ITS Tactical ETA Trauma Kit & Trauma Kit Pouch

One piece of kit everyone should have while going downrange, hiking, climbing or pretty much any activity is a good blowout/trauma kit. A trauma kit is not your standard first aid kit, the former has one function: to initially treat the three leading preventable causes of death in the field. These are hemorrhage, tension pneumothorax and airway obstruction.

I’ve carried a blowout kit with me every time I’ve been out on patrols, climbing the high picks, hiking and every other activity outdoors. I also carry a trauma kit with me on the car and a small, reduced trauma kit inside my backpack.
I’ve used and tested several on the field, however once I tried the ITS Tactical ETA Trauma Kit I found it not only to be an easy to carry, easy to deploy kit, but also a rather well thought out trauma kit that is accessible to civilians and military/LE personnel as well.

ETA Trauma Kit Contents List

ETA Trauma Kit Contents List

ETA Kit Contents

  • QuikClot Combat Gauze (1)
  • HALO Chest Seal (2)
  • Decompression Needle (1)
  • Nasopharyngeal Airway 28fr w/ Surgilube (1)
  • Israeli Bandage (1 – 4″)
  • Ace Bandage (1 – 4″)
  • Z-Pak Compressed Gauze (2)
  • Combat Casualty Card (1)
  • Nitrile Gloves (1 Pair)
  • Pencil
  • Contents List
ETA Trauma Kit Gauze & Bandages

ETA Trauma Kit Gauze & Bandages

Here’s a video with an explanation of the contents and the three versions available

I’ve used this kit on the field and it has proven to be extremely reliable. Developed by a US Navy SEAL, the ITS ETA Trauma Kit is built to withstand a large range of temperatures and other harsh conditions.

The ETA Trauma Kit Pouch

One of the often overlooked things related to the trauma kits is the carrying pouch. Based on experience those squared, full of elastic and MOLLE webbing medical pouches can fail when you most need them by preventing an easy access to the kit.

Enter the ITS Tactical ETA Trauma Kit Pouch.

ETA Trauma Kit Pouch

ETA Trauma Kit Pouch

 

ETA Trauma Kit Pouch with Straps

ETA Trauma Kit Pouch with Straps

Developed with Zulu Nylon Gear, the ETA Kit Pouch is one of the most well thought out pouches I’ve had the chance to test.

Made in the USA, it is designed to allow carrying the ETA Trauma Kit either packed within its original protective wrap or, to organize the kit in an easily accessible way.

The zippers placement, the handle and the way the pouch can be opened with one hand are extremely useful, especially under the stress of combat and while having to access the kit to treat yourself. The fact that the pouch open completely flat and provides access to all the kit is also a huge plus.

In the past I’ve had to deal with my buddy’s blowout kit’s pouch and lost precious seconds in trying to find what I needed to take care of him. Not with this one. Unless you choose to leave the contents of the ETA Kit inside its protective package, access to each and every component is easy, and it lends itself to multiple configurations.

ETA Trauma Kit Pouch Ready for Use

ETA Trauma Kit Pouch Ready for Use

Here’s a video explaining the different features and options

Attachment is easy via a pair of MALICE clips (provided with the pouch) and due to the streamlined shape of the pouch it can fit also on the cargo pockets of several pants.

Overall, this pouch is an easy to attach, easy to deploy and easy to use piece of gear. The fabric is light weight but very tough. It is, by far, one of the best medical pouches I have ever tried.

ITS Tactical ETA Trauma Kit and ETA Trauma Kit Pouch

ITS Tactical ETA Trauma Kit and ETA Trauma Kit Pouch

(Pictures courtesy of ITS Tactical)

23 comments
Medic09
Medic09

Did I miss something in the list?  No TQ?  Why is that?  A tourniquet has always been an essential part of my 'pocket gear'.  Even when going out on leave, my left pants  pocket always had a TQ, an airway, and a personnel bandage.  My shirt pocket usually had IV and decompression needles that I always carried.  But I have absolutely found a TQ to be a cheap and fast lifesaver over the years; and the modern ones (the old IDF issue was a long rolled up rubber strip) are very compact.

katgirl231
katgirl231

Uri - thank you!  I'm sending the link to a couple of friends who were asking about this.  For non-military trained shooters, I think an IFAK/DARK kit is the most unappreciated and misunderstood item despite the fact that serious gear heads will spend thousands on their rifle/carbine/pistol (and from what I've seen, can't hold consistent 5-10MOA at 100!).  I have two kits, one I made a few years ago and one from Dark Angel Medical.  For my DIY IFAK, I'd still like to get the Israeli Pressure bandage and a Halo seal, but it has everything else.

Old PH2
Old PH2 moderator

I recently became aware that the kit I carry is unavailable for restock at this time, I own a Tactical Response VOK.  This although larger may be a good kit for my BOB and home survival kit.  Thanks for the review Uri, your always one up on most of us.

lightfighter
lightfighter

My EDC kit ( the most important item being knowing how to use it ! )

 

Celox A

Combat Gauze

Primed Gauze x 2

Hyfin Occlusive Seal

H Bandage

Nasopharyngeal Airway 28fr w/ Surgilube

Bolin Chest Seal

Decompression Needle

Dermabond 

Water Jell 

Space blanket

Shears / RipShears

Duct Tape

Safety Pin

Rubber Band 

Sharpie

Nitrile gloves  (unfolded)

Warrior Wipes

CAT TQ'a x 2

VisorLite in Red

Surefire E1e

 

All fitting into / on a Blue Force Gear TKN

 

shooten
shooten

ITS is a great company. They sponsor an event that I attend yearly and that's much appreciated. 

 

This article is great for someone like me with no background in tactical medicine and some background in emergency medical.  I have a much better idea of what to get now.  I shoot a lot.  Mostly precision rifle.  This seems like a piece of kit that should be on the range but never seems to be.  Thanks TLR.

JShepard
JShepard

Thanks for the link.  I needed another blowout kit, or two, or three really and this is just motivating me to stop being lazy.  I was going to say I like the design of their pouch, nice and low profile, but not quick detach.  Then I watched another video on their site, and with the "Molle stix" it can be quick detached.   I tried the non detaching IFAKs and when mounting on gear they're just unusable, especially on the back or side of a belt or side of chest rig if the other hand is disabled.  I like my ammo and tourniquets up front where they're eaisly accessible with both hands so the IFAK ends up on the sides or back.  Recently tried the "Flat IFAK" at the small of the back and like it as it can be grabbed pretty easily with either hand, and doesn't have that feeling like you have a football strapped to your back on your back when you're in vehicles.  Downfall is it doesn't look like a typical IFAK so I need to put some identifiers on it and some identifiers for the handles in case I'm out.  

Tango9
Tango9 moderator

I'm always on the hunt for good medic gear.  Thanks a ton, Uri. 

MedicSteve2
MedicSteve2

I couldn't agree more. An incredible well developed piece of gear, both from a emergency medical AND a TACMED point Of view (and they're NOT the same thing). ITS is one of my five "go-to" sites. Always practical; always informative.

FormerSFMedic
FormerSFMedic moderator

The ITS kit is probably the most well thought out kit I've seen in a long time. Bryan is a great guy and he is very knowledgeable on these kinds of things. This kit has everything you need and the pouch is absolutely perfect for the task! This is definently worth the money and mandatory for anyone who shoots, climbs, hikes, or indulges in any adventure sport. Awesome kit right here!

TheWanderer14
TheWanderer14

So I've taken your regular Red Cross class for CPR, got some basic first aid there as well. Where can a regular working stiff get instruction on how to use this kit in an emergency?

CJCJ
CJCJ

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