I’ve been around medical equipment and supplies for just about what seems like forever. First I was a Medical Platoon Leader for an Infantry Battalion, then I became a Medical Operations officer serving larger and more elite units. In those 16 years of service, I’ve learned one truism: to give the right care, you have to have the right gear. That’s why I’ve chosen the LA Police Gear NAR Bleeding Control EFAK with CAT + QuikClot medical kit for my home and my cars.

There’s a bit of jargon in that product title, so let’s go over it. NAR is North American Rescue. They are a very well-known and respected manufacturer of medical supplies for the military, law enforcement, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Bottom line: They make good stuff you can rely on. EFAK is an acronym for Enhanced First Aid Kit. Why is it considered to be enhanced? Well, this particular kit contains many items intended to stop bleeding.

If you’ve ever been near a trauma where someone was bleeding profusely, you’ll know that’s a good thing. It’s why I chose this kit. A CAT is not something to make funny YouTube videos about. In this case, it means Combat Application Tourniquet. These are commonly used by military, law enforcement, and EMS personnel because they are so efficient at stopping life-threatening hemorrhages in limbs.

QuikClot is a brand of hemostatic agent that promotes rapid blood clotting and controls bleeding. It comes in many forms, like bandages, gauze, and sponges, and has saved numerous lives.  Combine all of these items together, and LAPG provides you with one first-rate first-aid kit that will allow you to handle just about any situation you are likely to encounter.

First aid kit
All of the contents are securely held in place.


  • 1x LAPG Quick Pull Medical Pouch
  • 1x C-A-T Tourniquet – Orange
  • 2x Pair Responder Gloves – Large
  • 2x Biohazard Bag – Red
  • 4x Pad Gauze – 4″ X 4″ (1 Pk Of 2)
  • 5x Pad Gauze – 2″ X 2″ (1 Pk Of 2)
  • 1x Quikclot Ems Dressing (Rolled)
  • 1x Duct-Mini Tape – 2″ X 100″
  • 8x Antiseptic Towelette
  • 1x Bleeding Control Instruction Card
  • 1x Responder Trauma Shears – Large
  • 2x Pad Gauze – 5″ X 9″
  • 8x Alcohol Prep Pad
  • 4x Antibiotic Ointment
  • 15x Bandage – 1″ X 3″
  • 4x Instant Hand Sanitizer (Packet)
  • 4x Burn Safetec Gel – .9 G
  • 1x Responder Emergency Trauma Dressing – 4″ Flat
  • 1x Cpr Microshield Mask

Medical Pouch Features:

  • Red Handle for Medical Content Identification
  • Includes removable PVC Medical Patch
  • Hook & Loop Quick Pull Option for your “Oh, No!” Medical Moments
  • Fast Action Zipper Pull-Tabs
  • Front hook & Loop Patch Area
  • Inner Pockets & Multiple Inner Loops to Organize Supplies
  • External Dimensions: 3.5″ D x 5.5″ W x 7.75″ H.

The Importance of Effective Bleeding Contol

In the world of tactical operations and military engagements, the importance of effective bleeding control cannot be overstressed. However, this principle is not just confined to the battlefield. In everyday life, from the urban sprawl to the rural countryside, the ability to manage severe bleeding can be the thin line between life and death.

Bleeding control products are the unsung heroes in emergency medical situations. In a world where accidents happen unexpectedly – from a simple kitchen mishap to a serious car accident – having a first aid kit well-stocked with bleeding control items is crucial.

The Unpredictability of Accidents

Life is unpredictable. Emergencies don’t schedule appointments; they occur without warning. Whether it’s a deep cut from shattered glass or a more severe injury from a fall, the ability to respond promptly to bleeding can make a significant difference in the outcome. In these critical moments, waiting for professional medical help might not be a viable option. Immediate action is needed, and a first aid kit equipped with bleeding control products can provide that first crucial response.

The Golden Hour: Why Every Second Counts

In emergency medicine, the ‘golden hour’ refers to the first hour after a traumatic injury. It is widely regarded as the most critical period for successful emergency treatment. Rapid blood loss during this time can lead to shock and other life-threatening conditions. By having a first aid kit with proper bleeding control tools such as tourniquets, hemostatic agents, and pressure bandages, you empower yourself to stabilize the situation, potentially saving a life before professional help arrives.

Empowerment Through Preparedness

Knowledge is power, and this is particularly true in emergencies. Owning a quality first aid kit with bleeding control components is the first step; knowing how to use it is equally important. This is why SOFREP advocates for basic first aid and bleeding control training for everyone. Such training not only prepares you to use your kit effectively but also instills confidence during high-pressure situations.

Lessons from the Battlefield to Everyday Life

Military personnel are well-versed in managing traumatic injuries, often under extreme conditions. This expertise highlights a key lesson: the right equipment and training can make all the difference. Translating this to civilian life, a bleeding control kit in your home, car, or backpack ensures you’re always prepared, just like a soldier in the field.

Conclusion: A Call to Action for Safety and Preparedness

In conclusion, the rationale for keeping a first aid kit rich in bleeding control products is clear and compelling. It’s not just a recommendation; it’s a responsibility – to yourself, your family, and those around you. By preparing for the worst, we can hope for the best outcomes in emergencies. Let’s make bleeding control a standard in first aid preparedness, echoing the preparedness and resilience that define our military professionals and first responders.

Order this kit today from LAPG. As of this writing, it is on sale for $114.99, a real bargain.