By now, those of you that follow us know of our insistence on the carrying, and subsequent proficiency with, a medical kit designed to address life-threatening hemorrhage, and various other traumas along with competent training. So why aren’t you?

We still see lots of folks discussing firearm types….which is the new whiz-bang for concealed carry and the like….the post from the numerous, and well-crafted, knife manufacturers out there….but where are the discussions about what tourniquet, or TQ, you carry, and links to the successful use of hemostatic agents with compression bandaging? I’ve never read one article about whether a successful home defense would have been carried out better with a Glock 43 vs a Remington 870 (although i’m sure it’s been debated sufficiently). We just hear about the outcome, i.e. Did the tool chosen work and did the victim survive.

When we discuss Every Day Carry, does your mind go to how you’re going to deploy your CAT? If not, WHY?  Thinking about how you are going to care for yourself or others in the event you are injured in a self-defense scenario, or just an everyday incident, should be right up there with your press check and weapon placement when you go our for the day. Your medical equipment is just as necessary to save a life, and frankly more probable given the many ways we can be injured on a daily basis.

Do the research….take the training. A quality, and proven TQ and hemostatic gauze in conjunction with an effective dressing should be part of your everyday game plan. In 2009, a bunch of Trauma Surgeons with more letters after their names than the alphabet, wrote that the chance of surviving a wound by effectively placing a TQ BEFORE shock set into injured people gave them a 92% survival rate *. Plain and simple, when the SHTF, nothing will replace prompt care and the proper tools. Nothing less than what is required with your defensive weapon, and more likely to be used!

So, what’s in your pocket now?

– Atchison

* Kragh, et al