Greetings all. I had occasion to discover just how under-equipped/under-prepared my on-board first aid kit is today. Got me to thinking of a good positive response to the situation.
Is there any interest in our little community for hosting a quick/easy, four-hour field first-aid workshop?
I’m thinking it should be pretty easy to get some of our local paramedics or fire medics to give us a few hours of continuing ed for the cost of some pizza and cold drinks.
Would also be a good opportunity for us to collectively review our on-board first aid kits to see if we all have the same gear, and if not, find a way to get us all up to an acceptable level of preparedness.
I’m willing to do some shopping at our local med-supply stores with the intention of procuring a somewhat standardized first-aid kit that will easily fit in our gear-pockets. I’ll get a price for a package deal that would contain more/better/non-expired supplies like:
- clean roll of sufficiently sized med-tape
- some stretchy-wrap
- rolls of curlix
- 4x4 gauze pads in quantity
- half-liter bottles of saline?
- squeeze-tube of anti-bacterial (Neosporin or Betadine?)
- sharpie pens
- trauma shears
- plastic wrap
- glucose tube
- antihistamine pills
- semi-soft box/bag container to hold it all.
Suggestions? Am I leaving anything out?
I’m thinking enough stuff for one moderate event. Small enough to conveniently carry in our gear, with enough supplies to adequately manage the situation and take care of our brothers until we can get them off the hill or into the local E-Care center.
My issue with commercially available kits never have enough of anything you need, and never enough of what’s relevant to us. If we can put a volume package together, custom kit designed by us and for us, then we’ll all know what everyone has and be ready for the occasional worse-than-usual elbow-scrape or deep cut.
Ideally, it should be small/light enough to conveniently fit in our gear, robust enough to get us through a single incident, and knowing our brothers and sisters have the same kit, we can confidently manage anything moderately worse until we get some help. Should also be cheap enough that we can afford to keep one in each kit we fly and have a few spares to hand out at club meetings if ever needed.
I’ll work on our local fire/rescue folks for donations. Let’s see what we can put together.
Anyone interested? Let’s discuss.