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Generally speaking, we pack the kits with 1 or 2 North American Rescue CATs depending on your preference, 2 gauze rolls, 1 compression dressing, 2 vented Hyfin chest seals, 1 pair of trauma shears, 1 pair of large nitrile gloves, 1 Sharpie permanent marker, and 1 mylar emergency blanket. Let us know if you need help customizing an order. We are an official North American Rescue distributor, so we have access to almost anything you’d need.
The kit is designed with Tactical Casualty Combat Care in mind as well as thoughtful consideration for minimally trained bystanders. Common injuries treated with the contents of the kit are minor bleeding (gauze, compression dressing), uncontrolled hemorrhage from the extremities (tourniquet, gauze, compression dressing), uncontrolled hemorrhage from the junctions (gauze, compression dressing), and penetrating wounds to the chest and back (chest seals). The emergency mylar blanket is included to reduce heat loss which improves outcomes in trauma patients.
Yes! North American Rescue endorses use of their CAT on limbs as small as 5 inches in circumference. For reference, the end of a barbell is about 6 inches in circumference. Smaller limbs also require much less pressure to stop bleeding, so extremity bleeding in very young children can often be accomplished with direct pressure and/or wound packing. But, don’t take our word for it! We always encourage educating yourself with evidence-based information from a reputable source.
It’s certainly possible by securing the bidirectional zippers together, but we don’t recommend it and here’s why. We encourage exploring the kit from time to time to refamiliarize yourself with the contents. This isn’t a piece of equipment that’s meant to go in a drawer and be forgotten about; it should be familiar and users should be comfortable with what’s inside.
We would love it! We’re experts at tackling big projects, so let us know what your overall goals are and we’ll figure out how to accomplish them together.
Call us or send a message! We’d be happy to hook you up with additional equipment and more importantly, we want to hear your feedback! Also check with your local fire department or EMS provider to see if they would be willing to replace what you used.
Much like a common traffic-light, the organization of our kit is not only organized by color, but is also spatially standard so each one is packaged in exactly the same way. By becoming familiar with the layout of the contents, you’ll be able to confidently use the kit.
Sure! As a physician/paramedic team, we’d be happy to help you train. Let us know what you need and we’ll work with you on pricing depending upon your location. We’re also happy to provide recommendations for other training opportunities in your area if you’re out of our reach.
No! We designed the kit to be useful in a variety of venues…..schools, churches, homes, school buses, factories, stores, restaurants, etc. One of our customers even has his kits staged inside his farming equipment in case of an emergency out in a field.
The chest seals expire after 5 years. No other equipment expires unless you elect to customize your kit with different contents. We do recommend checking packaging, permanent markers, and gloves at regular intervals just to ensure everything is as you left it. Although gloves and permanent markers don’t have expiration dates, they can dry out over time and may need to be replaced.
Absolutely! Let us know what you need and what you already have so we can work together to meet your specific needs. The bag and color coded directions can be filled with contents you’ve already purchased to reduce your cost. No reason to spend more than you need!
We’ll make sure you have what you need! The standard equipment list we include is compliant with most current state legislation that requires kits in schools, but let us know where you live and we’ll help you double check. We’ve gone above and beyond some state’s requirements because we think the equipment we’ve selected is that valuable, so chances are pretty good you’ll already have more than you need.
Most likely, no! Almost all states have some version of a “Good Samaritan Law” in the books that protects bystanders from civil liability in the event they render basic first aid in good faith. Some states even specifically cite bleeding control measures as part of their “Good Samaritan Law” or have a separate statute addressing bleeding control. Take a look in your specific state with a quick Google search to learn more.
Give us a call because we love to talk about the details of our design process! The short answer is, as experts in this space we’ve thought long and hard about the specific needs of minimally trained bystanders, changes in fine motor control under stress, tactical considerations of active assailant environments, visibility and ease of access, and much more.
- Most kits don’t have an effective way to be displayed out in the open….we’ve given you two options with the handle and magnetic back.
- Many other kits have packaging that is difficult to open either under stress or with blood on your hands. Double check to make sure if the kit is vacuum sealed in plastic that it doesn’t also have the tourniquet still wrapped in plastic. We used baby oil and a 1st Grader to test out our kit’s ease of access.
- Some require phone apps that may or may not function properly in an emergency and rely on you having access to your phone to understand how to use the equipment. Technology is very cool, but our kit works all the time, by itself.
- Others use audible voice commands that would give away your location in the event a threat is still active. Again, super cool technology, but now you have batteries to replace and sound to contend with.
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