Saturday, October 6, 2012

Pocket Carry IFAK's

Means that most people do not run around in full kit in the United States (with the exception of Geko_45), a pocket carry trauma kit is something very useful. There are a couple options out there with the market adding to the options on a more regular basis.

One common option is to carry one or two pieces of the most basic equipment in your pocket. For example, One Combat Gauze LE and a SWAT-T Tourniquet. I’ve personally tried carrying a SOFT-W in one pocket and a packet of Combat Gauze in the other. This is possible, but will require you to align the items in your pockets to allow for the most comfortable placement and carry of them. One way to make this method of carry easier is to switch the real tourniquet (CAT or SOF-T) out for a TK-4 or a SWAT-T.

Another option that had been pushed by the late Paul Gomez, is a pre made multi use kit. For example Gomez carried a carabineer on his key chain that when used in conjunction with a cravat in his pocket was a field expedient TQ. That same cravat could be used to make a pressure dressing with the Combat Gauze he was carrying. Before his unexpected passing Gomez posted pictures of a project he was working on with a pre made pocket kit. Sadly nothing further has been posted about this by whoever he was working on it with, but there are two other pre made kits that will do excellent work.
Paul did post some advice on a EDC kit in this video:
Paul also posted a few hints as to the Gomez Training International kit on his facebook page with the following items:
  • TK4-L
  • PriMed Gauze
  • Thin H Bandage
  • Wound Seal Kit (believed to be a chest seal type item)
  • 14 Guague Needle
  • Nitrile Gloves

The easiest option around right now is a pre made pocket kit. ITS Tactical has possibly the first one on the market called the ITS EDC Trauma Kit. This definitely wins in the most compact method with an overall size similar to most men’s wallets. The contents being:
·      SWAT-T Tourniquet
·      Combat Gauze LE
·      Nitrile gloves in a
Its vacuum packed and stored in a nylon pouch built by Zulu Nylon Gear.

The newer kit that I ended up going with is the Dark Angel Medical Pocket D.A.R.K. It contains the following:
·      Combat Gauze LE
·      4” Israeli Bandage
·      SWAT-T Tourniquet
·      Nitrile Gloves.
Its vacuum packed and stored in a nylon pouch built by First Spear.

Based on my training and conversations with several tactical medics, I found that it was worth going with the slightly larger kit for pocket carry as having the Israeli Bandage for use as a pressure bandage could be extremely important. When I’m working my day job, I have the Pocket D.A.R.K. in my pants and a CAT TQ on my duty belt. This gives me a real Tourniquet as well as the SWAT-T if needed.

Pants I have carried the Pocket D.A.R.K. in include the following:
·      5.11 Tactical “PDU” Patrol Duty Uniform cargo pockets
·      5.11 Tactical Taclite cargo and rear pocket
·      VERTX men’s pants cargo and rear pocket
·      Wrangler “Riggs” workwear Ranger pants cargo and rear pockets

My preferred pocket for carry of this is the cargo pocket. This is based on conversations with about 10 different Chiropractors. Your spine and back get screwed up by carrying anything in back pockets. Now if your one who carries a wallet in your back pocket, you won’t notice much difference by carrying a trauma kit on the opposite side. This of course is a moot point if you’re a Jeans all the time person and don’t have cargo pockets available. If this is you, the ITS EDC Trauma Kit is probably the best option. The DARK kit will fit in your rear pocket as well, but like I said its very big for a rear pocket.

These are all just my observations and some information I’m pushing out to you as the reader for you to make a decision with as ultimately it’s your money and possibly you or a love one’s life.