Whats in a Wilderness Medical Kit

Whats in a Wilderness Medical Kit

Most first aid kits are loaded full of Bandaids and items that are not useful. Jeffrey explains what he has in his medical kit that he takes with us out on our classes and when his is out in the backcountry. Jeffrey is an active paramedic in Vail Colorado and also teaches Basic Wilderness Life Support, Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness First Aid and Basic Outdoor Skills for Colorado Mountain Man Survival. To learn more about Jeffrey and all of our available classes , visit us at www.TheSurvivalUniversity.com

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43 Comments

  1. Marc Soliday on March 10, 2020 at 7:12 am

    Soooo…. You obviously haven’t had a massive lip chap. Yea… Those aren’t fun, they require immediate chapstick.

    Lol this guy is kinda arrogant and pompous

  2. Tactical Spain on March 10, 2020 at 7:14 am

    Regular, the camera has to be more fixed, to see the materials better. It’s a tip !!!

  3. Life & Times of JCM on March 10, 2020 at 7:16 am

    can u tell me more about that transpore tape??

  4. Mark Arca on March 10, 2020 at 7:19 am

    6:45 – Another suggestion is you use a bulb syringe (Asepto syringe), which is more suited for eye/ear/nasal/wound irrigation.

  5. IRON1 on March 10, 2020 at 7:21 am

    Great video! Thanks Sensei Mountain medic!

  6. A on March 10, 2020 at 7:21 am

    Where your signaling gear. Signal mirror, chem lights, orange panel, strobe, flares even. If you need this gear, then yours gonna need SAR and it might be hard to find u.

  7. John Grealey on March 10, 2020 at 7:24 am

    I thought I had most angles covered with my first aid kit for me and my family .boy was I wrong .I’m an amateur alongside this guy .great and informative video .

  8. Ammo Man on March 10, 2020 at 7:27 am

    What is the chest rig you have? Is it good for CCW while wearing a ruck?

  9. Jarrett Dulemba on March 10, 2020 at 7:28 am

    where did you get your chest harness bag?

  10. Danny on March 10, 2020 at 7:28 am

    Check in- So I have my canoe bag up and running! Followign your advise I added or modified my kit: water based tapes, ace bandages and triangle bandages (pancakes) the larger syringe with the addition on "the bag" (bag valve mask) as it has become known. It scares the crap out of my parents, but when I run them through the canoe safety course- they get it. Thanks for all your help.

  11. jack Burton on March 10, 2020 at 7:31 am

    Thats a bad ass kit. But you must not be that far from the car. I pack in useing mules and that would be a lot to pack in on foot.

  12. TailChaser on March 10, 2020 at 7:32 am

    great video, that looks like a ton to carry, but it seems like you are not technically a civilian so you can use more than most legally.

  13. Lee Jerry on March 10, 2020 at 7:32 am

    I was trained in the military for chest decompression needles, I carry one in my kit for a bad range day. if some one has a GSW and is tension pneumothorax. even if you are trained or not the last thing you are going to do is make them worse at that point i think. thats a shitty day either way

  14. Frank Blangeard on March 10, 2020 at 7:32 am

    He did not mention how much all that stuff weighs and how he manages to carry all of that along with everything else you need when backpacking.

  15. David Landers on March 10, 2020 at 7:33 am

    Great video. Tape and 4×4’s/2×2’s are great multipurpose items. I really like the disclaimer on some of your kit. I’m a respiratory therapist and it bothers me to see people carrying tools they have no medical training to use. Question, what about NP airways? I would like your thoughts as they apply to the wilderness setting. Thanks.

  16. Coniferous Forests on March 10, 2020 at 7:34 am

    Hi, you have said quickclot on a head wound. Not to sound persnickety, but Ive heard that hemostatics are not used on open head and chest injuries . Am I right or am I off with my tenuous remark? Thank you for sharing the kit! And by the way.. with regard to CAT, everyone who carries trauma kit recommends to own one but discourage from using it =D It is kind of conflicting. But I see the point… On the other hand it is quite easy to handle (theoretically), if you have hands and brain you can wrap it and turn a windlass a few inches above the bleeding source, but in emergency situation who knows what my hands are gonna do.

  17. Sylvia on March 10, 2020 at 7:34 am

    Wow! Some would say carrying all that stuff is overkill. But as the saying goes: "Better safe than sorry."

  18. kid medic on March 10, 2020 at 7:38 am

    Rude 🌋

  19. Sitd Black on March 10, 2020 at 7:38 am

    Just face it, you dont need much more then something to clean the wound and bandages to put over it.
    Because whatever happens to you in the wild, if it is serious or wont fix itself within 3-5 days your are in deep shit anyway.

  20. Gage Patterson on March 10, 2020 at 7:38 am

    Awesome video!

  21. Ann Hysell on March 10, 2020 at 7:39 am

    Hey, I went from OEC to LPN, now RN. Still love the backcountry. Meds most applicable to emergency there? I only carry the basics.. what are yours?

  22. John Bennett on March 10, 2020 at 7:40 am

    Hey I think I know how to make a bandaid with tape and 4×4 but I’m not 100% could you tell me or make a video thanks

  23. Mic Macc on March 10, 2020 at 7:41 am

    When your out there you don’t need permission😈

  24. michaldotl on March 10, 2020 at 7:42 am

    Thanks for the content. I might disagree with one thing – sutures are not all that stupid – if you carry a multitool you need nothing more so pretty much no added weight and they provide best closure in high tension areas. I used them couple times in field, cheers

  25. Yomo Cute on March 10, 2020 at 7:43 am

    Where is Narcan

  26. Mark Arca on March 10, 2020 at 7:44 am

    8:51 – Albuterol is called Salbutamol outside the United States.

  27. Threat Dynamics on March 10, 2020 at 7:45 am

    In my 40+ year career and graduate degree in Epidemiology, I’ve never seen any study or heard a suggestion by someone compétant to use a 60ml syringe/14 gauge catheter for wound irrigation. It’s highly doubtful that such a combination would produce enough pressure for adequate irrigation.

  28. Family Prepper on March 10, 2020 at 7:45 am

    Nice video clear explained, I love the disclaiimer, however …… a lot of people confused with legal and medical, for example you said dont use a Torniquet if your in an area that they are ilegal. I have to disagree to a point (if your in an area that definitive medical care can reach you in a matter of minutes then yes abide by the law) however if your in the back country, a member of your party slips impailing themself on a branch/stump (Insert word of your choice) and has a major arterial bleed I’m using a tourniquet first time everytime. granted there is a high degree of further complications from using a tourniquet, however your taking minutes before death from hypovolaemia, if the femeral artery is ruptured, thats one injury i wouldnt waste precious time with direct pressure or heamostaics. However that opinion may be due to my backgound 15 years in the Army as a combat medic and now im an ER Nurse.

  29. Strabunu on March 10, 2020 at 7:46 am

    What do you wear on your chest bro ?

  30. James on March 10, 2020 at 7:46 am

    Great video intelligent information.
    However on another note I think there is a hole underneath your bag because there’s no way in the world I could get that much stuff into that kind of bag this must be a magical trick somewhere. Haha just joking

  31. Rube Clayton on March 10, 2020 at 7:47 am

    Hello Kitty and Sponge Bob Bandages are a Must….

  32. Col on March 10, 2020 at 7:50 am

    great vid

  33. J B on March 10, 2020 at 7:53 am

    Nice setup!

  34. Uber Jim in DC on March 10, 2020 at 8:00 am

    Epi pen? I’m sure I spelled it wrong. Any thoughts on that? I don’t need one but should it be a part of my kit?

  35. Tina Hunter on March 10, 2020 at 8:02 am

    Great video….need to see more on wilderness EMT skills

  36. Modern Explorer on March 10, 2020 at 8:05 am

    Fantastic video! Jeff presented wilderness medicine really well!

  37. Joyce Ann Warnke High on March 10, 2020 at 8:05 am

    Love the honesty! I carry lots of elastic bandages rolls of different widths, gauze and 2×2, 3×3, 4×4 pads and tape, plus scizzors. Then cut to size. That way I seem to cover most cuts and scrapes. Ace bandages and safety pins, ointments & pills. Immodium & gravol top the list. Eucalyptus and Tiger Balm. Thermometer. Ziplock bags may take up space but my grandpa taught me to make my 1st First Aid Kit when I was 8 yrs old and he said the most important thing was to keep it all dry and clean. He had me make one to fit into a Mustard Powder tin can. He was an avid Outdoorsman who spend much of his life living ‘off-grid’ with my half-Cree grandma. I loved my summers & holidays with them. But not roast bear for Xmas dinner. Lol

  38. Brian Umbarger on March 10, 2020 at 8:05 am

    Thanks for the practical medicine!

  39. Robert Evans on March 10, 2020 at 8:07 am

    Shared on Facebook (Public) Robert H Evans JR

  40. Glynn Knox on March 10, 2020 at 8:08 am

    I’ve done CPR 4 times and it drains the energy right out of you.

  41. Outdoor- Moni on March 10, 2020 at 8:10 am

    hi, can you show me where i can order Your Mini Chest Rig? Thank you.

  42. Danny on March 10, 2020 at 8:10 am

    I’m taking a Wilderness First Aid class for my Scouts.  I am starting a canoe program in the PNW (basically kayak land) I have a basic store bought that I supplemented for scouting high adventures.  As I’m reading the class is there anything for a water-based kit that I should look at other than what may be listed in my field guidebook​?

  43. Earthwooman55 spirit on March 10, 2020 at 8:10 am

    So nice to see wilderness first aid from a pro viewpoint. I love bushcraft but id rather have a sterile gauze on my wound than a dirty bandana anyday. I love herbal medicine but practical first aid has its place. Thank you

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