I’ve been a fan of QuikClot® for quite some time. As an agent for stemming massive hemorrhaging, there isn’t much better. Since it first came out, originally packaged in a granular form, QuikClot® has been a staple in blowout kits.
Your standard gunshot trauma kit or blowout kit generally consists of a clotting agent such as QuickClot, duct tape, various gauze wrappings and/or Israeli-style bandages, nitrile or latex gloves, duct tape, and often a tourniquet. Less often, aspiration needles are also included to relieve air building up in the abdominal cavity (tension pneumothorax) from a punctured lung.
In the past, blowout kits were often assembled from their individual components by first responders specifically trained in their use. More recently, pre-assembled kits such as Quick Clot’s Trauma Pak have been introduced to the market, though the need for quality training has not diminished.
Included in this kit are the bare essentials for treating a trauma injury until advanced emergency services can be reached, including severe hemorrhaging and sucking chest wounds, as well as many more minor injuries.
Each resealable pack contains:
- QuikClot® Sponge (25 gram)
- 2×2″ gauze
- 4×4″ gauze
- 3″ conforming gauze
- 5×9″ Trauma Pad
- Nitrile gloves
- 1 Duct Tape, 2″ x 26″;
- Triangular bandage
- Antiseptic wipes
- Plastic Ziploc trash bag and biohazard sticker
Replacement Quick Clot sponges are also readily available to allow you to easily restock your kit, or to add to your existing first aid kit.
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