Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Range Reviews: Tac-Pack Individual Battle Pack

© 2009 Albert A Rasch

Individual Battle Pack by Tactical Medical Packs

When I evaluated Tactical Medical Packs' Tac-Packs and Tac-Pack QC, I was really surprised how far we had come with trauma kits. I was trained to use a compress and a cravat, that was the extent of the technology. Tactical Medical Packs' Tac-Pack Individual Battle Pack (IBP) takes it to the next level in portable trauma kits. These are beyond what you might need for everyday briefcase carry, but you might want one for the office, home, or vehicle. First responders need to have these at all times, in addition to the Tac-Pack and Tac-Pack QC.

The IBP was designed to fit in the cargo pocket of the BDU or ACU. It is approximately 6 1/2 inches long, 5 inches wide, and 2 inches thick.

It comes in two flavors:

Option One:
  • Latex-Free Gloves
  • Compression Bandage
  • TK-4 One Handed Tourniquet
  • Chest Seal
  • Combat Medic Pre-Cut Rolled Duct Tape
  • 50gr. Quick-Clot.
  • Compressed Gauze 4.1 yds
  • Medical 5.25" Scissors
Option one is for anyone who is reasonably intelligent and can use common sense to resolve an emergency. Failing that, there are thorough, simple to understand instructions written on the back. Remember, protect yourself with the personal protection equipment, apply direct pressure, if that doesn't work use the Quick Clot, and if that fails proceed to use the tourniquet.

Option Two:

Battle Pack Option II
  • Latex-Free Gloves
  • Compression Bandage
  • TK-4 One Handed Tourniquet
  • Chest Seal
  • Combat Medic Pre-Cut Rolled Duct Tape
  • 50gr. Quick-Clot.
  • Compressed Gauze 4.1 yds
  • Medical 5.25" Scissors
  • Nasopharyngeal Airway w/Lubricant
  • 10 Gauge Angio-Catheter
Option Two is for trained emergency personnel only. The nasopharyngeal airway is not for the amateur medic, nor is the 10 gauge angio catheter.

It is worth repeating that Dr Maurizio A. Miglietta has put together a guide to help you understand what you need to do to save a life:

One last thing. It is better to have an item and never use it, than to need it and not have it. Every first responder should have immediate access to these lifesaving tools. With the state of affairs that we have found ourselves in, you can never be too prepared. Take a course in first aid, or find the assets on the internet to give you more than passing knowledge in lifesaving.

Previous reviews on Tactical Medical Pack's Tac-Pack and Tac-Pack QC and The Range Reviews: Tac-Pack First Aid Packs

Tactical Medical Packs
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Individual Battle Pack I
MSRP: $104.99
Individual Battle Pack II
MSRP: 129.99


native said...

These are the ones which we ordered 100 of for out at the ranches Albert, due to your last review about the product.
Our head guide Sam McGuire has already had to tear into one and patch his foot up before heading out to the hospital to get treatment.

He was going down hill in the dark a little too quickly and caught his right foot on a 10" spike from a harrow laying down in the grass.
Luckily, it was a clean puncture (all the way through his foot) and did not tear or cut any tendons.

Had to have Colby (another N.H.E. guide) help him pull his foot off the spike though. ouch!!!

The Tac-Pak proved very helpful, and all of the guides and workers carry them along as they work around the properties.

Sam's nickname now is Sam La'Foot!

Albert A Rasch said...


I am pleased that a recommendation from me was able to have your fellows ready for an emergency.

I'm also glad you have them carrying the packs with them so they have them right then and there when they need it. It is better to have them and not need them, than to not have them and need them!

Send my regards to Sam.


Gun Slinger said...

Wow Native,

A harrow tine? Aren't they like half an inch wide?

Just thinking about it makes my legs shiver!

You seem like a good guy to have your personnel equipped with good lifesaving gear. Too bad more bosses don't think like you.

Shoot Straight,
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