The Difference Between IFAK, AFAK, and MFAK

Traditional medical kits are good to have in your home, car, or gym bag. However, if you are on a tactical team, participate in shooting sports, or spend any amount of time around firearms, weapons, and so forth, you may want to consider medical kits designed to treat traumatic injuries and severe bleeding. There are now small kits that attach to your belt, vest, or that fits in a pouch, but will still hold essential life-saving devices.To get more news about ifak pouch, you can visit official website.

When assembling your tactical gear load-outs, you will typically think vest, belts, helmets, and firearms. But a well-equipped first aid kit can save your life just as easily as any ballistic protection gear and should be considered essential.
Each kit has its own pros and cons, so the majority of this article will talk about the use and application of an individual first aid kit. However, a kit overview and comparison of IFAK vs AFAK is vital to get started.
There are two basic tactical first aid kits: IFAK and AFAK. Each varies in its contents, the items contained are based on the requirements and situation of its carrier. Most come in an easy to carry pouch, holding all the important equipment you need.

Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK) is a treatment kit to help yourself in the event you are a victim of a trauma event, such as a bad cut or gunshot wound (GSW). Each pack has critical life-saving materials to control bleeding and prepare the wound for proper medical treatment. A basic tactical IFAK, such as the Spartan Armor Systems Individual First Aid Kit, has life-saving bandages, a chest seal, tourniquet, and other medical devices.

Advanced First Aid Kits (AFAK) have all the necessary materials and equipment in an IFAK but have additional components available to use for immediate medical treatment. AFAKs may have particular types of machinery like defibrillators, plaster casts for severe fractures, life-saving medications, and advanced airway kits. Some kits even have the equipment to help people with specific medical conditions. For example, my partner has an inhaler in his AFAK as well as other airway devices. I keep additional tourniquets in my kit.

IFAK are basic medical kits. Practically anyone can be trained on the proper way to use an IFAK. An AFAK on the other hand is more advanced. You can customize your first aid kit and AFAK by purchasing IVs, advanced airway tools, NARCAN, an additional tourniquet, a chest seal, and other gear that may increase your survival rate in the event of severe bleeding.


Both a first aid kit, AFAK or IFAK, can be attached to your duty belt, battle belt, or bulletproof vest. Most are small bags that contains one pouch.