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    Default Quality Medical Bag

    Hi,

    I'm after a bit of a steer in the correct direction.

    I'm looking for a 'Medical Bag' we can use at Home and as a 'FAK grab bag' for when we shoot off family camping. Currently we have a plastic bin type container that does the job but stuff is not set out in it very well. Nothing worse than having to search around for the tweezers when you have a 8yo with a splinter in the foot or it's 3am and your looking for the calpol or rescue remedy.

    I'm not planning on stocking it with IV kits, chest seals, Quick Clot or Morphine Coffins. Just normal Home based FAK type stuff with perhaps some simplistic meds and the odd 'ice' pack etc. My experience of the quality of say an average FAK bag is it lasts about five minutes if you're dipping into it fairly regularly.. With kids we're always in and out of FAK's for stuff same deal when we head off camping with family and friends someone whacks their finger with a mallet, or picks up a minor burn off of the BBQ or needs a pregnancy test ...

    A brief Search on google gives me either something for hauling through the Mountains or Afghanistan to run a 'Hearts and Minds Clinic' or something that sits in the back of an Ambulance fit for a Paramedic...

    I'm after something hardwearing, with compartments for relavent kit. Thomas make some nice stuff from what I see on the web.

    Any help appreciated

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    Have you had a look round the local shops?

    I used a cheap tackle box to store the FAK items at work, kinda like this:



    For my personal use i have had a "Pocket" kit from "Lifesystems" for a few years and have been impressed by how well it stood up to abuse, so last year i ordered the "World Traveller" kit for the car.

    Obviously i add or remove stuff as i see fit, but both are very good kits, with quality contents in very tough bags.
    They also do empty cases if you don't fancy the toolbox/fishing box route.
    http://www.lifesystems.co.uk/psec/fi...ility_case.htm





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    If you're prepared to carry something fairly large, look at a 'pitch doctor' bag. They're sports bag sized and are designed for football/rugby style first aid kits, so roomy and robust. Pro-Star certainly made one.

    Cheers

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    i like the above posts used to have a large fishermans tackle box which opened up both on sides. we no use the plain green plastic box ones that we have at work because i get one or two spare each year when there empty ans we have three with every thing in it

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    Have look at hobby type card craft/artist bags, lots of internal storage sections and made to be dipped into a lot.

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    Try these they are a Scout First Aid team down south who also sell supplies - Prices are reasonable too

    http://shop.edsfat.org.uk/index.php/cPath/37_137

    We use Copehagen bags as a reday bag at Camps with a alregr 1st response bag.

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    Here's another company, you might want to look at their website..http://www.spservices.co.uk/
    When I was looking to equip for ocean voyages, they supplied a first aid kit. They also do purpose made quick access bags etc:

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    S.P.Services are good, I used to get a lot of kit from them when I was on a sports medical/rescue team. Another possible supplier is DS Medical (www.999supplier.co.uk). St. John Supplies, part of St. John Ambulance also supply kit to the public.

    No connection with either, other than being a previous customer.

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    I have one of these as my first aid grab bag and its pretty good.
    4676.jpg

    got a few internal pockets and fold out sides.

    http://www.heinnie.com/Bags-and-Wall...-281-517-4676/

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    I use a PLCE respirator pouch. Roomy, bombproof and and I keep medical tools stored on a tool roll in it rolled up.

    Cost me, excluding the medical supplies, £4 all in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbr6fs View Post
    Have you had a look round the local shops?
    Yep I can get all sort of plastic boxes including a tackle box. Yours is nicely set out.

    Quote Originally Posted by wicca View Post
    Here's another company, you might want to look at their website..http://www.spservices.co.uk/
    When I was looking to equip for ocean voyages, they supplied a first aid kit. They also do purpose made quick access bags etc:
    Thanks, I'm not looking for something bespoke but the other stuff looks good

    Quote Originally Posted by southey View Post
    This is the kind of bag I mean



    very nice....

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    I'm thinking about the 5.11 tactical medics puch. I have an old tatonka bag a bit like the one you show, but the open ended pockets means that everything is still in a horrid mess when you open it. What I currently use is an Ortleib waterproof bag. Just a sack, but it is waterproof. Means that I can leave it where it may get soaked with no worries (nice on a canoe trip, no need to hide it in the bottom of a waterproof stuffsack.

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    I have the Maxpedition FR-1 (if I recall the name correctly). Love it!


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    I use a Snugpack Response Pack (same as below but in black)



    I find it ideal for the job. Sticking plasters/small dressings/tweezers/scissors/haemostats/tick removers etc in the front pocket, lotions/potions/rehydrate sachets in the left, tablets in the right. Bandages/large dressings/laerdal facemask/epi-pens etc in the main compartment. As well as a small pen torch I keep a small head torch in it as well as it frees up your hands for use in the dark.

    I use it as our main house first aid kit but if we're heading off on any kind of trip (beach/hillwalking/camping) it gets lobbed in the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roger-uk View Post
    Try these they are a Scout First Aid team down south who also sell supplies - Prices are reasonable too

    http://shop.edsfat.org.uk/index.php/cPath/37_137

    We use Copehagen bags as a reday bag at Camps with a alregr 1st response bag.
    any chance you've got a picture of the inside? as I've googleed and come up with only extrenals.
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    Have you considered the British army issue medic side pouch? Designed to zip onto a bergen like a normal side pouch but can be used by itself. Opens up nicely, plenty of space without being too bulky and plenty of straps etc to secure things safely. Can be had off eBay for around £15 I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by forestwalker View Post
    I'm thinking about the 5.11 tactical medics puch.
    Quote Originally Posted by NS40 View Post
    I use a Snugpack Response Pack (same as below but black)
    Quote Originally Posted by madgaz View Post
    Have you considered the British army issue medic side pouch?
    All good suggestions thanks and i'm sure they all work well but I don't need something that's 'Tactical' in anyway.. It does need to ideally be a soft case however..

    Thanks

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    I use a Stomp 11 Medic Pack but that is over kill for the majority of people on here. I provide medical support on expeditions. The Snugpak response bag is a good choice for small group use. Otherwise a personal FAK need only be a few plasters and a bandage or two.


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    I use a PLCE medical side pocket with the family first aid kit in it. If we go away somewhere, it comes with us:



    Mine not actually an issue bag, but some kind of cheaper copy. Might not survive being thrown out of helicopters in Afghanistan quite as well as the real thing, but as a family FAK works very nicely.

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    http://www.stjohnsupplies.co.uk/prod...oductId=F30612

    I got one of these as a gift from a family friend, but St Johns ambulance do a selection.

    http://www.stjohnsupplies.co.uk/prod...ion.asp?cat=fk
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronnie View Post
    I use a PLCE medical side pocket with the family first aid kit in it. If we go away somewhere, it comes with us:



    Mine not actually an issue bag, but some kind of cheaper copy. Might not survive being thrown out of helicopters in Afghanistan quite as well as the real thing, but as a family FAK works very nicely.
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    hello,
    I still have my original issue PLCE side pocket (zip together with shoulder straps) & alternative Medical side pocket (with markings). The Gregson First Aid kit pocket size, I originally picked up two of these during my time in the Forces for personal use & still have such in my kit (new) whilst travelling with additional pieces of 1st Aid items added. I had a conversation many years ago with the team that put these packs together regarding my additional items. These were purely for my own use. I would still recommend the Gregson 1st Aid Pack II as a reserve or vehicle pack kit.
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