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The Advantage Earns NTOA Tested and Recommended Status

OSI was excited to learn recently that The Advantage Patrol Aid Kit has been awarded the coveted Member Tested and Recommended rating from the National Tactical Officers Association, with an overall score of 4.34 out of 5!

One more example of OSI innovation, the Advantage is a first in its category of IFAK's designed from the ground up for the patrol assigned police officer.

Originally spec'ed for a very large southern California police agency, the Advantage is built around an ease-of-access concept that allows officers to have all of the necessities of patrol lifesaving in a compact package that's always at hand.  The Advantage pouch incorporates a hook-and-loop panel that mounts to the headrest or visor of your patrol vehicle and an opposite pouch.  The pouch also incorporates a quick-open hook-and-loop closure and pull tab, as well as a snap ring for quick attachment to your gun belt on exiting the vehicle. 

The advantage is also now available with a MOLLE Platform to provide you with two solutions in one package.  Leave the kit mounted to your headrest and the MOLLE platform on your plate carrier.  Then when you're faced with a high-risk event, you can quickly secure your aid kit to your armor and never have to leave your life saving essentials behind!

The Advantage includes:

(1) Advantage Pouch (Made in the USA by Marz Tactical)

(1) Pair Black Nitrile Gloves

(1) CAT Tourniquet

(1) 4" Israeli Dressing

(1) HALO Chest Seal

(1) Pair compact trauma shears

(1) Primed Compressed Gauze (not Pictured)

(1) Laerdal Face Shield (not pictured)

The Advantage is also available with QuikClot® or Celox (coming soon!) brand hemostatics.

 

Check out the reviews as written:

TESTER Tested by a police officer from Arizona
  • Design 4
  • Performance 4
  • Ease of Use 4
  • Size 5
  • Quality 3
  • Durability 4
  • Storage 5
  • Versatility 4
  • Convenience 5
  • Application 4
  • Comfort 4
  • Accuracy 4
  • Cleaning & Maintenance 5
  • Individual Score 4.23

The Advantage/Patrol Aid Kit by OSI has a lot of great features. This kit contains a C-A-T tourniquet, cutting shears, black disposable gloves, a face shield, sucking chest wound seal, compressed gauze and a trauma wound dressing.

The C-A-T tourniquet is easy to put on another person and can be put on your own body by yourself. I trained with the C-A-T tourniquet in my initial police academy and then continue to train with this type of tourniquet in officer survival trainings. I have taken the tourniquet out of the bag and I keep it in my cargo pocket.

The cutting shears were a bit stiff to open and close when I used them for the first time, but they get the job done. The sucking chest wound seal, face shield, gauze and trauma wound dressing are all in airtight sealed packaging, but have a convenient indent tab for tearing open. I thought the only other item missing from this kit that would have completed it would’ve been some type of Quik Clot. Otherwise, the items are great for their intended use.

The design of the bag is very convenient. I keep the kit attached to the headrest of the passenger seat in my patrol vehicle. It could also fit in a glove box or duty bag. It has a sturdy Velcro strap that you can wrap around the head rest and attach. The bag itself is also held onto the strap by Velcro, making it easy to just tear off the head rest to grab and go. The bag has a clip and a Velcro strap to attach to a Molle vest or your duty belt so you can run with it on and not worry about occupying your hands with it.

When you initially open up the bag, all of your items will be held in by an elastic strap or will be put in a pocket. I thought it took a little extra time to pull the items out of the straps, so I took everything out of the pockets and straps and just placed the items in the bag. This also gave me more storage space to add other items to the bag (i.e. band aids, aspirin, saline…).

The bag opens with a Velcro seal. This is nice because you don’t have to bother looking for a zipper to open, you can just tear open the bag and then reseal it using the Velcro. The bag has a red cross on the outside, which makes it obvious to someone who may be assisting you, that you have medical supplies. As for cleaning and maintenance of this product, they are all one time uses.

Overall, this is a very handy, convenient and useful bag. I would recommend this product to others.

TESTER Tested by a police officer from Florida

  • Design 4
  • Performance 4
  • Ease of Use 3
  • Size 5
  • Quality 5
  • Durability 5
  • Storage 5
  • Versatility 5
  • Convenience 5
  • Application 5
  • Comfort 3
  • Accuracy
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
  • Individual Score 4.45

I received the Advantage/Patrol Aid Kit from OSI (Officer Survival Initiative) to check out. The first thing you will notice when you see it is the Red Cross embroidered on the front. This symbol is synonymous with first aid and there was no question about what the contents of the bag would be used for, though I wasn’t sure what it contained at that point. I would like to note this is a “patrol kit” and like it’s called it is extremely practical for keeping in the car. The Velcro holder has two vertical side traps and the center horizontal trap allowing the kit it to be secured to the head rest of a car seat. You could place is behind the driver/ passenger seat, or forward facing in the passenger seat if you ride solo often. I don’t have much space between my head rest and the partition glass, so the passenger side head rest is where it will stay.

The kit itself Velcro’s to the holder and can be pulled off easily for fast access and deployment. You should have the ability to reattach the kit to a tac vest. Since I personally do not have a tac vest I cannot advise specifics on the ease of use, though in theory it sounds useful.

The kit is well secured with a long strip of Velcro around the lip on three sides of the bag. It’s nice you can get into it from any of the three sides, but the large strip of Velcro used is so securing it can be difficult to get into, especially if for some reason you are lacking in strength from an injury of some sort. For me the use of two hands is required to access the contents of the bag, or I have to find some way of holding one half down by either placing it between my knees, under my feet, or tightly under one arm, in order to be able to pull hard enough to separate the Velcro. I see providing a zipper option, where there are two zippers that meet at the top like a duffle bag would be better, allowing easy access for either left or right hand use. With a zipper opening someone could easily open the kit with little to no effort, one handed or two, to access the tools needed in a critical situation.

I was so happy to see this isn’t your typical “trunk kit” containing only band aids and alcohol wipes. It has in the field survival material which can make the difference between living or dying in certain situations. I recently took a female survival course and in it we went over the use of different tourniquets. Due to the training I recognized the CAT Tourniquet and the Israeli Dressing right away and knew how to use them. During the training we practiced with different types of tourniquets, some easier than others. I like how the CAT tourniquet is easy to self-administer since you just have to lift the Velcro strip (assuming you store it ready to use), slip it on and synch it down. The pen in easy to secure one handed after turning with an arch clip on both sides, reinforced with another Velcro strip. The Israeli dressing is like a sterile “ACE bandage” which can also be used as a secondary tourniquet.

It also contained a HALO chest seal, CPR face shield, compressed gauze, one pair of nitrile gloves, and trauma scissors. I will be adding more gloves to the kit (ones large enough to fit the guys I work with, not the smalls I wear) before installing it permanently.

I am a fan that there is enough room in the kit to add normal first aid items, however that would be just more stuff I would have to fiddle with when the time comes. I think this kit contains everything I would consider as a crucial addition to any patrol car or duty officer, though changes to the way the kit open and closes could be executed a little bit better.

One more example of OSI innovation, the Advantage is a first in its category of IFAK's designed from the ground up for the patrol assigned police officer. 

Originally spec'ed for a very large southern California police agency, the Advantage is built around an ease-of-access concept that allows officers to have all of the necessities of patrol lifesaving in a compact package that's always at hand.  The Advantage pouch incorporates a hook-and-loop panel that mounts to the headrest or visor of your patrol vehicle and an opposite pouch.  The pouch also incorporates a quick-open hook-and-loop closure and pull tab, as well as a snap ring for quick attachment to your gun belt on exiting the vehicle. 

Finally, an option built for your world!

NEW! Now available with a MOLLE Platform to provide you with two solutions in one package.  Leave the kit mounted to your headrest and the MOLLE platform on your plate carrier.  Then when you're faced with a high-risk event, you can quickly secure your aid kit to your armor and never have to leave your life saving essentials behind!

The Advantage includes:

(1) Advantage Pouch (Made in the USA)

(1) Pair Black Nitrile Gloves

(1) CAT Tourniquet

(1) 4" Israeli Dressing

(1) HALO Chest Seal

(1) Pair compact trauma shears

(1) Primed Compressed Gauze (not Pictured)

(1) Laerdal Face Shield (not pictured)

The Advantage is also available with QuikClot® brand hemostatics.

- See more at: http://www.officersurvival.org/collections/personal-aid-kits/products/the-advantage-patrol-vehicle-aid-kit#sthash.mt9U0ttH.dpuf

One more example of OSI innovation, the Advantage is a first in its category of IFAK's designed from the ground up for the patrol assigned police officer. 

Originally spec'ed for a very large southern California police agency, the Advantage is built around an ease-of-access concept that allows officers to have all of the necessities of patrol lifesaving in a compact package that's always at hand.  The Advantage pouch incorporates a hook-and-loop panel that mounts to the headrest or visor of your patrol vehicle and an opposite pouch.  The pouch also incorporates a quick-open hook-and-loop closure and pull tab, as well as a snap ring for quick attachment to your gun belt on exiting the vehicle. 

Finally, an option built for your world!

NEW! Now available with a MOLLE Platform to provide you with two solutions in one package.  Leave the kit mounted to your headrest and the MOLLE platform on your plate carrier.  Then when you're faced with a high-risk event, you can quickly secure your aid kit to your armor and never have to leave your life saving essentials behind!

The Advantage includes:

(1) Advantage Pouch (Made in the USA)

(1) Pair Black Nitrile Gloves

(1) CAT Tourniquet

(1) 4" Israeli Dressing

(1) HALO Chest Seal

(1) Pair compact trauma shears

(1) Primed Compressed Gauze (not Pictured)

(1) Laerdal Face Shield (not pictured)

The Advantage is also available with QuikClot® brand hemostatics.

- See more at: http://www.officersurvival.org/collections/personal-aid-kits/products/the-advantage-patrol-vehicle-aid-kit#sthash.mt9U0ttH.dpuf
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