Second Chance Medical Trauma Kits – An Overlanding Essential

 

What happens when it goes wrong on the trail! What? Wrong? “I am too good to let that happen,” “I have too much experience for that to happen,” or simply “it won’t happen to me.” Yep, they are all excuses I have heard before. The truth about first aid gear is you don’t need it…until you do. Guess what? You are going to kick yourself when you don’t have what you need. Maybe you are willing to take that risk for yourself, but what about your best friend, your spouse, your child, or a stranger you meet on the trail? I have even used items in a first aid kit for my animals.

An Overlanding Essential

As a nurse, I deal with medical emergencies every day. Usually, these are medical emergencies in the best environment you could possibly imagine. Here, I have every resource imaginable to me as well as an awesome group of people around me. Somedays, I even think we are over prepared and get in each other’s way. On the other hand, I have been the person doing CPR on the side of the road on a total stranger. That day, I would have given my left kidney to be in the hospital with my whole crew and all of those beloved resources.

The truth is, you can’t carry an entire level 1 trauma hospital into the backcountry with you. What you can do, however, is think about what you might encounter and plan for it. Then you plan for more than that, and then even more than that! Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.

I may be a nurse, but I don’t deal with trauma in the field on an everyday basis. This is where Travis (aka “Doc T”) from Second Chance Medical comes into play! Because field trauma is not my speciality, I look to the people who have experience in this. Travis was a Special Forces Medical Sergeant who participated in numerous combat and foreign aid deployments. Yep, that is the guy I want to look to for advice in medical care in the less than ideal settings.

Second Chance Medical has put out a line of great products that have options for a great grab and go trauma med kit. Travis was awesome enough to drop a few off at our house for us to equip our expedition vehicles with. I don’t think he knew how much I was going to nerd-out over this stuff!

The first is the Second Chance Truck Can, Thin. It is honestly pretty compact, but has a great sturdy case that allows for easy grab and go organization. No dumping out the whole thing, just to find the one thing you need. Here is a list of what comes in it:IMG_20160816_194629

  • RATs Tourniquet
  • Trauma Dressing
  • Trauma Shears
  • Chem Light
  • 4” ace wrap x2
  • Compressed Gauze
  • Chest seal
  • Coban Adhesive Wrap
  • Black Talon Glove Kit
  • Boo Boo Bandaid Kit

The second kit I was able to play with is the Second Chance Truck Can, Thick. A little more robust, and definitely some more space for those personal add in items (I may be a little bit of an overpacker when it comes to this stuff). Also, I appreciate the high visibility pink option! Here is a list of the items found in this kit:IMG_20160816_194812

    • RATs Tourniquet
    • Trauma Dressing
    • Trauma Shears
    • Chem Light
    • 6” ace wrap x2
    • Compressed Gauze
    • Chest seal
    • Coban Adhesive Wrap
    • Black Talon Glove Kit
    • Boo Boo Bandaid Kit
    • Plus it has a little extra space to add some personal items that you may want.

Next up is the Second Chance Biker Med Kit. Yep this is definitely getting added to our newest rig in the Broken Spoke Overland line up! This kit is nice and compact, but still maintains that easy grab and go organization. It contains:IMG_20160816_194911

    • RATs Tourniquet
    • 2 Compressed Gauze
    • 2 Ace Bandage 3″
    • Boo Boo bandaid kit (which includes what you may need in everyday riding situations)
    • Trauma Shears

 

Go check out the full lineup of Second Chance Medical gear at Second Chance Medical You can also follow them on instagram @2Cmed One day in the future we are going to talk about preparing yourself to use this excellent equipment you are equipping yourself with!

 

 

 

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