Posted on 08 April 2013
Recognizing that there are preventable deaths occurring from blood loss resulting from extremity wounds, the ability to control / stop bleeding is highlighted. This week I took a look at two products that are designed for just that purpose: the SWAT-T and QuikClot Combat Gauze.
Posted on 03 April 2013
Gerber’s Bullrush is a recent release that is basic, comfortable and relatively compact. It has what you need and not a bunch of stuff that you probably don’t.
Posted on 04 June 2012
As is the case with most things in the military, they trickle their way down to the civilian market and in to our daily lives. This is the case with what has been dubbed the “Blow Out Kit” (BOK) or “Individual First Aid Kit” (IFAK).
Posted on 26 March 2012
In general, most adults today know how to treat the simple stuff; the stuff you deal with at home growing up and if you’re a parent or guardian for children. What many contemporary warriors aren’t trained to do, and it would greatly impact the number of survived injuries if they did, was treat a few common battle wounds that need not be fatal.
Posted on 19 December 2011
I’ve been carrying a knife on me for nearly 30 years, and during that time, there have been many advancements in knife materials, quality and designs for specific uses. Some of those specific designs could be for defense, SCUBA, utility and rescue. As a police officer and volunteer firefighter, I always have a knife on [...]
Posted on 07 March 2011
I can’t begin to count the number of times I’ve packed a backpack, my Jeep, truck, etc to head out on a camping trip – sometimes in some fairly remote areas – and not packed any first-aid supplies. Now typically, in my vehicles, I’d have some basic first-aid supplies on hand. That said, sometimes the [...]
Posted on 02 March 2011
So, there I was… walking down yet another of the seemingly endless aisles of vendors at SHOT Show this year when I came upon the Adventure Medical Kits (AMK) booth. Well, truth be told, I was looking for it. I had received some of their press releases and wanted to see some of their products [...]
Posted on 08 December 2009
I’d be the first to admit that I’m not a combat medic, tactical medic or any other kind of “medic”. I’m one of those people who has had my share of basic first-aid as well as advanced first-aid and the bits and pieces of trauma wound treatment one picks up from true tactical medics. Most [...]
Posted on 02 March 2009
I know a gentleman who claims he carries two trauma kits: One for creating the trauma, and one for bandaging the trauma. I happen to be familiar with both of his “kits”. One is a Glock Model 19 while the other is one he built himself containing a tourniquet, two pressure bandages and minor other [...]
Posted on 29 December 2008
At any given time, today’s warriors may be injured, in need of immediate medical care, and unable to provide important personal health information to the health care provider. This can happen in the field, at home, at work, or driving down the road. For years folks have been seeking solutions to provide critical information. Bracelets, [...]