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Did you put your EDC to work today? (part 3)

Discussion in 'General EDC Discussion' started by cowsmilk, May 16, 2015.

  1. FiaOlleDog

    FiaOlleDog Loaded Pockets

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    Used my Nitrile gloves and wound dressing from my EDC to provide first aid (together with other pedestrians) to an older man who has had a circulatory insufficiency and fell onto the street. He was injured on the head (laceration) with blood all over his head and jacket.

    While one lady ran to grab her car first aid kit (they are mandatory here) I was able to just pull out my sterile wound dressing from my EDC and, after applying Nitrile gloves, put this onto his head to cover the wound. Offering a second pair of Nitrile gloves to the lady that helped provide first aid was very well appreciated (also the car first aid kit contains those she simply forgot to put them on).

    As this happend in a town ambulance was on scence in a few minutes, who took over further treatment.

    Key take aways:
    • I was amazed that we were four people in total taking care of the casualty: two providing first aid, one lady helped the gentlemen to lean back and not fall again on the street, one other lady to call 911 (well it's 112 here in Germany) - all of us where within a few yards when this happened, and anyone responded.
    • Not sure if the spontaneous reaction would have been the same in a larger city ... according to statistics things are getting worser the larger the population in a place is; despite the fact that it's everyone's duty by law to provide first aid (at least call 911).
    • Carrying a first aid kit with medical gloves (2 pairs) has proven itself to be helpful. Refilling took place as soon as I was back home.
    • Self-protection (gloves, making sure traffic doesn't "hit", etc.) is important and can easily be forgotten - sometimes with very bad consequences for first responders.
    • If things would have been worse, I would had have my trauma kit (includes a TQ as a last resort) close by. The ambulance took about 6 minutes to be on scene - that's fast, but still double the time one takes to bleed out with a larger wound.

    Of course there is always a dumb person close by ... in this case we had an middle-aged women who couldn't pass the accident as the street was partially blocked. The only thing she did was using her horn and screaming at us that we should move away as she needs to drive home. I asked her to please make a turn and use the street next to this one when she started arguing ... I left here alone, but noticed the car registration. Still considering if I should file a complaint with the local police.

    Summary: keep your first aid kit as part of your EDC, and a trauma kit (even if it's just a SWAT TQ + gauze) within reach - and don't forget to use the medical gloves.
     
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  2. RogerStenning

    RogerStenning EDC Junkie

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    Regarding your last point re the idiot, as they happen all the time here. Utter self-centred idiocy. Personally, I'd report it, if for no other reason than to ensure such bad behaviour is noted on her file, should she do that again, so that more appropriate action may be taken by the Police.

    Regarding the bullet points:

    I've seen people walk past casualties over here, which I think is disgusting behaviour. Even if you can't do first aid, you can help, either by performing traffic control if it's required, or by helping keep people back, to let the first responders who DO attend, get on with helping the casualty. Regarding the first aid kit/trauma kit. Yep, and I do. They're attached to my work bag in two tear-off pouches. If I change to a smaller bag, the trauma kit goes with it (it's a habit, one I recommend to everyone).

    Well done for helping the gentleman, by the way!
     
  3. thegrouch314

    thegrouch314 Loaded Pockets

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    I had to use my EDC yesterday (I know the thread says today but I didn't have internet yesterday).

    I was driving with my two young cousins (9 and 10) to take them on a day out. We were travelling down the motorway at about 85 mph when my head gasket blew. I was able to pull onto the hard shoulder to check out the engine. I wasn't sure what the fault was at first. I thought it was a radiator hose or something so I used my Fenix LD09 to light up the engine so I could see what I was doing. I also had to use my Vic Spartan to open up a couple of cases in the engine. If we're just counting on body EDC then that's it, aside from using my phone to call out the rescue truck.

    If we're also counting in-car EDC then I was very glad I had the stuff I did. I keep a hi-vis vest in the drivers side door packet so at least when I stepped out to check the engine, I was a little more visible. I also keep a waterproof under the seat because it was pouring down. I had the tools to open up the compartments and water to try and refill the radiator to limp her home. I had extra coats to keep the kids warm without the car heaters and a portable charger to keep my phone juiced to call the rescue truck. Although I didn't need it, I was glad to have the fire extinguisher in my door pocket. I was a little concerned about the engine catching fire because it was so hot. I figured it was unlikely but I'm still glad I had it, just in case.

    I was very glad I had what I did. I wasn't able to repair the car but I was able to keep myself and my cousins safe while we were stuck. We were only 3ft or so from lorries going 60mph and cars going up to 95mph.

    The only think I wish I had that I didn't was a piece of paper with the breakdown cover phone number and policy number. I used to have it in a CD organiser on the drivers sun visor but since I got a new car that doesn't have a CD player, I don't need the CD organiser so I forgot to put the paper back in. It wasn't a big problem since I could look it up on my phone but if I didn't have my phone, I'd have been screwed.
    I'll be putting that piece of paper in the car as soon as I get it back
     
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  4. Water-Rat

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    I've been busy doing yard work at home since my workplace is closed for the time being. My Byrd Hawkbill was used to cut away small roots and landscaping fabric when removing plants. My Boker Toucan was used to scrape dirt out of the treads of my boots before heading inside.
     
  5. victograph

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    Thank you water-rat. I couldn’t find this thread. Put my EDC to work with an install of a new ceiling light. Had to install a switch and outlet and the leather-man did a great job of prepping wires to connect. My fenix 25 was my savior working in the attic where there was no light.


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  6. camjr

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    I used the pliers on my Leatherman Style PS mini-tool to hold the nut while I reinstalled the bolt on the axle/wheel assembly of the cart I was using to carry all my office equipment to my car to bring home for the "new normal" of working from home during this event.
     
  7. Karmakanic

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    There is a good deal of research which indicates that you are more likely to assist someone in distress if you are the only person available. If there are many people around, indviduals take their cue from other bystanders when deciding what to do. This often results in nobody making the first move. This is a normal human reaction.
     
  8. Moshe ben David

    Moshe ben David Loaded Pockets

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    Nope. Didn't leave the house at all. Aren't I good??? ;)

    Am Yisrael Chai!

    Moshe ben David
     
  9. RogerStenning

    RogerStenning EDC Junkie

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    FAK: Sliced myself open about 1.5 cm (not that deep, but it bled, dammit) on the edge of a splintered bamboo carrying tray in the kitchen this morning. :censored::frantic: Pure sleepy-headed carelessness. OUCH. And no, I'd not noticed it had splintered before: It was on the underside of the lip of the darn thing.

    So, antiseptic wipe, and a plaster (Elastoplast, what Americans might call a band-aid), and that was taken care of.

    Then, I used the small blade and file on my Cyber-41 Swiss Army Knife to carve off the splinter from the tray, and file the resulting area smooth, so I don't "charve" myself up again on the :censored: thing.

    Oh, and I do believe I taught the neighbours (now at home all day, thanks to the new rules on COVID-19) a couple of new words too :giggle:
     
  10. Loadout

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    Used my Olight i3T to have a look under my car for an oil leak. Saw a stain on my parking spot at work. Turns out someone else is using my parking.
     
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  11. FiaOlleDog

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    Yesterday cleaned a tuna can (for later using it as a container for burning cotton wax balls to test boil water in an Esbit 3 piece kit) - cut a finger knuckle, used a band-aid from my EDC.

    My wifes comments re this mistake were free-of-charge and non-optional.
     
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  12. Water-Rat

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    We had a very windy day today. My parent's greenhouse lost 6 of its plastic panels. I was able to find and replace 5 of them. I was very glad I had my Boker Toucan and SOG powerpint. They came in handy for pushing the panels back into place and handling the annoying spring pins that hold them in place.
     
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  13. FiaOlleDog

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    Yesterday, one of the path lightning bulbs went dark, had to replace it before sunset.

    My EDC pocket toolkit was really handy, using the mini rachet with a Torx #25 bit the cover was removed in seconds, bulb replaced with an LED variant (1/4th of power consumption, twice as bright, almost no heat).

    The small size of the mini rachet was a big advantage (pun intended) as space was pretty constrained for the second screw.

    Wife was happy, and my evening was 'rescued'.

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    Today, I had to replaced the CR2032 battery in the garage door opener remote control. The SAK's nail file was mis-used to pry open the back cover without scratching the plastic.

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    Tonite my "roommates" and I played cards outside after sunset. It was really hard to see the cards so the ThruNite Ti3 was stuck upside down in a half-empty water bottle making for a make-shift table light. Being so proud to just had to grab in my pants pocket to retrieve this little gem :D
     
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  14. RogerStenning

    RogerStenning EDC Junkie

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    Last night, as it happens; we had an unexpected power cut. Just as I'd finished my dinner, no less. So, out with my Olight M1X Striker, so I could see what I was doing and, not two minutes later, before I'd had a chance to break out the chemlights, the power came back on. One of the shortest power failures I've experienced, and the Olight really lit the place up :)
     
  15. FiaOlleDog

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    Did you wish the power outage would last longer?
    Come on ... that's a perfect EDC/preparedness show-off scenario! :cool:
     
  16. Sentinel-14

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    Not today, but I did Saturday.

    Normally I carry a medium traditional slipjoint and a larger folding knife in my pockets, along with a backup folding knife and a Mora fixed blade in my EDC pack. Further, I have small and large fixed blade knives in my emergency bag in my truck.

    Well, my brother picked me up early in the morning and we headed up to our parents' farm, and not being a morning person I was still a bit sleep-addled while getting ready: I straight forgot to put my folding knife in my pocket. Remembered the traditional, but forgot the other. Thankfully, I had the spare folder in my bag. While we were there I needed a fixed blade for some work at our camp site, and normally I'd grab the one in my emergency bag, because that's what it's for. But, that bag was in my truck, which was at home. So I had to grab the Mora out of my pack instead.

    So yeah, I dont use my EDC much, and I especially dont use those two items that often, but I was very happy to have them there when I needed them.
     
  17. RogerStenning

    RogerStenning EDC Junkie

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    Actually, I was kinda hoping it would, if only for the fact that I'd been itching to use the darn things properly, since I got them last year :giggle:

    However, in the event, it was the torch that shone out (pun intended :rofl:) in the EDC stakes, this time ;)
     
  18. iptest0125

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    Cut down some online shopping cardboard boxes and the freezer packs

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  19. Boy SureFire

    Boy SureFire May The Bridges I Burn Light The Way

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    Nothing crazy for me, just personal food prep with my Benchmade 140 Nimravus since I know it's sharper than whatever's in the block/drawer.
     
  20. echo victor

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    We lost power for some 16 hours, early yesterday afternoon into early this morning due to Tropical Storm Isaias. Broke out the Petzl headlamps for the family. Not exactly my EDC, but...