Combat Lifesavers Bag

U.S. Army Combat Lifesaver from 1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division tends to a simulated casualty during a mission readiness exercise at Fort Stewart, GA, 25 September 2006.  The CLS bag in the foreground shows the rolls of compressed muslin bandages on top
U.S. Army Combat Lifesaver from 1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division tends to a simulated casualty during a mission readiness exercise at Fort Stewart, GA, 25 September 2006. The CLS bag in the foreground shows the rolls of compressed muslin bandages on top.

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The Role of the Combat Lifesaver (CLS)

The Combat Lifesaver (CLS) is a non-medical soldier trained to provide advanced first aid and lifesaving procedures beyond the level of self-aid or buddy aid. Combat lifesaver training is a bridge between the first aid (self-aid/buddy-aid) training given to all soldiers during basic training and the medical training given to MOS 91W, Health Care Specialist (combat medic).

The CLS is not intended to take the place of medical personnel, but to slow deterioration of a wounded soldier's condition until medical personnel arrive. Functioning as a CLS for the soldier is a secondary mission undertaken only when the tactical situation permits.

Both active duty and Reserve Component personnel are offered a training course at the unit level, held in a group study mode. Students who successfully complete the written and performance tests are certified as Combat Lifesavers. The CLS program was originated by the Army and has been introduced in the other services as well.

Combat Lifesavers Medical Equipment Set

CLS Medical Equipment Set NSN 6545-01-254-9551
CLS Medical Equipment Set
NSN 6545-01-254-9551

Each certified CLS is issued a CLS aid bag, with nomenclature "Medical Equipment Set Combat Lifesaver" or MES CLS. The aid bag is secured as a sensitive item (like, for example, weapons or night vision devices) at the unit level. The aid bags are issued to the CLS only upon deployment for training or actual operations.

The so-called "M-3 Combat Lifesavers Bag" is the CLS MES with National Stock Number (NSN) 6545-01-254-9551 for the fully assembled kit, or NSN 6545-00-512-9870 for the carrying bag alone. The nomenclature for the bag is "Case #3" and the size is 10 x 4-1/2 x 18 inches.

As a result of advances in trauma management and feedback from users in the field, the Army updated the combat lifesaver bag in 2005. Due to the number and type of changes made to the components, the CLS MES now has a new NSN 6545-01-532-3674 for the assembly.

The NSN for the new bag in the assemblage is 6545-01-537-0686 (bag only, no contents) and the nomenclature is "Bag, TC3, Combat Casualty Care". To avoid confusion with the previous version, the long nomenclature of this CLS bag is listed as “MES Combat Lifesaver Version 2005." The components were issued in the old carrying bag (NSN 6545-00-912-9870) until the old stock was depleted and fully replaced in the supply system.

Components of Combat Lifesavers Medical Equipment Set NSN 6545-01-532-3674

NSN Nomenclature U/I Qty
6545015370686 BAG,TC3,COMBAT CASUALTY CARE EA 1
6505009269083 ATROPINE INJECTION AQUEOUS TYPE 0.7ML SYRINGE WITH NEEDLE EA 5
6505012740951 DIAZEPAM INJECTION USP 5MG/ML 2ML SYRINGE-NEEDLE UNIT AUTO INJ EA 5
6515015195778 ADAPTER CATHETER TO LUER SYRINGE SHORT LOCKING 5S PG 2 ea
6510009268884 ADHESIVE TAPE SURGICAL POROUS WOVEN 3 INCHES BY 10 YARDS 4S PG 1 roll
6515012331917 AIRWAY NASOPHARYNGEAL 9MM ID 12MM OD KINK RES SMOOTH RD EDGES10S PG 1 ea
6510002011755 BANDAGE MUSLIN COMPRESSED OLIVE DRAB37X37X52" TRIANG W/SFTY PINS EA 3
6510009355823 BANDAGE ELASTIC FLESH ROLLED NONSTERILE 6"X 4.5 YDS 12S PG 1 ea
6510015032117 BANDAGE GAUZE COTTON 6 PLY WHITE 4.5" WIDE 4.1 YDS LONG RO 2 rolls
6510014922275 BANDAGE KIT ELASTIC EA 2
6510005977469 BANDAGE ADH.75X3" FLESH/CLEAR STER DRESS AFFIXED TO PLAS ADH100S PG 5 ea
6515014841327 CATHETER IV INTROCAN SAFETY 18GAX1-1/4"LG WINGED NDL TEFLON 200S PG 4 ea
6515011535373 CATHETER-NDL UNIT IV 14GAX3.25" LUER HUB AND NDL GUARD RADPQ 50S PG 1 ea
6510002017425 DRESSING FIRST AID FIELD CAMOUFLAGED 11.5-12"W 11.5-12"LG ABS EA 1 ea
6510015198421 DRESSING OCCLUSIVE ADHESIVE CLEAR 4.75X4" 5S PG 2 ea
6515014915719 GLOVE PATIENT EXAMINING & TREATMENT SZ 10LG PURPLE 4.3MIL 100S PG 4 ea
6505014988636 HETASTARCH IN LACTATED ELECTROLYTE INJECTION, 500ML PG 2 ea
6515014523445 ADMINISTRATION SET INFUSION PUMP VENTED/UNVENTED PG 1 ea
6505001117829 LUBRICANT SURGICAL 5 GRAM 144S PG 1 ea
6505011978809 ORAL REHYDRATION SALTS USP 27.9GM FOIL PACKET 125 PER PACKAGE PG 2 ea
6510007863736 PAD ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL IMPREGNATED NONWVN COTTON/RAYON WHITE 200S PG 6 ea
6510010100307 PAD POVIDONE-IODINE IMPRE STER COTTON/RAYON 2X1.375" BROWN 100S PG 6 ea
6515009357138 SCISSORS BANDAGE 7.25" LG ANG TO HDL 1.50" CUT LG BLUNT PTS CRS EA 1 ea
6515014941951 SPLINT UNIVERSAL ALUM 36"O/A LG 4.25"W GRAY & OLIVE DRAB REUSE EA 1 ea
6515015195872 SYRINGE AND NEEDLE HYPODERMIC SAFETY 3ML 23GA STER DISP 25S PG 1 EA
6515011467794 TOURNIQUET NONPNEUMATIC ADULT 14X1" BLD TAKING DSGN RUBBER O/A EA 1 ea
6515015217976 TOURNIQUET COMBAT APPLICATION ONE-HANDED EA 1 ea
6515015196764 TUBE DRAINAGE SURGICAL PENROSE 1"X18" RUBBER RADIOPAGUE STER 6S PG 1 EA

Where the unit of issue (U/I) specifies a PG (package), the quantity column denotes the number taken from that package for the assemblage. For example, there are 6 pads of isopropyl alcohol from the package in the CLS bag.

Diazepam and atropine are used to offset the effects of chemical agents. Diazepam is a controlled substance and is not issued with the bag until deployment. Atropine is not a controlled substance and the combat lifesaver aid bag is typically issued with atropine. In some cases, the atropine gets removed somewhere in the supply channel before the bag reaches the Combat Lifesaver.

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