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In your own opinion what are some items every First Aid Kit should have?

Discussion in 'First Aid Station' started by dudepal1510, Jan 27, 2012.

  1. sungame

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    @Senserazer: I've answered in a PM, as i guess this is not very relevant for most of the forum users.
     
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    I'm new here, but I've been doing a lot of research on this subject. I've read through all the threads and have this to add:
    A headlamp (hands free light)
    Tampons (many uses besides the intended)

    Thanks,

    Steve

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  3. SAKplumber
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    Welcome to the Forum!

    Btw, I've read that tampons can suck a lot of blood up, as they are designed to absorb, not clot. Just an FYI:)

    Again, I've never used it either, so I don't know for sure. Just information... YMMV:)

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  4. silversixx

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    I have been slowly putting a kit together from small items that my girlfriend brings home from the hospital.
    ammonia inhalant ( if someone has passed out), Dermabond (superglue that is for your SKIN!),absorbable hemostat (stops massive bleeding) assorted steri-strips. + most of what you guys mentioned before. I will soon have some lidocaine, a needle + everything else to dress wounds and put in sutures in the field. :)
     
  5. Dok J

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    Tampons can be both good and bad... They suck a lot of blood, but as they do, they grow. So they MIGHT put some pressure and stop the bleeding. Problem is the blood you loose until they make enough pressure.

    @Silversixx: Dermabond is really good stuff, but won't work on big wounds. And I wouldn't advise for stitching unless you are trained to do so...
    Plus, lidocaine has several secondary effects and some allergies... Be careful with those things. ;)
     
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    Yea I wont be doing any stitches, but my girlfriend who is an RN can do that if she is present. I am building a kit for our camping trips, and a smaller one for edc. I will not be doing anything I am not trained to do :). Good advise for the dermabond, works awesome for specific wounds.
     
  7. Dok J

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    Looks like you have your bases covered. Sorry if I sounded harsh, but you seem to be more solid folks than what I'm used to...

    I kind of remember that Dermabond should be kept in the fridge, or at least far from heat; but can't remember if it was Dermabond or another brand...
     
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    No worries. So far I have used the dermabond in a few different scenarios. No problems so far in any temperature and Im in the texas heat/humidiy. haha
     
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    mini bump
    I wish I woulda had sunscreen in at least one of my bags today :nah_disagree:so now, as soon as the pain fades, I'm going to add sunscreen to my FA kit AND my primary bag lol
     
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    You should get the 2 ounce ones with the carabiner! :D

    I learned way back in introductory bio class that sunscreen should be replaced yearly though. Am I wrong? I was taught that they are made from plant based materials, which deteriorate over time and is not as effective, if at all. I don't know if most sunscreens are now synthetic or what, but yeah. :) That's what I learned! And ever since, I would purchase a new bottle of sunscreen each year.
     
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    I've read that too. Stuffs cheap enough so we do too. :)
     
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    2 is 1, 1 is none. If you have any prescription medication or equipment that you need quick access to, e.g. inhaler, epipen, carry spares or backups separately in your FAK. I'm asthmatic, and I will carry one reliever inhaler in my pocket or on the outside of a bag, which is used whenever I feel wheezy/short of breath.

    If I'm carrying my large FAK (Hiking, Camping) then I have a second one as a backup for serious attacks, along with an aeroflow spacer. There is also a spare preventer inhaler kept in there if I'm out overnight, as I need morning and evening doses, and they have a habit of running out when you're miles away from your spares.
     
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    I feel that PPE is the most important thing. e.g: CPR mask, gloves, etc...

    Also when it comes to hiking I also always include a Sam splint. Something super light, cheap, and compact.

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    You can also get off brand versions from cheaperthandirt.com for about $5-6.
     
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    After getting stung by a red wasp yesterday, I wanted to come add--> 1 cigarette !! Best thing you can use for stings from wasps, pinch off end take a bit of water or saline and get it moist, and slap it right over sting for 5 minutes (or plop a bit on a bandaid and stick it on). Even if you don't smoke, bum one from a smoker friend to stash in a container in your FAK
     
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    ^I've heard that one before:)Just forgot. When I was a smoker nothin wanted to sting me;)
     
  16. ShadowE

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    The only downside would be a smoker who has quit, then it might be too much of an enticement :/

    But! It does work well :)

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    They're useful as a field-expedient lap sponge (pads as well) so that you can get a good look at the wound and assess the situation, then clean enough to get a dressing on.
    IMO a good kit needs a light, a pair of trauma shears or a rescue hook (both in mine), gloves, bandages, minor painkillers and/or bloodthinners, burn gel, alcohol pads,a few packets of sunscreen, and the specialized bandages that you never thought you would use such as knuckle and fingertip bandages.
     
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    Funny, those are the ones I always carry, use, and run out of;) Regular bandaids are a must, though I rarely need them. Personally I use my FAK for cuts on my fingers more than anything...IDK, maybe I need to get out more;)
     
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    I almost never hurt myself except the rare knife cut- and most of them don't need bandages.
    I carry a FAK mostly for those around me- the micro kit in my wallet is constantly being used.
     
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    a small note book that has list of normal vitals, so you can compare to what is going with your patient