In the world of rifle shooting, being prepared for any scenario is not just a recommendation – it’s a necessity. This not only applies to your shooting gear but extends to your medical preparedness. That’s where the concept of an Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK) becomes important.
Understanding what an IFAK is and why you need one is a critical aspect of being a responsible shooter.
Understanding the Importance of an IFAK
What is an IFAK for?
An IFAK is a compact, portable trauma kit that contains essential medical supplies for immediate, on-the-spot care. It’s designed to address the most common injuries you might encounter.
The contents of an IFAK are specifically chosen to provide effective first-response treatment in emergencies. This helps to bridge the gap between when an injury happens and the arrival of professional medical help.
What is Flatline Fiber’s P.I.M.P.?
The P.I.M.P. (Practical – Individual – Medical – Pouch) is our answer to the IFAK medical kit. It’s designed to be your personal IFAK pouch out in the field or shooting range.
But it’s not just any pouch – it’s a game-changer for carrying your medical essentials.
- Medical IFAK pouch: It attaches to your battle belt, duty belt, or other items to give you access to your medical supplies when you need them.
- Versatile mounting: You can attach the pouch using the laser-cut Molle panel, the belt loops on the back, the Velcro straps, or however you like to connect items to your belt.
- Quick, secure access: The outer shell stays secure on your belt (or any other mounting points) while the inner pouch containing all necessary medical content easily pulls out for fast access.
- Built tough: The P.I.M.P. is designed to be ultra-durable. It’s made with 1,500D Squadron material, which means it’s really strong and can handle rough conditions.
- Adjustable tension: Both the outer shell and inner pouch feature tension adjusters. This means you can tighten or loosen the pouch to fit your medical items perfectly.
- Full trauma kit: All P.I.M.P. pouches come with a trauma kit that can be stocked according to your preferences. If you already have trauma supplies, we sell empty P.I.M.P.s that you can load up.
- Refill kits available: We also have trauma kit refills to make restocking easy.
With the P.I.M.P., you’ll have quick access to your personal trauma pouch when you need it most.
What should I carry in my P.I.M.P. or IFAK pouch?
When you’re gearing up, it’s crucial to pack smart and that includes what’s in your IFAK pouch.
Each of the items listed plays a critical role in emergency care, especially in environments where shooting is involved. Being prepared for an emergency is as important as your shooting skills.
Essential Contents for Your P.I.M.P., IFAK Pouch, or Personal Trauma Kit
A tourniquet is a lifesaver in situations with severe limb bleeding. It’s designed to quickly stop blood flow in an arm or leg injury.
Our P.I.M.P. features a Combat Application Tourniquet (C-A-T). We also have a separate Tourniquet Holder that attaches directly to your P.I.M.P. and frees up space for other items in your pouch.
A pressure bandage is a compact and effective bandage for managing wounds. It’s used to apply pressure to a wound to help control bleeding and protect the injury.
We carry the NAR Responder Flat ETD (Emergency Trauma Dressing) in our IFAK kit.
Chest seals are crucial for treating penetrating chest wounds. It prevents air from entering the chest cavity, which can be vital in maintaining lung function after a chest injury.
We like the Hyfin Vent Compact Chest Seal for our IFAK pouches. Get the twin pack to have an extra one when you need it.
Wound packing gauze
Gauze is a versatile and essential item for wound management. This particular gauze is designed for packing into a wound to help control bleeding and provide a barrier against infection.
We carry the NAR Wound Packing Gauze in our IFAK belt pouch.
A nasopharyngeal airway is a critical tool in emergencies where breathing is compromised. It helps maintain an open airway, especially in cases of facial or neck injuries.
Our P.I.M.P. trauma kit features a NAR Pre-lubricated Nasopharyngeal Airway (28 Fr / 117 cm).
These shears are specifically designed for emergencies. They allow you to quickly and safely cut through clothing or gear to access and treat wounds.
We like the small NAR Trauma Shears for our IFAK pouch.
Gloves are essential for personal protection and maintaining cleanliness while administering first aid. Gloves ensure you can provide care without risking contamination or infection.
We stock our trauma belt pouch with large blue gloves but make sure to include the right size for your hands.
A marker might seem out of place in an IFAK, but it’s actually very important. It can be used to write down vital information such as the time a tourniquet was applied, blood type, or more.
A large black Sharpie is our go-to marker for the P.I.M.P.
Customizing Your P.I.M.P. or IFAK Pouch
One size does not fit all when being prepared.
Here are a few factors to consider when customizing the contents of your trauma pouch:
Based on needs
Think about what you might encounter. The goal is to think ahead and be ready for your unique challenges.
Are you often in the wilderness? Consider adding items like insect sting relief pads or a snake bite kit. If you’re at the range, perhaps burn gel or eye wash would be smart additions.
Based on environment
Your surroundings play a big role in what you should carry.
If you’re in a hot, dry area, items like electrolyte tablets and sunburn relief might be important. In colder climates, hand warmers could be life-savers.
Additional recommended items for your IFAK pouch
With these various situations in mind, here are a few other additional items to consider adding to your trauma kit when your needs change:
- Extra bandages: Apart from the ones included in your IFAK kit, you may want to include different sizes and types, like butterfly bandages for smaller cuts and larger adhesive bandages for bigger wounds.
- Antiseptic solution: Antiseptic wipes or sprays help clean wounds and reduce the risk of infection.
- Basic medications: Ibuprofen or acetaminophen can manage pain and reduce inflammation. Antihistamines help deal with allergic reactions.
- Tweezers and safety pins: Tweezers can be used for removing splinters or debris from wounds, while safety pins are handy for securing bandages or making quick repairs to gear.
Common Mistakes to Avoid with Your IFAK
Now that your trauma pouch is ready, you need to maintain it like you would any of your shooting gear.
Avoiding these common mistakes can mean the difference between being effectively prepared or finding yourself in a tough spot.
An overstuffed IFAK can be hard to navigate in an emergency. Stick to essentials and items you know how to use.
Forgetting to train
You need to know how to use everything in your trauma kit. Regular training and familiarization with each item are crucial.
Practice scenarios in which you would need to use your IFAK, so you’re prepared for real-life situations.
Neglecting regular checks
Just like you would regularly check your shooting gear, your IFAK needs regular checks too.
Items in your IFAK can expire or become less effective over time. Regularly inspect your IFAK pouch for expired or damaged items.
We make this easy with our P.I.M.P. trauma kit refill.
In high-pressure situations, you don’t want to waste time struggling to get to your kit. Make sure you can easily reach and open your kit quickly with either hand.
For instance, the P.I.M.P. has handles on the top and bottom to allow you to easily pull it from the outer shell. Plus, with its Velcro attachments, you can tear or rip away the IFAK pouch from where it’s mounted.
Lack of organization
Arrange your items in a way that makes sense to you, and keep it consistent. This way, you’ll know exactly where everything is when you need it fast.
Consider grouping similar items. For example, all bandages in one compartment, and tools like shears in another.
We designed the P.I.M.P. to make organization easy by having specific spaces for your trauma shears, sharpie, and other materials.
Not considering weight & size
You might have to carry your IFAK for long periods. So keeping your kit lightweight and slim is important.
With the P.I.M.P., you can increase or decrease the size and space with the shock cord on the outer shell and tension strap on the pouch.
But there is a limit to the size – which will require you to consider what’s most essential for your pouch and help keep it lightweight.
Not keeping it clean
Dirt and moisture can damage your trauma supplies just like your shooting gear.
Regular cleaning and storage in a dry, cool place will keep your IFAK in the best condition.
If you’re often in the woods, you might need different items than if you’re at a shooting range.
Your IFAK should reflect the situations you are most likely to encounter on that particular day or trip.
A well-organized and maintained pouch is critical in any situation. It’s not just about having the right items. It’s about creating best practices to keep your trauma kit organized and maintained just like your shooting gear.
The P.I.M.P. IFAK – Your Partner in Preparedness
In the world of shooting, your safety and the safety of those around you hinge on being prepared for every possibility.
We understand that each outing brings its own set of challenges and being equipped with a well-organized, easily accessible, and thoroughly stocked IFAK can make all the difference.
With the P.I.M.P. by your side, you’re carrying more than just medical supplies – you’re carrying a commitment to safety, preparedness, and the well-being of your fellow shooters.
Stay safe, stay prepared, and continue to aim for excellence in all your shooting adventures.