A lot of commercial trauma kits include a pair of chest seals, yet most people do not fully understand when, why, and how they should be used. As we include more advanced components like these in our Emergency Medical Kits we feel it is our duty to help educate our customers on the proper use of these products to help you and yours Get Home Alive. This article is not intended to replace actual training.
*Chest Seals are also sometimes referred to as “Occlusive Dressings”
When to use Chest Seals:
Chest seals should be used when an open chest injury occurs, meaning the chest wall is penetrated, leaving the chest cavity open to the atmosphere. Most commonly caused from penetrating trauma like a gunshot wound or knife.
So you finally pulled the trigger and purchased a quality medical kit for yourself and hopefully even got some training. At a minimum you should go take a First Aid & CPR Course, which is offered at many locations. You should go through your kit so that you know the layout of the contents, this way you are not fumbling around looking for an item during the emergency. You also need to familiarize yourself with the contents and have an extra set of items (at least an Israeli Bandage and Tourniquet) to practice with. If you have done all of that here are some tips that will make deploying your medical gear faster.
If You Carry A Gun...
You Damn well better be carrying a Med Kit!
They go hand in hand, Life & Death.
You carry a gun because you have the desire to protect you and yours, but chances are very low that you will ever use it. Chances of needing to use a Medical Kit are much higher, as illustrated so greatly in the article "Prioritizing Sheepdog Tendencies" by the Loadout Room.
Yet very few people EDC a Med Kit along with their concealed carry. I urge you to carry both and I don't care if you build your own, purchase ours, or even buy one elsewhere. Please be responsible and carry a Medical Kit if you choose to carry a Firearm on a daily basis.
When you choose to carry the power to take a life, it is your responsibility to carry the power to save a life.
Think it is too bulky or uncomfortable? Then you haven't seen our EDC Pocket Trauma Kit and read/seen the reviews. The EDC Pocket Trauma Kit is just like a good holster, the more you wear it the more it conforms to your body. Just sit on it in your back pocket while driving for a week or two and you will see it take shape.
As always, thank you for your continued support in our effort to save lives and Live The Creed.
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This may seem like a rhetorical question, but we live in a world blanketed by a false sense of security. We choose to go through life imagining that something like yesterdays movie theater shooting will not happen to us, even if in the back of our minds we know it is a possibility. And worse yet, we believe that if something terrible does happen Law Enforcement & First Responders will be there to save the day. Let us be honest, this is Bullshit. We are the only ones responsible for our self preservation and that of our family. That is a big responsibility, and not one that can entirely be put onto the shoulders of Law Enforcement & First Responders. It takes a change of mindset and hard work to be prepared enough to be confident to act in an emergency. When we say "Stay Spikey" we are talking about staying vigilant, being prepared mentally, physically, and tactically to respond to whatever this world can & will throw at you. Train your mind & push your body. Train with your firearm. Know how to use the items in your medical kit. Carry everyday.
So what are the basics that you should be carrying with you at all times?
- Firearm (something that is comfortable enough to carry everyday)
- Pocket Trauma Kit (We Recommend our Trauma BaseKIT)
- High Power LED Light (Recommend OLight's)
- Knife (Preferably has a glass breaker and seat belt ripper)
Seemingly senseless acts of violence and traumatic accidents happen every day around the United States. Are you prepared to react?
Live the Creed, Protect one another.
Since the recent review of our Get Home Alive Medical Kit by the Veteran Special Operations Writers over at the LoadOutRoom.com we have been getting some questions regarding what each of the items in our kit are used for. The purpose of this Article is to teach you the basic uses of the different medical items
WH Tactical sells in its kits & as individual items. While some medical items are straight forward,
others are not. It is imperative to have a solid understanding of the different functions of the
items in your medical kit.
SWAT Tourniquet: A tourniquet is used to stop heavy blood flow from a traumatic injury. Some examples
include arterial cut, gun shot wound, and loss of limb.