The Combat Application Tourniquet (CAT)
The Combat Application Tourniquet is the most effective tool for controlling blood loss and may be applied directly on the skin. Compared to other types of tourniquets, the CAT is less traumatizing and can be applied one-handed or using both hands.
The NG tube is used for airway management and stabilization. It prevents the tongue from dropping back and blocking the airway in unconscious patients. The size is chosen individually.
Halo or Beacon Chest Seals
An occlusive dressing designed to treat penetrating chest trauma, each pack contains two seals, allowing for covering both the entry and exit wounds.
The needle is placed into the chest cavity to release the air which accumulates in the pleural space because of an open or closed chest wound. If untreated, the accumulated air eventually causes breathing impairment due to lung collapse.
QuikClot Combat Gauze
The gauze contains a hemostatic agent which rapidly stops blood loss. The bleeding is treated using special wound packing techniques and direct pressure.
This specially designed bandage is placed directly over the wound to control bleeding by applying direct pressure over the source of the blood loss.
The bandage comes in two different widths: 4 inches = 10,16 cm and 6 inches = 15,24 cm.
Scissors with blunt edges used to quickly and safely cut away clothing during the primary assessment.
The nitrile gloves are included to prevent transmission of disease from the casualty to the care-giver.
The tape is used to apply bandages to the skin.
The permanent marker is used to indicate the time a tourniquet was applied, fill in the information on the casualty card or write down any other data relevant to the care given to the casualty.
A specially designed blanket used to prevent hypothermia or hyperthermia.
Combat Pill Pack
The pack contains antibiotics, analgesics and anti-inflammatory pills to be taken orally at the time of injury.
For moral support, books, bracelets, yellow and blue ribbons, red and black ribbons are included in the IFAKs along with the medical supplies.