Review: TourniQuick® PouchPiotr's run down of the Rapid Tourniquet Deployment device by ITS Tactical.
As a mountaineer, hiker, bushcrafter and adventurer I carry all kind of edged tools with me when I’m in the wild. Whatever it is, a small folder, an axe, or anything in between – I keep it really sharp for my work efficiency. So as a consequence an EDC item for me is a very well equipped first aid kit, which includes also tourniquet for the worst-case scenario.
But about two months ago I added one more item to my kit, the ITS TourniQuick pouch. It makes my tourniquet more accessible (it’s always outside my pack now) and much quicker to deploy with one hand as it operates as a tear-off auto-deploy unit. Now it belongs to my ‘personal essentials’ for any outdoor adventure.
That red handle just screams
The TourniQuick is not just easy but also very intuitive to deploy and works flawlessly with the two common CoTCCC (committee on tactical combat casualty care) recommended tourniquets on the market today: CAT and SOF (I have the later). Plus it protects the tourniquet from dirt, sun (UV), water and other elements.
The first release was only available in black but recently ITS also released coyote, green and MultiCam variants. The last one doesn’t just look cool, but blends better with my MultiCam and OD-Green equipment. Of course the TQ pouch can also be used as a regular small IFAK pouch if you prefer, but I recommend the intended use.
It’s a multi-mount pouch, easy to attach and carry on a pack, belt, chest rig etc. It’s compatible with PALS and a malice clip is included in the package. The TourniQuick comes with detailed instruction for installing a tourniquet and a removable Time Label to mark the time of application. The latest version comes with a TourniQuick patch for instant identification (on the small velcro panel).
I really hope I won’t have to use a tourniquet, either on myself or on anyone else. But it’s always better to have it and not use it than vice versa. Some stuff you can improvise, but the ‘boy scout style’ impromptu tourniquets made of belts etc. are not even close in efficiency when compared to the CAT or SOF.
And last but not least, I honestly think this item could (and should) be adopted and issued among all kind of search & rescue teams, first response units, etc. – yeah, it’s that good! Can it make a difference in real life-threatening situation? I’m sure it can!