Blue Force Gear has long established themselves as an innovating company with a focus on lighter, yet durable kit. Their Helium Whisper technology is a proprietary laminate blend and a unique 10 Speed MOLLE type attachment system reduces components, weight, and associated noise during movement.
The Blue Force gear (BFG) Micro Trauma Kit is no exception. It’s a two piece, low profile Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK), which is suitable in expanding the capabilities of those desiring a lower signature than usually associated with a fully loaded IFAK. It is very handy as a backup medical kit, and overall aids in applications where you need to carry something on you, but don’t want the quantity, or the bulk.
Before going any further, let’s agree that you need to carry something. We’re done arguing and having to prove the point that a basic first aid kit is a must. If you’re carrying, there shouldn’t even be a discussion on whether or not to. At the very least, you should be carrying the basics such as a tourniquet or a pressure dressing. If you don’t carry a weapon for a living, or on a daily basis, the responsibility is still yours.
Stop denying yourself the reality of who our enemies are, what they do, and have done, or that anything can happen where you will be relied upon or will have to rely on yourself. I am of the mentality that every major city should have a strategically placed mass casualty response containers full of first aid supplies. It’s done in combat zones, and certain areas of the world. Our cultural paradigms will have to be changed as were our professional ones. Hopefully we’ll be the ones dictating it.
So carry at least the basics, look for appropriate training, and follow the recommended guidelines. The Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care (CoTCCC) has long put forward empirical guidelines on what medical protocols and equipment are appropriate, typically as applied to military-centric austere medicine.
The Committee on Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (C-TECC) is a civilian or stateside equivalent of sorts, which does the same thing. Both not only produce protocols, guidelines, recommendations and data with the goal of continuous improvement and saving lives. They also take away the guess work as to what works and what doesn’t, what works better, and why. There is the commercial market, and there are practical applications. Know what you’re getting.
So if you’re going to carry something, a BFG Micro Trauma Kit is a solid option for doing so. I have always been of the opinion regarding IFAK’s that I need to carry what I need to carry, and comfort, space, and appeal are secondary. Maybe it’s the medic orientation, but I do prefer to carry more anyway.
The BFG Micro could potentially sway me. With that said, by design the Micro Trauma Kit is not something you want to overfill. The kit itself is a slick 2 piece sleeve and pocket combo, which can hold several essentials. The inner pocket fits inside the sleeve, and is additionally secured by a Velcro tab. BFG offers a basic and an advanced level of components with the Micro Trauma Kit, as well as just the container itself.
It comes in practical colors of Coyote Brown, OD Green, Mulicam, and Wolf Grey. The laser-cut universal medical cross, offers inserts which can be black, red, or glow in the dark, and switched in a couple seconds. I very much appreciate that all of this comes in one package with 2 inserts, instead of one sewn option. Environments change, and there is rarely one fit for all needs or situations. The filled kit doesn’t look imposing or overly tactical, and would be ideal for every day carry for anyone, especially if the user doesn’t mind a bit of a signature from the kit itself. Complete with all of the contents, the fit is very snug.
Even with just a bandage and occlusive seal, the fitting of contents inside the elastic bands inside the kit takes a little work. On one hand its great, because you don’t have to worry about retention. But you will exercise some patience, especially if placing other items into the kit. You may have to decide what items you truly need, and prioritize. There are no external flaps, unnecessary openings, and only a dedicated manipulation by the user will expose the supplies needed, when needed.
If you’re working plain clothes, wearing a suit, or want very low to no signature when carrying the Micro, you might want to brainstorm another option, or simply don’t stuff everything into it and focus on the basics. The Micro is not a no-profile concealable kit, but rather a low profile. The idea and presentation, from everything I have seen, is that the Micro mounts in the small of your back, if used with the belt attachments. This allows for ambidextrous deployment, and saves a lot of room where other more frequently accessed items can be placed.
I found that the belt tabs accommodate even large duty belts, and are very secure. There is a dedicated “BLIP” tab on either side, and the inner compartment is easily deployed with either hand. This fit obviously works well on a battle belt with a MOLLE mount, where low profile is desired but which still has plenty of room. There is of course, discussion in law enforcement that nothing should really go in the small of your back. Many of us have been huge proponents of this, and sitting in a vehicle, whether a squad, limo, or an MRAP, is already not the most back-friendly arrangement. Add something that pushes against you, or something on which you could land during ground fighting, and there could be issues.
The nice thing about BFG Micro IFAK is that regardless of how you stuff it, it’s soft. Should you decide the belt mounted version instead of the MOLLE or vest, the hazards of injury are minimized because it’s like a slick little pillow. I used it for several hours while driving with full gear. While I knew the kit was there, it wasn’t uncomfortable or bothersome.
With all of that noted, the idea is that you still have a tourniquet readily accessible, and likely accessible elsewhere. Placing either a SOFT or a CAT tourniquet into the Micro takes up most of the room, and you have to decide your priorities on what you need and where. Keep in mind consistent and accessible placement. The Micro is also easily secured on a K9 vest, and even certain working collars.
Available in Woodland (above), Black, Coyote Brown, Multicam, Wolf and OD Green
As mentioned, there is a basic and advanced set up for the contents. It is evident that slim line was the idea, as it the main design feature. The basic includes medical gloves, trauma dressing, hemostatic dressing, medical tape, and Tourni Kwik (TK4) tourniquet. The advanced adds a decompression needle, more tape, and a nasopharyngial airway. I love the Frog Tape by Phokus Research Group. It avoids the need to improvise on a roll of tape, by offering several heavy-duty, ready to use tape strips. Likewise, the CLEER Medical trauma bandage was an awesome choice. I have never used one before, and the fact that it can be squished and manipulated into any shape, and then reconfigured to utilize as a bandage is great. The HyFin chest seal is a proven classic, and BFG offers it as a double package that it comes in. No worries about folding it in any way or shape. Once open the seal will be fully pliable and usable in its intended shape.
My only concern is that while most everything included in both kits is TCCC/TECC approved, the TK4 is not. And this is for a good reason. While it may be an option is some circumstances, I encourage TCCC/TECCC approved tourniquets, which at this point are CAT and SOFT. Realizing that neither would fit into the Micro, I would still avoid considering the TK4 in the same regard.
Please get the right training. Feel free to reach out to any one of us here at Spotter Up or our more bad-ass colleagues over at CAG Main. This also applies to the hemostatic dressings (Quick Clot) included in both kits. My other question is the price point. Including hemostatic dressing increases the value of Micro Trauma Kit NOW, but at $200 for a full advanced kit, may exclude some end users.
However if that is your hesitation, you can rest assured knowing that BFG has always supported and donated to some outstanding military and public safety charities. If you are on the job and do need a tourniquet which may be beyond your logistical resources, I encourage you to look into the Tourniquet Project, an educational non-profit which can assist with locating resources.
The Micro Trauma Kit NOW by Blue Force Gear is a unique low profile option for basic first aid essentials. It can be used as an everyday carry med kit, a low profile duty kit, K9-carried, bike mounted or as a backup IFAK. The legendary Made in USA and lifetime warranty adds to the overall flexibility in application, and stresses the necessity of being prepared and trained.
ADVANCED KIT SUPPLIES for the filled version
1) QuickClot Combat Gauze
2) HyFin Vent Chest Seal (2 seals included)
3) Cleer Medical Trauma Bandage 4” Flat Pack
4) Decompression needle
5) Six 2” x9” Frog Tape
6) Size 28 Nasopharyngeal Airway
7) Heavy Duty Medical Gloves in tan (1 pair)
BASIC KIT SUPPLIES
1) Hemostatic dressing for wound packing/clotting (1 included)
2) 4″ Emergency Trauma Dressing (1 included)
3) 9″ Medical Grade Easy Tape (6 included)
4) Tourni-Kwik Compression Tourniquet (1 included)
5) Heavey Duty Medical Gloves (1 pair of large sized gloves)
I received this product as a courtesy from the manufacturer via Spotter Up so I could test it and give my honest feedback. I am not bound by any written, verbal, or implied contract to give this product a good review. All opinions are my own and are based off my personal experience with the product.
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