First-aid contents suggestions?

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  1. Technician

    Technician Guest

    As an idea, that was boosted by Clyde, i wan't to have a first-aid kit available in my bak for me or
    anybody i happen across.

    So far, the list i came up with is as follows.

    Stuff
    -----
    band-aids (several sizes) ace bandage (or two) gauze pads alcohol wipes Bandage tape

    Meds
    ----
    antiseptic (hopefully it wont explode) Acetaminophen Ibuprofen

    I may just run over to wallies and see if they have a pre-packaged kit that i can use as a starting
    point (preferably one that fits in my bak).
    --
    ~Travis

    travis57 at megalink dot net
     
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  2. Penny S.

    Penny S. Guest

    Technician wrote:
    > As an idea, that was boosted by Clyde, i wan't to have a first-aid kit available in my bak for me
    > or anybody i happen across.
    >
    > So far, the list i came up with is as follows.
    >
    > Stuff
    > -----
    > band-aids (several sizes) ace bandage (or two) gauze pads alcohol wipes Bandage tape
    >
    > Meds
    > ----
    > antiseptic (hopefully it wont explode) Acetaminophen Ibuprofen

    Prepackaged kits are a waster of money.

    most important: the knowledge to know what you are doing!!

    also: betadyne or alcohol wipes instead of a bottle of antiseptic. gloves. first aid tape for the
    gauze. ( covers big wounds) benedryl for allergies.

    penny
     
  3. Carla A-G

    Carla A-G Guest

    "Technician" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    > As an idea, that was boosted by Clyde, i wan't to have a first-aid kit available in my bak for me
    > or anybody i happen across.

    I carry a Johnson & Johnson "First Aid To Go" kit in my Bak. It has all sorts of different sized
    band-aids, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment and pain killers.

    - CA-G

    Can-Am Girls Kick Ass!
     
  4. Kathleen

    Kathleen Guest

    Technician wrote:
    > In article <[email protected]>, [email protected] says...
    >
    >>Technician wrote:
    >>
    >>>As an idea, that was boosted by Clyde, i wan't to have a first-aid kit available in my bak for me
    >>>or anybody i happen across.
    >>>
    >>>So far, the list i came up with is as follows.
    >>>
    >>>Stuff
    >>>-----
    >>>band-aids (several sizes) ace bandage (or two) gauze pads alcohol wipes Bandage tape
    >>>
    >>>Meds
    >>>----
    >>>antiseptic (hopefully it wont explode) Acetaminophen Ibuprofen
    >>
    >>Prepackaged kits are a waster of money.
    >>
    >>most important: the knowledge to know what you are doing!!
    >>
    >>also: betadyne or alcohol wipes instead of a bottle of antiseptic. gloves. first aid tape for the
    >>gauze. ( covers big wounds) benedryl for allergies.
    >>
    >>penny
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >
    >
    > Ok, i had alcohol wipes listed (i guess an antiseptic really would be rather redundant). I know i
    > should use gloves, but i didn't think to add them to the list (i most likely would have added them
    > anyway). Tape was listed. i hadn't thought of an anti-histamine, good idea.
    >
    > I have knowledge retained from first-aid training in school, so i know most of the basics, as well
    > as most of the more involved treatments. such as (what i belive to be) the proper method of
    > applying a tourniquet (either release to allow blood flow into the area, or only apply just tight
    > enough to allow blood to flow slowly to prevent tissue damage), and how to treat large wounds. i
    > will of course see about a first-aid course to freshen the knowledge, as well as a CPR course.
    >
    > wound rinsing water can of course come from my bak (providing it is water and not a sports drink),
    > though a proper cleaning with distilled water should be done when available to prevent possible
    > infection from water bourne contaminants.
    >
    > I just thought of something else, what about some of that wound glue? would it explode in the bak?

    No, Dr. Kildare. No wound glue. That goes well beyond the scope of first aid, unless you're
    days or weeks from medical aid.

    Kathleen
     
  5. Penny S.

    Penny S. Guest

    > Technician wrote:
    >> I have knowledge retained from first-aid training in school, so i know most of the basics, as
    >> well as most of the more involved treatments. such as (what i belive to be) the proper method of
    >> applying a tourniquet (either release to allow blood flow into the area, or only apply just tight
    >> enough to allow blood to flow slowly to prevent tissue damage), and how to treat large wounds. i
    >> will of course see about a first-aid course to freshen the knowledge, as well as a CPR course.
    >>

    and tourniquets? Better you know what do about broken collar bones, shoulder dislocation, busted
    wrist, snake bite or beesting; lacerations and abrasions, broken tooth, shock, head injury,
    heatstroke and hypothermia, diabetic reaction.. things that might occur on a bike ride.

    We keep several first aid kits... the bike ride one (ziplock), the backpacking one(small stuff sack)
    and then the raft kit; (large) all increasing in both size, content and level of preparation for
    large emergencies. On wilderness raft trips we even carry suture kits etc.. but again you better
    know how to use this stuff.

    One first aid class doesn't cut it.. you need to keep up the knowledge and training with ongoing
    practice and refreshers penny
     
  6. Bb

    Bb Guest

    On Wed, 7 May 2003 09:06:13 -0700, Penny S. wrote:

    > most important: the knowledge to know what you are doing!!

    Probably more important than anything in a kit. Having the good sense not to do things that get you
    seriously injured might be even better.

    > also: betadyne or alcohol wipes instead of a bottle of antiseptic. gloves. first aid tape for the
    > gauze. ( covers big wounds) benedryl for allergies.

    GLOVES? Am I the only one that thinks this is overkill? I've survived seven years of riding with
    nothing more than some napkins to mop up until the bleeding stops.

    --
    -BB- To reply to me, drop the attitude (from my e-mail address, at least)
     
  7. Penny S.

    Penny S. Guest

    BB wrote:
    > On Wed, 7 May 2003 09:06:13 -0700, Penny S. wrote:
    >
    >> most important: the knowledge to know what you are doing!!
    >
    > Probably more important than anything in a kit. Having the good sense not to do things that get
    > you seriously injured might be even better.
    >
    >> also: betadyne or alcohol wipes instead of a bottle of antiseptic. gloves. first aid tape for the
    >> gauze. ( covers big wounds) benedryl for allergies.
    >
    > GLOVES? Am I the only one that thinks this is overkill? I've survived seven years of riding with
    > nothing more than some napkins to mop up until the bleeding stops.

    what can I say... glove use is beaten into me by my OEC training and years of hanging out with ski
    patrollers, EMTs, first aid trainers, etc... makes cleaning up a whole lot easier. I know if I had
    to help a stranger out who is bleeding all over the place I'd feel way more secure with a set of
    gloves on. whatever.

    Penny
     
  8. Technician

    Technician Guest

    In article <[email protected]>, [email protected] says...
    > BB wrote:
    > > On Wed, 7 May 2003 09:06:13 -0700, Penny S. wrote:
    > >
    > >> most important: the knowledge to know what you are doing!!
    > >
    > > Probably more important than anything in a kit. Having the good sense not to do things that get
    > > you seriously injured might be even better.
    > >
    > >> also: betadyne or alcohol wipes instead of a bottle of antiseptic. gloves. first aid tape for
    > >> the gauze. ( covers big wounds) benedryl for allergies.
    > >
    > > GLOVES? Am I the only one that thinks this is overkill? I've survived seven years of riding with
    > > nothing more than some napkins to mop up until the bleeding stops.
    >
    > what can I say... glove use is beaten into me by my OEC training and years of hanging out with ski
    > patrollers, EMTs, first aid trainers, etc... makes cleaning up a whole lot easier. I know if I had
    > to help a stranger out who is bleeding all over the place I'd feel way more secure with a set of
    > gloves on. whatever.
    >
    > Penny
    >
    >
    >

    My thoughts exactly.
    --
    ~Travis

    travis57 at megalink dot net
     
  9. Technician

    Technician Guest

    In article <[email protected]>, [email protected] says...
    >
    > > Technician wrote:
    > >> I have knowledge retained from first-aid training in school, so i know most of the basics, as
    > >> well as most of the more involved treatments. such as (what i belive to be) the proper method
    > >> of applying a tourniquet (either release to allow blood flow into the area, or only apply just
    > >> tight enough to allow blood to flow slowly to prevent tissue damage), and how to treat large
    > >> wounds. i will of course see about a first-aid course to freshen the knowledge, as well as a
    > >> CPR course.
    > >>
    >
    > and tourniquets? Better you know what do about broken collar bones, shoulder dislocation, busted
    > wrist, snake bite or beesting; lacerations and abrasions, broken tooth, shock, head injury,
    > heatstroke and hypothermia, diabetic reaction.. things that might occur on a bike ride.
    >

    Yeah, i know a few things about many of those, but not enough to actually treat somebody for them.
    that's why i plan to take a course in first-aid.

    Who knows, i may take up my past interest to become an EMT, that should cover most of those as far
    as training, and frequent practice.

    > We keep several first aid kits... the bike ride one (ziplock), the backpacking one(small stuff
    > sack) and then the raft kit; (large) all increasing in both size, content and level of preparation
    > for large emergencies. On wilderness raft trips we even carry suture kits etc.. but again you
    > better know how to use this stuff.
    >
    > One first aid class doesn't cut it.. you need to keep up the knowledge and training with ongoing
    > practice and refreshers penny
    >

    I knew that much already. It is after all potentially somebodies life. trust me, even it is the only
    thing about me that you trust, that i do not take medical aid lightly. Perhaps an EMT course would
    be a good idea anyway. that way i would have the skills, and the knowledge of how to use them. and
    as an added benefit, i will have a foot in the door should i decide to become a full-time EMT. My
    family is pretty good friends with a group of EMTs that dine at the same place and time as we do.
    one of them is the head EMT i guess you could call her. i have spoken with her in the past on
    becoming an EMT.
    --
    ~Travis

    travis57 at megalink dot net
     
  10. Andy Chequer

    Andy Chequer Guest

    Sloe gin, pack of skins, some nice homegrown and a lighter.

    Andy Chequer
     
  11. Ohioburg

    Ohioburg Guest

  12. Dick

    Dick Guest

    Technician wrote:
    > I may just run over to wallies and see if they have a pre-packaged kit that i can use as a
    > starting point (preferably one that fits in my bak).

    Super glue, the kind that bonds to instantly to human skin. Almost as good as stitches and it's
    really tiny. It's FDA approved:
    http://www.cheme.cornell.edu/~saltzman/Classes/ENGRI_120/Research_Papers/paper32.PDF

    My pack has:

    a few feet of duct tape wound around a dowel (I use this all the time) superglue gause pad(s) bee
    sting kit in the car

    Being mentally prepared to sacrifice clothing (pieces of shirt) has come in handy twice.
     
  13. Kathleen

    Kathleen Guest

    BB wrote:
    > On Wed, 7 May 2003 09:06:13 -0700, Penny S. wrote:
    >
    >
    >>most important: the knowledge to know what you are doing!!
    >
    >
    > Probably more important than anything in a kit. Having the good sense not to do things that get
    > you seriously injured might be even better.
    >
    >
    >>also: betadyne or alcohol wipes instead of a bottle of antiseptic. gloves. first aid tape for the
    >>gauze. ( covers big wounds) benedryl for allergies.
    >
    >
    > GLOVES? Am I the only one that thinks this is overkill? I've survived seven years of riding with
    > nothing more than some napkins to mop up until the bleeding stops.

    Color me paranoid, but I'm not going to swap bodily fluids of any sort with a total
    stranger. Not these days, fer god's sake. Yet I feel weirdly compelled to help when I
    see someone bleeding. Gloves are a reasonable precaution and take up next to no room
    in your kit.

    Kathleen
     
  14. Penny S.

    Penny S. Guest

    Technician wrote:
    . Perhaps an EMT course would be a good
    > idea anyway. that way i would have the skills, and the knowledge of how to use them. and as an
    > added benefit, i will have a foot in the door should i decide to become a full-time EMT. My
    > family is pretty good friends with a group of EMTs that dine at the same place and time as we do.
    > one of them is the head EMT i guess you could call her. i have spoken with her in the past on
    > becoming an EMT.

    better choice would be outdoor emergency care or wilderness first responder. The difference is that
    these two courses teach you how to deal with all sorts of things in a non-technical setting.. .where
    you don't have gurney's or IV, it's what to do RIGHT NOW with what you have, to prep someone for
    when they do get in contact with EMS, will cover outdoors specifics including extrication and
    mechanism of injury. Some (not all ) emt's and other medical pros are pretty useless out in the
    woods. ( I know that comment will piss someone) Example: doc that tried to undress an injured Nordic
    racer out in the snow to do an assessment.. how dumb it that? ( to finish the story, the ski
    patroller on duty at the race told the doc to split as he had no concept of needed to be done)

    Penny
     
  15. Technician

    Technician Guest

    In article <[email protected]>,
    [email protected] says...
    >
    > "Technician" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]...
    > > As an idea, that was boosted by Clyde, i wan't to have a first-aid kit available in my bak for
    > > me or anybody i happen across.
    > >
    > > So far, the list i came up with is as follows.
    >
    > >
    >
    >
    > http://www.imba.com/nmbp/skills/skills_firstaid.html
    >
    >
    >

    That looks to be a good resource (i must have missed it).

    Thanks.
    --
    ~Travis

    travis57 at megalink dot net
     
  16. Technician

    Technician Guest

    In article <[email protected]>, [email protected] says...
    > Technician wrote:
    > . Perhaps an EMT course would be a good
    > > idea anyway. that way i would have the skills, and the knowledge of how to use them. and as an
    > > added benefit, i will have a foot in the door should i decide to become a full-time EMT. My
    > > family is pretty good friends with a group of EMTs that dine at the same place and time as we
    > > do. one of them is the head EMT i guess you could call her. i have spoken with her in the past
    > > on becoming an EMT.
    >
    > better choice would be outdoor emergency care or wilderness first responder. The difference is
    > that these two courses teach you how to deal with all sorts of things in a non-technical setting..
    > .where you don't have gurney's or IV, it's what to do RIGHT NOW with what you have, to prep
    > someone for when they do get in contact with EMS, will cover outdoors specifics including
    > extrication and mechanism of injury. Some (not all ) emt's and other medical pros are pretty
    > useless out in the woods. ( I know that comment will piss someone) Example: doc that tried to
    > undress an injured Nordic racer out in the snow to do an assessment.. how dumb it that? ( to
    > finish the story, the ski patroller on duty at the race told the doc to split as he had no concept
    > of needed to be done)
    >
    > Penny
    >

    I see your point. i'll check around and see what i can find. i'll see if i can get in contact with
    the nearest big ski slope (Surgerloaf) because they run their own ski patrol, and i think they allow
    mountain biking on the slope, so i'm fairly sure they have a course i can take.
    --
    ~Travis

    travis57 at megalink dot net
     
  17. The Ogre

    The Ogre Guest

    "Penny S." <[email protected]> wrote in message

    > Technician wrote:
    > > As an idea, that was boosted by Clyde, i wan't to have a first-aid kit available in my bak for
    > > me or anybody i happen across.
    > >
    > > So far, the list i came up with is as follows.
    > >
    > > Stuff
    > > -----
    > > band-aids (several sizes) ace bandage (or two) gauze pads alcohol wipes Bandage tape
    > >
    > > Meds
    > > ----
    > > antiseptic (hopefully it wont explode) Acetaminophen Ibuprofen
    >
    > Prepackaged kits are a waster of money.
    >
    > most important: the knowledge to know what you are doing!!
    >
    > also: betadyne or alcohol wipes instead of a bottle of antiseptic. gloves. first aid tape for the
    > gauze. ( covers big wounds) benedryl for allergies.
    >
    > penny

    Sounds like too much stuff to me. For example: Why band-aids... If a band-aid can fix it you should
    be able to get back to the car without any problems. Give me a break "Ibuprofen", if it's serious
    enough where pain killers are truely needed then Ibuprofen won't help a bit. The more junk you stuff
    into your pack the more likely you are to misplace the item you really need.

    The only things you really need on a trail first aid kit are the absolute essencials. Some sort of
    bandages, something to wrap it with, and something to clean it with (I can deal with gloves also).
    About 4 4" square guaze pads, some alcohol wipes in a zip lock (or disposable pre-packaged), I like
    a self adhesive wrap... Vetrap works great even though it's designed for horses. Perhaps a couple of
    the 2" x 3" self adhesive bandages (Giant Band AIDS).

    That said, penny probably knows a lot more about using this stuff than me, I am just speaking from
    the perspective of someone who has bled a lot.

    -- The Ogre http://ogrehut.com
     
  18. Shawn Curry

    Shawn Curry Guest

    In <[email protected]> Penny S. wrote:
    > Technician wrote:
    >> As an idea, that was boosted by Clyde, i wan't to have a first-aid kit available in my bak for me
    >> or anybody i happen across.
    >>
    >> So far, the list i came up with is as follows.
    >>
    >> Stuff
    >> -----
    >> band-aids (several sizes) ace bandage (or two) gauze pads alcohol wipes Bandage tape
    >>
    >> Meds
    >> ----
    >> antiseptic (hopefully it wont explode) Acetaminophen Ibuprofen
    >
    > Prepackaged kits are a waster of money.
    >
    > most important: the knowledge to know what you are doing!!
    >
    > also: betadyne or alcohol wipes instead of a bottle of antiseptic. gloves. first aid tape for the
    > gauze. ( covers big wounds) benedryl for allergies.
    >
    > penny

    I like the benedryl too. It also has the bennefit of helping you go to sleep later if the scuffs and
    scrapes are keeping you awake and you can't find those Percasets from the last time. Not to be taken
    if a head injury is involved, of course. Also a Space Blanket. Having an incapacitated, unprotected
    rider waiting while rain moves in would be a bad scene.

    Shawn
     
  19. Kayak777

    Kayak777 Guest

    I took an EMT course and got certified about 10 years ago. Problem is, you're going to be lacking
    most of their equipment when you're riding and you'll need to stabilize the victim (or yourself)
    longer than for a 5 minute ambulance ride to the hospital. They do give you a solid dose of advanced
    first aid though.

    As far as bike first aid kit contents for day trips, I skip the bandaid and ibuprofen type stuff, as
    minor injuries/pain don't really need to be treated until you get back to the vehicle where there is
    a real first aid kit. I do carry a big bloodstopper gauze compress, some duct tape to fix those
    sucking chest wounds, a triangular bandage that can be used for slinging your arm if you break a
    collarbone or holding on an improvised splint if you break an arm or leg, a tampon for gunshot
    wounds during hunting season, and one of those foil blankets when its cold. I never really
    considered gloves essential for biking first aid, but they would be handy when your chain breaks. If
    you can't find a wilderness first aid course, get "Medicine for Mountaineering" and study it, as it
    covers a lot of things like reducing dislocated shoulders.

    Technician wrote:

    > In article <[email protected]>, [email protected] says...
    > >
    > > > Technician wrote:
    > > >> I have knowledge retained from first-aid training in school, so i know most of the basics, as
    > > >> well as most of the more involved treatments. such as (what i belive to be) the proper method
    > > >> of applying a tourniquet (either release to allow blood flow into the area, or only apply
    > > >> just tight enough to allow blood to flow slowly to prevent tissue damage), and how to treat
    > > >> large wounds. i will of course see about a first-aid course to freshen the knowledge, as well
    > > >> as a CPR course.
    > > >>
    > >
    > > and tourniquets? Better you know what do about broken collar bones, shoulder dislocation, busted
    > > wrist, snake bite or beesting; lacerations and abrasions, broken tooth, shock, head injury,
    > > heatstroke and hypothermia, diabetic reaction.. things that might occur on a bike ride.
    > >
    >
    > Yeah, i know a few things about many of those, but not enough to actually treat somebody for them.
    > that's why i plan to take a course in first-aid.
    >
    > Who knows, i may take up my past interest to become an EMT, that should cover most of those as far
    > as training, and frequent practice.
    >
    > > We keep several first aid kits... the bike ride one (ziplock), the backpacking one(small stuff
    > > sack) and then the raft kit; (large) all increasing in both size, content and level of
    > > preparation for large emergencies. On wilderness raft trips we even carry suture kits etc.. but
    > > again you better know how to use this stuff.
    > >
    > > One first aid class doesn't cut it.. you need to keep up the knowledge and training with ongoing
    > > practice and refreshers penny
    > >
    >
    > I knew that much already. It is after all potentially somebodies life. trust me, even it is the
    > only thing about me that you trust, that i do not take medical aid lightly. Perhaps an EMT course
    > would be a good idea anyway. that way i would have the skills, and the knowledge of how to use
    > them. and as an added benefit, i will have a foot in the door should i decide to become a
    > full-time EMT. My family is pretty good friends with a group of EMTs that dine at the same place
    > and time as we do. one of them is the head EMT i guess you could call her. i have spoken with her
    > in the past on becoming an EMT.
    > --
    > ~Travis
    >
    > travis57 at megalink dot net
     
  20. Martees

    Martees Guest

    "Carla A-G" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > "Technician" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]...
    > > As an idea, that was boosted by Clyde, i wan't to have a first-aid kit available in my bak for
    > > me or anybody i happen across.
    >
    > I carry a Johnson & Johnson "First Aid To Go" kit in my Bak. It has all sorts of different sized
    > band-aids, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment and pain killers.
    >
    > - CA-G
    >
    > Can-Am Girls Kick Ass!
    >
    >

    Please don't suggest an emergency airlift of some sort or he'll go take flying lessons. On second
    thought........

    Marty
     
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