Saturday, April 29, 2017
Medical Gear Tip
Alone, AFAIK, among makers of tactical gear, Condor makes a spiffy pouch, above.
For them, it's their MA-40 H2O pouch, intended for a water bottle.
What it really is, is a great catch-all for a lot of things. The front pocket more than doubles the utility.
With a liter bottle plus a survival kit in the pouch, it's a pretty good get home kit anywhere, anytime. Swap the survival kit for jerky and powerbars, and it's a 1/2-1 day ration carrier. It'll also hold a Katadyn Cadillac-level Pocket water filter, and you could put a lot of purification tabs in the accessory pouch. The uses are limited only by your imagination and experimentation, and the physics of what can be crammed into it.
Today I want to pass along a great medical use, for those who can take advantage of it.
As it happens, the main compartment is the perfect size to hold 500 or 1000ml bags of IV fluid. It protects them in transit, while making them easy to access quickly, and you can, as I have done, strap three to six on one or both sides of a range bag first aid kit, and have the means for fluid therapy/resuscitation for a number of casualties.
What makes it even handier is that the side pouch will hold a full IV start kit, a full set of IV admin tubing, and an assortment of IV catheters, such that you could pack it all in a ziplok baggie, and in a pinch, pass out a fluid bag and start kit to multiple people simultaneously.
They didn't build it for this, but for me, seeing it, the use is a no-brainer.
If you can take advantage of it, you should.
As always, remember, gear is only one step.
It takes Gear + Training to equal Preparedness.