IFAK vocabulary, and how to ask for things in English


  1. Know vocabulary for the contents of an IFAK (аптечка)
  2. Understand phrases for asking someone to bring you something
  3. Be able to ask someone to bring you something

There are many ways to ask someone to bring you something. You should understand a few of them, and you should be able to use at least one of them.

Here are a few structures for asking someone to bring you something. In the examples, we will ask someone to bring us a tourniquet.

  1. Bring me a tourniquet.
  2. Get me a tourniquet.
  3. Give me a tourniquet.
  4. Hand me a tourniquet.
  5. Gimme a tourniquet. Gimme is a spoken form of “give me.”

We can also use the words would you and could you to make a request. These requests look like questions. For example:

  1. Would you bring me a tourniquet?
  2. Could you get me a tourniquet?
  3. Give me a tourniquet, would you?
  4. Would you hand me a tourniquet?
  5. Could you give me a tourniquet?

We could even use expressions like where is… pronounced where’s…

  1. Where’s a tourniquet?

Now let’s look at the vocabulary of things in an IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit).

підсумок: Pouch

турнікет: Tourniquet. Also called TQ. The tourniquets that we use in combat are called CATs or CAT tourniquets. CAT stands for Combat Application Tourniquet.

Гемостатична марля: Hemostatic gauze. Also called Combat Gauze or Quik Clot. (Quik is normally spelled quick.)

Повітропровід назофарингеальний: Nasopharyngeal airway. Also called NPA.

Пов’язка оклюзійна вентильована: Chest seal

Голка декомпресійна: Chest decompression needle or decompression needle

Ізраїльський бинт: Israeli bandage, or Israeli, or pressure bandage

Марля: Compressed gauze, or Z-folded gauze, or Z-fold gauze. Also sterile gauze, or just gauze.

Термоковдра: Space blanket or Mylar blanket or rescue blanket

Шапочка для душу: Shower cap

Скоч: Duct tape (sounds like “duck tape”)

Ножиці для розрізання одягу: Scissors or shears or trauma shears

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