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UK Based FAK Recommendations

Discussion in 'First Aid Station' started by Andi Licious, Dec 9, 2019.

  1. Andi Licious

    Andi Licious Loaded Pockets

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    Hi guys,

    After a recent fishing incident where I overchecked hook sharpness....

    I am looking for a basic kit I could order online. I’m not worried about the pouch / case it comes in as I’ll swap it out into something better it arrives.

    All I seem to find is the UK first aid at work kits or really overpriced camping kits.

    Also any items you recommend adding in to make it a better setup?


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  2. thegrouch314

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    Honestly, I wouldn't bother buying a pre-made kit. They're usually full of useless crap and are missing the important stuff.Get a small case and you can choose exactly what you need.
    I like the Reliance Medical brand for quality but cheap. Steroplast made the best plasters IMO, sticky as duct tape but will take your body hair off. I've used the website medisave before now and it's fairly good, especially if you're stocking up for a bunch of kits.
     
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    I'd second @thegrouch314 , but with a couple of provisos:
    • Have you had any training? If so, great. If not, I'd suggest getting that before getting a kit. It'll inform your choices of what to carry as well as how to use it. St John Ambulance do good courses (with a workplace bias) and so do High Peak First Aid (with an outdoors bias).
    • If you've had some training then sourcing your own kit contents will probably get you a better kit than if you buy one off the shelf. It will probably be more expensive too, but you might be able to buy larger quantities and do multiple kits that serve you better (home kit, car kit, PFAK, etc.). I'd suggest buying the contents first and then buying the case to fit them rather than the other way round.
    For off the shelf choices, I bought an earlier version of the St John Ambulance Zenith Travel and Motoring Workplace First Aid Kit a while back and it wasn't bad. The contents are pretty reasonable quality and the pouch is good.

    It used to come with a 500ml eyewash bottle which I'd suggest swapping out for a few pods and an eye-bath. A cohesive bandage would be a good addition (unless you have a latex allergy), along with some Compeed blister plasters and (if there's any chance of you having to treat yourself) an unbreakable mirror. I like to carry some Oragel dental anaesthetic too - a broken tooth can happen to anyone and is... ...distracting! Easiplaster is very useful stuff for treating cuts to fingers and hands (again, contains latex). A card wrap of duct tape and a roll of 3M Transpore would also make my list.

    I wish you well with whatever you end up with.
     
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  4. Andi Licious

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    Cheers guys.

    I have a fair bit of training before. BCD and the like from the army days, lived in Afghan contracting and had to do quite a few first aid things. Back home I’m the First Aider for our company and organise all the lads doing the day courses etc. So hopefully I’m clued up enough to sort myself out....if only I had a FAK

    I’ll be having a look around and see what I can get. It’s funny because I have access to loads of stuff at work but never thought to bring any of it into my personal life. I suppose my brain said that I could only get hurt at work as that’s where all the FAK and training is. Who knows.

    All I know is I had a size 4 barbed hook buried through my finger to the bone and I had to pull it back out and rip my flesh as I couldn’t push it round and out past the bone to cut the barb off. I was left with a bleeding tear in my finger and I thought well, if only I was at work I would be able to sort this

    I’m not expecting to have anything more serious than the hook incident happen, possible worst case would be slipping in the mud and breaking a bone but I will be getting an ambulance for anything like that! So mainly plasters / small bandage / antiseptic / cleaning of small cuts would be the main items. I’m never out away from any help on my own or in places that medical help couldn’t easily get to so it’s more of a booboo kit for me. Which is why I thought I would be able to make do with a pre made kit. But I will go to the chemist and the aisle at Tesco and see what they have loose and how big it all is and try put something together.


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  5. PragmaticMurphyist

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    Good stuff. Hopefully you'll never have to use any of it and it'll be a complete waste of money! ;)

    Amazon is another good source of stuff that you won't find on the aisle at Tesco's.
     
  6. thegrouch314

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    I know Wilko do a 'build your own' first aid kit. You buy the bag and the items separately so you only get what you need, which is fairly handy to start with, although the quality isn't great. The bandages and dressings are fine, the tape is abysmal.
     
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    Andi,

    Where about in the UK are you based mate ?
     
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    For premade kits, I would probably check out any outdoor shops for some camping/hiking orientated ones (in various 'bag friendly' sizes), or somewhere like Boots or Superdrug for a fairly generic kit.

    However, I would be tempted to agree that DIY is a great option for first aid kits - you are free to choose whatever pouch or case suits your needs, and can stock it appropriately. Most chemists or bigger supermarkets will have a selection of reasonably priced first aid supplies.

    I have one of the smaller Boots kits that was reasonable enough, a nice enough pouch to stick in my bag when travelling and has a basic selection of supplies (long since used up or let go out of date and then replenished), and also a smaller one made to fit a small camera case that just has the basics (but is very easy to carry in a bag with you out and about).

    I would also put in an extra comment (more for followup readers than the OP) that nothing compares to training and knowing what to actually do in an emergency - all of the first aid supplies you can carry will be nothing more than dead weight if you don't know what to do with them. Ideally a basic first aid course will set you up with some good knowledge, but for the smartphone users I would also definitely recommend downloading one of the first aid apps that are out there. I know both St Johns and the Red Cross both have fairly good ones available, and give you a wealth of information ready at hand if you ever need it.
     
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    I've been through many different off-the-shelf first aid kits, both from the outdoor world as well as from home supplies.

    Ended up building different kits on my purpose & risk assessment to treat:
    small scratches and cuts (different size band-aids, ended up buying the expensive ones which a water-resistant)
    different size gauze pads (to cover not-so-small but not life threatening wounds)
    ACE bandage (self-adhesive) to stabilize foot, leg, hands, arms
    Isreali-type pressure bandage for the serious bleeding
    TQ of your choice (Cat Gen 7, SOF-T Wide, SWAT-T) for amputations

    Plus some medicine.
     
  10. RogerStenning

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    Buy a generic kit, and swap out/replace the stuff you don't need or want. If you can't fit the normal size FFD or equivalent, use ABD pads and tape, or a smaller ITD (the Israeli Trauma Dressings come in 4" 6" and iirc, 8"/12" sizes)

    With regard to that horrific barbed hook, I'd suggest a decent multi-tool with cutters, such as Gerber, Spyderco, or Leatherman; you cut the barbed end off, and either haul out the remains or, better yet, leave them in place as they're plugging the wound, and cushion the ends to minimise movement until you can get to a professional, such as an ambulance crew, MIU, or A&E; if the barb is NOT protruding, leave the sodding thing in place, cut off the majority of the hook that's in free space, cushion it (eye bandage comes to mind), and do nothing else until you get to professional help on the hurry up. The key here is, as you'll understand, not to make the injury worse.
     
  11. egp

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    There's a company based here in Colorado, it was started by a fire fighter and backcountry traveler, very specific first aid kits, www.outerlimitssupply.com I don't know if they will ship to the UK, but you might look at what they sell, and they will work with you as well