Initial Response Kit Components
Initial Response Kits are neither better or worse than First Aid Kits and Advanced Trauma Kits. Each is designed for a specific function, and serves their purpose well. First Aid Kits are designed to treat minor wounds and some medical ailments and require a basic understanding of the components. These kits are generally safe to use and will not result in life-threatening danger. Advanced Trauma Kits often have some of the same components as our Initial Response Kits, but also includes components which require advanced medical training and can result in further injury if not used properly.
Initial Response Kits are the middle ground between these types of kits, often working in conjunction with and complimenting First Aid and Advanced Trauma Kits. Our kits are specifically designed to major to life-threatening bleeding. Life- threatening bleeding can happen anywhere from the garage work bench, vehicle collisions, violent acts, or natural disasters. Our kits are designed to stop bleeding and extend life, increasing survival while Emergency Medical Services arrive.
We have partnered with the industry leaders to provide a kit with the highest quality equipment. The components of our kits have been proven throughout the Global War on Terrorism, and are just as effective in civilian scenarios. Since the components are the lifeline of our kits, we created this page to explain the use of each piece and why it is included.
Tourniquets: Combat Application Tourniquet (CAT)
Tourniquets are capable of treating life-threatening bleeding to the limbs; arms and legs. The CAT is one of the most common tourniquets because of its effectiveness, ease of use, and self application capability. Tourniquets work by restricting the blood flow to the injured limb, controlling the bleeding.
What separates this tourniquet from lower priced alternatives which look exactly the same? Unfortunately the market is flooded with similar looking tourniquets often manufactured by foreign toy companies. Using these tourniquets can result in fatal consequences as they are not made to the same quality and standards. Users have found issues with these tourniquets taking longer to constrict blood flow and breaking.
When dealing with life-threatening bleeding and the limbs, a tourniquet is our preferred solution.
Hemostatic Gauze: Celox Rapid Guaze
Hemostasis is the stoppage of hemorrhage, or bleeding. Hemostatic agents assist in accelerating this process and forming a clot. For this our preferred hemostatic gauze is the Celox Rapid Gauze due to its ability to stop severe bleeding in only 60 seconds of compression. Other hemostatic gauze typically works within 3 minutes.
Hemostatic gauze is best used for junction areas which can not be treated with a tourniquet. Areas such as the neck, shoulders and groin are best treated by packing the wound with a hemostatic gauze followed by additional packing with regular gauze then applying direct pressure with pressure bandage.
Chest Seals: Hyfin Vent Chest Seal Twin Pack
The torso is unique in treating due to the vital organs housed in the area. Based on this, it is best to treat penetrating trauma to the torso with a seal. We use twin packs with two seals to ensure coverage of entry and exit wounds. Hyfin Vent Chest Seals work to control the incoming and outgoing airflow to chest wounds. The unique design of the vented chest seals allow for adhesion in scenarios where blood and sweat are expected.