Survival Gear Review: The Chinook BleederPAK Trauma Kit

Traumatic injuries can end lives in minutes. Gunshot wounds, deep punctures, and long lacerations can leave the unprepared person helpless as precious blood spills onto the ground. These types of injuries require specialized gear, like the kind found in the new Chinook BleederPAK ($30).

Why carry a separate trauma kit? There are a number of good reasons to have this type of gear in its own container. First, it speeds up first aid application. You have the needed supplies in one pouch ready to go at a moment's notice. Another point to consider is if someone is bleeding profusely, you're going to get blood (and maybe other fluids) on all of the gear in a single-compartment medical bag. And a third reason, if you needed it, is that it keeps unnecessary gear out of your way as you attempt to save a life. You don't need to be rummaging around through the band-aids or little pill packages when somebody's bleeding out.

Here are the contents of the Chinook BleederPAK:
- 1 SWAT-T Tourniquet
- 1 QuickClot Sport, 25 grams
- 1 Blood stopper dressing
- 1 Primed gauze bandage
- 1 Pair Nitrile Gloves

The only things that are missing are a small pair of trauma shears to cut clothing and one of the self-adhesive patch sets for sucking chest wounds, but those are easy enough to add to your kit after purchase.

This spartan kit weighs only 7.9 ounces and measures 3 ½" x 7 ½" x 2". That's a pretty small package to contain the proper supplies to address severe bleeding. It's lightweight, easily portable, and it stows well with other medical gear. This kit is a great addition to the Chinook MinimalistPAK, which we have previously reviewed. And something like this really should be in your range bag or hunting pack, in case the unthinkable happens.