Blue Force Gear Releases Micro Trauma Kit NOW

I was just recently at a handgun training class that made an excellent point with me that resonated – if I have to use my handgun it is highly likely that I will also be injured. Therefore, one should carry two trauma kits.

The hardest part of it has been the size and weight of medical trauma treatment kits. While yes, I could put one in cargo pants, wearing cargo pants is not a daily option for me. Jeans or slacks are more common and wearing the kit has made for a bulky front pocket and plenty of awkward glances…

Fortunately for me, Blue Force Gear has a potential solution to those staring at my (medical) junk, the Micro Trauma Kit NOW! Using their Helim Whisper technology and a bit of packing, the Micro Trauma Kit NOW! can contain a full set of EDC medical materials in a low-profile kit capable of being carried on the belt or mounted to a MOLLE system.

The kit can be ordered by itself and filled or as a complete kit including:

1) QuickClot Combat Gauze
2) HyFin Vent Chest Seal (2 seals included)
3) Cleer Medical Trauma Bandage 4” Flat Pack
4) Decompression needle
5) Six 2” x9” Frog Tape
6) Size 28 Nasopharyngeal Airway
7) Heavy Duty Medical Gloves in tan (1 pair)

Blue Force Gear does note that those wanting to fill it themselves should be cognizant that it is indeed Micro – about the size of a standard packed 6″ Israeli bandage.

Unfilled, the pouches are around $70 or pre-filled at $200. Those interested can check out Blue Force Gear’s product page here.



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • BravoSeven

    $200? Seems rather expensive for what is in the kit. You could put together multiple kits for 200 bucks.

    • PK

      Convenience costs.

      • BravoSeven

        Off topic of the price point but has anyone ever used a NPA? I worked as an EMT for several years. It was a must to have an assortment of NPAs on each truck but I don’t believe I ever saw anyone use one.

        • PK

          Outside of training… no. To be fair, it’s even pointed out in many sources that hardly anyone uses them as often as they’d be handy.

          That aside, isn’t the size 28 pretty huge for the average adult?

          • BravoSeven

            It’s been so long since I paid any attention to one I had to check my big EMS bag. I have a pack of 6 that range from 22 to 32 so that puts 28 in the mid range.

        • Jim Page

          I use them fairly often, always with some petrolatum lube ( not in kit)Try jamming that in a nare without lube, bleeding will be bad enough to compromise an airway. That chest dart is dangerous for the average user without a sthethoscope.Cut the artery on the underside of the rib, bleeding wil be extensive. That artery runs directly off of the aorta.

          • JumpIf NotZero

            Always over the rib.

            In my first responder stuff they basically forced in “you never needle”.. but also that with tension pneumothorax and no needle, that person will die. So… I have needles in my kits.

            Best case, a trauma surgeon shows up and has a needle on hand.

          • Chris Mooney

            Dude spit on it!. Well not your spit. A quick swab of the the Pts mouth inside cheek with the NPA and it slides in the nose…. great little trick in a pinch

          • Aaron Willhoite

            The NPAs do come with a ketchup packet size lube. You are correct on the needle it’s by far the least useful item in the kit.

  • Saint Stephen the Obvious

    $200 for a MICRO kit? I would hate to see the price of a macro kit.

  • Christopher Wallace

    I also pack a tactical cheeseburger kit because i know that if i have to ever use my weapon im gonna get hungry while laying on the ground ventilated waiting for EMS

  • Swarf

    $200!

    I know it’s low hanging fruit to go after the price of gear and often the criticism isn’t warranted, but $200 is coo coo bananas pricing.

    The $70 they are asking for the pouch alone is more in line, and even that is steep, given that there is no tourniquet, but there is a decompression needle and a nasopharyngeal airway.

    There is room for improvement.

  • Risky

    Nothing in that kit can be usefully self applied to be life-saving. Why would this be good for EDC? Stick a CAT tourniquet in your pocket if its that much of a concern.

    Now I DO see this kit as being useful for someone to have a bare bones blow out kit on their load carrying setup in order to save some weight. It also has the ultralight pricetag that goes with shaving ounces. This is NOT an everyman’s IFAK, though.

    • Jim Page

      Yup

    • Swarf

      If you can’t insert your own nose hose while unconscious, what good are you in a firefight?

  • Kirk Newsted

    “Therefore, one should carry two trauma kits.”

    Two? Why? I’m not gonna be giving any life-saving effort to a guy I just perforated.

    • It’s forward thinking, as in, thinking forward to the time when you have to stand up in a witness box and explain to twelve bored citizens and one actively hostile ADA why you’re not a bloodthirsty psycho-killer who deserves Life In The Box because you had the audacity to protect your family from a violent felon. Trying to save the life of someone you just shot in self defense means any attempt at malicious or politically motivated prosecution ain’t got a leg to stand on.

      If you’re ever forced by circumstance to use deadly force in self defense, abso-freakin’-lutely request immediate emergency medical treatment for the scumbag you just shot when you call 9-1-1, because it will demonstrate on the record that you weren’t out to kill somebody, you were just protecting yourself.

      • Kirk Newsted

        Interesting how dramatic you get. In Texas you can perforate a guy from long range for messing with your car at night and the DA will say good shot.

        Also note that I never said I wasn’t gonna call 911. I’m just not gonna help some dirtbag live.

        • I’m a Texan; if I’m not being dramatic, check for a pulse.

          Our self defense laws may be some of the most heavily weighted in favor of the prospective victim in the nation, but institutional racism and classism do still exist; po’ folk and brown folk need every advantage they can get when the alternative is being victimized by The System because you refused to be victimized by a criminal scumbag.

          • Aaron Willhoite

            Well said sir.

          • B-Sabre

            I thought Texans were supposed to be Laconic….

        • iksnilol

          What so if it is a good shoot, doesn’t mean it’s morally right.

    • iksnilol

      Why not?

      Also, carrying a spare kit is always nice if you have to actually use it. Then you at least got a spare one whilst getting another one.

    • B-Sabre

      Because two is one and one is none. Because critical items fail or cannot be found when they become critical, thanks to Murphy.
      Also…as recent events in London attest, there may be more than one person injured.

      • Kirk Newsted

        Why not carry 35 around? If two is one and one is none, it would follow that 12 is 11 and 11 is 10 and 10 is 9 . . . . and one is none.

  • If your desperation medication kit only has one pair of surgical gloves, you are gonna be one sad sorry son of a something when you put a glove on in an adrenaline-fueled hurry and tear it to pieces. I wouldn’t work on an engine without at least two pair of mechanic-grade gloves on standby; gloves fold up tiny, add another pair of pairs to your kit if you get one.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      I’m not using gloves on myself or my friends and family. And I likely won’t be rushing in anywhere to help you. No offense, just the likelihood of it.

  • Nathan

    Ditch the NPH and decompression needle, add in a tourniquet and drop the price to $70-$80ish and I’d be interested.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      It is funny to reduce size they removed the single most useful piece. Gauze is just cotton, but being able to quickly and without messing around get arterial in a limb bleeding stopped seems like something I’d want.

      I have a RATS in my minimalist kit, better than nothing.

      • Blake

        yeah, it’s also a lot better than nothing if you’re out in the middle of nowhere with a lady & “that time of the month” happens a little earlier than usual…

  • JumpIf NotZero

    I mean… haha but… traveling around the world, I always have my trauma kit never used it yet. I could have once I guess.

    You know how many times I’ve used my boo boo kit though?! Every single time. Scratched by a monkey, burned, dumped a motorcylce, insect bites, Dramamine, water tablets because a 1 hour south african hike turned into 6, beef jerky, lots of ibuprofen and acetaminophen, gluclose packets, hydration salts, etc etc etc.

    I should remove trauma items to make way for more likely to be used things.

    • Blake

      With you 100%.

      I cycle commute & carry a cheap-ass nylon first-aid bag with me. All-told it probably has &lt$10 worth of stuff in it:

      – aspirin
      – ibuprofen
      – vitamin B & C tablets
      – band-aids in many sizes
      – bandage, gauze, tape
      – lip balm
      – sunblock
      – couple tubes of eyewash (this stuff expires, so replace it every few years)
      – emergency poncho

      In heavy pollen season I probably need to use the eyewash every week or two just to get the tree pee out of my eyes at the end of a ride (yeah, I could wear goggles, but I usually forget). The eyewash can also double as antiseptic in a pinch. I’ve even seen an article about a lost Australian hiker that kept himself alive by drinking the stuff.

      In addition to basic bike tools, a small pump, tire patches & sealant, & a knife, I also always carry at least one device that will charge USB devices (including my bike lights), such as the Lumintop EDC21 18650 flashlight that I use as my primary bicycle headlight. http://www.lumintop.com/edc21.html
      which comes in really handy as I can charge my rear bike lights with my front light 🙂

      But more than just for myself, one comes across stranded or crashed cyclists often enough that a patch & pump, some tools, or a couple of band-aids will win you a lot of friends.

      • JumpIf NotZero

        My girl dumped a bike in Indonesia and I quickly ran out of the right kind of gauze. Siren wasn’t fun trying to find that at like 5 different pharateks. I carry more now!

  • Regular Guy

    Expensive for sure. Vickers needs money to buy cheesburgers to keep his fat gut inflated.

  • Treyh007

    Tttttttttttwo-hundred dollars…… all I can say is wow!

  • Sledgecrowbar

    You know, if we came up with a functional trauma kit with a roll of Kerlix-grade gauze, a tourniquet, a chest seal, and maybe a CPR mask that fit in a wallet-sized package, it might not be such a bad idea. This looks to be on the large side of a wallet, but I don’t feel comfortable using some of the stuff and I think I’m pretty well-trained. A kit I’m thinking of should be usable by anyone who picks it up, it makes the kit 1000% more helpful.

    Also it should blend in with literally nothing. It goes in your pocket, that’s your camouflage if you need it. A medical kit should attract attention like a hooker at fleet week.

    • Sledgecrowbar

      After some Googling, it appears that you just can’t fold a chest seal and have them guaranteed to stay 100% effective. Someone needs to invent one that you can fold.

  • Saint Stephen the Obvious

    As I was praying and contemplating this…

    I think there should be a warning notice placed on such kits, for taking on the liability of using medical procedures that goes past first aid. If the person sustains injuries and or dies and you were not ‘certified’ for certain procedures (decompression needle, Nasopharyngeal Airway, tracheotomy, chest seal, etc.) then that too can get you into trouble.

    Our department has a policy that we have a duty to care and provide basic aid in what we are trained and certified in. Every year during training we are warned to NOT go beyond that training because we will be liable for those things we are not certified in and the department will not cover our six.

    Now I have seen lots of people who have such kits. I ask when and where they received their training (decompression needle, Nasopharyngeal Airway, tracheotomy and or other devices), and the majority have not gotten any. The sad thing is most haven’t even been certified on CPR (btw compression ratio is 30/2 = its changed since most have taken CPR years ago) but they have the coolest tactical med bag around (too bad they don’t know how to use it).

    Maybe its time to get some training, even if its just from the Red Cross.

  • B-Sabre

    From another site, 60% of preventable trauma-related deaths are from extremity hemorrhage, 33% tension pneumothorax, and 6% airway obstruction. For $200, this kit seems to focus mostly on the last two items. They may be assuming that you can use a belt as a tourniquet, which seems to be the biggest omission.