On all our climbs and expeditions we have always carried with us a trauma pouch designed to treat time critical life threatening conditions. We have previously used one available on the market. But we wanted to tweak this and make it more suitable for expedition leaders. We have now found all the ingredients to make our own expedition leader trauma pouch. Keep in mind that you may want to change the contents slightly depending on your destination, group and activity.
Size – 18cm x 14cm x 9cm
Weight – 660gm
So what is in it…
The Pouch – It is a 1.2litre bag made with water resistant material and rot proof thread. Made by Karrimoor SF it is a super durable zip sealed bag with enough pockets and elastic loops to hold everything. There are only two elastic loops when you purchase it so we stitched these to make spaces for the contents. It also comes with a back that can be strapped and clipped to most likely what ever you want. The bag is then attached by a large sheet of velcro. We bought ours for £28.95 from The Kit Shop.
Chest seal – The nightingale dressing developed by Prometheus Medical. £13.14 purchased from SP Services
Celox gauze – The Celox gauze rapid is a haemostatic agent that is a great size for this pouch. £46.80 from SP Services
Face shield – Laedal face shield. £1.86 from SP Services.
Tough Cut sheers – £3.00 from SP Services.
4″ Olaes trauma dressing – Developed by Prometheus Medical. £11.22 From SP Services.
Nitrile gloves – These are very tough gloves, but harder to know if they have been punctured as they do not rip so easily and also as they are black it is harder to see blood on them. They come in a box of 50 pairs which costs £16.74 so £0.33 for each pair. From Emergency Services Supplies.
Nasal Pharyngeal Airway (NPA): 7mm and 6mm – £9.48 for the pair. From SP Services.
Combat Tourniquet – £28.14 From SP Services.
Marker pen – We find the best marker pens are the retractable sharpie pens, as you do not loose the lid. Because this pouch is small we use the mini sharpie pens that can be purchased in most stationary shops. £1.50
Epi Pen – You will need to order this through your doctor. It is very common these days to be on expeditions and have people that do suffer from anaphylactic allergic reactions, but they do not always carry an Epi Pen with them. They are expensive and do only have relatively short shelf lives. You can expect to pay £40.00 for one unless you are lucky enough to live in Wales where the NHS can provide them for free.
NAR ARS needle – These have been developed by the US based North American Rescue company. In the states they only cost $9.99. So if you can get them then do. Otherwise we are forced to order them through Prometheus Medical for £42.00. Orange venflons would also work but are not quite as sturdy to store and easy to use.
Glow stick (not shown on the image above) – To mark a casualties position. £1.44 each from Tactree.
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