First Aid Kits

Discussion in 'First Aid' started by EDCP-MIKE, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. charliefox

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    @moostapha - I’ve done a LOT of training with all the major TQs on the market and you’re right, the SWAT T and RATS take a bit more practice. I prefer the windlass TQs but sometimes they’re just not practical to carry. I tell my classes, just like a gun, the TQ you have with you is 100% better than the one you left at home because it was too hard to carry.
     
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    Awesome. I've talked to a lot of people who just buy one and think the instructions are good enough.

    I disagree that bigger TQs are not practical to carry. But...I'm obviously a bit of a wierdo in that respect.
     
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    i came across this while watching a video of a guy's med kit setup. he showed how to stage it for one-person, single-hand use. and then showed how easy it was to deploy and use. also, once you start tightening it, it doesn't come undone until you release the buckle. it works with a ratcheting function and looked very easy to do. plus, they make different sizes.

    https://www.ratchetingbuckles.com/r...aps/ratcheting-medical-tourniquet-rmt-2-inch/

    they sell them on amazon, but the site from the link has them about $15 cheaper. i'm thinking of getting a few for all my kits (edc, truck, range bag, extra kit for house, shop)
     
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    This one looked good until the double loop threading. Also the ratchet looks awfully small. I’m thinking if your hands are wet, your googles fogged, rain pouring down on you...oh, and that whole “you’ve been shot/blown up/damaged and are in pain and dying” thing. Solid concept, but needs some fine tuning.
     
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    in the video i mentioned, the guy showed how he stages his. he says he keeps it threaded, but loose-fitting, to be able to slide it onto an arm or a leg. that way, all you have to do is slide it up, then pull the strap and start ratcheting.

    the other part, wet hands, goggles, fogged, etc., is certainly something that should be taken into account with any tourniquet. but wit the way this one is designed, i feel like i could manage to pull up on the ratchet mechanism even if i couldn't see it very well; just by feel.

    here's a very short video (not the one i mentioned above) of how it can be done with one hand with the strap staged already in the loops..



    granted, that guy's not under any duress so he can do it quickly and without any fumbling around. but, like i said, that can be an issue with any tourniquet. obviously there isn't one best solution out there for everyone. people will like different types for various reason due to efficiency, cost, ease-of-use in shtf situations, etc. and of course the thing with anything like this is practice, practice, practice. you need to know the product very well before it's needed so you don't try to use it in a bad situation and wind up worse than before.

    the kind with the windlass...i have that style and have tried it one-handed. it's not very easy to do. trying to turn the bar, and keep it tight without it coming undone, can be a pita. and that was just me sitting comfortably and trying to do it. i still have it and would use because it's the only style i have...for now. but i plan on getting the M2 style and trying it out to see if it's any better or easier to do one-handed. and, like my current one, i'm going to try it with bare hands, gloved hands, wet hands, oily (slippery) hands, etc.

    i will say that the release dose seem a bit small and looks like it could be difficult to release while wearing gloves. you have to get your finger under that release pretty good and be able to pull up with a bit of strength to release it. and it looks like the size of it would hinder doing that with gloves on.

    i do like the simplicity of it, though.
     

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