Things to put in your First Aid Kit

#81
Anti-diarrhoea tablets (or mixture)
Gastrolyte - for treatment of diarrhoea
Travel sickness tablets
Andrews tablets, or similar, for indigestion
Ear drops
Temporary tooth filling mix to replace fillings, loose caps
Nyal toothache drops
Burn cream
Cream/ointment for bruises and swelling due to injury
Strepsils or similar
Tweezers, splinter remover
Rubber pointed eye probe, eye wash
Methylated spirits
"Airsplint" (for any broken limbs)
Patriot
Hi Patriot,

The list of first aid equipment was not too bad. I'd like to make a couple of comments as a paramedic, former remote area Registered Nurse, emergency department Registered Nurse and a current first aid trainer.

Air splints have long been abandoned for a number of reasons. All (or at least most) ambulance services no longer use them as they can at best be ineffective and at worst cause harm. Instead the current practice is to use cardboard splints and if they aren't available then improvise to support the fracture.

Looking through the comments on this thread I'd like suggest that:

- everyone doing a trip ought to undertake a first aid course. The old Senior First Aid course is now known as Provide First Aid with the qualification national unit code of HLTAID003. If the journey is taking your party into a hostile environment (hot, cold, high humidity, hostile also includes a long delay before medical help is likely to arrive) with help an hour or more away then serious consideration should be given to undertaking a Provide First Aid in Remote Situations HLTAID005.
- more than one person should be trained in first aid because if you are the only one trained and you became seriously unwell your life literally could be in the hands of the rest of your party who is untrained!!!
- each vehicle should have at least one or more first aid trained people. If the unfortunate event of a vehicle roll-over the other vehicle will have first aid trained people who can render aid.
- Each vehicle should carry a first aid kit
 

Les PK Ranger

4x4 Earth Contributer
#84
Snake bite kit?
Nick
Nickj

Snake bite kit would be covered by the crepe/elastic bandage and a splint
Tim
I recently had cause to need snake bite bandages, as it turned out another campers bandages were used.
Normal crepe bandages are ok if that is all you have (even torn up clothing if you have nothing else), but in general proper compression bandages are needed to ensure limited lymphatic fluid movement, and min 2 of them for proper snake (blue ring octopus, funnel web spider) bite first aid.

Before I even returned home from Bris to Adel, I ordered these, and they were here a day after I got home, just a few days.

bandages.JPG


16 of them, 8 sets for various outdoors people I know, and replacements for the first aider and other 3rd bandage used.

I'll always have a grab bag with me now on any bushwalks, with a pair of these, water, other first aid, and 2nd plb.
We were only max 400m from camp, and incident less than 150m from camp.

What sets these apart, besides the proper compression rating, is the indicators.
They are rectangle in unstretched condition, when correct tension is reached they are square shaped.
VERY good idea, because too loose is not good, likewise too tight and blood circulation can be affected.
 

silkwood

Well-Known Member
#87
#89
Cling wrap
No, seriously.
Cut a roll into several short rolls
Then put them in the kit
It can be use to seal serious wounds, for burns (yes it's better than bandages)
To protect bandages from getting wet/ dirty.
You will be surprised how useful it is.
And cheap.
 
#90
Here is a list of things that you should think about putting in your First Aid Kit. First Aid Kits are one of those things that many people don't put a lot of effort into until they actually need one. The amount of gear in there should be dictated by the difficulty of driving you will do, the remoteness of the place you are going and the length of time you will be out for. Don't forget that if things do go pears, an ambulance may be quite a long way away, so having a few well chosen things in your First Aid Kit may save the day.


Basic first aid manual (from Red Cross or St John Ambulance)
Antiseptic fluid (Betadine, Dettol or similar)
Antiseptic cream (Betadine or similar)
Panadol
Eye drops
Assorted bandaids, strips/spots, wound closures
Elastic or crepe bandages (for sprains and snake bite)
Sterile gauze bandages (50 mm & 75 mm)
Triangular bandages (to support limbs and hold dressings in place)
Adhesive tape, cotton wool, tissues
Scissors, safety pins
Thermometer
Calamine lotion, Stingose or similar
Pencil and note pad

To that you can add many items

Antihistamine tablets
Itch/skin relief cream (for itch, bites, minor burns)
Anti-diarrhoea tablets (or mixture)
Gastrolyte - for treatment of diarrhoea
Travel sickness tablets
Andrews tablets, or similar, for indigestion
Ear drops
Temporary tooth filling mix to replace fillings, loose caps
Nyal toothache drops
Burn cream
Cream/ointment for bruises and swelling due to injury
Strepsils or similar
Tweezers, splinter remover
Rubber pointed eye probe, eye wash
Methylated spirits
"Airsplint" (for any broken limbs)
Personal medication or tablets


Hopefully you wont need to use any of this :)

Thanks to Extremeofflimits

Safe Driving

Patriot
Thank you!
 
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