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Old 05-10-2005   #1
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First Aid kit suggestions

I'm trying to put together a new first aid kit and want to know what everyone keeps in theirs. As well as what they keep it in

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Old 05-10-2005   #2
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first aid kit

I keep my first aid kit in a dry bag that is small enough to fit into my boat. It's still pretty big though. I'm a wilderness first responder so I have a lot in it. only put stuff in you know how to use.

here's what I have in it:

Band aids
several types of first aid tape (cloth and paper tape for sure)
Ace bandage
Tegaderm waterproof transparent bandages
Spenco 2nd skin (moist burn pad)
SAM splint- full size and finger size

a triangular cloth big enough to make a sling for an injured arm
CPR face shield

pencil and small notepad for recording vital signs
duct tape
dental floss (for emergency stitching if needed)

sterile cleansing sponges
iodine swabs
alcohol swabs
Antibiotic cream (betadine)
benzion tincture (sticky, will help bandages stick)
water syringe for cleaning wounds

safety pins

medical gloves
bag for biohazard stuff- (bloody things, etc)

Emergency blanket (for hypothermic patients)- looks like it's made out of aluminum foil

solarcaine aloe extra gel

water purification tablets

antibiotics if you are going far into the backcountry (ask your doctor, they may agree to give you some for emergencies)

I think that's it.

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Old 05-10-2005   #3
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i'm still working mine over but here's a list:

SAM splint (maleable (sp?) foam splint
bandaids (10ish)
kerlix (two rolls) this is sterile roll gauze that can be applied directy to a
wound or used to reinforce a dressing
2 X 2's (6-8ish) these are square sterile gauze pads
4 X 4's (4-6ish)
telfa pads (spelling?) these are gauze pads with a non-stick surface like
the center of a band-aid. best in the 2" X 3"? size
tape: althetic
alcohol wipes (20ish)
a small syringe and sterile water would be nice to irrigate wounds.
p-cord (parachute) about 15'ish.
trauma shears, these are the cow's utters! the'll cut most anything and
cost under $10
lighters X 3 and some firestarter? what's a good firestarter? cotton
w/vaseline? steelwool? i'm still looking into this.
triangle bandage X 2 great for dislocated shoulder.
ready ice packs X 2 (the kind you smash to activate)
space blanket? (i don't have one)
a leatherman or such
small notebook and watch to document events.
this seems to cover the basics of dislocation, cuts, contusions, abrasions, avulsions, lacerations, punctures, burns, etc.
let me know if i've missed anything
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Don't forget superglue, it was originally developed for making emergency stitches.

Bandaids are just about usless on the river. I would replace them with more duct tap and gauze.
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Old 05-10-2005   #5
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Dang... those are some really good kits. I carry most of the above but also some hard candy for someone suffering from low blood sugar. Also a packet or two of GU to offer someone after a rough swim. Helps them feel a little bit stronger.
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Old 05-10-2005   #6
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I keep my first aid kit in a nalgene bottle... keeps things nice and dry.
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I would include... a PFD.
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Old 05-10-2005   #8
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Adventure Medical makes a pretty good paddler's first aid kit. Sure it costs a little more than putting it together your self but many items you want are not availible in small volumes at the store. Plus they give you a pretty decent manual. I carry the "Paddler" + a Sam Split, some survival stuff (fire, micro bivy deal, water purification tablets) all inside a small dry bay. DONT TRUST THE ADVENTURE MEDICAL DRY BAG, I've seen two med kits destroyed this way.
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I'd add butterfly bandages to help close a real nasty gash.
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I would like to second El Flaco... be sure you have a PFD

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