OK. so you have no first aid / emergency care training? right... Then go to who ever does some good training (certified) in your area and get
Make sure it covers the following as a MINIMUM.
CPR and kit involved ie face shields / air ways ect.
Burns and their treatment in the field. Essential.
Fractures and traumatic breaks. To splint, and how to splint. Splinting wrong is as bad as not splinting for some injuries.
Wound stabilisation. Blood loss and hypovoleamic shock management and kit needed for basic care.
The above is a very minimum needed to consider your self even basic covered in my humble opinion.
As for the kit I carry.
2 x sterile dressing packs. This has sterile gloves, guaze, tweezers and blades for cleaning / dressing minor wounds.
8 X sterile water. Don't ever clean a wound with water out of a canteen if you can help it.
6 X non -sterile gloves. never treat a wound if you can help it with out gloves on - self protection is paramount.
4 X small dressing (non- linting absorbant pads) NOT GAUZE. Never dress a wound with gauze, as any clotting done will be in the small holes of the
pads...damage will be done if you remove these a day or so later to redress and possibly re-open the wounds.
4X large dressing pads. As above, but large.
4X trauma pads. These are the big time for wounds that are penetrative and bleeding massively. A large deep field dressing, with an attached bandage,
so in the event of a major wound and heavy uncontrolled bleeding you can, as a LAST RESORT tourniquet with it. (This is frowned upon in all but the
most immediate of emergencies - If care is less than 10 minutes away just apply strong deep manual pressure to the local artery to reduce bleeding -
but out in the field this may be the only way to save a life - better to lose a limb than your life)
Assorted small plasters and a box of commercial available steri strips. These are small adhesive wound closure strips for dressing smaller cuts that
may not need stitching, but need assistance in closing. Always, always completely clean the wound before attempting a closure. (make sure you have
training in the care of a wound before attempting a steri strip closure)
1 X tube of antiseptic cream for bites stings and small grazes.
1 X sun burn care kit and small tube of high factor + 30 sun block.
2 X re-breather face shields (disposable)
1 X non -disposable re-breather face mask and filters for it.
In the kit is also water tight supplies of salt and sugar, and 4 mars bars. Shock is a killer, and sugar will help out alot to combat the energy burn
Scissors and a knife should be included, or my recommended kit is a good pair of emergency room shears. Sharp as any thing, but with a blunt tip so as
not to harm a patient when removing kit / gear. non sterile tweezers are also a good one to add, but there should be no need as your multi tool on
your hip should have some
There you go. Get the training, and then get the kit.... you never know when your gonna need it.
Oh and as for any medications / creams / lotions and potions, i'd say look at your area of travel ... no point packing malaria tabs for the artic
circle..... insect repellant yes...
All medications in your pack should be for you only. I cannot stress enough the fact that NSAID's and pain relief should never be given from you to
another person in a first aid situation. They want it, they carry it and take it. That way, if they die of a ruptured stomach ulcer after taking an
aspirin / ibuprofen, then your not going to be the one facing the manslaughter / negligence charges.
[edit on 22-11-2006 by D4rk Kn1ght]