I received two medical kits to review from Spotterup.com both kits are very different. One is the Shield-2, a small kit that can be carried easily in small pockets in your uniform or be placed in a gear pouch on your armor.
The other medical kit is the Deployment Trauma Kit II a kit that’s designed to be worn behind your strike plate inside your armor, or in your armor in the thin pouch in front or back, depending on your setup.
The contents of the kit include
Improvised Occlusive Dressing
Obviously a quick look at the contents tells you this kit is focused on hemorrhage control. The kit has an easy open tab along the top. PHOKUS call this tab the ripcord. This tab is easy to grab, with bare hands or gloves. When you pull this tab you better have a good grip on the kit, the tear isn’t extremely easy. This isn’t a bad thing; the plastic encasing the kit is heavy and will resist premature tears and punctures.
After opening the kit, I got 6 pieces of 2×9” medical tape, 1 Z-fold gauze, and a SWAT-T tourniquet. The contents list an improvised occlusive dressing which isn’t included, unless by improvised they mean the packaging from the kit. Which for a cost of $100.00 for this, I think an actual occlusive dressing could be included without adding any real bulk.
Also, I’ve carried a lot of trauma kits and a good turniquet is like gold. The one provided is good because it fits in the kit. It takes a bit longer to apply than say a CAT, or SOF-T. And if you don’t take your time and apply it correctly the end can slip and if its not tight the first time you need to unwrap it and reapply.
Overall this is a good kit, easy to use, but I feel like for the cost you could have an occlusive dressing, and hemostatic gauze, instead of just standard gauze. The size of the kit is perfect for carrying on your armor, in a backpack, or glove box.
The Deployment Trauma Kit II is a full IFAK excluding a touniquet. This is a unique kit made to fit behind you strike plate on your armor. This kit has a strong sealed vinyl outer cover that seals in the IFAK.
Occlusive Dressing x2
4” Z-Fold Gauze x2
2” Safety Pins x2
3” Elastic Bandage
The kit uses the PHOKUS groups rip cord pull tab to open the kit. The rip cord pull tab requires a bit more force than a standard shrink wrapped IFAK. This isn’t bad because the outer nylon seal provided good protection. Next to the opening tab there is a larger tab that allows you to pull the kit from behind your armor plate.
On the sample I had, I added a small 550 cord loop around the pull tab, made the intial grab smoother. Besides using this as suggested, I also carried it in my ruck, which has a space at the back panel for holding a laptop, or a water bladder. The kit fit inside perfectly.
The retail price is around $143.00. Which I feel is a bit pricy because it doesn’t have any type of tourniquet included. But you do have hemostatic dressings, which is a big plus. I handled the kit with wet nitrile gloves (to simulate blood) the kit felt a bit slippery in my hands, which isn’t great thing. It could also make it difficult to grasp in the rain. This is another reason I would throw a 550 loop onto the grab tab. These kits would work well for a trauma medic to have three or four layered into a pack ready to grab.
This is a well thought out versatile kit. This company thinks outside the box and is working hard to put out a product that makes sense. These kits are lightweight and fairly efficient. If you have the money definitely check them out.
Description by Phokus Research
Phokus trauma kits are worn in the negative space behind ballistic protection. Reduces or eliminates space, weight, and ergonomic issues that have been identified for overburdened warfighters. Using a patented pressure sealed, plate shaped design allows operators to comfortably wear medical gear in the negative space behind their ballistic plates. Phokus trauma kits are protected and instantly accessible, eliminating the need for bulky external medical pouches. The RF welded medical grade vinyl also increases the life span by 300%. Available in four sizes, Phokus Trauma Kits are designed to suit every operational need. Patent No. 8,925,115 The contents follow all Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) Guidelines
- Battle Tested Durability – Heavy-duty Medical grade vinyl keeps gear protected during long deployments. Outperforms the competition by a ratio of 3 to 1.
- Pressure Sealing & Precision RF Welding creates waterproof protection for valuable medical supplies.
- Designed for quick deployment, the contents are packed around injury patterns in order of priority for care.
- TCCC Compliant
- Content List: Combat Gauze, NPA W/ 550, 14G Cath, Occlusive Dressing X2, Casualty Card, Z-Fold Gauze X2, 2″ Safety Pins X2, 3″ Elastic Bandage, Nitrile Gloves, Sharpie
- Size: 9 x 11 x .75 | Wt: 11.7 oz
Patrick is a Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen (SWCC) member and also one of the cadre with GoRuck. On his free time he builds his company GPMKIT.