Things to put in your First Aid Kit

Paul Patrol

New Member
Just my 2cents worth. Interesting subject. I used to sell 1st aid training courses & 1st aid kits a little over 7 years ago. It amazed me how difficult it was to sell both?? I even tried to sell to 4wd clubs here in Vic. I sold zero. True dinx. Buy a suitable container for your 1st aid kit (pref. water proof) & stock yourself from the chemist as this is heaps cheaper than buying a 1st aid kit. I recently bout 2 epi pens from Chemist Warehouse for $35 for both. As mentioned by one poster, I highly recomend a min of Level 2 first aid course for all 4wders/campers & up date when required.
 

mick94surf

New Member
May seam a bit silly but my kit has quickeez and mylanta in it also, anyone that suffers heartburn knows it sux, Get it everytime i have a couple of beverages whenever i go camping. I also have electrolites powder for dehydration. Just my 2cents worth.
Cheers Mick
 

ex tonka

New Member
The dehydration issue gets over looked alot I think mick, I have powdered poweraid in my kit , the electrolites is somethin I will look into , I also carry needles and stitches , for those who do the advanced training n know how to stitch its a great thing to learn , if It's to messy for ya at least carry some butter flys n a good pressure bandage. I watched a mate try n stitch his leg up after a nasty spill with everyone standing round with out a clue how to help , , get the training n get the gear , if u never have to use it thank god but if u do then u have it and know how, ,
 

Zukiman

Member
. I recently bout 2 epi pens from Chemist Warehouse for $35 for both.

I have looked at this several times, since a few mates have bad allergies and it is always useful to have something like this. But the cheapest I have ever seen an epi-pen is well over a $100, and they are over-the-counter only. While I would like one, $100 for something with a limited medical lifespan on the off chance I may need it for someone else is a bit much.

I would like to know where you picked up 2 for $35. At that price I would invest in a couple.
 

ChilliBurr

New Member
Noce one Patriot... im industrial paramedic for mines rescue and you nailed it mate. Only additions I carry around are epipen cos my wife is allergic to bee stings and I just know that day will come!!!

Maybe some saline wash wouldn't go astray either mate for the kiddys always finding weird and wonderful ways to get crud in their eye!!!!

RE: First Aid Training... we run first aid training up to pre-hospital but the point is if you haven't invested some $$ into getting trained up then you really really oughta...its the best thing you could possibly do and I cant count the number of times ive been called into action for either mates, kids or fellow campers/off roaders. The Apply First AId is a great start but if you are hitting a lot of off track spots I highly recommend all of yas to step up into "Occupational First AId" training. Should be a 3 day course on top of your First Aid and it will teach you how to use everything in your kit. No use having it if you don't know how to apply it huh!!
 

rogerazz

4x4 Earth Contributer
I agree.
First aid at a reasonable level is important for everyone.
Imagine a child, any child, your child, needs first aid in a life threatening situation.
Or anyone for that matter.
I have told my kids over and over, they should do first aid for the safety of their own kids.
Have resusitated one of my kids and my missus resusitated our eldest boy with Paramedics on the phone.
Was not easy for her to do, but hey, she saved his life.
 

ChilliBurr

New Member
damn Roger... that's bad man but awesome that you both had the skillsets to apply in a bad situation mate... the beauty of getting more advanced training is that you find the ability to switch off and treat the patient clinically without emotional content hampering you. Everyone spare the time and a few $$ to get upskilled... priceless information as Rog can attest to.
 

cookie64

4x4 Earth Contributer
Have read this thread and for the most part I would say that first & foremost would be to do a First Aid course and keep it current - things are updated, this should be mandatory and there is talk about introducing it into the school curriculum here in SA.

When I did my last update we were told Gloves, Mouth Gaurd, Triangular Bandages, Compression Bandages and fresh water - no Dettol or anything else but water for serious wounds.

CPR - you just keep pumping the heart these days and only bother with breathing if you have a second person, the mere pumping they have worked out that the patient is getting sufficient oxygen by the chest compressions alone.

Do not give medication apart from Epinephrin, Cardiprin (Heart) or Asthma as it can mask symptoms and you are now stepping out of the boundaries of First Aid, you are now permitted to administer the mentioned stuff.

Snake bites you just do a pressure bandage again no medication unless you are directed to or have the qualification.

I have the HF Radio for this very purpose (Safety) and I know people like PJR have a Sat Phone so a Doctor can always be reached and give direction.

Had a guy come off his motorbike once and took the top off his finger, it was still in his glove, took it out, washed it, and put it straight back on and bandaged it - he went and saw a Plastic Surgeon after his Doctor and he was happy with what I had done - no further procedure and it looked quite fine when I saw it last. He enjoys showing people guess which finger it was :D

Cheers & great thread
 

Big-Trev

Well-Known Member
Any one interested,Fast Aid have a great R2 specific 4WD Outback kit.There website is www.fastaid.com.au.
I have this kit in my vehicle and have used it on many occasions both 4w driving and home.They also have smaller kits that can be added to the larger kits.They are available through the BOC gas & Gear network Australia wide.If any one is interested let me know and I will look after you.
 

ozmidnight

New Member
I have done a general first aid course as well as a dive medical course as I used to be a diverse,
I think that every one should do a first aid course as you never know when you may have to use it!
 

Les PK Ranger

4x4 Earth Contributer
You're right oz2400/0000, education is once again the key to helping others in time of need.
Simple things can be done, simple items can be used to help someone injured.
It can be as easy as tilting back an unconscious persons head to open an airway.
 

Superdad

Well-Known Member
In my (limited) experience, medication for sickness gets used more often than injury response.

I have just finished prepping my kit for remote travel so this list is great. Only thing I have added is a broad spectrum antibiotic and Panadene Forte. I asked Dr for scripts explaining why and they obliged.
 

Rojac

Well-Known Member
First aid book, if you do a st johns course, did numerous as first aid for work they give you an up to date book as techniques change over the years
 

Alma

New Member
Also add a little salt (in a mini container or plastic bag). Good for pouring over any leeches that have attached themselves to your skin. They will drop off as it instantly starts drying them up.
 

Big-Trev

Well-Known Member
Have read this thread and for the most part I would say that first & foremost would be to do a First Aid course and keep it current - things are updated, this should be mandatory and there is talk about introducing it into the school curriculum here in SA.

When I did my last update we were told Gloves, Mouth Gaurd, Triangular Bandages, Compression Bandages and fresh water - no Dettol or anything else but water for serious wounds.

CPR - you just keep pumping the heart these days and only bother with breathing if you have a second person, the mere pumping they have worked out that the patient is getting sufficient oxygen by the chest compressions alone.

Do not give medication apart from Epinephrin, Cardiprin (Heart) or Asthma as it can mask symptoms and you are now stepping out of the boundaries of First Aid, you are now permitted to administer the mentioned stuff.

Snake bites you just do a pressure bandage again no medication unless you are directed to or have the qualification.

I have the HF Radio for this very purpose (Safety) and I know people like PJR have a Sat Phone so a Doctor can always be reached and give direction.

Had a guy come off his motorbike once and took the top off his finger, it was still in his glove, took it out, washed it, and put it straight back on and bandaged it - he went and saw a Plastic Surgeon after his Doctor and he was happy with what I had done - no further procedure and it looked quite fine when I saw it last. He enjoys showing people guess which finger it was :D

Cheers & great thread
With the Sat phone the Optus sat sleave is a great idea,and not to expensive to have.
 

mac_man_luke

Well-Known Member
With the Sat phone the Optus sat sleave is a great idea,and not to expensive to have.
Only issue with that is the Thuraya satellite is quite low in the horizon in southern aust which can make it hard to get coverage with any form of terrain.
 

Michael S-B

New Member
Hey there Stoney, I didn't think the snake bite formular using a splint was still in use, I thought it went out the window years ago? Being up to speed with the new changes being made to the way u administer first aid is another important thing as well. Also why don't U consider a thread for return service people on this site if u think it would be appropriate, I bet there are a lot of them out there that are into 4 wheel driving. CHEERS

As a paramedic and current first aid trainer I can assure you that splints are still used.
 
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