CLEER Medical Mini-BlowOut Kit

CLEER Medical LLC is a new joint venture between Raven Concealment, makers of excellent Kydex carry systems and innovative injection molded gear, and Eleven*10 , makers of equally excellent medical carry systems and kits (in particular, the kydex tourniquet pouch you’re starting to see in all the cool places).
CLEER Medical debuted at SHOT Show 2014 with a very unique, and needed, product: A miniaturization of the typical BlowOut Kit (tactical penetrating trauma kit). Designed for low profile carry, and to integrate with both MOLLE systems and more “dressed down” working garb, the kit features a host of innovative and proprietary solutions to size/space and weight concerns that typically plague blowout kits.
During SHOT 2014, I had the pleasure of spending some time at the Raven Concealment booth (where CLEER Medical was representing) looking at and photographing the forthcoming offerings. I had gone not expecting to take pictures, so the photographs and video presented here are not the best quality, apologies in advance for that.

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The CLEER kit consists of a two part pouch (exterior, which can be mounted to MOLLE, and the removable interior, which one withdraws to access to contents), which can also mount to a frame holding both the pouch and one of Eleven*10’s excellent kydex tourniquet pouches. I didn’t think to ask for the measurements on the pouch when I was standing there talking to the CLEER folks, but as you can see, it’s small.
The pouch is made for CLEER by Blue Force Gear, using their Helium Whisper technology, and is of both the quality and weight that’s expected from BFG and that material: Excellent and Light.

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The pouch is designed to mount with the opening down, so the interior carrier can be removed via an easy downward pull rather than a potentially difficult upward drag.
The internal carrier is a simple fold design, open at the sides, with elastic retention and a securely fitted tucking flap. The construction and fitment of this piece is excellent, allowing it to do exactly what it’s supposed to.

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The contents of the pouch are as follows:
A custom size (3″x24″) of Celox Rapid , available only from CLEER, making it the smallest profile hemostatic gauze product on the market.
A unique trauma dressing, 24″ in overall length (prior to stretching) proprietary to CLEER.
FOXSeal Chest Seal
Gloves (which after a short conversation, we were assured would not be black in the future, for easier visualization of blood during assessments)
and an ARS decompression needle on the exterior, via elastic loop.

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When the pouch is further mounted to the frame, the excellent Eleven*10 tourniquet case is added, along with a set of miniaturized trauma shears. As I understand it cases are currently available for the CAT Tourniquet, with SOFT-T and SOFT-T Wide cases in the pipeline. A flexible cover has also been developed for the open top of the cases, to further reduce concerns of damage to the tourniquets from exposure to UV.

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One other element to these kits, apparently available for users who are prevented from carrying the hemostatic, is a very (very) flat packaged roller gauze. Apparently the typical 3″x3yds gauze, pressed and vacuumed down to something a little thicker than a packet of Starbucks Via (albeit, somewhat wider. Think the Celox pictured above). In my haste to document other things, I forgot to get a picture of this gauze product.

Pricing on these kits is being given as $299.
That is pretty steep, but from talking with Bill Janson (Eleven*10) and Michael Goerlich (Raven Concealment), I can see where the price is coming from. They have spent a lot of time, energy and money making this happen, and getting (typically entrenched) medical supply manufacturers to do things outside of the box.
Just on the roller gauze packaging alone, I can corroborate to some extent: A few years back I went around to the major compressed gauze makers, trying to get them to make smaller, thinner, packages of roller gauze for mini and pocket carriable kits. Although I could churn out packs smaller and thinner than anyone else with a FoodSaver, every one of them I contacted told me they wouldn’t or couldn’t. Including one manufacturer who told me that the technology to do so didn’t exist, when I know for a fact they make a smaller, easier to pack, form factor for Special Operations. Getting some of these outfits to do something outside the box took a lot of dedication and work from CLEER, and also upwards of half a million dollars in capital.
The result is a kit that is singular in a crowded market.
There is nothing else like the CLEER product out there, and they have accomplished something really cool.

Are there trade-offs? Absolutely.
The smaller sizes of both hemostatic gauze and pressure dressing make it easier to envision scenarios where those items could prove ineffective. But the truth is, you can create the same scenarios for any and every product in this market. It all works, and it all doesn’t work, depending on a huge variety of factors. The importance of core skills cannot be overstated, and they cannot be replaced by having longer bandages or greater volume of hemostatic.
In areas where size/space and weight are at a serious premium, the decision is being made, right now today, to not carry any form of medical kit. Guys are going into harms way with no form of first response medical equipment on their person, no way to delay the reaper until they’re in a medic’s hands. The kit from CLEER is an effort to change that, and give guys and gals on the pointy end a better option at always having medical gear on them.
I have no doubt that someone with a modicum of good training and the CLEER kit, could manage a treatable battlefield/tactical injury successfully with the contents provided, and at the very least, delay their own death until more help got to them.

The best thing you could carry is a well staffed Emergency Department or Field Hospital, full of surgeons and units of blood, but those things are a bit heavy. We take steps to make the kit smaller, and the returns greater on the size and weight afforded the kit we carry. The next steps in this ongoing process are being taken by CLEER Medical. 

I don’t know more about these than what I posted here. I’ve got some additional questions out, and will update y’all as I know more. Hopefully I’ll be able to get one of these into my hands before long for better photos, and actually kicking around with at some upcoming trainings and letting others handle and work with.

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One response to “CLEER Medical Mini-BlowOut Kit”

  1. Furthur says:

    I’m signed up for the medical conference in Dallas, as you guys going to have these with you there? I’d like to see one up close and get more thoughts from you on it if I can.

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