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First Aid Kits

Postby trenton » Thu Aug 06, 2009 8:51 am

We had a lady fall down in our camp a couple of years ago and a GOOD first aid kit came in handy until the EMT's arrived. They even commented on how Good of a kit it was . I spent about $50. on it from Costco and carry it on any outing. Luckly the lady wasn't hurt bad . They also have stuff like ant-acid , asprin, anti-biotic ointment ect . Well worth the small investment.

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Postby ygmir » Thu Aug 06, 2009 8:54 am

very good advice.....
I also bring extra supplies, in case there is need.
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Postby Token » Thu Aug 06, 2009 9:02 am

My wife and I are certified for CPR and AED. She also took two courses from the EMS curriculum. We went and got the big orange bag the EMS has with them. It was ~ $250 but has quite a bit more stuff than the basic kit. Worth every penny IMO.

Haven't had the need to use it yet but happy to know we have it on hand.

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Postby phil » Thu Aug 06, 2009 9:36 am

> They also have stuff like ant-acid

I don't think that'll be necessary on the play -- unless you brought the ants with you.

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Re: First Aid Kits

Postby Rommel » Mon Aug 17, 2009 6:33 pm

Howdy,

I'm an EMT, and part of a .gov USAR team.

I would suggest building your own kit a little at a time;
saves money, and get's you what you need with paying
high prices for the same thing. Just the basics:

1. astiseptic wipes in a zip lock bag.
2. 2x2's, 4x4's, and a couple 6x6 pad's.
3. Good tape; waterproof, latex free, and a HD version.
4. Burn dressing's and gel.
5. A couple roll's of Kerlix.
6. A couple blood stopper bandages
7. A couple rolls of self adhesive bandage dressing
8. A can of sterile saline - dust in eye's; bridge of nose to ear.
9. A good pair of tweezers
10. A spray bottle of hydrogen peroxide
11. Moleskin
12. A variety of bandages - do NOT purchase a discount brand.
13. A box of Nitrile gloves; Safeskin (latex free)

This is a very *basic* kit, but for most people this will be more
that adequate.

Anything else that fits you individual requirements.

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trenton wrote:We had a lady fall down in our camp a couple of years ago and a GOOD first aid kit came in handy until the EMT's arrived. They even commented on how Good of a kit it was . I spent about $50. on it from Costco and carry it on any outing. Luckly the lady wasn't hurt bad . They also have stuff like ant-acid , asprin, anti-biotic ointment ect . Well worth the small investment.
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Postby Bob » Mon Aug 17, 2009 6:56 pm

Painkiller, antihistamine, triple antibiotic, duct tape.
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Postby EspressoDude » Mon Aug 17, 2009 7:31 pm

don't forget super-glue for torn fingernails

(or maybe other body parts)
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Postby Bob » Mon Aug 17, 2009 7:37 pm

And Gold Bond powder for your jackboots & crotch rot.
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Postby Ugly Dougly » Tue Aug 18, 2009 10:38 am

phil wrote:> They also have stuff like ant-acid

I don't think that'll be necessary on the play -- unless you brought the ants with you.


Formic acid, Phil. ;)

And stuff for burns! Ice packs, large sterile dressings, etc...

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Postby mojo » Tue Aug 18, 2009 11:28 am

I have made my own kit too, but since we have a lot more people in camp now, it's well stocked.

Other than the usual, I bring pain killers and antibiotics to keep me on the playa "just in case".

Is there anything out of the ordinary that people have found really useful to have in the first aid box? Last year one of us suffered with the need for blistex for an allergic reaction on his lips.
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Postby mojo » Tue Aug 18, 2009 11:30 am

Ugly Dougly wrote:
phil wrote:> They also have stuff like ant-acid

I don't think that'll be necessary on the play -- unless you brought the ants with you.


Formic acid, Phil. ;)

And stuff for burns! Ice packs, large sterile dressings, etc...


So what is the best first aid for burns now? Anything new under the sun?
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Postby phil » Tue Aug 18, 2009 11:33 am

Bob wrote:Painkiller, antihistamine, triple antibiotic, duct tape.


I'd condense that down to Jack Daniels, duct tape. (You need the duct tape in case you loose the bottle cap.)

Bob wrote:And Gold Bond powder for your jackboots & crotch rot.

Just rub liberally with Jack Daniels

mojo wrote:So what is the best first aid for burns now?

Jack Daniels.

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Postby Bob » Tue Aug 18, 2009 12:30 pm

The antihistamine is for chiggers, etc.
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Postby Bob » Tue Aug 18, 2009 12:34 pm

Etc. is pretty nasty, btw.

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Postby mojo » Tue Aug 18, 2009 12:39 pm

That thing would not have to bite me to kill me. I think I would give up the ghost with one look.
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Postby dragonfly Jafe » Tue Aug 18, 2009 12:41 pm

...my most commonly used item is moleskin for blisters...followed by aspirin/ibuprofin/aloe-vera gel. But I do carry a full EMT kit (with airways, C-collars, etc). Radical self reliance.
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Postby Sham » Tue Aug 18, 2009 12:45 pm

Bob wrote:The antihistamine is for chiggers, etc.

you racist bastard! :shock:

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Postby Playa Tom » Tue Aug 18, 2009 10:10 pm

I figure if I get a serious wound I'll get to medical so don't have the big bandages, just bandaids big and small. Hydrogen Peroxide to clean owies, Anty Septic, bag balm, Anty Acid, aspirin, some old prescription pain meds, eye drops, nose spray and some gauze ans a Ace bandage.

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Postby dragonfly Jafe » Wed Aug 19, 2009 4:00 am

Playa Tom wrote:I figure if I get a serious wound I'll get to medical so don't have the big bandages...


...what if there is a 50mph whiteout dust storm, and airborne debris hits one of your camp mates and their head is bleeding profusely? Still think you can get to medical? Just saying....

(a maxipad makes a decent big dressing/bandage btw)

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Postby chiefdanfox » Wed Aug 19, 2009 11:21 am

Alka-seltzer (the lemony kind). And Pepto. The alka-seltzer is manna on tuesday morning, and I have gifted the much needed Pepto doses to neighbors and camp mates every year.

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Postby Ugly Dougly » Wed Aug 19, 2009 11:31 am

And where is "medical"?

Try to find a Ranger while you bleed out.

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Postby Don Gately » Thu Aug 20, 2009 1:49 pm

Re: Hydrogen Peroxide

I recently went to the first aid training at BMHQ. Our trainer advised against using it.

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Postby Ugly Dougly » Thu Aug 20, 2009 3:25 pm

Depends what you need it for. I use povodine.

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Postby darkskab » Thu Aug 20, 2009 10:17 pm

Steri-Strips.

One year while I was wondering around at night, dazzled by all the lights and not paying attention to what was in front of me, I stumbled into a pile of bikes and ripped my leg open on a pedal. I found my way back to camp, and couldn't find anything in my cheap-o first aid kit to close the gaping wound. I went to the medical camp in the morning, and they said I waited too long: the skin had already started to heal and it would no longer knit itself together if I tried to join the separate flaps. I still have a deep red scar that doesn't seem to be fading.

Mind your surroundings, kids!

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Postby darkskab » Thu Aug 20, 2009 10:32 pm

By the way, Bob, what the fuck are those spider things? Are those real?

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Postby BitterDan » Thu Aug 20, 2009 10:51 pm

mojo wrote:That thing would not have to bite me to kill me. I think I would give up the ghost with one look.


If it makes you feel any better that is actually 2 spiders. One is eating the other.
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Postby Ugly Dougly » Fri Aug 21, 2009 10:02 am

darkskab wrote:Steri-Strips.

One year while I was wondering around at night, dazzled by all the lights and not paying attention to what was in front of me, I stumbled into a pile of bikes and ripped my leg open on a pedal. I found my way back to camp, and couldn't find anything in my cheap-o first aid kit to close the gaping wound. I went to the medical camp in the morning, and they said I waited too long: the skin had already started to heal and it would no longer knit itself together if I tried to join the separate flaps. I still have a deep red scar that doesn't seem to be fading.

Mind your surroundings, kids!


Being dehydrated actually helps control bleeding.

Those are camel spiders. You could google them up. They are actually a species of scorpion and they are all over Northern Nevade deserts. Just shake out your boots in the morning.

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Aloe vera for sunburns, of course!

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Postby Rommel » Fri Aug 21, 2009 10:21 am

[quote="darkskab"]By the way, Bob, what the fuck are those spider things? Are those real?[/quote]

I've had many friend's in the Marine Corps tell me horror stories
about these ugly f-ing things. Apparently, they have a distinctive
noise they make, and they can travel under the sand.

Alot of SS109, and MRE heater bombs went into their extermination.

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Postby chiefdanfox » Fri Aug 21, 2009 10:28 am

UG,
They are actually more closely related to spiders. Solifugae are a subspecies of arachnids. I think they are sometimes referred to as "Wind Scorpions". I am mostly fearless, but I think if I found one of these in my boot I would probably scream like Daniel Stern in Home Alone (when he gets the tarantula in his face), and sprint across the playa unbooted.

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First Aid

Postby semiautomagic » Tue Aug 02, 2011 6:00 am

I'm putting together a first aid kit. Below is a list of items I've come up with so far. Please add to, steal from, and criticize at will. I apologize in advance if there is already a thread on this that I was unable to locate.

strip bandages,
gauze pads
roller bandages,
paper tape,
tincture of benzoin
butterfly strips
Ace bandages
adhering and non-adhering gauze rolls
chemical cold packs
splint
basic household meds (painkillers, anti-diarrhea, etc.)
tweezers
eye drops* if someone can think of a more effective eye-flush to have on hand, let me know
electrolyte replacement tabs
aloe
topical pain killer


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