from her mint plant and chew on them. In no time we always felt better.

  24. I swear by my aloe plant. Snip a bit off and use the juicy gooey guts of the plant on cuts and abrasions or burns. The plant itself is very easy to care for and thrives with no special care required.

  25. My great grammy would make a poultice of onions, mustard and garlic, sauteed in oil, and then wrapped up in an old flannel shirt and lay it on our chests when we were catching a cold. We stunk to high heaven- but it cleared us up every time!

  26. This will make awesome gifts for my kid’s birthdays! It’ll make it easier for them to deal with our grandkid’s boo-boos.

  27. One strange “remedy” for stomach cramps is placing a bag of frozen peas on your stomach.

    Nice giveaway going on!

  28. Apple cider vinegar (with “mother”) for slight constipation. What a wonderful giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity to win!! I bought a large tackle box with the intent of starting my first aid kit. It’s still empty because I’m a bit overwhelmed at starting! This would be a huge help getting started!

  29. Your passed along idea of putting bar soap under sheets for restless leg syndrome! No clue why it works but I told my wife and daughter about it and voila they are both doing better. I would still like to figure out why it works though.

  30. Parents used aloe on bites and sunburn back in the 70s… my family still keeps aloe plants. Super glue to close wounds and now learning and bringing essential oils into our medical bag.

  31. I use Vicks for everything…coughs, colds, sore throats, cramps, you name it, I put Vicks on it. I think I have 4 or 5 jars stuck away somewhere. 🙂

  32. Our son was a Navy medic stationed with the Marines in Iraq so he is quite knowledgeable, but he could certainly make use of this kit in an emergency.

  33. Putting sugar on a wound heals it faster. We’ve done this with great success.
    Would absolutely love to have this kit.

  34. We have used both sugar and honey as odd ball remedies. Sugar to stop bleeding and honey to coat and help heal. This looks a great kit, and the best part is the training you can access.

  35. Mix baking soda and a little water to make a paste. I am allergic to all types of bee stings, so the quicker I can get a stinger out and put this paste on the better. It helps with the swelling and stinging sensation. Our neighbor is a doctor and never heard of doing this, but in all fairness he is a lot younger.

  36. Years ago I started using local honey as a sweetener in place of sugar. Not only did I stop using sugar but also had the benefit over the years of having the local honey cure allergies that I and my wife had dealt with for many years.

  37. I’ve used baking soda in bathwater for serious sunburn…it made an incredible difference! Having a serious medical kit sounds like a very good idea.

  38. Most “oddball” item used for treating bruising is honey. I learned about that as a child growing up int Central America. My brother ran into a door frame head first and developed a large hematoma on his forehead. The young lady that was working for my parents put honey on the bruise and wrapped his head with a brown paper sack. Next morning, NO bruise that I remember. It was amazing. I was only about 7 yrs old but have NEVER forgotten that and have used that knowledge several time.

  39. I cant really think of any odd ball thing I have used but I am trying to learn more about herbs and essential oils for health.

  40. My mother’s family eats pickle when having any type of muscle cramps. Cramps are gone within minutes. This is better than trying to drink straight vinegar.

  41. Mix local honey, bought near your home from a local bee keeper, and fresh squeezed lemon juice for stubborn coughs. Mix about a tablespoon of each then slowly sip, swallow slowly. Helps soothe the throat and helps get rid of coughs.
    The medical bag looks like great. Would love to have one.

  42. I always purchased the popular tubes of ointment for burns and scrapes but found just natural aloe gel works for me. It has so many other uses too.

  43. Flour actually acts to slow down bleeding. It soaks up the blood and slows the flow enough for clotting to start.

  44. I would say the most unique treatment that I have successfully used is Aloe Vera cactus for burns and natural honey for minor cuts.

  45. I have been using honey or coconut oil for first aid ointment for quite a while. Have never had a problem with infection or any irritation.

  46. When I was a child, I got a sliver in my foot that we couldn’t get out and it got infected. They dipped some bread in milk and squeezed out the excess milk and put it on the sliver using a bandaid to hold it in place. Cleared up the infection which allowed the swelling to go down and the tip of the sliver to get stuck in the bread when it dried. Sliver came out when the bread was removed.

  47. As a nurse, I can attest to the comprehensive nature of this pack – I love the compact lightweight setup. I’d much rather have it and not need it than …. well, you know.

  48. The oddest thing I’ve ever heard of was Preparation H to take away swelling under the eyes. I never used it myself but my roommate in college swore by it.

  49. Every thing listed has been used in my family at one time or another. Not the best thing but I have used a small piece of duct tape to close a small cut when I didn’t have a bandage handy. Just till I could get home and get a band aid.

  50. Equal parts honey & vinegar mixed together in a jar to take a spoonful for a sore throat takes it away. From the Good Housekeeping magazine.

    Thank you very much for this giveaway.

  51. Equal parts honey & apple cider vinegar mixed together in a jar to take a spoonful for a sore throat takes it away. From the Good Housekeeping magazine.

    Thank you very much for this giveaway.

  52. I do “tapping” (a very easy and fast DIY healing method)on pains and nausea and almost every other problem and it works quite well for me. No equipment needed. There are many websites explaining how to do it, as well as some very good tap-along youtube videos.

  53. I’ve been trying to make up one myself, a piece at a time. Winning this will save me a lot of time! I’m still buying food and other essentials, so this was put on the back burner. Thank you for the chance(s)BDS!

  54. I have a natural cough syrup that I make as follows:
    Add some cut up onions to about half a cup of honey. The onions will liquify honey the following day. Keep adding onions as needed. Works loke a charm!

  55. I used lavender EO on a cut on my hand and it stopped the bleeding immediately and did not get infected and healed very fast.

  56. I hope they put a small spray can of WD40 in the kit, it works great for rubbing in the hands for arthritis and what I use it for (before I moved to the desert) was to spray on mosquito bites, it stops the itching right now!

  57. When we were kids Mom hot packed our face if we had sinus and a stuffed up nose. I make one now out of a wet hand towel from the bathroom, wrap in plastic wrap so that it doesn’t leak and microwave it until it’s as warm as you can put it on your face. It does work.

  58. I used to use honey on my kids scrapes when they were young. It helped sooth the ouch and wouldn’t make them sick if they touched it and then put their fingers in their mouths.

  59. Liquid Maalox swabbed on a bad sunburn. The person who told me about that explained that it had to do with returning the skin’s Ph value to normal. Have no idea if that’s true but the Maalox worked quite well on my sunburn.

    Duct tape to remove cactus needles and pricklies.

    I banged my shoulder into the edge of a shelf and grabbed my lavender EO, rubbed a couple drops onto the sore area, and the pain went away immediately. The next day there was no sign of bruising or tenderness to the area.

  60. This would be a great addition to my prepper supplies. I have read that the ancient Egyptians used honey as a salve to coat wounds, as it is antibacterial. Seems like a great thing to have in my prepper stash!

  61. I tried to find the app at the apple App Store for my iPad under FAIT First Aid with and without caps and it’s not there. Just FYI.

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