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    Cargo Pocket Trauma Kit

    What would ya'll recommend for some items to keep in my cargo pocket for first aid to help a fallen officer or to help myself if help isn't coming fast enough? I'm talking about the bare essentials, not a larger kit for a go-bag. Something to have on me for every single call.

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    Tampon (or two) for bullet wounds , maybe an Israeli bandage and an abdominal dressing pad (absorbs lots of blood from larger wounds) stored in a ziplock bag which can double as an occlusive barrier in case of a sucking chest wound.

    FYI - the military trains people to use the wounded person's kit to treat them, never your own. Your kit is for you, their kit is for them.

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    Really, tampons for bullet wounds? That never crossed my mind, but I guess it make sense. What about any of the quickclot products? Are they worthwhile.

    It was brought up at a meeting that the dept. should supply and adopt a policy of all officers carrying some sort of kit in a designated pocket, but I'm trying to come up with something of my own so that I can feel a little more prepared.

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    A lot of companies are making pocket trauma kids that come with everything you need including a tourniquet I have one from North American Rescue and they come with our without quick-clot and they range anywhere from 50-100 bucks money well spent in my opinion.

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    Make your own kit for cheaper:

    1. Commercial Tourniquet (I recommend either the CAT or SOFFT-W)
    2. Combat Gauze (get trained on wound packing!)
    3. Flat H-bandage
    4. Halo chest seal
    5. vacuum pack it all together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by careerchange#2 View Post
    Make your own kit for cheaper:

    1. Commercial Tourniquet (I recommend either the CAT or SOFFT-W)
    2. Combat Gauze (get trained on wound packing!)
    3. Flat H-bandage
    4. Halo chest seal
    5. vacuum pack it all together.
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    in my pocket i carry:

    1 - swat T tourniquet $10 - arterial GSW's
    http://www.chinookmed.com/cgi-bin/ca...ource=nextopia

    1 - Quikclot combat gauze vacuum sealed - $20 (when i bought it) - non arterial GSW's
    http://www.amazon.com/QuikClot-Comba...3908984&sr=8-1

    1 - Nasal airway - $3 - for blocked airways
    http://www.chinookmed.com/cgi-bin/ca...ource=nextopia

    all in a large gallon size ziploc bag, can be used as chest seal. If in a cargo pocket i would also carry some duct tape to secure the chest seal. i dont have a cargo pocket so i'm limited a bit.

    in my go bag and on my plate carrier i carry a lot more, but these are the basic items you need that can treat any type of gsw. some additional items include; israeli bandages, med shears, z pack gauze, halo chest seals as mentioned above and more quikclot. I prefer the quikclot gauze as it is much easier to use and pack wounds with. I would also look into needle decompression training as that is one of the harder skills to learn. a good place to order med supplies from is chinook-med.com and amazon. no need to spend a lot of money of tourniquets the swat t works great and is a third of the price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adeutch View Post
    Really, tampons for bullet wounds? That never crossed my mind, but I guess it make sense. What about any of the quickclot products? Are they worthwhile.
    They're a bit "old school". Maybe save them for your doomsday kit. Use the Combat Gauze that doesn't generate heat.

    It was brought up at a meeting that the dept. should supply and adopt a policy of all officers carrying some sort of kit in a designated pocket, but I'm trying to come up with something of my own so that I can feel a little more prepared.
    Whatever you get, make sure everything is capable of one-handed application. You may need to keep your weapon in one hand and do First Aid with the other; or, one hand/arm may just be incapacitated due to a GSW or stabbing/slashing, etc.

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