First Aid and Trauma kits are vital life saving tools for many people in a variety of lines of work and activities. When it comes to the those of us the live, work, or play in the great outdoors, there are a tremendous amount of prefab kits on the market, and many of these do contain the supplies you need to handle most bumps and scrapes and maybe a few emergency situations, but pretty much every kit I bought (there were many) were lacking in what can be considered true life saving equipment.
There could be a lot of reasons for this, I feel that there are two primary reasons; cost control and lack of training on the part of the consumer. Simply stated, you get what you pay for. Cheap kits are cheap because they lack quality supplies; any one who is well versed in quality medkits knows that good equipment can get expensive fast!
The second reason is the general lack of training. More advanced life-saving equipment requires some level of training, either professional or personally researched and practiced. A majority of outdoors people lack training (which is something I am working very hard to change) and kit manufacturers know this, so they create inexpensive kits with basic supplies that cover many minor injuries. While something is better than nothing, I argue that inexpensive kits and lack of training give people a false sense of security when venturing into the great outdoors.
I began working with Survival Med late last year, a fantastic physician owned and operated company that seeks to make Wilderness First Aid as accessible as possible through online classes at very reasonable prices. This really resonated with my goal of bringing emergency medical training to the forefront of the outdoor and bushcraft communities. I wanted to take it one step further and get the equipment people need out there as well, and collaborating with Active Carry Technologies was the perfect opportunity to do that.
The Gamma is designed to be a baseline of your wilderness medical needs, it contains equipment that is specifically selected to cover outdoor situations such as water purification, allergic reactions, splinters, ticks, insect bites, dehydration, wound cleaning, exposure to skin irritating plants like poison ivy, and emergency warmth and signaling in the form of a reflective blanket and chemical fire cube. In addition to these the Gamma also features advanced bleeding control tools such as a high quality tourniquet, bleed stopper dressing, wound packing gauze, and a trauma bandage. The Kit also contains a triangle bandage, which is great for making a sling, splint, and a host of other uses. The pouch is relatively compact despite the great capacity to hold a ton of equipment, it can be easily attached to your belt, stored in your pack, or attached to webbing on the outside of your pack. There are also a number of upgrades available for this kit, such as Quick Clot, SOF-T tourniquet, and a head lamp.
If you are reading this, it is my sincere hope that you will, at the very least, take the time to get some quality training and some quality medical gear to back you up for all your adventures into the great outdoors. Check out the links in my below that will direct you to where you can get quality online training from Survival Med and the Active Carry Solutions Gamma Outdoor Medkit.