Blowout Kits for NGOs
An area I’ve always been interested in is treating trauma; when the body receives a serious injury from an accident or act of violence. One of the leading causes of death in conflict zones and developing world vehicle accidents is bleeding. If a major artery is compromised, a person can potentially die in a few short minutes if external bleeding is not promptly stopped.
While basic first aid classes teach bleeding control, unfortunately most do not discuss commercial supplies specifically designed to stop blood loss. One of the few positive byproducts of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has been advances in military battlefield medicine; especially in regard to bleeding control. Revised protocols and new products have successfully reduced the number of fatalities from bleeding wounds.
Of particular interest to the humanitarian community are blowout kits; supplies purposely designed to treat bleeding, either for performing first aid on yourself or someone else. These kits are widely used by military forces and private security providers. Their effectiveness also makes them worthy of consideration by humanitarian organizations; either inside vehicles or carried by staff in conflict zones; the kits' small size and light weight mean they can readily fit in a pocket, purse, pack, or bag.
Recently, I was pleased to see that one of my favorite austere medical supply sources, Chinook Medical, is now offering a much more neutral looking, civilian-oriented blowout kit. It only contains bleeding control supplies, no airway adjunct and decompression needle are included, and is reasonably priced at $31.49 USD. You can check out the details here.
Labels: First Aid