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Looking after yourself & First Aid Kits

Post by Mac » Wed Nov 07, 2007 10:46 pm

Tonight we held a Marshal training session for emergency First Aid, based on 30 years regular First Aid Training by me and most of the input from my wife who is a Nursing Sister, specialising in Critical Care and Paediatrics.

As a result of this please find below a recommended list of the basics that EVERY member should carry in a First Aid Kit. Any further suggestions will be welcomed BUT please remember this is to deal with an Emergency situation at the scene to STABILISE a patient before the Emergency Services arrive, not to perform open heart surgery.

Sterile Gloves ( several pairs )
Scissors & Tweezers & Knife
Antiseptic solution ( Bottle or Spray)
Antiseptic wipes
4 small & 4 large gauze antiseptic dressings
4 crepe bandages & 4 gauze bandages
assorted plasters
antiseptic tape
2 packs of Steri Strips ( large & small)
Triangular bandage
Antiseptic Cream
Eye Drops
Eye pads
Burn Spray
Antihistamine tablets
Aspirin/Paracetamol and Ibuprofen tablets
UVF sun cream
Emergency Survival blanket
plastic bags/cling film ( to cover burns)
Torch.

It is proposed to ask members who would require the above articles and we could bulk buy. PLEASE DO NOT REPLY HERE WAIT FOR THE THREAD TO BE OPENED.

It will also be necessary to tell the Marshal if you are suffering from Heart problems,Diabetes, High Blood pressure, Asthma, Nut allergy etc but again this will be announced soon as to these arrangements.

All of the above is for all of our safety as we travel to remote & isolated locations.. & accidents happen and your co-operation will be appreciated.

Safety MUST come first.

All trip leaders carry GPS which show the location of the nearest hospitals and know how to contact the emergency services.

Thanks for your time in reading this lengthy post.
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Post by iguana » Thu Nov 08, 2007 12:13 am

Thank you Mac and Gillian for the useful training today .... I learned a lot

Firts aid kit is a must ... You never know when you will need them ... We do an extreme sport and Sh** happens and we have to be prepared
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Post by DiVeR » Thu Nov 08, 2007 8:15 am

Thanks MAC & Gilian for your extreme efforts for the best of this club. The training session last night was amazing :bravo: :bravo:
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Post by Bulldozer » Thu Nov 08, 2007 11:39 am

Well done guys thanks allot for the effort, for sure i learned something which is gonna be helpfull for me my family & ofcourse All of my big family AD4x4

Shame nobody looks iterested in this, which can be FATAL in emergency if u dont know what to do
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Post by Uristier » Thu Nov 08, 2007 12:09 pm

Well done Gillian and Mac :bravo:- training the Marshals. :thankyou:

What's about the rest of the family? Will we also be in a position to enjoy first aid/emergency training? I belive ALL of us could benefit from such training and may safe a life out in the desert by knowing what and how to to things. Carrying a first aid kit is one thing, using it correctly is another story. :dontknow:

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Post by Mac » Thu Nov 08, 2007 2:22 pm

Uristier wrote:Well done Gillian and Mac :bravo:- training the Marshals. :thankyou:

What's about the rest of the family? Will we also be in a position to enjoy first aid/emergency training? I belive ALL of us could benefit from such training and may safe a life out in the desert by knowing what and how to to things. Carrying a first aid kit is one thing, using it correctly is another story. :dontknow:
Yes, well said Urs, I believe that with the Marshals trained and your Knowledge of First Aid along with Lucknow, I think we are alright for now, it would be a huge undertaking to give this input to all of the active members, and too many cooks can spoil the broth if you understand. :lol: :lol: :lol:

I will always be happy if you are on a trip with me to advise further. Thanks. mac
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Post by Uristier » Thu Nov 08, 2007 2:50 pm

Mac wrote: Yes, well said Urs, I believe that with the Marshals trained and your Knowledge of First Aid along with Lucknow, I think we are alright for now, it would be a huge undertaking to give this input to all of the active members, and too many cooks can spoil the broth if you understand. :lol: :lol: :lol:

I will always be happy if you are on a trip with me to advise further. Thanks. mac
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Post by Mpenzi » Thu Nov 08, 2007 3:43 pm

Mac & Gillian thanks and waiting for the next training.

Mac
Very good points and we need to built on that specially the point on the nearest clinics on our trips.

Just a question please, why anti venoum is not included in your list?
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Post by Mpenzi » Thu Nov 08, 2007 3:46 pm

Mac & Gillian thanks and waiting for the next training.

Mac
Very good points and we need to built on that specially the point on the nearest clinics on our trips.

Just a question please, why anti venoum is not included in your list?

We probably need to establish the list for the people who are suffering from Heart problems,Diabetes, High Blood pressure, Asthma, Nut allergy etc
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Post by Mac » Thu Nov 08, 2007 5:39 pm

Mpenzi wrote:Mac & Gillian thanks and waiting for the next training.

Mac
Very good points and we need to built on that specially the point on the nearest clinics on our trips.

Just a question please, why anti venoum is not included in your list?

We probably need to establish the list for the people who are suffering from Heart problems,Diabetes, High Blood pressure, Asthma, Nut allergy etc
List of medical conditions etc is to be done soon, anti venom not included as there are several different types depending on the snake bite, it has to be stored in fridges and we are not qualified here to give injections.
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The ultimate First Aid Kits

Post by Xof » Wed Nov 11, 2009 9:19 am

refresh... Because this topic is very important.


pratically, here is what we have to deal for our small trips, and therefore a smaller mandatory first aid kit:
1: Cuts --> you need antiseptic + bandages + Straps. Take a lot of sterile gazes, you need it for everythings!
2: Burns --> gel (biafine or equivalent)
3: Sun burn!!! put solar cream in your first aid kit!!!
4: headaches --> aspirin or paracetamol is a must. You MOI will use at the end of the day...
5: dust and sand in eyes --> any commone saline
6: Twist, Muscular shocks... --> cold pack (very good!) + gel with arnica
7: space cover (used for everything too)
8: a small Swiss knife (you will always look for something to cut!!!)including a tweezer

These items are A MUST HAVE!! and they must be easy to reach in your car (like your fire extinguishers and your jack). You can find everything in Carrefour or in a pharmacy.

Last advices (but not the least),
check the date on your medications! they need to be replaced often...
Don't keep the first aid kit in the car when not necessary (heat will burn medecines)
you can put some batteries in your kit (always usefull!)
Everytime you use something, you have to replace it immediately.
A first aid kit is for everybody. But it's better if everybody has one.


Remember, you cannot reach Zero Accident/incident (even if you must try to come closer and minimize them). What matter is to get ready to face problems. Especially with Children...

You can also get in touch with the main hospitals if you want to have a First Aid training (very useful).

Hope you have found this usefull. Don't hesitate to contact me or to ask for my first aid kit during a trip.


FOR EXTREME AND LONG TRIPS:
Below is the ultimate first aid kit!

Typical contents

Adhesive bandages are one of the most commonly used items in a first aid kit.

1: Dressings (sterile, applied directly to wound)
Pads
Sterile eye pads
Sterile gauze pads
Sterile non-adherent pads
Burn dressing (sterile pad soaked in a cooling gel)

Bandages
Gauze roller bandages - absorbent, breathable, and often elastic
Elastic bandages - used for sprains, and pressure bandages
Adhesive, elastic roller bandages - very effective pressure bandages or durable, waterproof bandaging
Triangular bandages - used as slings, tourniquets, to tie splints, and many other uses
Adhesive bandages (band-aids, sticking plasters)
Straight adhesive bandages
Butterfly (knuckle) bandages

Disposable gloves are often found in modern first-aid kits.

2: Instruments

Adhesive tape, hypoallergenic
Trauma shears, for cutting clothing and general use
Tweezers
Plastic TwezersLighter, for sterilizing tweezers or pliers etc
Irrigation syringe, for cleaning wounds
Rubber suction bulb, for clearing the airway of an unconscious patient

3: Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Gloves, disposable non-latex
CPR mask or other breathing barrier such as a face shield
Eye cup or small plastic cup
Torch (also known as a flashlight)
Instant-acting chemical cold packs
Sterile eye wash (commonly saline)
Sterile saline (used for cleaning wounds where clean tap water is not available)
Swabs, sterile non-woven
Space blanket (lightweight plastic foil blanket, also known as "emergency blanket")
Alcohol rub (hand sanitizer) or antiseptic hand wipes
Thermometer
Penlight

4: Medication

Antiseptics/antimicrobial
Povidone iodine wipes
Benzalkonium Chloride
Alcohol pads - used to prep unbroken skin for injections etc. or to disinfect equipment such as thermometers.
Antibiotic ointment - single, double, or triple antibiotic ointment in petroleum jelly base *Antiseptic/anesthetic ointment or spray
Anti-itch ointment
Hydrocortisone cream
Antihistamine cream, such as benadryl
Calamine lotion
Painkillers / fever reducers
Acetaminophen
Ibuprofen - anti-inflammatory, often more effective that acetaminophen.
Aspirin
Antihistamine
diphenhydramine (brand name Benadryl)
Aloe vera gel - used for a wide variety of skin problems, including burns, sunburns, itching, and dry skin
Burn gel - a water-based gel that acts as a cooling agent and often includes a mild anesthetic such as lidocaine and, sometimes, an antiseptic such as tea tree oil
Epinephrine auto-injector (brand name Epipen) - often included in kits for wilderness use and in places such as summer camps, to treat anaphylactic shock.
Poison treatments
Activated charcoal
Syrup of ipecac
QuikClot is a hemostatic agent sometimes included in first aid kits, especially military kits, to control severe bleeding.

End Of list.
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Re: Looking after yourself & First Aid Kits

Post by Sean » Wed Nov 11, 2009 9:49 am

Nice work, as you said everybody should carry a well stocked and current first aid kit (and fire extinguisher), reality is you will most likely use yours on someone else, and visa versa. Last time I used ours was on a trip in hatta where a guy got a huge gash in his leg (while trying to recover a vehicle)...of about 5 other vehilces around none had bothered about a first aid kit or trying to help him out, he was just holding a tissue on it as it bleed-alot ...unbelievable!
Please if your kit is packed away in a locker/inner compartment or under seat etc be sure your passengers know where it is dont assume...lets be sure our mates at least know where to look....hopefully we never need them...better to be prepared and not need them than the alternative.....Stay Safe....
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Re: Looking after yourself & First Aid Kits

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