Medical Response Bags

Choosing a medical response bag to hold all your essentials so you can respond to those emergencies is no quick decision. The ever-growing range of bags, pouches, backpacks and holdalls can be overwhelming. Here is our guide to the best medical response bags and what to consider when choosing yours.

Firstly, the size of the bag you need. A 30L bag will be plenty big enough to fit the medical supplies needed for most emergency responders. Make a list of what you need and lay it out so you have a visual of the quantity you need to carry. Then organise the medical supplies into treatment type, for example, catastrophic haemorrhage, airway management, burns care, personal protective equipment, dressings and diagnostics. By doing this you will be able to gauge the size of bag you need and get your kit organised, highlighting any areas where you may need more or less supplies. Remember, all this needs to fit comfortably in your bag so that it is easy to access and within a suitable weight range for you to carry!

Organisation is key and making sure items are easily accessible and well organised will save valuable time in emergency situations and allow you to identify and replace items that need to be re-stocked. Some medical response bags feature internal pouches to help keep your medical supplies organised and to hand when responding to an emergency.

If you need a fully kitted bag there are several options which offer high-quality and are full of essential equipment so you are always ready to go. Alternatively, if you need to update your bag but already have your kit, many of our bags come un-kitted for you to organise to your needs.

Customise your bag by choosing the colour and fabric – consider how durable and visible you need it to be. Canvas bags are durable and usually water-resistant, alternatively you can choose a brightly coloured PVC style. These are easy to clean as you can simply wipe the exterior down, helping to control the spread of infection. Brightly coloured bags are easier to distinguish in a sea of dark bags and equipment, with green being a popular choice for medic bags in the UK. Black bags will wear better over time and are used in tactical situations most often.

At DS Medical we stock a range of high-quality medical bags and our team can advise you on the best style to choose for your requirements. Below are our top picks and the key features that make them a great choice!

ERB Mark II – Emergency Response Bag in Wipe Clean PVC

The ERB II (Emergency Response Bag) is an update from our bestselling DS Medical Emergency Response Backpack and can easily be wiped clean of dirt, blood and fluids. The PVC outer fabric helps you comply with the infection control and prevention requirements and is a great choice for Paramedics, First Responders and EMTs.

Key Features Include:

  • Wipe clean, flexible PVC coating
  • Comfortably holds a CD oxygen cylinder and defibrillator
  • Clear vinyl front panel for ID
  • Available in four bright colours
  • Un-kitted for personalisation

DS Premier Response Bag

Representing the next generation of design and superior quality, the DS Medical Premier Response Bag is the perfect bag for Paramedics, Doctors and Nurses. Reflective herringbone markings on the front, side and straps give the bag enhanced visibility, making it a great choice for emergency situations.

Key features include:

  • Constructed from anti-bacterial 840 denier, fluid repellent Cordura fabric
  • Hard plastic, raised domed feet to help protect the base of the bag
  • Clear view pouches for rapid identification of contents
  • Range of internal and external pockets/pouches

DS Medical Mark I Emergency Response Bag

Designed for Emergency Medical Personnel, the Mark I is a canvas bag which holds all your essential supplies for emergency treatment.

Key Features Include:

  • Durable water resistant 600 Denier woven polyester
  • Securely holds a CD oxygen cylinder and defibrillator
  • Four pairs of configurable coloured internal pouches
  • Front panel clear vinyl ID window
  • Available in four colours

StatPacks G3 Clinician Cell

The StatPacks G3 Clinician backpack is ideal for those only needing BLS equipment and is designed to hold StatPacks Generation 3 Emergency Medical Cells.

Key Features Include:

  • Premium foam moulded shoulder straps for comfort
  • Unique design allows access from the front and top
  • Durable tarpaulin bottom
  • Double reflective material and protective outer mesh cover
  • Foam lined design to help protect items from damage
  • Handy external pockets
  • ID window on front

5.11 Tactical

The 5.11 Tactical range provides a wide range of response bags and pouches that are black and covert aligned. The 5.11 Ignitor Med Pouch combines seamlessly with 5.11 bags, packs and duffels, giving a resourceful first aid solution. Ideal for tactical situations, the multiple internal mesh pockets mean that emergency accessories are easily visible.

The most popular 5.11 Tactical backpack is the RUSH24. Designed to give you maximum capacity and storage, without slowing you down, this 33 litre capacity bag with water-repellent coating, glove-friendly pull tabs and roomy main compartment with mesh organiser pockets, means you can carry all the essentials and know where they are at a glance.

Looking for a high-quality Medical Response Bag? View our range of bags at DS Medical and find the perfect style for your requirements. Our team are happy to help you find a bag which will suit your needs and hold all your medical supplies. Get in touch by phoning us on 01329 311451 or email us at

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