Wilderness Medical Kit

Context: There are many commercially-available first aid kits: most are deficient. Most include a few bandages to deal with minor cuts and scraps, some aspirin, some salve, a compress, and a triangular bandage. These items hardly come close the requirements necessary in Austere Environment Medical Kit.

“First aid” and “First-aid kit” are really misnomers when applied to SAR ops. First aid is better described as “Survival Medical Treatment” or “Wilderness Medical Treatment.” “Medical Kit” is a more apt description than “first-aid kit.”

Generally, first aid involves stabilizing the patient so he can be moved to a hospital for treatment. In the wilderness, the rescuers are on their own. Typical first aid training is helpful; however, it is often inadequate for austere environments where whatever treatment is given may have to extend over a long period of time. The best supplies and equipment for emergency medical care will do little good if people are not trained to use it.

Design Brief: Students will use their knowledge of trauma kits and first aid kits to make an Austere Environment Medical Kit.

Possible Solutions: List other ways in which you might acquire an Austere Environment Medical Kit.

Design Constraints:

  • You will work individually.

Detail Design: The following are the steps for the task:

  1. You will create and show/present to Mr. Ferguson your Austere Environment Medical Kit, which you will take home at the end of the course.
  2. You will list all of the items in your kit and rationalize “why” the item is in your kit.

Materials: List all materials used for this project.

Commissioning: Were you successful in this project when you tried it out?

Evaluation: Did this project work as you expected it to?

Reflection: Did you enjoy this project? What were you most proud of? What would you do differently next time?