New Medical Gear Being Considered
Marines might see some new additions to their packs to help tend to battle wounds.
Being considered for every Marine are new items made by Combat Medical Systems. Mike Langley, director of Navy and Marine Corps programs, said the items will be considered as part of the Corps’ scheduled review. But the products are some he would’ve liked Marines having access to in the field — and he would know since he treated Marines at forward operating bases as a retired senior chief corpsman.
The two items every Marine could soon be carrying include a Chest Trauma Kit and Battle Wrap. The trauma kit would be used to treat casualties with collapsed lungs due to gunshots.
The innovative kit includes a wipe to clean away blood and debris before a piece of clear plastic would seal the wound. It also includes a needle that can be used to allow trapped air out of the lung. The needle is unlike any others on the market in that it can be removed, cleaned out — in case it becomes clogged with blood or tissue — and re-inserted into the same patient.
The second item is a clear, plastic wrap made of the same material as the seal in the Chest Trauma Kit. It’s called Battle Wrap and functions the same way an ace bandage would, but only about 18 inches would be needed to wrap an upper arm wound. It’s also clear, allowing for continued bleeding to be monitored.
Both items come in small, crush-proof tubes.
Also being considered is a clamp that would be part of a corpsman’s pack or vehicle bag that would help to stop major arterial bleeds.