IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit)
The Houston Police Department IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit) is a low profile hemmorhage control kit, developed in collaboration with the Houston Police Department and Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute. Designed to fit inconspicuously onto soft body armor using a hook and loop system, the IFAK bag is a multi-pocketed nylon bag, that’s both Berry Amendment compliant and Made in the USA.
The IFAK is specifically designed to make life-saving hemorrhage control products easily accessible at the point of wounding. The kit comes equipped with two C-A-T® Tourniquets, a proven 100% effective onehanded tourniquet, as well as one Z-Fold Combat Gauze LE Hemostatic Dressing, an effective, simple, safe-to-use hemostatic dressing.
The patented C-A-T® is a true one-handed tourniquet proven to be 100% effective by the U.S. Army’s Institute of Surgical Research. Tests proved that the C-A-T® completely occluded blood flow of an extremity in the event of a traumatic wound with significant hemorrhage.
The C-A-T® utilizes a durable windlass system with a patented free-moving internal band providing true circumferential pressure to the extremity.
Once adequately tightened, bleeding will cease and the windlass is locked into place. A hook and loop windlass retention strap is then applied, securing the windlass to maintain pressure during casualty evacuation. The C-A-T®’s unique dual securing system avoids the use of screws and clips which can become difficult to operate under survival stress or where fine motor skills are compromised.
QuikClot® Combat Gauze LE™ is a soft, white, sterile, nonwoven 3” by 4 yards, Z-folded gauze impregnated with kaolin, an inert mineral that does not generate heat. The gauze is individually wrapped in an easy rip, military grade foil pouch. Indicated for temporary external control of traumatic bleeding, QuikClot® Combat Gauze LE™ is flexible and pliable and contours to all wounds. Effective, simple and safe to use when trying to control life-threatening hemorrhage from wounds that are not amenable to tourniquet application.