Working Off Your Body: How to Tier Your Kit
The need to be light and fast, working off your body in confined spaces applies to many medical disciplines and scopes of medicine.
It’s super interesting to see all the load carriage methods from across the services. Obviously we have a lot of crossover with SOF, both US and NATO because of our focus on austere and remote medicine in low resource areas.
Most of our tech projects and critical care resuscitation tools are primarily designed for field treatment in remote clinical medicine environments, whereas our soft goods are tailored towards operational medics who need to be light and fast, provide as many life saving treatments as possible in the shortest amount of time, while still executing mission-critical tasks.
The following describes a general framework of working off your body using our DCR Panel and Hybrid IFAK + a few tips and tricks for utilizing your pockets. The result of our expanding load carriage system is endless ways to customize and optimize your setup. Every provider is different, so what is optimal for one won’t apply to another.
At CRO, we provide a base set of tools needed to accomplish the job, across a range of different mission sets, for the operational and austere prehospital medical provider.
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In order of MARCH:
- TQ x1 in front of the mags, behind 40mm dangler.
- X1 Improvised junctional (rolled SAM Splint)
- X1 Vacuum-sealed 6” ace wrap with combat gauze and compressed gauze.
- X1 Cric in CRO M4 Double Mag Insert Pouch.
- X1 Vacuum sealed 6” ACE wrap with Combat Gauze and compressed gauze
Right ankle pocket:
- X1 vacuum sealed 4” inch ACE wrap with Combat Gauze and compressed gauze.
Left ankle pocket:
- X1 muzzle for MPC and x1 SWAT-T
- X1 6” pressure dressing
- X1 4” ACE wrap
- X2 compressed gauze
- X1 Combat Gauze
- X1 Foley
- X1 boujie-aided cric
- X2 NPA
- X2 chest seal
- X2 10g needle D
- X1 EMMA Capnograph
- X1 pulse ox
- X1 eye shield
Mag pouch attached to left side of Hybrid IFAK:
- Hemostats and finger thor kit (vacuum sealed).
Mag pouch attached to right side of Hybrid IFAK:
- X1 FAST 1 IO
- X2 IV starter kit
Right cargo pocket:
- CRO Medic Case with NARC Configuration
Left cargo pocket:
- X2 chest seal
- X1 IOBAN
Role 1 pouch (Ferro Concepts):
- Sam Junctional so you don’t have to take off your medbag. Apply manual pressure and pull out the junctional with free hand.
Again, this is a general framework for optimizing your off-the-body treatment. Hopefully there are some tips that apply to your style of treatment and please let us know if you have any ways to improve.
In case you were curious a “food saver” vacuum system works. You can find them at Walmart and a lot of big box retail stores in the kitchen appliance section. Definitely recommend the food savers that use their bags in one large roll (think like a paper towel roll size) that way you can create custom sized kits.
Look for a food sealer that has a heating element to make the seals for custom size bags (heat, seal, then cut to size).
Shouldn’t be more than $75-$100 it was a good investment when I was on a team for multiple reasons.
What was the means for vacuum sealing things in this kit? Was it purchased or DIY? Thanks in advance!