How to Build a Gunshot Trauma Kit

Trauma Kit

As a firefighter in a rural area, there are numerous times that I am the first one on the scene for a medical call. Recently I had a homeowner who accidentally shot herself because of their irresponsible handling of their firearm (Never store a loaded gun in a cereal box on the top shelf). The first thing I reached for when I arrived was my trauma kit. In addition to my regular store bought first aid kit and my get home bags, I also carry a gunshot kit in the back of my truck. As a hunter also, there are times where my friends and I will be miles from any help should an accident occur. This is why I strongly suggest adding a gunshot kit to your medical prep.

One of my favorite YouTube Channels is Dr. Bones & Nurse Amy. They recently made a video on a simple kit that they offer on their website. I took the liberty of reposting their video along with a list of items you should have in your pack.

*Please note, some items are meant to be used by professionally trained medical personnel. If you do not know what you are doing, leave it to someone who does. As always, I suggest that everyone take basic first aid and CPR classes at their local community college.

Gunshot Trauma Kit contents

  • Bandage Scissors
  • Curved Hemostat
  • Venom Nitrile Gloves – No Latex
  • Face Masks
  • Alcohol Wipes
  • Betadine Iodine
  • Mylar Blanket – avoid shock
  • Ammonia inhaler
  • CPR Mask
  • Red Marker
  • Incident Report
  • CAT Tourniquet
  • H & H Dressing
  • Adhesive Tape – Latex Free
  • Israeli Bandage / Emergency Pressure Bandage
  • #10 Scalpel
  • Decompression Needle
  • Roll Gauze
  • Celox-A Sterile ABD Pads
  • Double Chest Seal

Dr. Bones & Nurse Amy have a very knowledgeable video series on survival medicine, add them to your favorites!