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- Constructed of 1000 denier Nylon
- Full wraparound carry handles
- Pleated vinyl pockets on inside to store Medical supplies
- Hook and loop and side-release buckles
- Built to withstand the toughest Terrain and environments
- Constructed of 1000 denier nylon
- Full wraparound carry handles
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BlackHawk Emergency Medic Roll - This Emergency Medic Supply roll is a great way to carry all medical supplies. It has 15 various sized, quick-view, clear pouches. It rolls up into a compact rig and it secures by hook & loop with side release buckles. It also has full wrap around heavy-duty handles.
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B016BLHDW4
- Date first available at Amazon.com: March 27, 2014
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Top Customer Reviews
When I began searching for a system to house my kit, I had three criteria. First, I wanted to be able to locate any individual item quickly, without having to remove or move others to get at it. Second, I wanted it to be durable. Third, I wanted it to be compact, as it would be riding in the limited space in my vehicle or occasionally on my back. Does the Blackhawk Medic Roll meet these criteria? To be succinct, yes. It's not perfect, but for me, the cons can be overcome. Here's the full breakdown:
The roll is made of tough nylon. When rolled up, it's secured with three velcro strips and/or two side release buckles. Unrolled, you'll find one wide pocket at the end, with 7 pockets facing each other on either side along the rest of the interior. The pockets open to the middle of the roll, and are made of heavy mil plastic with nylon strips sewn onto the ends for added durability.
If you have advanced medical knowledge, your abilities probably outstrip the capacity of this kit. In that case, you'd be better served to get a more traditional `drop everything in' medic bag that has more capacity. But for the average person with basic medical knowledge, this roll will provide the capabilities necessary to deal with most situations you would encounter. To give you some idea of the Blackhawk's capacity, here's what I have in mine:
-1 4-inch gauze roll
-1 3-inch gauze roll
-9 4x4-inch gauze pads
-5 4x3-inch gauze pads
-3 2x3-inch gauze pads
-4 2x2-inch gauze pads
-1 6-inch Israeli bandage
-2 9x5-inch abdominal compresses
-1 roll of 3M bandage tape
-1-2.75-inch Tegaderm film
-~20 bandaids, various sizes
-2 15-gram Celox packets
-3 2-gram Celox packets
-5 1/8-ounce Burn-Jel packets
-Basic pills (Tylenol, Immodium, Tums, etc)
-1 1-ounce tube of triple antibiotic
-1 1-ounce tube of hydrocortisone cream
-1 2-ounce bottle of eye rinse
-A plethora of alcohol and iodine prep wipes
Rolled up, the kit is about 19" in circumference, and even with all of the above, there's still quite a bit more room. I could easily fit in double the gauze rolls, tape, bandaids, burn jel, add another Israeli bandage and include more gauze pads. However, I'm trying to strike a balance between having what I may need, and being able to easily access the contents of each pocket.
Those Tight Pockets:
Ah, yes, those pockets. Many of the negative reviews for this bag center on the tightness of the pockets, and the resulting difficulty inserting and removing contents. I have small hands, and even for me, it's a tight fit to get my fingers into pockets already bulging with bulkier items like gauze rolls and tape. However, there's not a single item I can't get out of its pocket within 5 seconds. If you have monster paws, you will have a little more difficulty than I do, but I can't imagine someone not being able to get out what they've put in. The bottom line is, if you like everything else about this bag, don't let the tightness of the pockets dissuade you. If you want to be sure to have easy access, you can duct tape a 5" length of paracord to the back of each item, leaving an inch or so hanging out of the pocket. When you need the item, just grab the appropriate cord and pull it out. I do understand the point of view of those that say you shouldn't have to "fix" a brand new item, but I have no problem with minor modifications. `If you want something done right', as they say. A little MacGyvering can often make a fair thing good, and a good thing great.
Wish it Was Waterproof:
Not one of my needs, but if you plan to bring this into a wet environment, simply wrap it in a garbage bag, spin it, tie, and tuck the end tight. Voila. If you want extra insurance, use two garbage bags or a contractor bag. Duct tape a large red cross on the outside to make it identifiable, and when you need your kit, it will only take a few seconds to tear through the waterproof barrier.
-Construction: Tough nylon, excellent stitching
-Heavy duty clear plastic pockets allow you to see everything in your kit at a glance
-15 individual pockets allow you to customize the kit to fit your needs
-Rolls up into a compact, portable size
-Velcro and buckle closures allow the roll to shrink or grow depending on contents
-Tightness of the plastic pockets
The Blackhawk Medic Roll is not perfect, but for me, its pros far outweigh its cons. I now own three. Three identical kits, right down to the same supplies in the same pockets. One stays in my home, the others have a home in each of my vehicles. After all, if I don't have it with me, it's no good to anyone, and I don't trust myself to remember to constantly transport one kit from one spot to another.
If you can live with the tight pockets, you'll be more than satisfied with the quality of the Blackhawk Medic Roll. If you see too many deficiencies, keep looking. But keep looking until you find something that works for you. I hope you never need to break out your kit, but if you do, you'll be very glad you have one.
The bag has various sized clear plastic pocket. And sometimes the various sizes will restrict what you can pack. Because the openings of each pocket face towards each other you have to put a lot of thought into what goes into each spot (for example I had an Israeli bandage in one pocket and the pocket across from it was stuffed with gauze and tape, I had to pull out contents from the opposite pocket in order to get the Israeli out). If you just start cramming things in each crevice, it will become very difficult to quickly pull out supplies. Also keep in mind that the roll might activate any disposable ice packs or break any fragile items like scalpel blades ( but only if you are being very careless). Bottom line, put some thought into how you organize your bag and make sure you do some kind of test to make sure that the roll doesn't hurt any supplies and that everything you may need in a timely fashion is easily accessible.
With that being said, after trying the bag out for a little while, the organizational style of this bag does not suit me. While the bag will definitely work for my purposes and serves a lot of people very well, I would prefer a different style and will be looking for a replacement.