Trauma Kits: Do you have one nearby?
I put this in the CC Issues & Discussion forum because it's relevant to what people carry on a regular basis.
Do you carry a trauma kit on a daily basis for post fight self care, or for those times when you walk into an accident and realize "Hey, Jane & Tom were doing the Nasty on the copy machine, and somehow the glass broke and one of them is bleeding...Call 911, get this on tape for you-tube and someone get me my bag with the quick clot in it or we are going to have to get another IT guy!!"
I have 2 pocket kits and one larger "O-S Bag" (It is only grabbed when you hear the OH...T! really loud...)
One of my pocket kits is a Blueline Tactical ResQ-PAK Level 1
Contents (5 oz.):
4 x 4, 8 ply (total length: 32)
5 x 9 ABD pad
4 x 75 roll bandage
40 x 40 x 56 triangular bandage
two sets 4 x 3 cover sponges
combat medic tape
The other is Adventure Medical Kit Trauma Pak with QuikClot
1 Bandage, Conforming Gauze, 3"
1 Dressing, Gauze, Sterile, 2" x 2", Pkg./2
1 Dressing, Gauze, Sterile, 4" x 4", Pkg./2
1 Gloves, Nitrile (Pair), Hand Wipe
1 QuikClot Sport 25g
1 Trauma Pad, 5" x 9"
1 Duct Tape, 2" x 26"
Fracture / Sprain
1 Bandage, Triangular
4 After Cuts & Scrapes Antiseptic Wipe
They are light, compact and if you are around guns, essential to have on hand.
You know, because a ND will never happen to you...but you need to be prepared for the other guy's...
Also, for post fight self care. Winning the fight only to die of a GSW would...suck?
They aren't full up EMT kits, but they can help you live long enough to get into EMT's hands.
Also good for bystanders/family who get injured. Seeing the kids you were protecting die because you didn't have something to plug the bleeder would be, um...what's the word I'm looking for...bad? Depressing? Material for an alcohol induced, shotgun assisted suicide?
Are they complete? No. You need to supplement with training, a tourniquet & real chest seals wouldn't hurt...but for something in the shooting bag, coat pocket, diaper bag, glove box, trunk....you can do worse.
The best part...the Adventure Medical Kit...$20 out the door at sporting goods stores.
The Blueline Tactical ResQ-PAKs...more expensive, but more compact. It's much more pocket friendly, so use that as 1st line, coat pocket gear because it does fit that well into your pockets.