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Buzzcut1

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Posted: 11/17/14 03:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I was asked to put together a short piece on first aid.

My Background, Retired Santa Cruz County Firefighter, Current EMT & Serivces Director of Arcadia Ambulance

I am not going to try and teach you how do do things. What I am going to do is show what I carry and why. I am going to split it into two parts; a kit that I carry in my day pack away from the TC and extra gear that stays in the camper.

All the gear in the world will do you no good if you do not now how, why, and when to use it. Most first aid kits come with a manual the time to read it is not when you or your companions is injured. You need to read it the day you buy the kit and go thought the kit as you read the manual to understand the tools and techniques.

Take a basic Red Cross or Wilderness first aid course it could save a friends life.

My thoughts on First Aid kits: if you buy the big deluxo kit it will never leave the TC and you will not have it with you on that hike when someone gets hurt as it is too big, bulky and a pain to carry.

Get a small compact one that will not take up too much room in the day pack and keep it there. Most kits come with a few bandages, scissors, some ointments, material for a sling, tape and an elastic wrap.

I like to add a few extras.

For lacerations: you have blood and a large area, Feminine Mini pads and Kotex work wonders, they are sterile, designed to absorb blood and can quickly be placed on a wound and taped into place.

Splints: I carry one, a SAM Splint. It is flexible and can be molded to fit any extremity

ABD or other large dressing to cover larger areas, CVS carries these

Medications: this is not a one size fits all. you should carry the basics, aspirin, ibuprofen, antacids, antihistamines. In addition carry meds ( clearly labeled) specific to any member of your party and know what they are for and proper dosage and how to give them.
(insulin, nitroglycerin, epi pens)

Gloves: to protect you and to protect your friends. Mine are Nitrile, many people have latex allergies don't use latex gloves. Hands have cuts, people can have diseases in body fluids, always wear gloves.

Gauze roll bandages: why because sometimes tape just doesn't stick and you can put a pad over the wound wrap it into place with the gauze roll and tie it off



LED headlamp: ever try to clean remove a splinter or bandage a cut in the dark? You need two hands to bandage use a headlamp rather than sticking a flashlight that your hands touched into you mouth

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This is my First Aid Kit. It goes in the day pack, in the kayak, in my camelback, in the tc. Where I go it goes ( you feel kind of dumb when you get hurt and its an hour away sitting in the TC).

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now I may or may not carry an instant Icepack. they add weight and I have had them go off in my pack before.

You have noticed that my portable kit is rather sparse and that is so I will take it with me.

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Now as far as in the TC, I carry the kitchen sink but then again I am an EMT and I want to have my gear with me to deal with anything but what should you have?

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Sterile water: to rise off anything chemical that is burning your skin or to flush the eyes.

Instant Ice Packs: for swelling, heat related issues etc

more bandages, pads, tape

Cortizone cream for stings

Now everthing here is available across the counter at a CVS, wallmart, Rite Aid

but if you are not comfortable putting together a kit by all means go buy the premade deluxe kit and keep it in the TC and get a small kit to put in your daypack.



Ivy block and technu to stop the rash from that evil green plant.

But most of all know that your first aid kit is for minor cuts and dings. For anything more call 911 and get the pros coming. Your kit with proper knowledge may just hold the fort until EMS gets there. Don't be afraid to make the call. It will not inconvenience them, its what they get paid to do. In these days of budget cuts, stations with many calls get to stay open instead of getting shuttered and the guys there know it

I will add more to this but feel free to pepper me with questions either here or by pm

Eric

* This post was edited 11/17/14 03:59pm by Buzzcut1 *


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Posted: 11/17/14 03:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

All my road vehicles have the small FIRST AID kits in them...

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Excellent write up and advice for anyone who needs it.

Thank You

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That is a great kit, thanks for the post.

I have one pretty similar for camping. I figure the idea is to be able to stabilize a bad cut or other injury, for the time it would take to drive out to a location to get medical attention. The further away from medical assistance you roam, the more stuff you need.

I added a container of a prescription burn treatment called Silvadene. Worth its weight in gold if you have a burn of any significance.

Another thing I've thought about, but have not added, are some of the bleed-stopping first aid materials like HemCon strips or QuickClot. What is your opinion on that?


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coolmom42 wrote:


Another thing I've thought about, but have not added, are some of the bleed-stopping first aid materials like HemCon strips or QuickClot. What is your opinion on that?


They work well

Funny thing, as an On Duty EMT in CA I cannot apply it, paramedic skill (roll eyes) but you as a civilian can...

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Thank you Buzzcut, good write up, will put together 1 for the TC.


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Posted: 11/17/14 04:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Excellent advice. First and foremost, protect yourself! Nitrile gloves and, if you need to do rescue breathing, a barrier device. A friend of mine was at a football game this weekend when someone became really sick. He was being treated by two other fans, one claiming to be a nurse, one an EMT. He was shocked that neither had any gloves on.

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For those of you that already have kits, take note of expiration dates for items. I had one in my enclosed trailer that had items dated from the 90's. Not only were the creams and pills out of date, but most items with adhesive no longer stuck.


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Posted: 11/17/14 05:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What a great time to post this, Eric. Many are putting away their campers and doing some things like this will aid using their campers in the next Truck Camping season. As I was a past State Certified EMT-P I always enjoy seeing what others might come up with. Kits like yours are often much better than can be purchased commercially. It might help better if you took your photos closer and group less in the photo and have more photos. That way the observer will be able to see what you have brought together.

Also, a few months back, Mello Mike also put together a very comprehensive First Aid Kit and information in the below linked clicky.


Mello Mike Emergency First Aid Kit Clicky

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Posted: 11/17/14 06:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'll add that aspirin, Benadryl, gauze, and blood-stop powder are handy to have along for your pets!

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