If you drive long enough, you will eventually be the first person to arrive at the scene of an accident. Add to this that most of us will have to load up and travel in the event of a disaster, natural or otherwise, and the odds of facing a survival situation while on the road becomes not so much if but when. The Vehicle Trauma Kit (VTK) from Solutions Group International brings you everything you might need to weather adversity while in a car, all in one tidy pouch. From minor injuries to life-threatening trauma, this kit has the gear you need in a compact package that won’t take up half the trunk.
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The packaging is simply inspired. The VTK straps to the back of the headrest in your vehicle and sports a bright red handle to facilitate easy access in a crisis. Whether the vehicle is upside down or you are simply in a hurry, the VTK is always easy to find. Hook-and-loop fasten- ers hold the kit in place such that you can just grab and go.
I’m a physician and I see these kits all the time. The VTK is sufficiently well executed to impress me. Trauma shears remove bloody clothing, chest seals stabilize penetrating chest trauma and the Celox clotting agent helps control bleeding. There is a 28 French nasopharyngeal tube to assist in establishing an airway in the presence of facial trauma. If the situation turns truly serious, the VTK includes the extraordinary RATS tourniquet system. The RATS was designed by a career spec-ops operator and is the most effective and easy-to-use tourniquet system I have encountered in my extensive travels. I keep one in my medical clinic.
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The VTK is not a bag full of cheap plastic tweezers and generic bandages. The VTK has the stuff you need without the fluff you don’t, all arranged in a logical, easily accessed fashion. Gloves, shears and tourniquet are at the front. Open the kit and everything lays out where you can get to it in a rush.
Even in these days of cell phones, it can take a little while for rescue personnel to arrive. Should you be the first on the scene of an accident, disaster or crime, a little gear and a survivor’s mindset can transform you from helpless bystander to hero in moments. As with most things, the crucial component is being prepared. Solutions Group International makes it easy to get there.
For more information, contact: 877-844-8744; solutionsgroupinternational.com
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This article was originally published in the SURVIVOR’S EDGE™ Fall 2015 edition. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.