by Mike Fults, Los Angeles (CA) School Police (retired)
IPMBA Industry Relations Committee
While I was helping staff the IPMBA booth at the NASRO Conference in July, I met Scott Stein from H&H Medical Corporation. He was very well-informed about modern-day first aid kits and supplies, as H&H provides many types of medical kits for military and civilian use. The one he recommended for public safety bike use was the POCKET (Patrol Officer Casualty Kit for Emergency Trauma) kit, and he gave me a kit to test.
I found the POCKET kit to be just the right size to fit in a die pouch on the standard saddle bag (7” x 5 1/2”). I went to the local bike shop and pulled five different bike bags and the kit fit in each one. It is roughly the size of a deck of cards (4.5” x 4.5” x 1.5”) and, according to the website, weighs less than half a pound.
The POCKET kit contains five important items: one TK 4L tourniquet; one primed compressed gauze; one mini compression bandage; one compact wound seal; one pair nitrile gloves. This is a great addition to any personal safety equipment bag or first aid kit.
Mike is retired from the Los Angeles School Police Department. He utilized bike patrol for traffic enforcement and special enforcement details from 1999-2003. He currently is a member of the Palm Springs Spa Resort and Casino Bike Patrol, patrolling the Casino property, including parking areas, and working outdoor events. He is a member of the IPMBA Industry Relations Committee.
(c) 2014 IPMBA. This review appeared in the Summer 2014 issue of IPMBA News.