First Aid Kit

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Brian Hartmann, Mar 18, 2017 at 8:26 PM.

  1. Brian Hartmann

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    Aside from the standard 'off-the-shelf' first aid kits available in most pharmacies, what additional items would you recommend to carry in a first aid kit? Greater quantity of gauze pads? More wrapping tape?

    I am just curious what others are carrying for when/if they come upon an injury.

    Brian

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  2. Todd Lemery

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    That really depends a lot on what you are trained to do. The pre-packaged kits from stores are really not much more than boo-boo kits. Those kits are next to useless if you come across a serious car crash or trauma caused by a tornado. The most important thing is to have training to recognize and stabilize injuries until ALS is there to relieve you. That being said, you can't go wrong with loading up on sterile solution (or bottled water) lots of gauze and tape, flexible splints and corresponding wrap. At the very least, you'll then be prepared to rinse out eyes, cover wounds and splint breaks. Some medical training is the most important though.
     
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  3. ScottCurry

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    Todd is right... training is far more important than having a ton of supplies that you don't know how to use.

    That said, once you get your training (American Red Cross [First Aid, CPR, AED, and/or BLS], Community Emergency Response Training [CERT], Volunteer Firefighter, EMT, etc), then you can find a medic bag that has supplies that matches your training.
    http://www.redcross.org/ux/take-a-class
    https://www.citizencorps.fema.gov/cc/searchCert.do?submitByZip

    You could be looking at anywhere from $100 - $1,300 for your supplies and bag.
    https://www.google.com/search?q=medic+go+bags&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8#q=medic+go+bags&tbm=shop&*

    Oh, and don't forget personal protection! Gloves, respirator mask, helmet, etc. You can't help anybody if you become a victim.
     
  4. James Wilson

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    Unless you are trained you should leave it to people that are. Good Samaritan laws cover you for what you are TRAINED for only.

    If you are trained then it is up to you how much you take as it is amazing how much packs have in them now.

    I have a few different packs but they are mostly the basic first aid stuff that I have training for. Mostly blankets, gauze, splints, etc. I also try to have comfort stuff like stuffed bears for kids with me.

    I do also carry a rescue kit which includes bars, hammers, etc but I have not had to use them yet.
     
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  5. Scott Roberts

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    I carry an ample supply of gauze in rolls and pads, 1" wide band aids. Figure there will be plenty of material available for splinting if needed. I also carry nitrile gloves and heavy duty work gloves for PPE. I also have a stocked CERT backpack which includes eye and head protection, a gas meter shutoff tool, triage tape and visibility vest. You get those at the end of the training :)

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    Agree the training is a important thing, but even if you don't do that it is important to supplement your first-aid kit because - as Todd noted - most pre-packaged kits are only good for small boo-boos. If you do nothing else add three things: 4x4 and larger pads (something that will actually cover something and absorb some blood), gauze wrap (to hold the pads), and a pack of nitrile gloves (for your protection). You should be able to get all of that for $30 or so.

    If your community offers CERT training, I encourage you to take it. It is informative and as others have noted they often give you free stuff. Supplies and a little training can save your own life or that of a family member, friend, or co-worker. CERT isn't just for folks who want to volunteer to be deployed or chasers who want to help folks after a storm if needed. CERT's main goal is to prepare you to help yourself, family, and neighbors in a time of crisis.
     
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