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 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)
- Contents List
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.
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.
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.
(Pictures courtesy of ITS Tactical)