It’s Trauma Month at All Things Arb, and we’re taking a look at the latest first aid kits on the market. We’re checking out everything from £600 kits down to small, on-the-harness style packs like the Personal Bleed Kit from Native Arb.
We wanted to know how Native’s Personal Bleed Kits came about, so we spoke to Will Yeates and Roland Heming of Roland Heming Forestry & Arb Training & Assessment. The Native Personal Bleed Kit is the first product to come to market from the duo.
We asked them what they felt was missing for our industry.
“We aimed to create a kit which is simply fit for purpose in the arb world. We’ve seen lots of different first aid and bleed kits on various trainees over the years, which have contents of questionable use in a real emergency and are let down by the bulky, non-waterproof bags. Some outfits seem to simply box tick. And so the kits are often low-end and unfit for use in a real emergency and not HSE compliant.”
“There are alternatives on the market like the Simarghu, but we felt these have a hefty price tag and run the risk of over-complicating an emergency. Not all first aid training covers the use of Israeli bandages, nor can you always remember it two years after the training in a pressured situation. So this led us down the route of a simple, affordable, fit for purpose bleed kit. It’s compatible with all harnesses and forestry belts, via the fixing on the back or the elastic attachment system.”
At first glance, the £50.00 (ex vat) price tag looks affordable, but does that mean compromising quality?
Available in blue or high vis orange the protective case is IPx6 rated waterproof, and we tested it to the max, turning a hose on it. The contents stayed bone dry, unlike other harness kits on the market. It’s made from durable material, so it’ll stand up to the realities of an arb work environment. And at the back of the bag is a hoop to secure it to your harness. You don’t need to worry about things dropping out as two straps on either side of the pouch hold everything securely.
Inside you’ll find 5 items:
- CE-approved CAT tourniquet
- 1-metre haemostatic gauze
- Large severe bleed dressing
- Resuscitation aid
We started out trying the CAT tourniquet. It’s tricky to apply with one hand, the locking system that secures the tourniquet can be hard to manage. However, on a leg where you can use both hands, it’s more straightforward. Made from solid aluminium and with a grippy texture, it’s easy to use in less than ideal conditions.
Next, you’ll find a 10cm x 1m haemostatic gauze dressing roll from Click Medical. This is ideal if you need to reduce bleeding, but like most gauze, (apart from Celox Rapid) you’ll need to apply pressure for 3 minutes or until the bleeding stops.
Alongside this gauze is a large 10cmx19cm TraumaFix severe bleed dressing, with a pressure pillow to tightly pack the gauze. This dressing provides plenty of pressure and has a Velcro strap for a secure hold without pins or knots. This is the kind of clever thinking we’d like to see in all large wound dressings.
Finally, you’ll find a pair of vinyl gloves and a CPR face shield, with clear instructions on how to perform CPR, making this kit fully HSE compliant.
Overall the Native Personal Bleed Kit contains everything you’d need in an emergency. It’s definitely value for money and one of the best harness mountable bleed kits we’ve seen around the £50 mark.
The Native Personal Bleed Kit
If you're looking to upgrade from your £10 first aid kits then your not going to be breaking the bank balance or missing out with The Native Personal Bleed Kit.
- Fully waterproof bag
- 3 minutes for the gauze to work