Nothing beats a fun day at the range with family and friends. However, it’s important to ensure you pack the right gear when headed out for some plinking fun. In addition to the usual eyes, ears, guns and ammo it’s imperative that all gun owners also pack a first aid kit and a little know-how in the event of an emergency.
Mobilize Rescue Systems looks to make this packing and first aid process a little easier, offering a unique take on medical training with its Compact Kit and Mobilize App.
Mobilize Rescue Systems Compact Kit
Mobilize Rescue Systems takes an innovative approach to the first aid world, merging technology with hands-on first aid kits. On the onset, a standard first aid kit doesn’t seem like much to be impressed with, however, Mobilize is anything but standard.
Upon unboxing the Mobilize Rescue Systems Compact Kit, I was immediately impressed by the rugged, durable bag. Measuring 7.5-inches in length with a 4-inch width and 3-inch diameter, the bag sports a dark gray look with MOLLE support allowing it to be tossed onto any range bag or backpack. The outside sports a hook-and-loop area perfect for patches to customize the look.
Diving further into the Compact Kit I found a 4-inch Pressure Dressing, HyFin Chest Seal, QuickClot, SOF-T Wide Tourniquet, gloves, trauma shears, CPR face shield and emergency blanket neatly packed and organized inside the bag. It’s a nice starter for those dipping their toes into the realm of first aid and those who aren’t interested in piecing together their own first aid kid.
Stocked with the basics to manage major issues you might encounter on the range, Mobilize has organized all materials in a means that is intuitive and easy to find – a bonus as you don’t want to dig through your first aid kit during an emergency. Each item is color-coded and labeled to coincide with the app, so items can be found quickly and efficiently. Mobilize Rescue Systems also offers a reordering function on their website, allowing owners to restock easily when needed.
While the Compact Kit itself would be enough to get two thumbs up from me, Mobilize doesn’t just stop there. The company, realizing that not every bystander has medical access or training opportunities, has developed a revolutionary smartphone app that pairs with the kit. Consumers gain access to the app that is a step-by-step triage center all on your smart device.
With the aim of mitigating medical situations until EMS arrives, the app walks users through the stages of assessing a medical emergency offering explicit directions that are easy to follow. Upon booting the app up, it immediately asks whether the victim is bleeding or not. If you select yes, it allows you to choose where the bleeding is on a simulated body then walks you through the appropriate steps to contain the bleeding until help arrives.
Investigating further, the app also walks users through the steps of helping an unconscious person including how to perform CPR with easy to follow, spoken directions. Even better, it includes an audible tone timed to 100 beats per minute – the rhythm in which CPR should be performed. In addition to audible directions and tones, on-screen demonstrations give novice first aid civilians an opportunity to copy what they see.
The app pairs beautifully with the Compact Kit, working as a whole. On-screen instructions direct users to products inside the kit – clearly labeled so they are easy to find. In this, lies Mobilize’s strength. A perfect blend of practical application meeting technology to better help bystanders in the event of an emergency.
I am a huge advocate of first aid training in addition to gun training, but medical classes aren’t always accessible – Mobilize Rescue Systems is. The only downside to the Mobilize System is its price. Coming in at $180, which includes the kit and Mobilize app, some gun owners might find it a bit too expensive to stock; but if you’re looking for a means to tote some first aid knowledge on the go and don’t have the time to take a class, the Mobilize Rescue Systems route is a good way to go.