EDC Trauma Kit

As simple as band-aids yet capable of saving lives when seconds count and medics are minutes away. That’s how we describe what goes in an EDC Trauma Kit.

Every member of the team carries, is trained to use, and is trained to teach the use of the items in the EDC Trauma Kit.

Our EDC Trauma Kit curriculum is simple. The benchmark we use for effectiveness in this training is that illiterate audiences of average to below average intelligence following a single presentation will retain the knowledge to effectively use the contents under stress. Practice makes perfect, repetitions help, and time matters, but if you can put a band-aid on a scrape, you can use these tools to save a life.

If you have been to an EDC Trauma Kit training module and want to get the exact items we use and train others to use, these are it. If you have never been trained to use these items, rest assured they are simple to use. Attend one of our EDC Trauma Kit courses or seeking training from others educated in the use of these items. These items are designed to be easy to use effectively under the worst possible conditions but you will be far more effective if your first time using these items isn’t when lives are slipping away.

This exact kit has been carried daily by a HAS team leader on three continents for over 2 years and it remains ready for use today.

This exact kit has been carried daily by a HAS team leader on three continents for over 2 years and it remains ready for use today.


Rescue Essentials - Ankle Medical Kit Holster

There are many ways to carry an EDC Trauma Kit. We use our pockets. All of them. We often wish we had twice the pockets of even the bulkiest of cargo pants. One kit gives us the flexibility of concealment while still having our trauma kit in the most universal location - the left ankle. And it holds more than you’d want in a typical pocket - without using a pocket. Easily wraps up for carry in a bag when you can’t have it on your ankle.


North American Rescue - Combat Application TOURNIQUET (CAT)

There are tons of tourniquets on the market. Some are literally worse than a stick and a t-shirt. A short list of them are good. Every one of the good ones are plagued by counterfeits that notoriously break under use. One tourniquet has been issued and used more than any other in existence. Every US veteran since the early 2000’s has been trained to use this one. Buy only from a reputable vendor and ensure it was made by North American Rescue. Designed to be simple and effective by non medical personnel and familiar to every modern US veteran, we don’t hate other tourniquets, but we only recommend one.


Celox Rapid Ribbon

Celox gauze is the closest any gauze will ever get to the blood stopping ability of a tourniquet. Indispensable for traumatic bleeding of the head neck and torso and both a secondary adjunct to the tourniquet and a primary hemostatic for persistent bleeding, yet small enough to fit in a compact EDC kit. We recommend the majority of Celox products in medical kits because they simply work, and have long proven track records of saving lives. The Rapid Ribbon is the specific Celox product we recommend for the EDC kit.


The Emergency Bandage (AKA the ISRAELI Bandage) - 4 Inch

Widely recognized as the single most versatile combination gauze product, and familiar to US veterans just like the CAT. This fills the roles of compression bandages, gauze packs, and sterile non stick dressings. This is the compact 4 inch version of the larger 6” counterpart. There are similar items on the market made in the US that are suitable substitutes, but beware of counterfeits made outside of the US or Israel. Real ones are inexpensive. Human life is not.


Black Nitrile Gloves

Your blood is in your body. Not your blood is not in your body. Keep it that way. Good strong durable gloves that maintain as much tactile sensation as possible are an absolute must when rendering aid to anybody but yourself. Several pairs handy is a good idea. One pair in your EDC Kit will ensure you at least have that. You never want to have to decide between getting unknown bodily fluids on you and saving a life.