Review: Be Medically Prepared with a Gunshot & Bleeding Wound Kit

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: July 3, 2019
Review: Be Medically Prepared with a Gunshot & Bleeding Wound Kit

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.

Be Medically Prepared with a Gunshot & Bleeding Wound Kit | Backdoor Survival

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.

Kit Contents

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.

Gunshot Wound Kit Straps | Backdoor Survival

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.


The Giveaway

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.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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.


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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.

Doom and Bloom Medical Supplies | Backdoor Survival

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 imagewithin 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 Bandagesimage:  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.


Third Edition:  The SURVIVAL MEDICINE Handbook

A frequent question I get on Backdoor Survival has to do with healthcare matters when there is no doctor around. This is the definite source of survival medical information for all Prepper’s and is my go-to bible for survival medicine.

Survival Medicine Handbook 2016

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145 Responses to “Review: Be Medically Prepared with a Gunshot & Bleeding Wound Kit”

  1. Seems to me that this kit would have a lot of different uses–even for those deep puncture wounds that can happen…anyway, everyone can benefit from having one of these kits!

  2. First aid supplies at home should be all in one area. Then multiple little general first aid kits that are portable. Lastly a nice sized first aid kit that is more comprehensive that is for a bug out situation. However, supplies are one thing and the knowledge to attend to more than little scratches and cuts that only require cleansing and band aides requires a a how to manual also.

  3. Wow, gayle…another outstanding article! Bought a copy of the survival medicine book at Christmas, and it is INCREDIBLE! Definitely a must read. Wish I knew about the good doctor before I bought alot of my preps…hope others are blessed by this valuable resource. Thank you for all you do, my dear. You are an incredible woman! (Israeli battle dressing is my answer)

  4. This a great compact trauma kit. I would love to add this to my Medical preps. Doom & Bloom are an excellent source for emergency medical gear …. one of my favorite online vendors!

  5. An Israeli Battle Dressing is an extremely important piece of equipment for severe wounds. I have purchased a couple already and added them to existing first aid kits.

  6. The Israeli Battle Dressing and wish they would have taught us how to use one in nursing school! Fortunately I attended a few recorded presentations from Bryan Hempel from The World Prepper Summit last Fall, about how to control bleeding in the field, and they were excellent.

  7. This kit would be ideal at the range and when I do ride-alongside with the police officers I serve as chaplain.

  8. Israeli Battle Dressing

    Wow, this is great! I’ve been thinking about the lumbering work I’ll need to do in the near future and thinking hard about how to prepare for the emergencies that could come with it.

  9. Looks like a great Medical kit and I would like to have it, but hope I never need it!
    Cheers! All the best to you Gaye…

  10. The equivilent is the Israeli Battle Bandage… What a fine giveaway (as if all your others aren’t…..because they all ARE!)….and I would *love* to win. All fingers crossed! Good article (of course). Thanks tons….

  11. Israeli battle dressing. Kit is a much needed item for us in rural areas now when seconds count and we are so far away from medical help.

  12. IBD. Israeli Battle Dressing.
    I was surprised to see no mention of feminine hygiene products for emergency use as they are both sanitary and extremely absorbent, as well as being more readily available.

  13. Israeli battle dressing. I keep one in my hunting pack not because I’m concerned with being shot but knife work comes into play whenever you or your hunting partner manage to get your game and have to deal with it and I really hate cutting myself.

  14. it’s the Israeli Battle Dressing. This would be an incredible kit to win! Thanks as always for the opportunity!

  15. The Israeli Battle Dressing is the best emergency bandage you can carry. Because of it’s compactness, versatility, and ability to be applied with one hand, I have several that are shoved in a cargo pocket anytime I goout.

  16. Israeli battle dressing. Well, I think so despite reading an article last year by an RN that said that it takes them hours to remove the stuff from the wound and sometimes end up doing more damage to the wound site than if the dressing was a well padded sanitary napkin But while I do hate to put people out I think that not bleeding to death trumps my desire to not waste other people’s time!

  17. The answer is the Israeli Battle Dressing. My husband and I have started to create prepper supplies and this would be a great addition. It doesn’t get much better than a kit like that and that book sounds amazing! I really enjoyed the article and I agree you should always be prepared.

  18. The Israeli Battle Dressing (or Israeli Bandage)… definitely a must-have item in a prepper first aid kit!

    Love the review.

    Amy 🙂

  19. Israeli Battle Dressing. Looks like a great kit, and I can only hope that none of us ever ‘needs’ it! It’s not something we think about, is it? But that’s why we prep!

  20. ^ ” Israeli Bandage, Lifesaver would be a better name.
    Thanks so much for all you have done and continue to do for us.

  21. I agree that accidents do happen and we all need to be prepared for a medical emergency when help may not be on the way. My brother was accidentally shot while in the firing range. My dad suggested having a gunshot wound first aid kit and shared this article with him.

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