Build a Car First Aid Kit

welcome back guys in this week’s video
I’m going to show you guys how to build your own car first aid kit alright guys as promised we are
continuing the video series on building your own medical kit and today we’re
going to talk about building your car kit now I want to make it very clear
that we are not talking about a car survival kit this is more just the aid
portion of it so there is more you should probably carry including like a
shovel and warm clothes but this is the medical portion of that so don’t be
confused there the second thing I want to talk about in this video is that this
is not what I carry in my kit now I carry all of these components in my kit
but because of what I do I have a little bit more in what I carry now I’ve
designed this kit that you’re gonna see today to be more appealing to the
average person somebody that has taken some first aid classes that knows what
they’re doing but it doesn’t get super advanced you know we’re not talking
about IVs or decompressions or anything like that so take that for what it’s
worth so jumping right into the video one of the most important things when
you’re talking about a car wreck is actually accessing the patient if you
can’t access the patient all your medical equipment is completely useless
so the first thing I would have in this kit is a tool of some sort now I use my
Leatherman Raptor trauma shears these are a great tool I have a review on them
but whatever you use it should at least have a window punch and a seatbelt
cutter you can use a knife to cut a seatbelt but it’s really a little bit
dangerous because you might stab the patient and that obviously doesn’t go
over well so I’m not too concerned of what brand of tool you use I would just
recommend you have something with that window punch to the seatbelt cutter to
at least get to your patient like I talked about in my home first-aid kit
video i stratify my kits out into a couple different tiers of supplies so at
the base of every kit I have my core contents and these are items that are
most likely to make the biggest difference in a life-threatening
traumatic issue so to start the core contents off
I carry tourniquets now I would recommend either getting the cat
tourniquet by north american rescue or the SOFT wide because those both are
approved by the committee for tactical combat casualty care however I don’t
want to give anybody the wrong idea because
just because these are used in combat situations and tactical situations
doesn’t mean they won’t be useful to you at home or in your car so if somebody
gets a gun shot in the arm and they’re bleeding out obviously these will work
great but they will also work just as well in a chainsaw accident or if
somebody has a pane of glass come down on their arm or leg and that’s why I
recommend always carrying a tourniquet because exsanguination, that’s bleeding
out, is one of the leading preventable causes of death and we really don’t want
that to happen obviously so besides the tourniquets I would also carry some kind
of compressed gauze or rolled gauze that you can use for wound packing in a
patient with a junctional injury I’ve talked about this in my wound packing
video these are used basically in the same situations a tourniquets used
except these are used for junctional sites so the base of your neck your
armpits or your groin where a tourniquet won’t work
so I would always recommend carrying some kind of gauze to pack a wound in
addition to that I would carry some kind of occlusive dressing for usually a
chest seal but this could also be used for a severe arterial bleed in your neck
where you have to control the bleeding and then put an occlusive dressing so
air doesn’t get sucked into that wound I’d make sure you have something once
again the brand of these doesn’t really matter all that much I use HyFin for most of
my stuff but I’ve also used halo chest seals and they work just as well so get
some kind of occlusive dressing that’s relatively large and I would also
recommend getting two then you can have one for an entrance wound one for an
exit wound if it is a gunshot next up on the essentials is going to be some kind
of trauma dressing these are emergency trauma dressings you guys have seen
these a lot on this channel they’re just basically an elastic band with a pad on
it they can be used to secure your wound packing in place or they can be used to
stop the bleeding of a little bit more of a minor wound on the armored leg or
head where have you so these are really useful to have and then lastly I would
have some way to give rescue breaths for somebody this is
a pocket shield this is probably not your best option obviously this is great
because it’s small its compact however for this I would probably get a pocket
mask I personally use a bag valve mask which the American Heart Association
doesn’t necessarily recommend you use if you’re on your own but I have enough
experience with it that I’m comfortable using it can use it with a pretty high
level of effectiveness but if you’re just a way person I least get a face
shield for CPR even though respirations aren’t really
used in civilian CPR in a lot of different settings anymore and I’m gonna
do a video on that coming up here shortly but this would also be good if
somebody’s overdosed or has a severe head injury and they’ve gone into
respiratory arrest and you need to breathe for them this is a good thing to
have this is the poor essentials of the kit so whatever kit you build I would
have a minimum of these supplies now you can kind of play with the numbers if you
don’t feel like you need two tourniquets you could potentially have one you
wouldn’t necessarily need to ETD’s and so on and so forth but these are kind of
what I would carry in my car as far as amounts of each supply so moving along all right the next section is what I
would classify is a little bit less emergent these are issues that might not
be necessarily life-threatening but are severe that you do need to address so to
start that off I would say make sure especially in your car that you have
some kind of survival wrap or a survival blanket I’ve said this a lot hypothermia
kills in trauma so you need to make sure you keep your patient warm if there’s a
car wreck you know sometimes you can’t move somebody necessarily to your car so
the next best thing would be covering them up in addition to this I would
probably carry a blanket because on its own this isn’t really going to provide
much insulation so if you can put a blanket on them then put the survival
wrap on them that would be what I would recommend personally so this is really
important coming down that list I would carry some kind of splint I carry Sam
splints almost we’ve leave for my splints just because
these are really pliable they can be rolled up and stored in a variety of
different ways they last for a long time and they’re relatively cheap they can
also be used for a variety of different issues and it kind of gives you a
diagram here of different ways you can splint so this is really good to have
you know if somebody has an orthopedic injury you can splint that form that’ll
reduce pain and it Lord will reduce the healing time actually in conjunction
with any kind of splint you should probably have something to sling and
swath that injury and that’s just going to support it and hold it up these are
actually kind of cool these are triangular bandages or kravitz that I
got from North American rescue and I’m pretty sure this is a new product but
these are both cravat and they’re also double as burn dressings so if you do
have somebody with severe burn you can put this over the wound they’re not
adherent so it’s not going to stick in the wound
and I I think this is a great use of space because it’s kind of killing two
birds with one stone so you’ve got something to address burns and then you
have something to make a sling in a swath with your splint that you have I would also carry some kind of cling wrap
or some kind of wrap to secure your splint in place you obviously have to
wrap that around the arm or it’s not going to stay this will also double as a
pressure bandage if you need it to and can solve a bunch of different problems
for you I would recommend carrying some kind of saline this will be great for
flushing out a wound or flushing out an eye if somebody has something in it just
a good thing to have and then with that I would also carry some kind of eye
shield that you can put over somebody’s eye you can wrap it up with something
like this and keep that eye from getting further injured and possibly help them
with their pain and discomfort of that and then the last thing in this section
would be some kind of tape once again I don’t really care what you use this is a
medical tape that I have duct tape works great and this can be used for all kinds
of problem-solving you know if you have a bandage that
won’t stay on this would even you know potentially wrap up
a splint onto somebody’s arm although I wouldn’t necessarily recommend that for
your first line but another very useful thing to have all right and the third
and final item I would keep in this kit are going to be potentially medications
and your minor wound care items so this is actually the out pouch from active
carry technologies and I just use this because honestly this is what I would
keep it’s got a bunch of small band-aids in it it’s got tweezers and a utility
knife in here all are pretty useful it also has advil benadryl hydrocortisone
cream some burn cream and triple antibiotic ointment as well so this is
basically what I would carry you know you can kind of decide what kind of
over-the-counter meds you want in your car kit I would make sure that you at
least have something to address minor pain so your tylenol your ibuprofen
something like that you could throw in some benadryl for your minor allergic
reactions or even potentially a sleep aid if you absolutely needed it I would
also put in something for wounds for cleaning minor wounds like
hydrocortisone or some kind of antibiotic even though you don’t want to
be using antibiotics a lot it’s still something you know if you have a cat
bite or you scrape it on a rusty nail or something you can apply that and be much
better off and then band-aids are always really useful for your minor stuff and
that might not be for like a car wreck but if you’re in your car you’re you
know at a park with family and somebody skins their knee that’s a good thing to
have and I’d always recommend carrying some kind of band-aid and then tweezers
are great for your stings or removing other things from wounds
you know the uses are pretty endless so that’s pretty much the main stuff that
I’d make sure you have in your car first-aid kit
that will address most of the issues you’re gonna come across and it keeps it
relatively simple so you’re not doing advanced procedures and risking having a
lawsuit brought against you or further liability you know one thing I want to
address really quick because I know somebody’s gonna bring it up and talk
about in the comments and fine but I would not keep anything for
spinal immobilization in this kit really more and more we’re going away from that
in the professional setting because a lot of studies are coming out and saying
that it’s really not doing a whole lot for a majority of our patients so it’s
not something that I would keep in my kit personally none of the kits that I
have outside of on the ambulance have sea collars in them or do anything with
spinal immobilization so keep that in mind when you’re putting your kit
together that’s not really something that I would recommend having in it kind
of the last thing I want to talk about on this topic is going to be what your
gonna store all of this in don’t get too hung up on getting a specialized medical
bag for your car or anything like that you can if you want it’s certainly going
to offer you superior organization and a little bit more ease of access but
honestly for this I would recommend just putting it in some kind of backpack or
duffel bag make sure that you can easily get at the tourniquets the chest seals
and the wound packing supplies but everything else it’s not going to make a
huge difference to your patient if it takes you a couple more seconds to get
out a piece of equipment to help them so don’t get too hung up on that too don’t
break the bank you know a lot of people really like those bags including myself
but it’s not something that you have to worry about too much so that’s pretty
much all I have for this video if you think I forgot anything in the kit
please leave them in the comments down below I’m really excited for the next
couple months I’ve got a lot of great videos lined up right now I’m working on
a day in the life of a SWAT medic which is actually a lot more work than I
thought it would be and I’m also putting together a video for basic cardiac
arrhythmias for people that might want to take advanced cardiac life support
down the road or if you just need a refresher and then a couple other videos
that I’m planning so stay tuned for those and I will see you next week


  1. Could u make a medic training video? Like standard procedures and what would be done to help for gun shot wounds, car accidents, knife wounds, and falls? It would be much appreciated.

  2. Could you make a video documenting a kit for school? I saw skinny medics but my school is very strict and I don’t think the would allow it. I’m 12 years old and plan to take a career in EMS and your videos are very helpful. Great video as always.

  3. Very important! Believe it or not, I was picking up the components of my vehicles medical bag and ON THE WAY to the post office to pick the items up, an accident happened right in front of me. Thanks for everything!

  4. Alternatively u can use outdoor angler scissors as opposed to EMT sheers, along with window breaker it's cheap u can get from walmart as opposed to that expensive tactical emt shears. You can make occlusive dressings cheap off of sandwhich bags as opposed to buying hyfin or asherman seals to save money. U can get carvats cheaper off of Amazon the brand dynarex by the bulk same shit but cheaper then north American rescue I use that stuff at the provider I work for. I'd put something for heart attacks or narcan. Them fishing organizers from Walmart does the same shit as them fancy EMT bags

  5. When it comes to spine immobilisation, I would simply use my hands. Otherwise, you would still need a size for adults and one for children and to be safe several of each of them and you end up with a full trunk. In my country, which happens to be Germany, every car must have a standardized first aid kit and the driver needs to take an eight hours first aid class and spine immobilisation isn't a big issue there. Untrained collar application will probably do more bad than good. Thanks for the good video! Need to get my hands on one of these eye shields some time, I guess. Oh and I use a SOF-T and a SWAT-T as a backup to enhance pressure bandaging or for children. Works well for me.

  6. Great tip with the survival wrap. Too many people put foil onto hypovolemic people hoping they will heat up

  7. Sam, you really are the best medical channel on DoofTube, and  I'm glad to see the channel growing.  As my list of subscribed channels dwindles you have moved into my core/"must watch" list, and one of four that I promote or recommend to others. We had briefly discussed requests in the past, and as you release more videos I realize more and more how woefully outdated what training I received in the past has become. Could you maybe do a video about how civilians can receive good medical preparedness training? maybe some recommendations on who to go to? Possibly a playlist of "essential" skills, followed by more advanced skills, then what everyone will need to survive Communist Space Zombie Invasion? Or at least another Democrat in the white house?

  8. I just finished up my car kit and I start my emt Basic course this month at the local tech. Love the channel man. Keep it up.

  9. Great stuff as usual! I think you didn't mention BSI and the importance of having several pairs of gloves in the kit.
    I keep gloves in every pockets of my med bag to have access to a pair no matter what pocket I acccess first.
    It's great to throw a pair to a bystander to get help, direct them to hold pressure or just hold the victim's hand untill EMS show up.So you can't have too many gloves.
    You should also consider the ResQme, it has a window punch and a seat belt cutter … is only $10 and can fit on your car keys.
    It works well to cut clothing too, faster than with shears.

  10. I don't keep saline solution in my kit, I found out that having regular mineral water is more versatile.
    You can flush wounds just the same but you can also drink it, use it to take meds or sugar in case of low blood sugar.
    *I keep plastic cups and sugar cubes with it.
    I keep a one liter bottle sealed in my car med bag.

  11. Thanks for creating this channel, I love it. What you recommend for a super small, essentials only kit? I do a lot of mountain biking and I don't have much storage, I currently take just 2 trauma dressings and 2 15g pouches of Celox. I kinda think that bad bleeding will be what I need to deal with on the trail – plenty of sticks in the forest for splints and any head injury will be outside my ability to deal with.

  12. I noticed there is no PPE included in this video. Examination gloves at least. I would also include some sort of anti diarrheal medication.

  13. Either Condor or Voodoo tactical (some airsoft brand) makes a bright red version of the old military trifold aid bag for about $20.

  14. A cheap tackle box works amazingly. I carry a athletic tape, love it’s rigidity. I also have packs of petroleum jelly I use that more than antibiotic ointments.

  15. two things i would add to this basic kit is a Sharpie and a cheap watch like the Casio MRW200H-3BV ($19) or Casio W-800H-1AVCF ($12) for the young whippersnappers who can't read an analog clock these days.

  16. If you dont know that you can use a tactical tourniquet for any bleed, you shouldn't have a kit. I wouldnt let you touch me..

  17. As always, great videos! Thank you. What about using a well-positioned and carefully folded/rolled triangular bandage or bandana as a tourniquet? Does it have to be one of the fancy (but very effective) styles you have?

  18. I never understand why there would be a seat belt cutter on a pair of scissors that are built to cut through pretty much any material?

  19. Reflective vest should be #1 if we’re worried about injury accidents. Safety glasses & a low low lumen flashlight are also vital.

  20. Dunno if it's just American or cause you have a para qualification. But here in the UK we're not allowed to apply tourniquets unless a trained healthcare professional (Paramedic, Nurse, Doctor), is this different for you in America? I'm St John Ambulance and even we can't do it on duty.

  21. Just a thought…maybe you should put on a pair of leather gloves before using the window punch. Do not want to slice up your hands.

  22. Rather than having to build a kit form scratch , could you provide links for approved providers that supply EDC medical kits for the average consumer.

  23. I noticed you put s-rolled gauze in this kit and z-fold gauze in your home first aid kit video. Are there any functional differences between the two, or is one as good as the other?

  24. I'll make a car medkit and put everything in an ammo can…cheap, keeps things well protected, and easily accessible to everything inside with that top lid open. 🙂

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