One of the consequences of the numerous and seemingly unending wars the world has seen over the last 65 years is the many crossover innovations that were founded on the battlefield.
The GPS, cell phone technology, laptops, drones, night-vision cameras and a host of other products we take for granted came to us through the necessity of equipping soldiers with the best tools to do their job.
Spearfishing and diving are inherently safe activities, when performed by properly trained and equipped divers, but the occasional injuries do occur. While we have all experienced minor cuts and scrapes as we play on reefs and wrecks, there are times when those injuries are severe. Accidental spearings, boat props, marine predators and numerous sharp and pointy things on and around boats can lead to life-threatening injuries that require more treatment than the typical first aid kit can provide.
Sam Blount, the owner of Front Line Freediving in Wilmington, North Carolina, spoke to DeeperBlue.com at the Blue Wild Ocean Adventure Expo in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida this past weekend. The US Marine Corps veteran and his partner Blaine Humphrey, also a Marine veteran, recognized that the USMC Medical Bag Kits they carried into combat could be equally effective in providing emergency trauma care to injured watersport enthusiasts.
The Adventure Trauma Kit is based on the same equipment the U.S. Armed Forces are equipped with. Stored in a compact roll, the kit provides Level One Trauma treatment for penetration injuries, abdominal wounds, large cuts and gashes and other severe injuries.
The roll, which stores in a bright orange, waterproof sack, comes equipped with two pressure dressings, wound clotting powder, large wound bandages and chest seals, burn dressings, gauze strips and Sam Splints (a flexible, padded splint), trauma shears, a CPR mask and a space blanket to maintain homeostasis and help prevent shock. Additional first-aid supplies are also included.
While the “Med Bag” the US Marine Corps uses costs almost $800, Front Line Freediving’s Adventure Trauma Kit can be purchased for only $199, a small price to spend for peace of mind and being prepared for emergencies. Visit http://frontlinefreediving.com/store/ for more information.