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ITS Tactical ETA Kit

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ITS Blow Out Kit 01We’ve been like little kids trying to hide a secret about what we feel is the best and most versatile blow out kit on the market today!

Developed by our 18D Corpsman, and following the TCCC Guidelines, the ITS ETA Kit combines the very best items to treat the three leading preventable causes of death in the field.

These are Extremity Hemorrhage, 60%; Tension Pneumothorax, 33% and Airway Obstruction, 6%.

Our kit is named after these three preventable causes ETA (Extremity hemorrhage /Tension pneumothorax / Airway obstruction) and every item is carefully selected to complement the others, and serve multiple purposes.

We’re also excited about offering something new to the market in vacuum sealed kits.

Vacuum Sealing Closure

ITS Blow Out Kit 04Traditionally when vacuum sealed  kits are opened they need to be re-vacuum sealed to prevent the unused contents from falling out.

The ITS ETA Kit comes vacuum sealed in a heavy duty poly bag that features an integrated zipper closure.

Once the ITS ETA Kit is opened, the integrated zipper can be used to reseal the bag and extend the usability of the kit.

ITS Blow Out Kit 05Starter tear marks are visible on either side of the bag above the zipper closure to aid in opening.

Opening the bag via these tear marks will also ensure that the zipper closure will retain it’s function and utility.

The benefits of purchasing a vacuum sealed kit are durability, ensuring sterility of enclosed items, waterproof / moisture-proof packaging and compactness.


ITS Blow Out Kit 03Since dimension tolerances cannot be exact in vacuum sealing the measurements below are based on sampling.

The kit measures between 6.25″ and 6.5″ long x between 5″ and 5.25″ wide x between 2″ and 2.25″ tall.

We stress the importance of having an ETA Kit within your reach at all times, and these have been made to convientely fit in a cargo pocket.

ITS Blow Out Kit 08They’re also small enough to fit in a glove box, backpack, laptop bag, briefcase, you name it.

There’s no reason you won’t have the room to always carry one of these near to you!

If you find that you don’t require the vacuum sealed packaging you can always remove the contents to load them into a pouch of your choosing, but first be sure to check the dimensions of the pouch to see if the whole sealed kit can simply be stored in the pouch.

ITS Blow Out Kit 10We found that the sealed ITS ETA Kit fits perfectly inside an Eagle MLCS Medical Pouch (see photos).

Each ETA Kit is made as it’s ordered, and we’re able to guarantee a three-year shelf life on all the contents within our kits.


QuikClot Combat Gauze (1)

ITS Blow Out Kit 06QuickClot Combat Gauze is impregnated with a hemostatic agent to treat life-threatening hemorrhage stopping arterial (artery) and venous (vein) bleeding in seconds.

The benefit over other hemostatic agents is primarily that it has no heat signature, which is commonly associated with hemostatic agents, and can cause burning.

Secondarily, it’s easy to pack into any size wound unlike other hemostatic agents like HemCon which has a cardboard like texture.

Unlike granular hemostatic agents like regular QuikClot, Combat Gauze can be removed easily.

Also, because of the no-heat signature it can be used as regular gauze to save space and for normal gauze applications without adverse effects. It can even be used for an eye bandage.

QuickClot Combat Gauze is also now the TCCC‘s agent of choice for first line treatment of life-threatening hemorrhage.

Comes individually sealed within the ITS ETA Kit

Israeli Battle Dressing (1 – 4″)

The IBD or Israeli Bandage is primarily used as a pressure dressing to stop hemorrhage and achieve hemostasis.

Sterile and non-adherent, the IBD consolidates a primary dressing, pressure applicator, secondary dressing and closure apparatus to secure the bandage in place.

The IBD can be self applied with one hand and also be used a field expedient tourniquet if one is not available.

Comes individually vacuum sealed within the ITS ETA Kit for space saving

H&H Compressed Gauze (2)

H&H PriMed Compressed Gauze is highly absorbent and used to stop bleeding and dress wounds, allowing air to circulate in order to promote healing.

Compressed Gauze can be used to fill the void of a wound packed with QuikClot Combat Gauze.

Packed, the compressed gauze measures only 2″ x 3″ and expands to 4.5″ x 4.1 yards.

Gauze can additionally be used to secure an NPA during an emergency cricothyrotomy by placing a gentle overhand knot over the NPA and securing the gauze around the back of the neck.

Two individual packages are included.

Comes individually vacuum sealed within the ITS ETA Kit for space saving

HALO Chest Seal (2)

ITS Blow Out Kit 07The HALO Chest Seal / Dressing is used primarily as an occlusive dressing to treat a pneumothorax, or penetrating chest wound.

Secondarily, the HALO can be used to hold a bandage in place after packing a wound, to seal the area around an emergency cricothyrotomy (occlude), or occlude a chest tube.

This is done by folding the seal in half twice and snipping a corner to make a hole, and then placing over the NPA or chest tube to seal.

The benefit of the HALO Chest Seal over other occlusive dressings is that it actually sticks during excessive bleeding or heavy perspiration, and comes two per pack.

(This is not the HALO Vent) Comes individually sealed within the ITS ETA Kit

Decompression Needle (1)

A 14 Gauge 3.25″ long decompression needle is included to treat a tension pneumothorax by inserting the needle into the 2nd intercostal space in the midclavicular line.

The 3.25″ length needle is recommended to ensure it reaches the patient’s pleural space.

Our decompression needle comes in a tube to ensure the sterility of the internal packaging and prevent it from poking through the vacuum sealed Blow Out Kit.

Comes individually sealed within the ITS ETA Kit

NPA – Nasopharyngeal Airway (1 – 28F)

When a patient becomes unconscious the muscles in the jaw relax and they can swallow their tongue and obstruct their airway.

A 28F Rusch NPA is included for use on a semiconscious or unconscious patient to secure an open airway.

The 28 French Diameter is the most common adult sized diameter, and the included NPA features an adjustable ring that allows it to be sized specifically for the patient and acts as the flared end to prevent it from sliding down the nasal cavity.

Ace Wrap (1 – 3″)

We’ve included an Ace Wrap that can be used to stabilize a sprain, support an injury (splint), or as an additional pressure dressing.

Comes individually sealed within the ITS ETA Kit

Nitrile Gloves (1 Pair)

One pair of black non-latex Nitrile gloves are included for body substance isolation.

Combat Casualty Card (1)

The casualty card is used to mark what type of care has been provided, triage status / priority, tourniquet placement / time, vital signs, medications and patient information for higher echelon care.

Augment Items

One thing we haven’t included in our ETA Kits is a Tourniquet.

Primarily, this is to allow you to augment the kit with your Tourniquet of choice, but also to keep our costs low to you.

We recommend both the SOF-T Tourniquet or the C-A-T Tourniquet, and each have their positives and negatives that we’ll address in a separate article.

The largest difference is that the SOF-T has a metal windlass that we feel is superior to the CAT’s plastic windlass.

More pressure is applied to lower extremity injuries to achieve hemostasis, and we’ve seen the CAT’s windlass break being used on femoral bleeding.

Both Tourniquets feature a spot to write the time they were applied.


The ITS Tactical ETA Kit combines the best products on the market to treat the three leading preventable causes of death in the field.

You won’t find another kit out there that combines what we’ve offered to you for a better price. Trust us, we checked.

Purchasing an ETA Kit allows you to be prepared and carry the essentials to save your life and those around you. What is a life worth to you?

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  • Great post! My regards to the Corpsman featured in the video… nice to see there is another headless ITS video contributor in our midst! You guys crack me up…

    On a serious note, its great to see the dedication and research you put into all that you feature on ITS. Keep up the excellent work!

    • Shorty,

      Thanks for the kind words, and yes there are quite a few headless people around here 😉

    • Jeffrey

      Just remember, the Nasopharyngeal Airway is inserted upside down, then turned.

    • Earl Register

      Actually the Oropharyngeal airway is inserted upside down until you feel the soft pallette and the you turn it around. the NPA needs lube and a little back and forth motion .

      HM2(FMF) Register

  • Ed

    Nicely done! Well thought out. Not too pricey considering the cost of the individual components. Good idea with the bag as well.

    • Ed,

      Thanks for the feedback! Glad you like the kits.

  • This looks like a well rounded kit. My only question is this, “Is everything in this kit latex free?”

    • Sigboy40,

      Yes, everything in the kit is Latex Free, including the gloves.

      Thanks for the comment and question!


    This stuff is truly the best of the best out there. I only have one question, how come you didn’t include lube for the NPA? Once again great write up guys!! -Mike

    • Mike,

      Lube isn’t necessary. The patient/victim will have body fluids available for lube. That, or saliva can be used.

      Thanks for the comment!

  • David.L

    The kit looks really nice! I’d like to get one, but right now I don’t have the training to do needle decompression. If I tried it untrained, for all I know I might bisect an intercostal artery…I’m going to take some EMT training in the coming months though, so maybe eventually I’ll have the training.

    Really like the contents of the kit, it’d be perfect for stashing with my camera gear (belt system) when I don’t want to carry my backpack + first aid kit.

    Love the articles!


    • David,

      This may sound harsh, but don’t use the excuse of not having the training for not having some kind of BOK on you. You have to consider that if it’s you that’s injured, it’s going to be someone else’s training level that will be saving your life. And they may know how to needle decompress you.

      Thank you for the comment and the compliment on the kit!

  • Destroy_By_Fire

    Great looking and well thought out kit. Just curious though, any particular reason on going with the Israeli bandage versus a Cinch Tight or an H bandage?

    • Destroy_By_Fire,

      We went with the Israeli because it’s a good bandage/dressing, and dependable. It does what it’s supposed to do, and just as well as a cinch tight or h-bandage without the increased cost.

      Thanks for the question!

  • Zach

    Fair enough not including a SOF-T or CAT, but why no tape?

    • Zach,

      The BOK is made for addressing the three leading causes of preventable death in the field, and having tape is not required. There’s nothing in our BOK that requires the use of tape, and we’ve designed it that way.
      Sure there’s uses for medical tape, but is it essential? That’s the question we asked ourselves when building this kit.

      Thanks for the question.

    • Austin Kopp

      Well, athletic tape really acheives the same porpose that an ace wrap can, and more. It can act as a compression bandage,hold a dressing in place, stabilize a sprained joint, tie up your enemies, add grip to your gear, is non reflective (meaning it wont give away your position), and comes in multiple colors, including black. So, it may be a good idea to add.

  • fastmover

    great kit. I would like to say: get training. you would not run into a gun fight with a gun you are unfamiliar with, same with a FAK. If you are working a GSW and have one QC gauze…make it count.

    • Fastmover,

      We agree with the primary need for training and familiarization with the tools, but in our opinion, not having the training for a Blow Out Kit does not negate the purpose of carrying one.
      As stated below, the kit could potentially be used on you by someone who has the training, and why not have the tools there for them that they need?

      Thanks for the comment!

  • mike

    Just FYI. Putting a NPA requires the use of tape 50% of the time. A lot of the times it will be pushed out. I am a flight medic in army and see this all the time.

    Also we are seeing misuse of the NPA a lot now, because they are so available. Most people (including medics) don’t know they are not to be used with a Basal Skull fracture. So our SOP is if you see the symptoms of head injury, don’t use a NPA to avoid the risk of intracerebral placement of the NPA.

    • Mike,

      Thanks for the comment and sharing your experiences. If an NPA does require tape we include the two pack of HALO Seals, and a piece can be used to secure the NPA.

      Great information on the Basal Skull Fracture and non-use of the NPA in that situation.

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  • Conor Lansdale

    After seeing this video I had to figure out what a needle decompression was used for, and I found this video. Great insight, and very clear use:
    Keep up the great video posts!

  • Just wondering what the differences between the “Basic”, “Standard”, and “Mil/LE” kits are?! I scoured both the store and this article looking for them, but could not find a breakdown of each level of BOK.

    Thanks in advance,
    VT Sheepdog

    • Sorry guys,
      Disregard that last message… I found the info I was looking for. So basically the “Mil/LE” kit is everything in the standard kit, with an upgraded QuikClot Z-Fold Combat Gauze? What is the purpose of the x-ray detectable strip? Is it so that higher echelon care can more readily identify the gauze if it is packed deeply into a wound? Why would that make it a Mil/LE only product?

      Again, sorry for the first silly post, I must have scanned by it too quickly!

      Thanks again,
      VT Sheepdog

    • Earl Register

      Yes the Radiopaque line is used so that it doesn’t get left in the patient at higher echelon of care.

  • Greg. Prieb

    How can I buy blow out kit with I v. Hook up. And blood. Clout powder.

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