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SOMSA 19 – ZipStitch

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

Mover over butterfly bandages, there’s a new way to secure cuts.

Used in clinical settings for several years, ZipStitch is now available over the counter for use at home.

Designed to close wounds up to 1.5″ in length and 1/8″ wide, ZipStitch utilizes an adhesive which lasts up to seven days. The advantage is that you can close a wound immediately without access to definitive care.

You attach the bandage to either side of the wound, pull the tabs taut and trim the excess.

ZipStitch is now even available on Amazon.

SOMSA 19 – K9 Medic’s K9 + Handler IFAK

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

The K9 + Handler IFAK is designed to support both parts of the team.

• 1x Tourniquet: Latest GEN 7 Combat-Applied-Tourniquet
• 1x NPA: Rusch Nasopharyngeal Airway with lube
• 1x Custom Human Patient Card: All-weather, tearproof, w/ elastic

Handler and K9:
• 1x Hemostatic Gauze: QuikClot Combat Gauze® LE
• 1x Pressure Dressing: Olaes® Modular 4” Bandage
• 2x Decompression Needle: 14GA x 3.25?
• 1x Chest Seal Combo Pack: SAM® Chest Seals w/ + w/o valve
• 1x Pair Gloves: Black nitrile
• 1x Pencil: #2 mini pencil

• 1x Thermometer: 10sec digital thermometer
• 1x Back-up Leash: Also improvised muzzle
• 1x Custom K9 Patient Card: All-weather, tearproof, w/ elastic

The kit comes bundled but without a pouch so that the user can use the pouch which is issued or preferred.

SOMSA 19 – Tactical Mechanical Tourniquet

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

Last week, the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care (CoTCCC) issued a revised list of approved medical devices for TCCC. This is the first time that new tourniquets have been added to the list in years.

One of these new tourniquets is the Tactical Mechanical Tourniquet available through Combat Medical.

The TMT is now the widest approved TQ. Applied within 30 seconds, the buckle secures the running end of the strap and the windless is secured via a clip. You can both hear and feel when the windless is correctly secured. Additionally, it can be self applied if needed with the strap already running through the buckle. In fact, it will fit limbs between 5-3/4″ and 38″.

The TMT has also been assigned NSN 6515-01-656-6191.

SOMSA 19 – Quantum Blood & Fluid Warming System by Lifewarmer

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

The new Quantum Blood & Fluid Warming System by Lifewarmer is in North American Rescue’s booth at SOMSA.

It’s designed for delivery of normothermic whole blood in forward areas where the Golden Hour doesn’t apply.

The lightweight device (22 oz) will warm the blood up in 24 seconds, delivering up to 2 units of 39°F (4° C) whole blood at 100 ml/ minute with an output temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) on a single battery charge. The battery is an internal battery.

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SOMSA 19 – Tactical Medical Solutions

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

Here’s a sneak peek at upcoming Tac Med Signature series. It consists of user configurable bags and inserts.

Coming this summer from

Darley Defense Days 19 – Blue Force Gear Hammock

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

The Hammock is the quick and easy way to carry a Tourniquet or other similar sized objects, on an existing belt or MOLLE mounted pouch. You can see it here, mounted below a triple Ten-Speed pouch on a PlateMINUS Carrier.

Here you can see that the slots allow the Hammock to be attached below another pouch so you’ll have a tourniquet with you. It reminds of the old M1910 dressing pouch.

Available in Black, Coyote or MultiCam.

Blue Force Gear products are available for unit and agency orders through Darley Defense.

SOTECH’s Newest SOF IFAK Innovation

Monday, May 6th, 2019

At the SOMA conference this week SOTECH will be debuting their newest development in their SOF IFAK line – the Rapid First Aid Pack, along with other new developments of SOTECH’s Tactical Medical Modular Care System Generation II. In its latest iteration, SOTECH took its SOF IFAK (circa 2003), narrowed it to a coffin shape and developed a double flapped rip cord no-look opening system. Thus, the zippered pouch could mount to the lower back for one-handed side access much the same as SOTECH’s Viper Flat IFAK system innovation that is now in use around the world. The double flap provides full enclosure retention, quick access, and the ability to easily access contents or to rip the insert out completely. The pouch can be worn lower back on a riggers belt or padded belt, thigh drop, vest or pack.  The internal panel is also set up for speed access while other designs are a morass of elastic loops.

SOTECH will also display improvements to its Medical Assault Combat Belt System allowing for multiple under belt attachments, as well as a new pouch marking system and a new modular medical pouch attachment system. Check out our booth in Charlotte at SOMSA Wednesday and Thursday.

The National Tactical Medicine Competition Returns to Charlotte

Friday, May 3rd, 2019

National Tactical Medicine Competition


Special Operations Aid & Rescue, Ltd. (SOARescue)

2 May 2019

The 2019 National Tactical Medicine Competition will be held at the Gaston College Regional Public Safety Training Center just outside of Charlotte in Dallas, North Carolina on Sunday May 5th, hosted by SOARescue. The event will be held just prior to the Special Operations Medical Association Scientific Assembly. In total, 12 two-man teams will compete for the title of 2019 Champions. This year’s competitors come from across North America from California to Pennsylvania and included three international teams.

Each team will be tasked with a grueling 4 stage course that is both mentally and physically challenging. The stages transition the competitors through each of the TCCC/TECC phases of care. Teams are challenged with a variety of skills, from providing care under fire in a hostile environment, to treating casualties with critical care medicine using limited resources. These are the same skills that tactical medics must utilize when they are faced with a wide range of calls/missions, such as a school shooting or evacuation from a far-forward austere setting.

Tactical medics are also challenged with rescue skills, negotiating obstacles or difficult terrain with a casualty. Casualties may have to be hoisted or lowered depending on the situation to move them to a place where they can meet an evacuation asset. The public is welcome to come, and watch teams compete. Spectators can watch teams working through treating various casualties and overcoming the obstacles of challenging scenarios. Teams will be competing from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday May 5th.

This competition has been an incredible opportunity for civilian and tactical medical professionals to work together in friendly competition. The training competitors engaged in before the competition has made each competitor a better medical provider and competing allows them to find any weaknesses they may have. We hope to continue and grow this unique competition, to better prepare our responders, and to help the community better understand the services provided. The unfortunate reality of this world hit far too close to home this week. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte was struck by evil, when 6 students were shot, two of which fatally. This is only one example of the many similar situations that strike our nation annually. It is our deepest desire to foster an environment for our nation’s responders to hone their skills, so that if the unfortunate moment comes, they are better prepared.


The 2019 National Tactical Medicine Competition will be an incredible success, thanks to all of our contributing sponsors, role players, patient actors, judging staff, and adjunct facilitators. 

Some of our Sponsors are:


-Qore Performance


-Blaze Defense Systems

-Haley Strategic

-Zenith Firearms


-Condition Grey

-5.11 Tactical

-Lion Apparel

-First Line Technologies

For further inquiries, please contact:

Event PIO:

Andrew R.