Retractable Badge Holder Lanyards and Seatbelt Cutters In Trauma Kits

| August 24, 2016 | 3 Comments

I really enjoy trauma care training. It’s useful, it’s a gateway for talking about being responsible for your own safety, and it’s still relatively new enough to me I learn something new every time.

I picked up some new brain wrinkles at the Hebrew Hogger event this July. Here are two little tips that I hope you enjoy, too.

Retractable Badge Holders

It’s easy to find the stuff in your trauma kit when the lights are on, you’re in your kitchen, everyone’s calm, and no one is spurting blood on the backsplash.

I’m concerned that I might lose track of my gear under stressful conditions — especially in low light, and especially if I have to set the tool down to do something else. I’m particularly worried about losing my shears or flashlight.

Keeping your gear on a retractable line will help you keep track of stuff, but still allow you the freedom of movement to use the tool effectively. Most retractable lines have more than enough reach for you to work on a wounded person without hassling with your kit. My car kit can be worn around my body, so that really keeps my items mobile and secure.

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I bought a 5-pack of reels for $9 on Amazon Prime. I specifically chose this model because it had a gated, carabiner-style attachment. This seems more robust than the typical clip you might see on your work ID badge.

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If you want some extra durability, I own a few retractable reels meant to hold digital cameras up to six pounds. They are way more expensive, but the lines are very durable. Given how light shears are, I thought I’d try inexpensive ones first.

Seatbelt Cutters / Car Emergency Tool

I have a ResQMe seatbelt cutter / glass breaker in my car in case I need to escape. An interesting tip from the trauma class was keeping one in your kit. You can use this to punch a window or cut a seatbelt, but you can also use it to cut away someone’s pants or shirt.

The plastic guide slides between the clothing and the skin, and away you go.

Pretty interesting idea, and I like the idea of a multitasker in my kit.

I’m going to experiment with cutting jeans, cargo pants, and shirts with the seatbelt cutter to see how it performs. Look for the experiment in a future post.

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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.

3 Comments on "Retractable Badge Holder Lanyards and Seatbelt Cutters In Trauma Kits"

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  1. Mark H says:

    Great ideas! I have some clothes to sacrifice since I lost weight. Let me know.

  2. Airborne_fister says:

    I used them on three items. My mk25 pistol in Afghanistan. It’s nice when I had to use it I could drop it and it would retract up against my holster. I had one on my compass. Nothing worse then reaching into my FISTER pouch and having to dig around for my compass. When all I had to do was grab the loop it was attached to at the top of the pouch. Pull and the compass would be in my hand faster. And finally, I would use the third one on trauma sheers. Attached to the outside webbing of my med kit. I could let go of it. It would retract to my pouch or kit. Then I knew every time where it was. No looking for anything. Not wondering where I set it down.

  3. James Huffaker says:

    Careful with the cutter/punch, I broke my punch testing it against my boot sole. I suspect their are designed as single use. I keep a Benchmade 7 cutter and a Rescue Man window punch on my gearshift stalk, theoretically more gross motor skills compliant, cave man proof. EMT shears behind BOK.

    Retractors, depending on how bloody/body fluid contaminated “it” is, when it retracts, you/your bag, can get “sprayed”> blood/body fluid exposure (eyes, mucus membranes, open wounds/cuts)/contamination. Most people don’t walk around with splash glasses/mask with eye shield. Most don’t carry gloves.

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