ITS Tactical ETA Trauma Kit – Blowout

ITS ETA Trauma Kit

From the beginning, ITS Tactical has worked hard to provide concise knowledge and information for all breeds of warrior: Military, Law Enforcement and Civilian alike. So it is no surprise that they also produce superior gear. After realizing that my ITS ETA Trauma Kit had surpassed its recommended expiration date (by a wide margin), I decided to crack it open to see how everything held up. After five years of bouncing around both the U.S. and the world (nothing Tier 1) it was time for a refresh anyway.

The ITS ETA Trauma Kit is about the only type of cool-guy gear that you want to have but hope to never use.

The Package

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The ITS ETA Trauma Kit comes in two pouch configurations: Fatboy (wider/shorter) and Tallboy (taller/skinnier). Both versions come laced with plenty of MOLLE attachments to hook up to vests, packs and bags. My Fatboy spent about ten percent of its life on a Tactical Tailor Hybrid Enhanced Vest. However, the majority of the time I just tossed it into my grey man Timbuk2 messenger bag. Either way, the pouch itself has held up well and after a lot of miles, it still looks clean.

The Contents

Both the ITS ETA Fatboy and Tallboy come in two varieties: Basic and Advanced. It should go without saying, but before carrying an Immediate First Aid Kit (IFAK) of any type, you should be properly trained on all of its contents. The Advanced kit adds a Decompression Needle and a Nasalpharyngeal Airway (NPA) on top of everything found in the Basic kit (full list below). These are specialty items and should only be used by someone with professional training.

Besides the HALO Chest Seal (for sucking chest wounds) the rest of the kit focuses on stopping blood loss: QuikClot, Pressure Dressing, Elastic Bandage, Z-Fold Bandage. In addition, there is a combat casualty card (for notifying emergency responders of what life saving steps you used) and basic instructions for ‘Care Under Fire’. Nitrile gloves and a pencil round out the list.

Everything that comes in the ETA Kit is vacuumed sealed sterile bag protecting it from the environment and extending the shelf life of the contents. The ITS crew gives the ETA a minimum shelf life of two years, equal to the item first set to expire.

Photographic review.

This isn’t a first aid/medical how-to piece; just a look at how everything in the ITS ETA Kit held up past its expiration date.

I added the spare set of gloves.

I added a spare set of gloves to the Fatboy pouch.

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Vacuum seal still intact.

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At least the chest seal is the only thing that expired

The HALO Chest Seal is about a year and a half past it’s prime.

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The HALO Chest Seal is still sticky enough for use.

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The Quik Clot combat gauze was also expired.

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I can’t attest to the efficacy of the clotting agent, but the gauze itself looks good.

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Dressings can get dry, brittle and powdery in less than a year. Not here.

A macro view of the Israeli bandage.

A macro view of the Israeli bandage.

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The exam gloves were still stretchy and ready to use. Even though I like the OD green, blue or green gloves will show blood better in low-light situations.

A macro look at the NPA.

A macro look at the NPA.

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Pencil: Not expired.

Conclusion

Even though my ETA was expired by over a year, the vacuum sealed bag kept everything looking fresh.

There are a ton of quality First Aid and Trauma kits on the market today. You have to gauge your skill, training and situations and put together the medical gear that’s right for you and your team (or family). For me, the ITS ETA Trauma Kit is a great package: sealed, compact and complete. Time to restock.

Full Contents List:
QuikClot Combat Gauze LE (Features X-Ray Detectable Strip)
HALO Chest Seal (1 Standard, 1 Vented)
Decompression Needle
Nasopharyngeal Airway (NPA) Adj. 28fr
Pressure Dressing (4″)
Elastic Bandage (4″)
Z-Fold Dressing
Combat Casualty Card
Nitrile Gloves (1 Pair)
Pencil
Contents List w/ CoTCCC Care Under Fire Instructions

ITS ETA Trauma Kit (Fatboy)
MSRP: $170
Refill: $110
Add-Ons:
SOF Tactical Tourniquet – Wide   +$29.99
Mojo Medical Shears   +$19.99
Mojo Retractor   +$19.99
https://store.itstactical.com/its-eta-trauma-kit-fatboy.html



Pete

LE – Science – OSINT.
On a mission to make all of my guns as quiet as possible.
Pete.M@staff.thefirearmblog.com


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  • Blumpkin

    ITS Tac makes a nice med kit. I have a couple of great, well thought out, kits from Dark Angel Medical. Just as important, if not more important though is getting the proper training on how to use those med kits effectively. Dark Angel does training classes all over the country. Last fall I took one of their 2 day classes. It was a really great class; I learned a lot. They covered everything from gun shot wounds to hypothermia, burns, drowning, etc.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      I have a hosts podge of TCCC training, considering EMT-B.

      Absolutely SHOCKED at how few people own a trauma kit, have it available when they are shooting, and of course have any idea how to use any of it.

      I’d rather people at least have one even if you don’t know how to use it. I could apply a tq or make a pressure wrap from your kit, but without that it’s your tshirt and a stick.

  • Iggy

    Emergency lubricating jelly, for tactical prostate checks!

    • Pete M

      I had a half dozen jokes queued up. But dropped them all. Must. Stay. G. Rated.

    • Porty1119

      For inserting nasalpharangeal airways with reduced pain to the casualty, actually!!

      • Iggy

        I know, I know, but never let maturity get in the way of a good joke.

        • JumpIf NotZero

          You don’t think everyone saw that “joke” coming from a mile away?

  • SGT Fish

    I like ETS and reading their articles. but I swear they are mainly focused on making PVC patches. every holiday or just randomly, I get an email telling me about their cool new patch! who gives a… I have bought some cool gear from them though, and they always throw in a patch from the last holiday that just passed, and then I never know what to do with it.
    what do you do with those patches? are there people that collect them and have a wall of ITS patches? Do they wear them to walmart when they are buying all the 22 ammo?

    • Pete M

      They do like their patches, but I don’t think it’s their main focus. They have some great write-ups and a lot of experience between them. Their paracord knot section alone is worth the time.

      I’m not a patch collector, but I was tempted by the recent Star Wars theme.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Eh… I love ITS stuff; but that is not even close to my preference in kit! There is no right answer, but I’ll take a glucose packet, another pair of gloves, a sharpie all over the extra 4″ bandage (srsly, why two?), the ace with the metal clips, and pencil. Always an Olaes over an Izzy.l, they’re just so much more useful! Oh and TAPE, this kit REALLY needs tape.

    Small kit should really have a tq.

    • Bill

      I think that the principle is that you’ll have a tourniquet already mounted prominently on your kit.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        Yea, except that the level of people that know to do that – aren’t typically buying the basic kit. IMO anyway, I have no reason to buy this kit because except for the pouch, I have a lot of preferences in the things I want to see in a trauma kit that aren’t in here.

        The TQ missing was really the least of the issues I think. No tape and only one chest seal are two things that don’t really go together well. If you need two chest seals but only have one – you need tape.

        EDIT: Nevermind, there ARE two. They’re just different. I’d still add tape tho!

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Good article Pete. I’m glad there are some people who get that having a medical kit and training is more important than buying yet another 22. I’ve long suspected that medical training is only slightly less rare among gun collectors than firearm training is.

    You should consider adding some CLEER medical tape (packs flat) to that kit. Won’t add bulk.

    (I like that their body chart has burn percentages, but doesn’t exactly apply to much here)

    • Pete M

      Completely agree.

      Get a kit and get trained. Keep it stocked.

      One of the things I like about companies like ITS is that they make seemingly mundane kit like first aid seem cool. If that’s what it takes to get people interested in triage, so be it.

  • Bill

    I have told everyone in my agency that if they aren’t at least an EMT-A, paramedic or have been thru Combat Lifesaver and I see them coming at me with a NPA or chest needle, I’m shooting them.

  • Blake

    I actually just picked up a Fatboy to complete the loadout on my plate carrier. I decided to buy the trauma items individually elsewhere instead of buying a trauma kit from ITS, but that is only because I wanted to make a few small changes. Once you get to the level of what most would call “quality” trauma kits they really don’t differ much, what I think really stands out here is the actual pouch.

    I absolutely love my Fatboy, and it’s great that they offer the Tallboy if that fits your available space better. The way they rip open is really clever, and the shock cord retention keeps everything easily accessible. One nifty thing they are offering now instead of malice clips (which I absolutely freaking hate) are what they are calling Molly Stix. They are rigid attachment clips that have a quick-detach option baked in. That way if you feel the need to remove the pouch from your kit in an emergency all it takes is one pull.

    • Pete M

      Good point. Love the Molly Stix.

      • Blake

        Seriously, especially compared to malice clips. I ordered a couple extra sets and am probably going to replace every single malice clip I have with them.

  • RickfromPaso

    Where in the world did you find them for $15?? I’ve only seen them for $48-60.

  • Hensley Beuron Garlington

    I need the class to use this, but I have it.