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Title:
IFAK PACKAGE ASSEMBLIES
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/067001
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit) package assemblies (I) of the disclosure may be compatible with MOLLE (Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment) frequently used by law enforcement and military personnel and facilitate ambidextrous access capability. The iFAK package assemblies (1) may include an outer shell (2) having a first outer shell end (8), a second outer shell end (10), an outer shell interior (6) extending between the first outer shell end (8) and the second, outer shell end (10), a first shell opening (9) at the first outer shell end (8) and a second shell opening (11) at the second outer shell end (10). An interior sleeve (66) may be removably deployed in the outer shell interior (6) of the outer shell (2), The interior sleeve (66) may be selectively removable from a selected one of the first shell opening (9)and the second shell opening (11). A plurality of first aid items (88, 90) may be carried: by the interior sleeve (66). A left tourniquet sleeve (30) may be carried by a first side of the outer shell (2). The left tourniquet sleeve (30) may have a left sleeve interior (33) and a left tourniquet retrieval opening (31 ) corresponding in position to the first miter shell end (8) of the outer shell (2). A left tourniquet (62) may be deployed in place in the left sleeve interior (33) of the left tourniquet sleeve (30). The left tourniquet (62) may be selectively retrievable from the left tourniquet sleeve (30) through the left tourniquet retrieval opening (31), A right tourniquet sleeve (34) may be carried by a second side of the outer shell (2) opposite the first side. The right tourniquet sleeve (34) may have a right sleeve interior (37) and a right tourniquet retrieval opening (35) corresponding in position to the second outer shell end (10) of the outer shell (2). A right tourniquet (62) may be deployed in place in the right sleeve interior (37) of the right tourniquet sleeve (34). The right tourniquet (62) may be selectively retrievable from the right, tourniquet sleeve (34) through the right tourniquet retrieval opening (33).

Inventors:
THEODOROU, Peter (13791 Nw 19th Ave, Unit #6Opa Locka, FL, 33054, US)
Application Number:
US2017/061495
Publication Date:
April 04, 2019
Filing Date:
November 14, 2017
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
THEODOROU, Peter (13791 Nw 19th Ave, Unit #6Opa Locka, FL, 33054, US)
International Classes:
A45C1/04; A45C3/14; A45C5/06; A45C7/00; A45C11/00; A45C13/02; A45F3/06; A61B17/132; A61F17/00
Domestic Patent References:
WO1993021793A11993-11-11
Foreign References:
DE202009017918U12010-08-05
DE202014007690U12014-10-21
US20050161483A12005-07-28
US6085695A2000-07-11
US1745590A1930-02-04
US8602073B22013-12-10
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
HARRISON, R., Keith (2139 E. Bert Kouns, Shreveport, LA, 71105, US)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

L An individual first aid kit package assembly (I.) of the type which contains first aid items (88, 90) and a retrievable tourniquet {'62), characterized by:

art outer shell (2) having a first outer shell end a second outer shell end ( 1 ), an outer shell interior (6) extending between th first outer shell end (8) and the second outer shell end (10), a first shell opening (9) at the first outer shell end (8) and a second shell opening ( 1 1) at the second outer shell end (10):

an. interior sleeve (66) removably deployed in the outer shell interior (6) of the outer shell (2), the interior sleeve (66) selectivel removable from a selected one of the fi st shell opening (9} and the second shell opening (J I );

a pluralit of first aid Items (¾S, 90) carried by the interior sleeve (66);

a left tourniquet sleeve p0) carried by a first side of the outer shell (2). the left tourniquet sleeve (30) having a kit sleeve interior (33) and left tourniquet retrieval opening ( 1 ) corresponding in position to the first outer . shel l end (8) of the outer shell (2);

a. left tourniquet (62) deployed in place in the left sleeve jnt.er.ipr (33 S of the left tourniquet sleeve (30), the left tourniquet (62) selectivel retrievable from th left tourniquet sleeve (30) through the left tourniquet retrieval opening (31);

a right tourniquet sleeve (34) carried fey a second side of the outer shell (2.) opposite the first side, the right tourniquet sleeve (34) having a right sleeve interior (37) and a right tourniquet retrieval opening (35) corresponding in position to the second outer shell end (10) of the outer shell (¾ and

a right tourniquet (62) deployed in place in the right sleeve interior (37) of the right tourniquet sleeve (34), the right tourniquet (62) selectively retrievable from the right tourniquet sleeve (34) through the right tourniquet retrieval opening (35).

2, The individual first aid kit package assembly (!) of claim 1 further comprising a right, tourniquet strap (60) disposed in the right sleeve interio (37 ) of the right tourniquet sleeve (34), the right tourniquet strap (60) selectively deployable in a retracted and secured position io surround and secure the right tourniquet (62) in the right ' tourniquet sleeve (34) and an unsecured position to expose and protrude the right tourniquet (62) from the right tourniquet retrieval, opening '(35); and a. left, tourniquet strap (SO) disposed in the left sleeve interior (33) of the left tourniquet, sleeve (30), the left tourniquet strap (50) selectively employable in a retracted and secured position, to surround and secure the left tourniquet (62) in the left tourniquet sleeve (30) and an unsecured position to expose and protrude the left tourniquet (62) from the left tourniquet retrieval opening (31 ).

3. The individual first aid kit package assembly ( I ) of claim 2 wherein each of the right tourniquet strap (60) and the left, tourniquet strap (50) comprises a strap attachment end (51) attached to the outer shell (2), a main strap segment (So) extending from the strap attachment end (51 ) and a strap free end (52) terminating the main strap segment (56 k the main strap segment (56) extending from the strap attachment end (51) away from each corresponding one of the right tourniquet retrieval opening (35) and the left tourniquet retrieval opening (3 I ) and across each corresponding one of the right sleeve interior (37) and left sleeve interior (33) toward each corresponding one of the right tourniquet retrieval opening (35) and the left toumi roet retrieval opening (31 ),

4. The individual first aid kit package assembly (1 ) of claim 3 further comprising a strap tab (55) extending from the strap free -..end (52) of the main strap segment (56), the strap tab (35) protruding :from.each.eorre5iponding tine of the right tourniquet retrievai opening: (35) and the left tourniquet retrievai opening (31 ) in the retracted and secured position of each corresponding one of the right tourniquet strap (60) and left tourniquet strap (50).

5. The individual first aid kit package assembly (1) of claim 4 .further comprising an. interior attachment device (43) in each corresponding one of the left sleeve interior (33) and right sleeve interior (37), a strap terminal segment (53) extending from the strap free end. (32) and a strap attachment device (54) carried by the strap terminal segment (53 k the strap attachment, device (54) detachable engages the interior attachment device (43) in the retracted and secured position of each corresponding one o the right tourniquet strap (60) and. left tourniquet strap (50).

6- The. individual first aid kit package assembly (1 ) of claim 5 further comprising a stra pocket (42) in each, corresponding one of the left sleeve interior ( 3) and right sleeve interior (37), and wherein the interior attachment device (43) is disposed in the strap pocket (42).

7. The individual first aid kit package assembly (! ) of claim 6 further comprising a strap guide sleeve. (46) in each corresponding one of the left sleeve interior (33) and right sleeve interior (37), and Wherein the main strap segment (56) extends through -the strap guide sleeve (46),

S. The individual first aid kit package assembl (1.) of claim 1 wherein the left tourniquet sleeve (30) has a left sleeve end opening (32) opposite the left, tourniquet retrieval opening (31) and the right tourniquet sleeve (34) has a right sleeve end opening (36) opposite the right tourniquet retrieval opening (35).

9. The individual first aid kit package assembly (! ) of claim 1 wherei

the outer shell (2) com rises a front outer shell wall. (3), a rear outer shell wall

(4) and a pair of side outer she!! walls (5) extending between the 'front outer shell wall (3) and the rear outer shell wall (4);

the left tourniquet sleeve (30) comprises- a left outer sleeve wall (40) extending from a first corresponding one of the pair of side outer shell walls (5) of the uter shell (2);

the right tourniquet sleeve (34) comprises right outer sleeve wall (TO) extending from a second corresponding one .of ihe pair of side outer shell walls (5) of the outer shell (2);

a left sleeve compression cord (80) extending within the left outer sleeve wall (40) of the left tourniquet sleeve (30);

a right sleeve compression cord (SO) extending within the right outer sleeve wall (40) of the right tourniquet sleeve (34):.

a plurality of front compression straps (14) engaging the left sleeve com ressi n cord (8.0) and the; right sleeve compression cord ($(}) and extending across the front outer shell wall (3) of the outer shell (2);

a plurality of rear compression, straps (23, 24) engaging the left sleeve compression cord (§0) and the right compression cord (80) and -extending across the rear outer shell wall (4) of the outer shell (2); .and

the left sleeve compression cord (HO), the right sleeve compression cord (80), ihe: plurality of front compression straps (14) and the plurality of rear compression straps (23* 24) apply an inward, compression f rce against the left, tourniquet sleeve (30), the right tourniquet sleeve (34) and the outer shell (2).

10. The individual first aid kit package assembly ( 1 ) of claim 1 wherein:

3.8 the outer shell (2) comprises a front outer shell wall (3). a rear outer shell wall (4) arid a pa r of side outer shell walls (5) extendin between the front outer shell wall (3) anil the rear outer -shell wall I4|;

the interior sleeve (66) is-, selectively deployable In tm extended configuration facilitating access to the first aid items (88, 90) and folded, configuration facilitating compaet placement of the interior sleeve (66) in the outer shell interior (6) of the: outer shell (2), the interior sleeve (66) including a plurali ty of sleeve sections (67, 70, 73, 85), the plurality of first aid items (88, 90) carried by the plurality of sleeve sections (67, 70, 73, 85) of the interior sleeve (66);

the left tournique sleeve (30) having: a left outer sleeve wall (40) extending from a- first corresponding one of the pair of side oute shell walls (5) of -the outer shell (2);

the right tourniquet sleeve (34) having a right outer sleeve wall (40) extending from a second corresponding one of the pair of side outer shell walls (5) of the outer .-shell. (2);

a left sleeve compression cord (B0) extending within th left outer sleeve wall (40) of the left tourniquet sleeve (30);

a right slee ve compression cord (80) ex tending within the tight outer sleeve wall (40) of the right tourniquet slee ve (3-4);.

a plurality of front compression st aps (1 ) engaging the left sleeve compression cord (SO) and the right sleeve .compression cord: (&ø) and extending across the front outer shell wall (3.) of the outer shell (2); and

a plurality of rear compression straps (23, 24} engaging the left sleeve compression' cord (80) and the right sleeve cornpressioneord (¾0} and extending across the rear outer shell wall (4) of the outer shell (2);

the left, sleev compression eord (HO), the righ sleeve compression cord (80), the plurality of front compressio straps (14) nd the plurality of rear compression straps (23, 24) apply an inward compression force against the left tourniquet sleeve (30), the righ tourniquet sleeve (34) and the outer shell (2);

a righ tourni uet strap (60) disposed in the right sleeve interior (37) of the tight tourniquet sleeve (34), the right tourniquet strap f.60) selectively deployable in. a retracted and secured position to surround: and secure the right tourniquet (62) in the right tourniquet sleeve (34) and an unsecured position to expose and. protrude the right tourniquet (62) from, the tight tourniquet retrieval opening (35); and

a left tourniquet strap (50) disposed in the left sleeve interior (33) Of the left tourniquet sleev (30), the left tourniquet strap (50) s lectivel deployable in a retracted an secured position to surround and secure th lei tourniquet (62) in the left tourniquet sleeve {30} and an unsecured position to expose and protrude the left tourniquet (62) from the left- tourniquet retrie al opening (31).

Description:
1FAK PACKAGE ASSEMBLIES

TECHNICAL HELD

[001] ' liivstrative embodiraents of the disc-tare relate to IFA s (Individual Firs! Aid Kits). More particularly, illustrative -embodiments of the disclosure relate to 1FAK package assemblies which may be compatible with M.0LLE (Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment) frequently used by law -enforcement and military personnel a d which facilitate ambidextrous access capability.

: BACKGROUND ART

[002] US 201 1/02041 14 discloses a first-aid treatment kit and resuppiy system comprising a resupply bag -ha ng a plurality of resupply bag system connectors; a plurality of resupply containers emo ably attached to the interior of the resupply bag; a personal bag having a plurality of personal bag system connectors wherein the personal bag removably -attached, to the-.r supply bag using he resuppiy bag connectors and the persona! bag connectors; a plurality of personal containers removably attached to th interior of the personal hag; a drop-down mount removably attached to the personal bag and havmg a leg strap attached, to the drop-down mount: and an immedia e response- ag removably attached to the .-drop-down mount so thai the rea ply bag, personal bag, drop-down moun and immediate response are all attached as a system for transportation and are disconnected to deployment and use by responding personnel .

[003] US 2 16/0015157 discloses compositions and methods for ai angeroent of survival materials to include a specially designed and arranged backpack with emergency, contents.: The backpack is configured w ith a plurality of compartments wherein a hydration bladder having tube for accessing water therein is provided in the first com parimentf Importantly, the kit has a pai of goggles and a. plurality of breathing masks particularly useful for urban disasters such as an earthquake or a terrorist attack. Similarly, work gloves are included to assist in rescue and recovery operations. Additional items configured to the kit are a lightweight, fire resistant, tube tent being devoid of tent pole and emergenc drinking water -germicidal tablets, j ust to name a .few. f 00 :| US 9333,12$ discloses a trauma, management kit including a. main quick release bag for holding wound bandagin materials wherein the bag is made of a flexible nylon duck material, a rigid tourniquet holster fastened to an xterior surface of the quick release bag for receiving and holding: tourniquet therein for immediate access t the .tourniquet without opening the main quick..release bag. The holster preferably includes a two-piece polymer case having an inner shell and .an -outer, shell ld together- by rivets adjaeeni an .upper opening of the ease. A fabric holster cover made of nylon duck, material is sewn to the exterior surface of the quick release bag over the holster t mitigate a near infrared signature of the polymer case.

[005] Conventional first . aid kits may be incompatible with MOLLE (Modular Lightweight Load-Carrying ' Equipment) fre uently- used by law enforcement and military personnel.. Additionally, conventional first aid kits maybe accessibie to a user by only one hand. The 1FAK package assemblies of the disclosure may be compatible with MOLLE and facilitate ambidextrous access capability.

SUMMARY OF !NVLN 1 ION

[006] Illustrative embodiments of the presen disclosure are generally directed to SPAK (individual first aid kit) package assemblies which may be compatible with MOLLE (Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment) frequently used by law enforcement and military personnel and which facilitate ambidextrous access capability. An illustrative embodiment of the 1FA.K assemblies may include an outer shell having aTirst outer shell end, a second outer shell end. an outer shell interior extending between the first outer shell end and the second .outer shell end, first shell opening at the first outer shell end and second shell opening at the second outer shell end. An interior sleeve may be removably deployed in the outer shell interior of the outer shell The interior sleeve may he selecti ely removable .from, a .selected one of the first shell opening, and the second, shell . Opening A plurality of firs aid items may be carried by the interior sleeve, A left tourniquet sleeve may be carried by a first side of the outer shell The left tourniquet sleeve may have a left sleeve i nterior and a felt tourniquet retrievai openin corresponding in position to the first outer shell end of the enter shell A left tourniquet may be deployed in place in the left sleeve interior of the left tourniquet sleeve. The- left tourniquet may be selectively retrievable from the left tourniquet sleeve through the left tourniquet retrieval opening. A ri ht tourniquet sleeve may be carried by a second side of the outer shell opposite the first side, The right tourniquet sleeve may have- a right sleeve interior and a right tourniquet retrieval opening corresponding in position to the second oute shell end of the ou er shell. A right tourniquet may be deployed in place in the right: sleeve . ' interior of the right tourniquet sleeve. The right tourniquet may be selectively retrievable from the right tourniquet sleeve through the right tourniquet retrieval opening. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWIMGS

[007] Illustrative embodiments of he disclosure will now he described, by way of example, with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:

[008] FIG. 1 is a .front view of an illustrative embodiment of the IFA K package assemblies; ' 9] FIG, 2 is a left side view of an illustrative IFAK package assembly;

[010] FIG, 3 is a rear view of an IS lusirative IFAK package assembly , with an interior sleeve shown partially remo ved from an outer shell of the assembly; fOI 1 ] FIG,. 4 is a top view, taken along: vkwirrg lines 4-4 in FIG. K of the outer shell of an illustrative IFAK package assembly, with the interior sleeve (not shown) removed from the outer shell and tourniquets (not shown} removed .from respective, tourniquet sleeves on the outer: shell and the outer shell and tourniquet sleeves shown in a partially-collapsed configuration;

[012] FK1 5 is a bottom view, taken along viewing lines 5-5 in. FIG, 1 , of the outer shell of an illustrative I FAK package assembly, with, the interior sleeve (not shown) removed from the outer shell and the tourniquets (not shown) removed from the respective tourniquet sleeves in the outer shell and the outer shell and tourniquet sleeves in. a partially-collapsed configuration:

|:0!3] FIG, 6 is a right side view of an illustrative- IFAK package assembly -m re particularly Il lustrating a typical configuration of a sleeve compression eord (i llustrated in phantom) in each tourniquet sleeve; [014] FIG. ? i an exterior view o an illustrative interior sleeve of ( h IFAK. package assembly, deployed in an extended configuration;

JOl 5) FIG, 8 is an interior view of the illustrative interior sleeve of die IFAK package assembly illustrated in FIG, 7, deployed in the -extended configuration, with various first aid items secured in the interior sleeve; [016] FIG. 9- is a front view of the illustrative interior sleeve, deployed in a folded configuration.;

[01 7] FIG. 10 is a rear view of the illustrative interior sleeve deployed in the folded configuration; [OiH] FIG. 11 is a side view of the illustrative interior sleeve deployed in the folded configuration:

[019] FIG, 12 s a longitudinal sectional view of a tourniquet sleeve I u the outer shell of die illustrative JFAK package assembly, with a tourniquet (illustrated i jshantom) deployed, in place and a tourniquet strap in a retracted and seen red. position insi de the tourniquet sleeve: 020] FIG. 1.3 is a longitudinal sectional view of the tourniquet sleeve illustrated in FIG. 12, with the tourniquet strap unsecured, and partially rermwed from the: tourniquet sleeve to expose and initiate removal of the tourniquet from the tourniquet sleeve;

{021 FIG. 14 is a longitudinal sectional view of the tourniquet sleeve illustrated in PIG. 1.2, with the unsecured tourniquet strap more fully removed from the tourniquet sleeve to push and partially protrude the tourniquet from the tourniquet sleeve for ease of access of the tourniquet on the part of a user; and

[022] FIG. I S is an interior view of the illustrative interior sleeve of the IFAK package assembly illustrated in FIG. 7, deployed in the extended configuration, with multiple securing straps in an. unsecured position: to xpose a mesh pocket on the■ interio sleeve.

DESCRIPTION OF EMBODIMENTS

[023] ' the following detailed description is merely exemplary hi nature and is not intended to limit the described embodiments or the application and uses of the described embodiments.. As used herein, the word Vxe piary" or "jHustrative" means "serving as an example, instance, or illustration.."- Any inrpkmeniat ion described herein as "'exemplary' or 'illustrative" is not necessarily to be construed as preferred or advantageous over other implementations. All of the knplementat ns described below are exemplar implementations ' provided to enable persons skilled in the art to make or use the embodiments of the disclosure and are not intended to limit the scope of the disclosure, which is defined by the claims. For purposes of description herein, the terms "hrpper% "lowe " , ' eft", "rear "right:

derivatives thereof shall relate to the invention as oriented in FIG. 1. Furthermore, there is no intention to b ' bound by an expressed or implied theory presented in the preceding technical field, background, brief summary or ihe foll w n detailed description. It is also to be understood thai the specific devices and processes illustrated in the attached drawings, and described in the fo I towing specification, are simply exemplary embodiments of the inventive concepts defined in the appended claims. Hence, specific dimensions and other physical characteristics teiating; to the embodiments disclosed herein ar not to be considered as {Uniting, unless the claims expressly state otherwise.

,[0243 Referrin to th drawings- an illustrative embodiment of the IFA (Indi idual First: Aid Kit) package assembly, hereinafter assembly, is generally indicated by reference numeral t .. As will be hereinafter further described, the assembly 1 may be compatible with OLLE (Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment) (not illustrated) , which is ftequemly used by law enforcement and military personnel and may provide a user with, ambidextrous access to various first aid supplies.

[025] As illustrated in FIGS. 1-6, according to a best mode of carrying out the .disclosure, the assembly I may include ah outer shell 2. An interior sleeve 66 may be normally contained inside and selectively removable from the outer shell 2. As illustrated in FIGS, and 1 1 and will be hereinafter described, the interior sleeve 66 ma contain various first aid items 88, -90 which may be selectively retrieved from H e interior sleeve 66 lor use, The itiferior sleeve 66 may be selectively removable from either end of tire outer shell 2. Thus, the interior sleeve 66 may facilitate .ambidextrous access for easy and expeditious- removal from the enter shell 2 by either a left-handed or a right-handed user Irrespective of the side of the body on which the assembly 1 Ls mounted.

[1126] A illustrated in FIGS. 1 -3, the outer shell 2 of the assembly I may include a left tourniquet sleeve 30 and a right tourniquet sleev 34. The tell tourniquet skeve 30 and, the right tournique sleeve 34 may he provided on opposite sides of the outer shell 2. The left tourniquet sleeve 30 and the right tourniquet sleeve 34 may each contain a tourniquet 62 (illustrated, in phantom in FIGS. . 1 . 2-14). in some embodiments, the tourniquet 62 may be a C.A.T type tourniquet known by those skilled in the art. the left tourniquet sleeve 3.0 and the right tourniquet sleeve 34 may be oriented in opposite direction on the outer shell 2 to provide ambidextrous access of a user to each, tourniquet 62 from either sid of the outer shelf 2. Aecordmghvthe left tourniquet sleeve 30 and the right tourniquet sleeve 34 may facilitate eas and expeditious removal of a tourniquet 62 b either a left-handed o a right-handed user irrespective of the side of the body on which the assembly 1 is mounted.

[027] As illustrated in FIGS. 4 and 5, the outer shel l 2 of the: assembly 1 may include- a front outer shell wall 3 and rear outer shell wall 4, A pair of spaeed~apart side outer shell walls 5 may extend between the front outer shell waif 3 and the rear outer shell wall 4. In some embodiments, the-froftt outer shell wall 3 ? the rear outer shell wall 4 and the s de outer shell walls 5 may each have multiple layers. An outer shell interior 6 may be formed by and between the front outer shell wall 3, the rear outer shell wall 4 and the side outer shell walls 5, in the assembly 1 , the outer shell interior 6 of the outer shell 2 may rsormally contain the interior sleeve 66 tor stowage and transport. Each of the front outer shell wall 3 : , the rear outer shell wall 4 and the side outer shell walls 5 may have an elastic or streiehab!e construction. Elastic seams 12 may join the side outer shell, walls 5 to the front outer shell wall 3 and. the rear outer shell wall 4, Accordingly, the outer shell 2 may be elastic and statchab!e to impart a variable volume to the outer shell interior 6 and .fac-iiilate seeurement of the interior sleeve 6 in the outer shell interior 6. The- outer shell 2 ma be Rubricat d of any suitable type of durable fabric -material known b those skilled in the art,

[02S] As further illustrated in FIGS. 3 -6, the outer shell 2 may be generally elongated, in shape and may have a first outer shell end 8 and a second outer shell end 10. The fust outer shell end 8 may have a first shell opening 9 which communicates with the outer shell interior 6 (FIGS. 4 and S). The second outer shell end 10 ma have a second shell openin 1 1 which communicates with the outer shell interior 6.

( ' 029] The left tourniquet sleeve 30 may extend along , a left side of the outer shell 2. Similarly, the right tourniquet slee ve 34 may extend along a right side of the outer shell 2. As illustrated in FIOS, 4 and 5, each of the left tourniquet sleeve 30 an the right tourniquet sleeve 34 may have an outer sleeve wall 40. The outer sleeve wall 40 may be sewn, attached to or fabricated in one piece with each corresponding side outer shell wall 5 of the outer shell 2 accordin to the knowledge of those skilled in the art. The outer sleeve wall 40 may have multiple layers and may have an elastic and stretebab!e construction.

[030] As further illustrated in FIGS. 4 and 5, left tourniquet sleeve 30 may have a left sleeve interior 33 and the right tourniquet sleeve 34 may have a right sleeve interio 37. As illustrated in FIG. 4, the left tourniquet sleeve 30 may have a left tourniquet retrieval opening 31 through which the tourniquet 62 (FIGS. 12-14} is retrievable from the left tourniquet sleeve 30. The left tourniquet retrieval opening 1 of the left tourniquet sleeve 30 may he adj cent to the first shell opening 9 at the first outer shell end S of the outer shell 2. As illustrated in FIG. 5, in some embodiments, the left tourniquet: sleeve 30 may ' have a left sleeve end opening 32 opposite the left tourniquet retrieval opening 31. in other embodiments, the left tourniquet sleeve 30 may be closed-ended. [031] As further illustrated in FIG, 5, the right tourniquet sleeve 34 may toe a right tourniquet retrieval opening 35 through which the tourniquet ' 62 (FIGS. 12-1.4) is retrievable from the right tourniquet sleeve 34. The right tourniquet retrieval opening 35 of the right tourniquet sleeve 34 may be adjacent to the second shell- opening 1 ! at the second outer shell end 10 of the outer shell 2. Thus, th left tourniquet retrieval opening 3 1 of the left tourniquet sleeve 30 and the right tourniquet retrieval opening 35 of the right tourniquet sleeve 34 may be disposed at opposite ends of the outer shell 2. As illustrated in FIG, 4, in some embodiments, die right tourniquet sleeve 34 may have a right sleeve end opening 3b opposite the tight tourniquet retrieval openin 35, In other embodiments, the right tourniquet sleeve 34 may be ciosed-ended.

[032] As Further illustrated m FIGS, 1-6. the left tourniquet sleeve 30 may have a left tourniquet strap SO and the right tourniquet sleeve 34 may have a right tourniquet strap 60. The following description of each tourniquet strap 50, 60 will be described with respect to the right tourniquet stra 60 in the right tourniquet sleeve 34 -in FIGS, 12-14. However, the same description may apply to the left tourniquet strap 50 of the left tourniquet sleeve 30.

[033] As illustrated in FIGS, 12-14, a strap pocket 42 may be sewn or otherwise attached to the interior surface of the side outer shell wall 5 of the outer shell 2 inside the right sleeve interior 37 of the right tourniquet sleeve 34,. The stra pocket 42 ma be disposed nearer in proximity to the right tourniquet retrieval opening 35 than to the right sleeve end opening 36 of the right tourniquet sleeve 34. A interior attachment device 43 may be provided on the side outer shell wall 5 inside the strap pocket 42. The interior attachment device 43 ma include a hook-anddoop-fastener and/or other type of mechanical Fastener which is suitable for the purpose, the purpose o which wi ll be hereinafter described.

[034] As further illustrated, in FIGS. 12-14, the right tourniquet strap 60 may include a main strap segment 56 . having a strap attachment end 51 and a strap free end 52. A strap terminal segment 53 may extend from the strap free end 52. A strap attachment device 54 may be provided on the strap terminal segment 55 for detachable engagement with the interior attachment device 43 in the strap 1 pocket 42. The stra attachment device 54 ma be suitably configured to deiaehabiy engage the companion interior attachmen device. 43 in the strap pocket 42 for the purpose of detaehabiy securing the strap terminal segment S3 inside the strap pocket 42 in the retracted position of the right tourniquet strap 60, as illustrated in FIG, 12, A strap tab 55 may extend from the stra free end 52 of the ra&i strap segment 56 adjacent to the strap terminal segment 53.

[035] The strap attachment end 51 of the main strap segment 56 ma - b attached to the interior surface of the side outer shell wall 5 of the outer shed 2 inside the right sleeve interior 37, such

5 as via strap stitching 58, for example and without limitation, at a locatio -which is longitudinally between the stra pocket 42 and the. right sleeve end opening 36 of the right tourniquet sleeve 34. In some embo iments, the strap attachment end 51 m y be Immediately adjacent to the strap pocket 42 toward the righ sleeve end opening 36- Proceeding from the strap attachment end 51 to th strap free end 52. the main strap segment 56 may extend away

10 from the strap stitching 58 initially toward the right sleeve end opening 36, then loop across the width of the right sleeve interior 37 and extend adjacent and parallel to the outer sleeve wall 40 toward the right tourniquet retrieval opening 35. A it extends along the outer sleeve wall 40, the main strap segment 56 may extend through a. strap guide sleeve 46 which may b se n or otherwise attached to the interior surface ø{ the outer sleeve wall 40,

:t$ 036] in the retracted and secured, position of the right tourniquet strap 60, illustrated in FIG.

12, the tourniquet 62 may he deployed in the right sleeve interior 37 with the main strap segment, 56 surrounding or encircling the length of the tourniquet 62. The strap te min l segment 53 may be inserted and secured in the strap pocket 52 typically by attachment of the strap attachment device 54 to the companion interior attachment device 43.. Accordingly, the

20 secured right tourniquet strap 60 prevents the tournique 62 from inadvertently railing from the right sleeve interior 37 through the right tourniquet retrieval opening 35 or the right sleeve end opening 36. As further illustrated in FIG. 12, the strap tab 55 may protrude from the right tourniquet retrieval opening 35 for ease of access to a user (not illustrated) of the assembly 1 in grasping the strap tab 53 for subsequent retrieval of the tourniquet 62 from the tight

25 tourniquet sleeve 34, as will be hereinafter further described.

[037] When use of the tourniquet 62 i needed, the user may grasp and pull the protruding strap tab 55 away from the right tourniquet retrieval opening 35 to. initially detach the strap attachment device 54 from the interior attachment device 43 and then remove the strap terminal segment 53 from the strap pocket 42. Thus, i the partially removed positions of the right 30 tourniquet strap 60, illustrated in FIGS. 13 and 14, the tourniquet 62 may be exposed and the main strap segment 56 may protrude from the right sleeve interior 37 through the right tourniquet retrieval opening 35, As the user continues t pull- die strap tab 55 away from the right tourniquet retrieval, opening 35, the interior looped portion of the main simp segment 56 may push the tourniquet 62 within the right sleeve interior 37 to ard and: ultimately f om the right tourniquet retrieval opening 35, as illustrated in FIG. 14. Therefore, the user can (hen ras and pull the exposed and protruding tourniquet 62 from the right slee e interior 37 for use of the tourniquet 62. It will be appreciated by those skilled in the art that the secured and retracted right tourniquet strap 56b (FIG . 12} renders the tourniquet 62 readily accessible while preventing the tourniquet 62 from inadvertentl falling, fr m the right sleeve Interior 37 of the right tourniquet sleeve 34 when access ' is not desired or needed.

[038] As illustrated in. FK . L in some embodiments, multiple, adjacent fron compression straps 14 may extend transversely across the front outer shell wail 4 of the outer shell 2 between the left, tourniquet sleeve 30 and the righ tourniquet sleeve 34. A hook and loop fastener 15 may be provided on at least one of the iron! compression straps 14. As illustrated in FIG. 3, rear compression straps may include multiple MDLLB straps 23 and multiple. belt loop straps 24 which may in like manner extend transversely across the rear outer shell wall 4 of the outer shell 2 between the left tourniquet sleeve 30 and the right tourniquet sleeve 34. The MOLLE straps 23 may facilitate mounting of the assembl i o MQI.LE, whereas the belt loo straps 24 m y facilitate mounting: of the assembly 1 on a belt (not illustrated) which may be worn by the user. In some embodiments, a pair of the M0U.il strap 23 may be disposed, a the first outer shell end 8 and the second outer shell end HI, respectively, of the outer shell 2, as illustrated, A pair of the belt loop straps 24 may be disposed on the insides of ihe respective outer MOLLE straps 23. An additional pair of the MOLLE straps 23 may be disposed at the center of the outer shell 2 between the belt loop straps 24. in alternative embodiments, the outer, shell. 2 may be filled with any number of the MOLLE straps 23 and the belt loop straps 24 in any desired sequence or arrangement [039] As illustrated in FIGS. I , 3 and 6, an elastic sleeve compression cord 80 may be sandwiched between adjacent inner and outer layers (not illustrated) f the outer sleeve wal l 40 of eaeh of the left tourniquet sleeve 30 and the rigid tourniquet sleeve 34. As Illustrated in. FIG. 6, each sleeve compression cord SO may extend through the looped ends of the front compression straps 14 and th MOLLE straps 23 and belt loop straps 24 on the side of the outer shell 2 of the corresponding left tourniquet sleeve 30 and right tournique sleeve 34. As further illustrated in FIG. (κ stitching S3 may attach the inner and outer layers of the outer sleeve wall 40 to each othe to form cord channels 84 between the layers and within which the sandwiched compression cord 8 extends. Accordingly, in some embodiments, each sleeve compression cord ,80 may repeatedly traverse the width of the corresponding left tourniquet sleeve 30 or right tourniquet sleeve 34 in a winding or crisscrossing pattern to normally exert a pulling force which draws the front com e s on straps 14 and MOLLE s ra s 23 and belt loop straps 24 toward, each other acros ihe width of and inwardly against the outer shell 2. Th compression cords SO may additionally exert an Inward pulling force on the respective left tourniquet sleeve 30 and fight tourniquet sleeve 34, Thus, the inward c mpres io force applied by the front compression straps 14, the MOLLE straps 23, the belt loop straps 24 and the sleeve compression cords 80 ma maintain th -to rniquets 62 securely in place In the respective Sell sleeve interior 33 of the left tourniquet sleeve 30 and the fight sleeve interior 37 of the right tourniquet sleeve 34 as well as maintain the interior sleeve 66 securely in place- in the outer shell interior 6 of the outer shell 2. As illustrated in FIGS. and 5. the inward compression force which is applied by t e front compression straps 14, the MOLLE straps 23, the beU loop straps 24 and the sleeve compression cords SO may partially collapse the left- tourniquet sleeve 30, the right tourniquet sleeve 34 and the outer shell 2 when the tourniquets 62 are removed from the respective left tourniquet sleeve 30 and right tourniquet sleeve. 34 and the interior sleeve 66 is removed ifpm the outer shell 2.

[040] As further illustrated in FIG. 6, In some embodiments., the ends of each sleeve compression cord 80 may extend through a typically adj ustable, spring-loaded, button-actuated cord stay 81 to facilitate selecti ve adjustmem in the tension which the sleeve compression cord SO applies to the front compression straps 14, the MOLLE ' straps 23 and the belt loop straps 24. Accordingly, the spring-loaded cord sta button (not illustrated) on the cord stay 81 ma be depressed, the sleeve compression cord 80 tensioned and pulled through the cord stay ¾ I and the cord stay button released to lock the tensioned sleeve compression cord 80. Tensioning of the sleeve compression cord 80 may prevent the interior sleeve 66 from shifting in the outer shell interior 0 of the outer shell 2 in the event that the tourniquets 62 are. removed from th respective left tourniquet sleeve 30 and right tourniquet sleeve 34.

[0411 As further illustrated in F L I . in some embodiment ' s, the front compression straps 14 may form a trauma shear sleeve 18 between th exterior surface of the front outer shell w ; a 11 3 of the outer shell 2 and the front; compression straps 14. Accordingly, a pair of trauma shears 78 may he inserted in the trauma shear sleeve i 8: -for stowage. A securafde shear securing strap 20 may be provided on the fron outer sleeve wall 3 to additionally secure th trauma shears 78 in place.

[042] As illustrated in FIG, 3, in some embodiment ' s, pair of assembly mount, straps 26 may be sewn and/or otherwise attached to the rear inner shell wall 4 of the outer shell 2. The assembly mount straps 26 may generally extend the length of the outer shell 2 typically between the MOLLE straps 23 and the belt loop straps 24 and th airier surface of the rear inner shell wall 4. The MOLLE straps .. ' 23, belt loop straps 24 and assembly mount, straps 26 may facilitate horizontal or vertic l mountin of the outer shell 2 on MOLLE or on a belt (not illustrated) which may he worn by law enforcement or military personnel in iypicai application of the: assembly L hi some embodiments, buttons (not illustrated), hook and loop fasteners and/or other strap attachment ' device 25 may be provided on the assembly mount straps 26 for fastening purposes, f043] Referring next to FIGS. 7-1 1 of the drawings, the interior slee ve 66 of the assembly I may f ac lha e seeuremeni of various first aid items 88, 90 (FIG. 8) til the outer shell 2. Th Interior sleeve 66 may be imbricated of raulis -layered, flexible and durable fabric material or materials. The interior sleeve 66 may be selectively deployabie in an extended, configuration (FIGS- 7 and 8) which ..facilitates, access of the user to the first aid items 88, 90, or iu .a folded configuration (FIGS, 9-1 1 ) which facilitates compact placement of the interior sleeve 6? in the outer shell interior 6 of the outer shell 2. as illustrated in FIGS. 1 -3, The Interior sleeve 66 may have an exterior sleeve surface 92 (FIG: 7) and an interior sleeve surface 93 (FIG. 8).

[044] As illustrated in FIG, 8, in some embodiments, the interior sleeve 66 may include a first sleeve section 67, a second sleeve section 70, a third sleeve section 73 and a ourth sleeve section 85 on the interior sleeve surface 93, The first sleeve section 67 may be suitably sized and configured to accommodate various first aid item 88. Multiple first section securing straps (>B may extend across the width of the interior sleeve 66 at the first sleeve section 67 to secure the first aid items 88 on the interior sleeve 66. in some non-limiting embodiments, the first aid. items 88 nmy Include a nasopharyngeal airway ( PA) with hahe, a Hyfui-type chest seal twin pack, two decompression needles with catheter (1 ga x 3.25 in},- a black marking permanent pen and a TCCC easualty card, tor example and without limitation, ' {{¼$} As illustrated in. FIG. 15, in some, embrxliments, the first sleeve section 67 of the interior sleeve 66 may include a mesh pocket 6 having a retaining band 96 at the opening thereof The mesh pocket 69 may nderlie the first secifcw- seeming stra s 68. Accordingly, iri some applications, the mesh pocket 69 ma fee used to secure & I C-CC cafccl and a black marking- · permanent pen ri t illustrated), for exam le and without limitation.

[046] The second sleeve section 70 of the inferior sleeve 66 may be suitably sized and configured to accommodate various first aid items 90. Multiple second section securing straps 71 may extend across the width of the interior sleeve 66 at th second sleeve section 70 to secure the first aid items 90 on the ulterior sleeve 66, hi some non-liniiting embodiments, the first aid items 90 ma include an elastic ACE® bandage with VELCRO® 6 in x S3 ft.}, ήοη~ sterile; hemostatic gauze .(QUIC CLOTi) r CH!TOGAlJZEi }; and vacuum-packed S-ro!led uze, for example and without limitation.

[047 j The third sleeve section 73 of the interior sleeve 66 may include ;a mesh pocket 74 which may be secured to the interior sleeve surface 93 of the interior sleeve 66 according to the knowledge of those skilled in die art, A retaining band 75 may be provided at the opening ofthe mesh pocket 74, In some applications, a combat pill pack (not illustrated) may be placed in the mesh- pocket 74 f r potential use.

](! } ' f he fourth sleeve section 85 of the inierior -stem* 66 ma be disposed between, the first sleeve section 67 and the second sleeve section 70. In some em odiments,, the fourth sleeve section 85 may be fitted with a securin strap (not illustrated), pocket (not illustrated) and/o other storage- or securing device to facilitate, stowage of additional, first aid items. ( 49| As illustrated in FIGS,- . 7 and 8, a sleeve tab 76 may terminate a first end of the interior sleeve 66, A sleeve tab fastener 79 (FIG. 8) may be provided on the sleeve tab 76 on the interio sleeve surface 93 of the interior sleeve 66. A epnipanion sleeve fastener 94 (FIG. 7) may be provided -at a second end of the interior sleeve .66 on. the exterior sleeve surface 92, Accordingly, as illustrated in. FIGS, 9- 1 1 , the interior sleeve 66 can be selectively deployed in the folded configuration by folding the first sleeve section 67, the second sleeve section 70, the third sleeve section 73 and the fourth sleeve section 85 with respect to each other and secured by engagement of the sleeve tab fastener 79 with- the companion sleeve fastene 94., As illustrated in FlGS. 7 and 1 1 , a sleeve tab loop 7? may be provided on the sleeve tab 76 on the exterior sleeve surface 92 to meditate manual disengagement o the sleeve tab fastener 79 from the sleeve fastener 94 for eplo ment of the interior sleeve 66 in the extended configiu'ation. In some embodiments, an elastic material (not /iliustraiedfmay attach the sleeve tab loop 77 to the sleeve tab fastener 76.

[050] As Illustrated in FIGS. 7 and 10, in some embodiments, a pair Of Sleeve handle loops 78 may extend from opposite ends of the first sleeve section 67 on the exterior sleeve surface 92 of the interior sleeve 66. Accordingly, when the folded interior sleeve 66 is deployed in place in the outer shell interior 6 of the outer shell 2, as Illustrate in FIG. 1 , the sleeve handle loops 78 may extend from the respective first shell opening 9 and second shell opening 1 Fat the first oute shell end S and the second outer shell end 1 , respectively, of the outer shell 2. Thus, a .left-handed or right-handed user can ambtdextronsly grasp a selected ope of the sleeve handle loops 78 and pul l the interior sleev 66 from the outer shell . 2, -as illustrated/in. FIG, 3, irrespective of the side of the us r on which the .assembly I is mounted, in order to e peditlousi v access the first aid items 88. 90 (FIG. 8) in the interior sleeve 66/

[OS 1 ] In typical application of the assembly 1 , the interior sleeve 6 may be removed from the outer shell interior 6 of the outer shell 2 and unfolded and deployed in the extended. configuration illustrated in FIG, 8, The first aid items 88, 90 may be secured in the interior sleeve 66, typically as heretofore- described with respect to FIG. E < The interior sleeve 66 may be .folded and placed back into the ou e shell interior 6 with the sleeve, handle loops 78 typically protruding from the first shell openin 9 and the second shell openin 11· at the respective first outer shell end 8 and second outer shell end 10 of the outer shell 2, as illustrated in FIG:. 1 .

[052] A tourniquet 62 may be placed in the righ sleeve interior 37 of the right tourniquet sleeve 34. As Illustrated in FIG, 12, the main strap segment 56 of the righ tourniquet strap 60 may surround or encircle the length of the tourniquet 62. The strap terminal segment 53 on the right tourniquet strap 60 may then be Inserted in the strap pocket 42 in th left sleeve interior 33, and the strap attachment device 5 on the strap terminal segment 53 attached to the companion interior attachment device 43 in the strap pocket 42. Accordingly, as further illustrated m " FIG, 12, the mai n strap segmen t 56 may surround or encircle the length o f the touraiquei 62 to prevent the tourniquet 62 from Inadvertently falling from the corresponding left sleeve interior 33 or right sleeve Interior 37, The same procedure ma he carried out with respect to the left tourniquet sleeve 30. The str tab 35 on the corresponding left tourniquet strap 50 and right tourniquet strap 60 may protrude from the respectiv left tourniquet retrieval opening 31 of the left tourniquet sleeve 30 and the right tourniquet retrieval opening.35 of the

2 3 right tourniquet slee ve 34, as shown, for ease of access to the user of the assembly 1 , A pair of trauma shears 22 may he placed in the trauma shear sleeve 1 § and secured via the shear securing strap 20, as illustrated in FIG. 1 , The MOLI.E straps 23. the belt loop straps 24 awl/or " the assembly mount ' straps- 26 (FIG. 3) may facilitate: horizontal or vertical mounting of the ass mbly 1 on OLLE or on a belt (not illustrated) .which may be worn by law en orcement personnel, military personnel or other user. f053j in. the event that use of a tourniquet 62 is required, the user may retrieve the .tourniquet f>2 in the left tourniquet sleeve 30 or the tourniquet 62 in the right tourniquet sleeve 34 depending on ease of access and typicall on whether the user is left-handed or right-handed and the side of the user's body on which the assembly 1 is mounted.. Accordingly, the user may gras and pull the protruding strap tab 55 of the corresponding left tourniquet strap 50 or right tourniquet strap 60 away from the left tourniquet sleeve 30 or right. tourniquet sleeve 34. This .action detaches the strap attachment device 54 on the strap terminal segment 53 from the interior attachment device 43 in the strap pocket 42 nd exposes the tourniquet 62 through the corresponding left tourniquet retrieval opening 31 or right tourniquet retrieval opening 35, as Illustrated in FIG. 13, Continued pulling of the strap tab.55 causes the main strap segment 56 : to push the tourniquet 62 within the left, sleeve interior 33 or right sleeve interior 37 typically until the tourniquet 62 protrudes from, the left tourniquet retrieval opening 31 or right, tourniquet, retrieval opening 35, as illustrated in FIG. 14. The user ma then grasp and pull the tourniquet 62 from the left tourniquet sleeve 30 or right, tourniquet sleeve 34 tor use.

[054] In the event that one of the first aid items SS, 90 is required, the user may retrieve the interior sleeve 66 from the outer shell 2. Accordingly, the user may grasp aid pull the sleeve handle loop 78 at the first outer shell end 8 or the second . .outer shell end 10 of the outer shell depending on ease of access and typically on whether the user is left-handed or right-handed and the side of the user's body on which the assembly I is mounted. The user may then, pull the outer shell 2 from, the outer shell interior 6, as illustrated in FIG. 3. The user may unfold the initially folded interior sleeve 66 io the extended configuration, as illustrated in FIG. 8, and retrieve one or more of the first aid items 88» 0 for use. in the event that gau¾e or other one of the first aid items 88, 90 requires cutting, the user may release the shear securing strap 20 and retrieve the trauma shears 22 from -the trauma shear sleeve 18 fo the purpose.

[055] After use, the tourniquet 62 ma be replaced in the left tourniquet- sleeve .3.0 or right •tourniquet skeve 34.. The first aid items 88, 90 which were used may be replaced in the interior sleeve 66. The ' interior sleeve 66 may he folded an replaced in the outer she! J interior 6 of the outer shell 2.

(056J While certain illustrative embodiments of die discl sure have been described above. It will be recognized and understood that various oiod flca ions ciUT be Made io the .embodiments and t e appended claims are intended io cover all such modifications winch may fall within the spirit and scope of the disclosure.