Everyday Carry Trauma Kit Update Fall 2015

| September 18, 2015 | 4 Comments

Some of you have asked if I’ve made any changes to my everyday carry (EDC) trauma kit. I have made some adjustments, and here’s a short video detailing the contents.


Kit contents

  • Chem lights (2)
  • Emergency flasher
  • Chest decompression needle
  • Cavalry Arms Slick Tourniquets (2)
  • Medical shears
  • Zip ties (to secure the chem light / flasher / etc) (5)
  • 4″x4″ surgical sponges (4)
  • 8″x10″ Abdomen / combine pad
  • Halo chest seal
  • 6″ Tac Med Solutions Olaes bandage
  • VetRap medical adhesive tape (1/4 roll)
  • 4 yards x 4 yards sterile gauze rolls (5)
  • Nitrile gloves
  • Emergency blanket

Content Changes

The biggest change this year is the inclusion of a chest decompression needle. I’ve been taking CCW-based trauma medicine for a few years, and finally felt comfortable enough to carry a needle.

As mentioned in the video, I’ve moved away from using the Cav Arms Slick tourniquet as my primary tourniquet. It is difficult for some to use with one hand, especially if conditions are poor. I now carry a SWAT-T Wide on my person. I still like the Slick, and included it in this kit because my base assumption is that I’ll be using it on other people. The Slick is easy to use with two hands (or on someone else). I also figured that whatever tourniquet I put on someone will be gone forever, so might as well be the Slick.

I swapped out an Israeli bandage for an Olaes from Tac Med Solutions. In talking with Caleb Causey from Lone Star Medics this year at Rangemaster, he feels that the Olaes has a better tension bar for tightening the bandage. It also has an eye cup, and part of the wrapper can be used as an occlusive dressing.

Lastly I added two chem lights to the front of the bag. I took two low light trauma care classes this year. It’s important for us to have flashlights on our person in order to see injuries, but I added the chem lights so that responding EMS might find casualties more easily, especially if I had to move on. I bought “military grade” ones that have a reported 12-hour life.

Fall 2015 Trauma Kit Contents-0

Next Steps

It’s an expensive proposition, but I intend to build a full kit (minus the needle) for training. I have already opened some components, but I want to have a pair of chest seals, an Olaes, and bandages available for practice purposes.  If you decide to do this, I suggest you mark them TRAINING or with large Xs so that you know not to use them in case of emergency.

I wish there was a way to practice using the decompression needle at home, finding the space between the upper ribs is still difficult for me under the best conditions.

I might finally break down and buy a pack of nasal passage tubes this year. I know several other people who carry them. They are small and lightweight, and might be useful in the event that someone has a head injury and has trouble breathing.

About the Author:

Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.

4 Comments on "Everyday Carry Trauma Kit Update Fall 2015"

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  1. John says:

    I didn’t watch the video, so maybe you covered this, but what bag are you using for your trauma kit? Thanks – great stuff, and you have a very approachable style.

  2. van der lin says:

    extat gunshot wound injectable tablets now FDA approved for civilian sale:

    an injector that can shoot little pellets into a GSW. There are agents that clot I guess, and also the little pellets, like mini tampons I guess, have a dye in them that shows up in xrays to make it easy to remove them all later.

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