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November 19, 2015Gear Tasting

Gear Tasting 16: Medical Bag Loadout and Battery Holders

Gear Tasting 16: Medical Bag Loadout and Battery Holders


On this episode, Bryan highlights the Battery Holders we’ve recently added to the ITS Store and walks through his Medical loadout, including the kits, bags and methodology behind them.


Storacell Battery Holders –
aLOKSAK Bags –
OmniFocus –
ITS Organizational Ninja Article –
ITS Medical Products –
Chem Lights –
KINeSYS Sunscreen –
EZY Dose Pill Pouches –
ITS Repackaging Meds Article –

In each episode of Gear Tasting, Imminent Threat Solutions Editor-in-Chief Bryan Black answers your gear-related questions and shares his insight into what we’re currently evaluating at ITS HQ.

For more on the gear we review, check out our GEARCOM category here on ITS.

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  • bullitt4686

    **NOT criticizing, but when you keep your HALOs folded in half, in that bag that stays in the car and gets super hot, they tend to not fold all the way back out, preventing a good seal.  In the sandbox (my background is FMF Corpsman, currently SWAT medic), I only had one time where that was the case, but some tape helped it make a better seal.  As for my tac-medic kit, I don’t keep them folded any more.  Not sure what Lone Star Medics’ take on it is, but just some personal experience info.  

    Keep the GearTastings coming.  I really enjoy them.

    • Trigger979

      Thanks for the info bullitt. It’s seems like most of the PD officer survival kits come with the seals folded in half or quarters. The quarter folded ones like to try and refold themselves after you remove the backing. I’ve had good luck with the rolled up halos on the chest panel of the M9.

    • bullitt4686 Thanks for sharing brother! Appreciate the support for our Gear Tasting videos!

  • nightgaunt

    Batuca makes the flip-top battery cases that slip together.  They do hold AAAs and 123s, as well as the AAs.

  • firerescue183

    I am not God’s gift to medicine, but I would also like to make 2 suggestions….

    #1.  Invest in a better quality stethoscope.  I would personally recommend Littmann.  The one that is shown with your gear is of poor quality, and in stressful situations you may not be able to hear very well. A stethoscope is one of the best diagnostic tools that you can invest in.  
    #2.  Invest in a blood pressure cuff to put in your kit.  It is important to establish a baseline set of vital signs and then retake the vitals every 5 minutes in a critical patient, and every 15 minutes in a stable patient.  This will show if your interventions (treatments) are working and it will provide the responding medics with a clearer picture as to how the patient is doing.  
    Just my 2 cents.  I love the gear tasting videos!!

    • firerescue183 Thanks for your thoughts, I actually have a BP cuff and don’t know why it’s not in there. Now it is. I also appreciate the tip on upgrading the Stethoscope, it’s been on my list and I know the two I have aren’t very good quality. Glad you’re digging the Gear Tasting videos, thanks for your support!

    • bullitt4686

      bryanpblack firerescue183

      I somewhat respectfully disagree.  It depends on what you want to do with the stethoscope.  If you are wanting it just for coarse lung sounds to determine non-presenting pneumo (no tracheal deviation, no flail chest, no obvious asymmetric lung rise/fall, no coughing up blood, etc.), and taking a blood pressure, those ears may be just fine.  However, if you want to learn different lung sounds like atrial clicks, S3/4 and other murmurs, pneumonia vs. pleural varicies and effusions then you do need a quality stethoscope and learn what the different sounds are.  When you are in a small room being defended, the stethoscope is completely useless, so $130-200 on a good quality set of ears may not be money well spent.  The cheapies are fine for just routine use, just don’t keep either in your car during summer in Texas.  Some ate-up nurses will dangle it from the rear view mirror with this ‘hey look at me, I’m in the medical field’ vanity, but the rubber deteriorates quickly with heat and you get this memory in whatever shape you left it in.  My $0.02.  I personally carry the Littmann master cardiology in black on black because it looks freaking tacticool, but I know how to use it too.  Works well for both routine stuff and determining more serious cardiac anomalies.  :nerd:

    • bullitt4686 Thanks for adding your thoughts, brother!

    • firerescue183

      bullitt4686 bryanpblack firerescue183

      I somewhat respectfully disagree to your disagreement.  LOL!!  From personal experience the stethoscopes that were displayed in this gear tasting I have found to be of extremely poor quality.  I digress that Bryan takes amazing care of his gear, however I have seen several of those stethoscopes that have had cracked diaphragms or other breakage from very light use.  Furthermore for me personally I can barely hear through them.  I have a master cardiology that I use as well, and the difference is night and day.  If I were to take a BP using the ears that are portrayed in the gear tasting, I would very likely get a very different BP than if I were to auscultate a BP using the master cardiology.  I absolutely agree with you on the point that if you are in a small room being defended, a scope is completely useless.  No argument there.  A quick search on Amazon revealed a great quality scope for $81.45.  It even comes in tacticool black.  😉  Definitely not trying to criticize anyone’s set up.  I firmly believe that if it works for you, and you are happy then more power to you for sure!  I enjoy the back and forth though…maybe we can all learn something!

    • bullitt4686


      I DO agree with that!  LOL!  We can usually all learn something from each other.  I need to get to Muster!  But Bryan, don’t pay $200 for a Classic II though!  Well, you CAN pay ME $204 for one and I will send it to you–free shipping/Brand new!!  Seriously, check out ebay, there are deals to have.

      :thumbs up: on the Master Card.  I LOVE that thing!  When other nurses and medics listen to it when they are carrying that CIassic II or even the Cardiology III, I love to see their faces.  Agreed–night and day.  I just ask that one learn what they are actually listening to to justify spending $200 on a stethoscope.  Yup, we are on the same page brother!

    • firerescue183

      bullitt4686 firerescue183 I saw that the link is showing $204.20, but if you click on the link and go to the site it shows $81.45.  Odd.  I also need to get to Muster. I will certainly be looking forward to more of your input!!

    • bullitt4686


      I agree, that is a great deal on the Classic II.  I have always been partial to Littmann.  I have changed the diaphragm on my Master Card at least three times that I know of (it gets bumped on stuff–for the uneducated), and the rest of it is still in really good shape.  Probably 13 years on that same set of ears.  The Cardiology III I had in the service when I was a Corpsman lived through two tours and sub duty.  I gave it to my successor and have no idea the life of it.  There was a cardiologist that I worked with who was still using his master card. since med school.  That was at least 20 years on it.  Great product, hands down.

  • WFR

    This device to treat gunshot wounds was recently made available to civilian First Responders (it does not appear to be a product that will be sold retail to the general public, however):

    It definitely looks a lot more effective than a tampon. Hopefully it will be made available to the general public, possibly sold through a physician so they can explain the important contraindications against its use (it seems to me that at the very least it ought to be available to hunters to carry in the field).

    From the FDA (Released Dec. 7th, 2015): “Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared the use of the
    XSTAT 30 wound dressing, an expandable, multi-sponge dressing used to
    control severe, life-threatening bleeding from wounds in areas that a
    tourniquet cannot be placed (such as the groin or armpit) in battlefield
    and civilian trauma settings. The clearance expands the device’s
    indication from use by the military only to use in adults and
    adolescents in the general population.”

  • Brushpopper

    Lot of good info in the video and in the comments below.  Really am enjoying this and trying learn every chance I get!
    Thanks to all of you.

  • ChrisChurch

    I’d  like more info on the trauma bag, whether the insert bags come with, make, model, and manufacturer.  Please advise.  Hopefully its on of ITS’ bags!

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