OHTK

One Handed Trauma Kit

I made the first version of this 1 1/2 years ago.  The idea being that you could apply pressure to a bleed with one hand and tear off the pouch, manipulate the zipper and release it with the other.  Having one of the zipper pulls “leashed” to the PALS platform allows you to turn the pouch around and open the zip at the same time.

I’m about to begin work on improvements for it.  Sizing will be to fit the following:

  • 2 x 4″ Israeli bandages
  • 2 x H&H Compressed Gauze
  • NPA
  • OPA sz L
  • 14g Angiocath for ND
  • Nitrile gloves
  • ACE wrap
  • 2 x ACS
  • Roll of 1″surgical tape
  • Casualty card

Our SOP for TQ is to have it mounted accessible by with either hand on the vest.  I carry mine in a 215 Gear TQ holder if you haven’t seen one before I highly recommend you check them out.

So far my intent is to have a set of elastic “pussy lips” in place of the PALS on the front of the pouch for the gloves.  I’m going to investigate the possibilty of making an easier way to open the pouch as a casualty in shock may have problems with the fine motor skill required to manipulate the pouch open.  This may be a an exposed 1″ strap that sits between the zipper pull and opens with a yank.

Stay tuned…

Comments have been left activated for readers to put forward their ideas.

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2 Responses to “OHTK”

  1. In the Belgian Defence we have the “Caiati” pouch. There is no zipper included thus to prevent problems when opening under stress.
    This idea of construction might help.

  2. Cheers Vince, some interesting features there.

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