I got a thigh mounted trauma kit!
I am very excited about a thigh mounted trauma kit by Tactical Medical Solutions I just got from FedEx today. In this post I'll put a few pictures of it up and talk about the contents, and my rationale for ordering it.
Before going any further, I have to give a big shout out to Lord Skeletor and his friends for the really amazing training opportunity I had during the most recent Camp Skeletor. I was able to attend a tactical trauma lecture, where I learned about first aid and stabilization for pneumothorax and proper use of tourniquets, including commando tourniquets. This was very valuable information because although I've been certified in First Aid and CPR multiples times, and I've recently been certified in Healthcare Provider CPR, none of these courses covered what I would really need to know when it comes to helping someone who has been injured with a gunshot wound.
Because there's a risk of the patient losing a limb if a tourniquet is left on for too long, many first aid orgs have gone to the extreme of not wanting to even tell you about it or explain to you how you could apply one in an emergency. Hopefully this will change in the future, as the CDC recently recognized in their new 2011 guidelines for the field triage of injured patients that,
Source: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/rr/rr6101.pdf page 10
Successful medical treatment of soldiers on the battlefield prompted researchers to explore the potential use of tourniquets for the rapid treatment of vascular injuries seen in the civilian population. Recent battlefield experiences indicate that tourniquet use reduces mortality by limiting exsanguinations (43,44). A retrospective review of 75,000 trauma visits at two Level 1 trauma centers in Texas identified 14 patients with penetrating extremity injuries who arrived at the hospital dead, required emergency thoracotomy, or underwent cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Eight decedents (57%) were identified as having extremity injuries that might have been amenable to application of a tourniquet in the prehospital environment (45).
I have recently taking up hunting in the desert with friends, and I realized that if god forbid there ever were an accidental shooting, the standard first aid kit that I had carried on my belt before could be inadequate, especially if help is going to be at least an hour or so away. So, at first, I shopped amazon.com and got a chest seal, a military bandage, and a quik clot sponge, but all the extra pieces of my first aid kit began to take up a lot of pockets and feel pretty bulky while I was also carrying ammunition, longarm, sidearm, water, PPEs (gloves and mask and surgical prep) for cleaning game, knife, and so on.
I wanted to be able to carry a legitimate trauma kit (as opposed to a "trauma kit" some folks will sell you that's nothing more than a backpack filled with bandaids and kerlix rolls) where I would have some hope of helping someone with a gunshot wound, but which at the same time wouldn't require me to wear a backpack, and which wouldn't make my pants fall down upon clipping it to my belt along with my water, sidearm & mags, knife, etc, or at least without taking up lots of valuable belt space.
After looking around on the internet for a while, I found a product that looked promising, which I eventually ordered, the thigh mounted trauma kit from Tactical Medical Solutions. It was the only thigh mounted trauma kit I personally found on my internet search.
It cost me just over a hundred bucks. Initially it sounds a bit expensive, but it contains a commando tourniquet, which normally retails for $30, and other supplies, so the way I see it, the actual thigh mounted pouch cost me only $50 or so.
I got it today and so far I'm very pleased with it. The design is rugged and high quality. No Made In China crap, and most of the supplies inside are also manufactured in Europe or Israel.
It comes with 2 modular bandages, 1 blast bandage, 1 commando tourniquet, 1 roll of tape, some scissors, a little bit of gauze, a casualty card, and an airway thingie which I'm not qualified to use.
The way I see it, they took out all the crap you don't really need in a trauma kit, like bandaids, and just left the stuff you'd really want to use if someone got shot. Which is as it should be. This is so much better than paying a few hundred dollars for a backpack full of aspirin and kerlix rolls.
My plan for the next time I go out is to throw in a CPR shield, maybe replace one of the modular bandages with my quik clot sponge, and see if I can fit that chest seal in there as well. In a worst case scenario, I'll be as ready as I'll ever be. If someone gets a little boo boo, well, I guess I can still throw a roll of kerlix and a fistfull of bandaids in a pocket.