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What is an EDC Medical Bag ?

Updated: Nov 9, 2021

EDC stands for Every Day Carry. An EDC medical bag contains general medical supplies that are needed on a daily basis. Individual first aid kits (IFAKs) are limited in the sense that they do not contain the regular basic first aid supplies that are needed daily.

A lot of IFAKs contain the necessary medical supplies to stop severe bleeding such as pressure dressing, tourniquet, etc., but things like bandages, gauze pads, tape, and over-the-counter medications, which the EDC medical bag contains, are not usually present. Some of the contents of the EDC include

Trauma medical supplies such as

  • A Combat Application Tourniquet (CAT) which can be used to stop bleeding from extremities.

  • Compressed gauze which can be used with a compression bandage to control a hemorrhage, and also as backing gauze for wound dressing

  • Nitrile Gloves which are used to protect the user from contaminating a wound when treating a patient.

Basic first aid supplies such as

  • Gauze pads which are used to clean, dress, debride, or a temporary absorbent for wounds.

  • Conforming stretch gauze roll which can be used for hard casts, soft casts, wrapping and securing splints, securing insulating material.

  • Adhesive bandages which protect wounds from bacteria, friction, dirt, and damage.

Medications and Topicals such as

  • Triple antibiotic ointment which is used to treat and prevent minor skin infections that are caused by burns, scrapes, or small cuts.

  • Ibuprofen which is a painkiller that relieves pain from headaches, toothache, arthritis, muscle aches, or menstrual cramps.

  • Diphenhydramine which can be used to relieve itchy, irritated, watery, red eyes and runny nose which is caused by allergies, common cold, or hay fever.

CPR supplies such as

  • CPR face shield which is used to deliver rescue breaths to a victim safely when providing CPR.


An EDC medical bag is a medical bag with extensive contents. It can be taken along on a journey in your backpack, suitcase, or car. It provides the everyday medical supply you need for basic first aid to severe trauma.

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