ARS for Needle Decompression (10 gauge x 3.25 in.) 

Item#: ZZ-0298 NSN#:

  1. Strong, reliable 10 gauge x 3.25 in. needle/catheter for the treatment of a tension pneumothorax
  2. Approximately 60% larger in diameter for those seeking a larger gauge needle/catheter
  3. Rugged protective tube with easy-to-open textured twist top with clip
  4. Brown color-coded sterilization band and the catheter hub
  5. Capless flash chamber for immediate confirmation of needle placement

Price: $15.49

Product Details

  • Rescue Human Factors®
  • CE Mark 0086
  • Made In America
  • NTOA: National Tactical Officers Association
  • Latex Free
Item #: ZZ-0298
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Your Price: $15.49
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Our patented ARS® Needle Decompression Kits are designed to provide the appropriate length needle/catheter to penetrate the pleural space in 99% of patients. With its built-in failsafe characteristics, the ARS® improves the probability of success when treating casualties who present with signs and symptoms of a tension pneumothorax.

Now also available with the same quality and reliability as our current 14 gauge version, the new 10 gauge ARS® provides the option of a needle/catheter that is approximately 60% larger in diameter for those customers looking for a larger gauge needle/catheter. The brown color-coded sterilization band and the catheter hub help to distinguish it from the original 14 gauge version, which is orange.

  1. SEL#: 09MS-02-THOR

Special Features:

  1. Strong, reliable needle/catheter: 10 gauge x 3.25 in.
  2. Rugged needle/catheter protective tube
  3. Brown color-coded sterilization band and the catheter hub
  4. Easy ID textured twist top with handy clip
  5. Easy-open container for quick access
  6. Capless flash chamber for immediate confirmation of needle placement
  7. Convenient, compact size
  8. U.S. Patents D595,847 and 001002372-0001, Patent(s) Pending


  1. Packaged: L 5.5 in. x W 0.7 in. x 0.8 in.
  2. Needle Size: 10 gauge x 3.25 in.
  3. Weight: 0.5 oz
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  1. Memorandum. Department of the Army, Office of the Surgeon General. Management of Soldiers with Tension Pneumothorax. 2006
  2. John J. McPherson, MS, David S. Feigin, MD, and Ronald F. Bellamy, MD, FACS. Prevalence of Tension Pneumothorax in Fatally Wounded Combat Casualties. J Trauma. 2006;60:573–578.
  3. Eckstein M, Suyehara D. Needle thoracostomy in the prehospital setting. Prehosp Emerg Care. 1998; 2:132–5.
  4. Britten S, Palmer SH. Chest wall thickness may limit adequate drainage of tension pneumothorax by needle thoracentesis. J Accid Emerg Med. 1996; 13:426–7.
  5. Wound Data and Munitions Effectiveness Team (WDMET) study prepared by the Army Material Command, stored at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda MD, Access controlled by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD.
  6. Barton ED, Epperson M, Hoyt DB, Fortlage D, Rosen P. Prehospital needle aspiration and tube thoracostomy in trauma victims: a six-year experience with aeromedical crews. J Emerg Med. 1995;13:155–163.
  7. Ludwig J, Kienzle GD. Pneumothorax in a large autopsy population. Am J Clin Path. 1978;24 –26.
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