Add a gunshot trauma kit to your list of things to pack for a hunting trip.
Whether it's a barrel failure or gunshot wound inflicted by yourself or another person by accident, you should try to have enough first aid supplies to keep your wound from bleeding out. A gunshot trauma kit cannot take the place of a first responder or hospital, but it could make a difference until you seek help.
Many first aid kits don't offer enough medical supplies for life-threatening traumatic injuries. If you take a look at what a gunshot trauma kit entails, there's definitely more supplies you can work with in the case of a shooting accident.
Thought hey may not be sold as "gunshot trauma kits" by name, it's important to investigate the items and ensure you're getting what you expect. We've done that for you.
From packs with antiseptic wipes, combat gauze, and even trauma shears, here are five of the best gunshot trauma kits you can buy online.
Gunshot Trauma Kits
- Quik Clot Hemostatic Dressing
- R.A.T.S. Tourniquet® | Rapid Application Tourniquet System
- Emergency Israeli Bandage | 4 in. | PerSys Medical®
- EMT Shears
There's even a nasopharyngeal airway included along with nitrile gloves. I'm sure the creators of this emergency kit are experienced first responders or are former military members! This is an amazing product, one that deserves a spot in your hunting gear or survival stash.
Here's what's included in this emergency kit:
- 1-blood pressure cuff kit
- 1-cervical collar
- 1-pen light; 2-sutures
- 1-first aid book
- 8-pair exam gloves
- 10-abdominal pad 5" x 9"
- 6-safety pins
- 2-casualty blanket 84" x 52
There's also a stethoscope and pain relievers. Looks like you'll have plenty of gear to stop bleeding and pain. The first aid book is a major plus. If you have the chance to look through it for tips, do it. You could save a friend's life.
This kit includes the basics like dressing, shears, and bandages, but I'll highlight some of the extreme gunshot-relevant content of this trauma bag.
- 1 X Tactical EMT Nylon Molle IFAK Bag (6" x 8.5" x 4.5")
- 1 X Military Combat Tourniquet
- 1 X 36" Splint Roll (36" x 4.3" / 92cm x 11cm)
- 1 X Emergency Trauma Bandage (Israeli Style Pressure Dressing)
- 1 X Compressed Gauze (4.5" x 4.1 yards stretched
I can't stress this enough, bleeding control is key in this type of emergency.
There was something that stood out in this gunshot trauma kit: the ammonia inhalant. It works wonders for me when I pass out at the doctor (The sight of blood being drawn knocks me out). I can't imagine what I'd do if I saw myself bleeding from a gunshot wound.
You'll find these other things included:
- Burn gel
- Safety pins and first aid instructions
If someone has been shot, they are most likely losing consciousness. An ammonia inhalant is a powerful stimulant that could keep wake someone up.
This wound kit specializes in chest wounds. Here's what's included:
- Chest Seal
- CPR Shield
- Nasal Airway (NPA) | 20 French
- Nasal Airway (NPA) | 28 French
You can have someone next to you at the shooting range telling you to hang tight, but imagine if they had supplies to help you stay alive! These gunshot wound kits are excellent kits for life threatening traumatic emergencies.
Until the arrival of EMS, you'll want to put these items to use. If you remember anything, it should be that bleeding control is imperative during these moments.
Hopefully no one has to use a gunshot kit, but it's best to be prepared.
This post was originally published on December 18, 2019.
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