When planning for a mission, a medic must pack relevant equipment that reflects the highest percentages of injuries he could face (e.g, splinting material for air ops) . More important, medics must pack in accordance with the priority of treatment. That is to say, medics ought to pack their gear in three levels.
Level 1 equipment is needed for life threatening injuries. It ought to be carried on your person. For example, tourniquets, bandages, NPAs, etc, are needed to prevent death from the high-percentage killers. These items ought to be carried in IFAKs (your personal as well as your operators’), in leg-rigs, or on your vest. Accessibility is key, especially if you are going to use the equipment in the CUF phase. Also, medics must train to use the casualty’s equipment first, so he does not exhaust his equipment too rapidly. This requires operators to carry their own gear, not rely on the medic to carry it for them. Finally, do not use your personal first-aid kit unless absolutely necessary.
What do you carry in your Level 1 Gear?
Levels 2 and 3 will be covered in future posts.