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first aid kit

Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 2:11 pm
by irrationalsolutions
i have been looking over some of my gear. one thing that sticks out to me as something that i need to redo is my first aid kit. its way too big and i dont think its worth the extra weight for what it is. i know that if/when i do need it that i'll be glad i have it but i still dont think i need all of it. at most it wold be for me and the wife. anyone else that goes with me brings their own. so to give me an idea what do you thank should be in one?

Re: first aid kit

Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 2:21 pm
by heckdog
http://www.sammedical.com/sam_splint.html

Sure came in handy when a person in our party broke both bones in their lower leg.

Knowledge and knowhow go a long way.

http://www.nols.edu/wmi/courses/wildfirstaid.shtml

Re: first aid kit

Posted: Sat Jan 03, 2009 12:26 am
by SSDD
Knowledge and know how is the most inportant since it will all ways be with you ;)

I have a very small kit and here is what is in it

4- H-shape band aids
4- Spyroflex
1- 2"x3" gauze pad
1- bullet shaped tampon (for puncture wound)
1- dermabond (med grade supper glue)
3- suture strips
1- blood stoper
1- triple antibiotic ointment
2- Iodine prep pads
4- Zertec (allergy tabs)
4- Vicodin tabs 5mg
4- Oxycodone tabs 5mg

all of it fits in a thick 2"x 4" zip-loc bag

Re: first aid kit

Posted: Sat Jan 03, 2009 8:28 pm
by SSDD
Sorry I did not go into detail on my first post but the best thing you can do is learn how to treat so taking a BLS (basic life suport) class would be a very good thing or first responder class and or wilderness medicine here are some ideas but even just getting some books is good and maybe photo copy pages you think you may want or need and put in your kit ;) 2-4 pages of papper will not take much room.

http://www.nols.edu/wmi/courses/wildfir ... nder.shtml

http://www.wilderness-medicine.com/defa ... nferences2

Knowledge is all ways with you 8-) but the right gear is not all ways

Re: first aid kit

Posted: Sat Jan 03, 2009 11:57 pm
by zelph
Thanks guys for your great information. I need to take the first responders course again. I drove ambulance for the local volunteer fire dept for a few years and needed to be qualified. I need to be retrained :D

Re: first aid kit

Posted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 1:21 am
by irrationalsolutions
i just realized that i put two r's in first aid. any way i have been trained in first aid more times than i can count while i was in the military and that wasnt that long ago. but yes your are right about the training, it is the most important thing you can take with you. i could most likely do almost anything without a first aid kit but the kit makes it a lot easier. the problem i have is making the kit smaller if that makes any sence.

Re: first aid kit

Posted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 2:37 pm
by hoz
I once went canoe tripping with a group that had a Physician friend make up their first aid kit. It was so involved they had to have a manual to use it all. The thing weighed 2 lbs! I asked the fellow carrying it if they had even used it and he replied "No, but it's nice to have along."

He admitted without the Doc they wouldn't know what to do with most of the stuff anyway.

One thing that should be in every wilderness fix/first aid kit...DUCT TAPE.

Re: first aid kit

Posted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 2:59 pm
by irrationalsolutions
the smallest i've been able to get mine is ...

4 bandades
4 butterfly bandages
1 large bandade
1 feminine pad ( for a large pressure bandage)
1 resaelable tube of super glue
1 roll or non-wax non-flavor dental floss
1 small needle
6 advil
4 alieve
4 pepcid complete
1 package burn cream
4 alcohol pads

i keep para cord and duct tape in my pack

thats about it. any thing you think i might be missing?

Re: first aid kit

Posted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 4:28 pm
by Mister Krabs
irrationalsolutions wrote:the smallest i've been able to get mine is ...

4 bandades
4 butterfly bandages
1 large bandade
1 feminine pad ( for a large pressure bandage)
1 resaelable tube of super glue
1 roll or non-wax non-flavor dental floss
1 small needle
6 advil
4 alieve
4 pepcid complete
1 package burn cream
4 alcohol pads

i keep para cord and duct tape in my pack

thats about it. any thing you think i might be missing?
I think you're missing immodium and neosporin, they both come in single foil envelopes.
I think 2 pepcid is enough, unless you've got GIRD, and then you'd want something else anyway. Zantac is smaller and lighter, but no calcium.
Get the trial sized floss from your dentist.
skip the alcohol pads if you'll have purell.
I think for any large cut that you'd need a butterfly or big bandaid, you could use duct tape. Same goes for the pad, use a bandanna.

Re: first aid kit

Posted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 4:30 pm
by zelph
1 resaelable tube of super glue
You might consider getting a 4 pak of small dispossable tubes. They are one dose size.