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A question for you....is there any interest in 1st Aid Kits?

Postby Wedgbury » 04 Jul 2017, 17:53

Just wondered if anyone would be interested in a Essential First Aid Kit thread? I can't contribute to posts about oily engine bits but if planning to get out and about in your van a decent first aid kit is a must. I can advice on basic meds to carry and other useful elements to consider.

First aid kits for adventures further afield would have additional requirements but guess we can work through the basics up to that level if there's interest?

Of course this may not be as interesting as tyres, nuts, bolts and other greasy items so thought I'd ask first! :?:

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Postby Winchweight » 04 Jul 2017, 18:13

I'd be interested in advanced kits, expedition kits, meds - how to get them etc.
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Postby clift_d » 04 Jul 2017, 18:15

We've got one of these kits from GoOutdoors in the van:

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This is supplemented with an assortment of creams, plasters etc, so I'm not sure how this would stack up and obviously it is only as good as our limited first aid knowledge.

There's also some good info at the Royal Geographical Society website.
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Postby itchyfeet » 04 Jul 2017, 18:25

I have to admit I carry loads of spares and tools but little more than plasters and paracetemol.

I guess it only helps if you injure yourself near your van.
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Postby Winchweight » 04 Jul 2017, 18:40

clift_d wrote:
There's also some good info at the Royal Geographical Society website.


Great link, thanks Daniel!
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Postby Benjdaben » 04 Jul 2017, 19:34

We have a very basic first aid kit but would definitely be up for some advice as to what we should be carrying and also a good basic first aid guide would be good
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Postby silverbullet » 04 Jul 2017, 19:57

Good idea. I have a (date expired) Lifesystems Mountain Leader kit left over from my ML training days, probably an overkill but its quite comprehensive and backed up by a very good but basic IKEA Home roll-out kit in the glovebox (includes a respirator)
The latter kit really is true First Aid i.e. life saving measures before the medics arrive and has simple pictorial guides in the 4 sections.

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Postby bene » 04 Jul 2017, 21:59

This is a great idea... Well done Kirsty.
I carry gaffa tape. Fixes any wound. Rubbish at bringing people back to life though.
Any advice welcome... Also, do you know of any good known first aid courses?
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Postby Winchweight » 05 Jul 2017, 05:43

bene wrote:Also, do you know of any good known first aid courses?
Cheers!


Hi Ben, for general first aid courses, St Johns Ambulance are a good starting point. We are looking to enroll on a couple of expedition courses at some point, so,will let you know what we find if you could do the same?

Also looking at these guys. Prices are steep but include camping and books etc.

http://wildernessmedicaltraining.co.uk/

And these

http://expeditioncareprogram.com/expedition-courses/

Sorry Kirsty, didn't mean to hijack your thread.
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Postby bat » 05 Jul 2017, 11:38

Links saved for future reference (Thanks),
will be watching thread with interest.

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Postby Fabzzz » 05 Jul 2017, 11:47

The one I got myself after condo training (Schaun you know what that is) it has antibiotics in it.

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I think it is the only one that provide antibiotics without a prescription. :ok
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Postby Benjdaben » 05 Jul 2017, 12:22

Hi Shaun
Thanks for the info. That all sounds good. I could do with more first aid training as I haven't done much since my army days nearly 30 years ago. I'll take a look at those websites later.
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Postby Wedgbury » 05 Jul 2017, 20:38

O.K - cool. So some interest, I'll start a new thread next week, with an A-E approach & suggested 1st Aid Kit supplies relevant to each assessment letter. Hope this makes sense.... :rofl
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Postby irishkeet » 06 Jul 2017, 06:02

very good idea deffo interested too
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Postby Wedgbury » 06 Jul 2017, 09:54

Re: Antibiotics. I'm not sure when you bought your kit with antibiotics in it Fabzz but I am not sure that they would be available now..... (I sincerely hope not)

Firstly antibiotics have a relatively short 'shelf-life' in drug terms and taking out of date antibiotics willy-nilly is thought to be contributing to antibiotic resistance. This is a huge global concern as more bacteria develop resistance quicker than modern medicine can produce safe, viable alternatives. Please check the date on yours and bin them!

Secondly taking antibiotics for the wrong reason or for a non-specific bacteria (I won't go into bacterial drug sensitivity, gram positive and gram negative bacteria here but....) can lead to developing a worsening infection as there can be a degree of symptom masking.

Lastly if you do not recognise Sepsis and assume your broad spectrum antibiotic will sort you out, you will find yourself in cold storage whilst your loved one or travel buddy sorts out repatriation!

It is irresponsible to be selling antibiotics without a prescription and without a proper discussion regarding their appropriate use and what else you need to be looking for or monitoring whilst ill.

Last year over 123,000 people in England suffered from sepsis, and estimates suggest that there are around 37,000 deaths per year associated with it. To put this into context, sepsis now claims more lives than lung cancer, the second biggest cause of death after cardiovascular disease!!!
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