Wednesday, July 21, 2010

First Aid Kits

'Ultimate' First Aid Kit, made and review by

UPDATE. I added the contents below.

The Wired Rickshaw Rescue Kit
"Together with Rickshaw Bagworks, we created this water-resistant survival satchel to carry a pared-down collection of remedies that will get you back on the trail—or as far as the ER.

Ace Instant Cold Compress
Smash this packet to bring frosty relief to pain and inflammation.

Adhesive bandages
You know, Band-Aids. You also know when to use them.

Adsafe Plus CPR Face Shield with airway valve
Lets you give or get mouth-to-mouth without locking lips.

Advil (ibuprofen)
Fights inflammation. Pop two at bedtime to get your achy limbs ready to move the next day.

Alcohol prep pads
Use these to clean your cuts—and the Leatherman you're about to use to remove that splinter.

Can help keep your ticker tocking if taken at the first sign of a heart attack.

Halts the sneezing, itching, and swelling associated with allergic reactions.

Burn Jel
This lidocaine ointment takes the burn out of your, um, burns.

Cipro *!
The broad-spectrum antibiotic in Cipro knocks out bacteria like Manny Pacquiao.

Dr. Scholl's Moleskin
Still the best way to prevent blisters from bubbling into infected sores.

Diarrhea can cause life-threatening dehydration. Imodium will stop the flow and help you get out of the john and back on the trail.

NexTemp Disposable Thermometer
Uncrushable, paper-thin, accurate to two-tenths of a degree.

Nuun Portable Electrolyte Hydration
Dissolvable tablets stave off dehydration by adding ions to your H20.

OxyContin *!
Highly addictive, but Tylenol won't cut it if you snap your tibia.

QuikClot Sport Advanced Clotting Sponge
Slap this on a badly bleeding wound to halt hemorrhaging.

Steri-Strip Wound Closure Strips
Seal nasty gashes until you can make it someplace that has sutures, antiseptic, and anesthetic—or at least a needle and thread and whiskey.

Tegaderm Transparent Film
Leave that gauze at home with your leeches and hacksaws; this sticky, breathable dressing provides sterile protection for any body part.

Triple antibiotic ointment
Keeps nasty bacteria from turning a minor scrape into a serious infection.

Tylenol (acetaminophen)
Cools fevers like nothing else—and for some diseases, like dengue, it's the only safe treatment."

And add, if you can:

Razor blades or SOMETHING to cut stuff with if you lose your multi-tool

A triangular bandage and ace bandage or Vetrap, as well as some tape. And you'll have to improvise for splints. Heck a Boy Scout can improvise the triangular dressing with his neckerchied

Also - rubber gloves! It'd dump the CPR mask for rubber gloves if I had to.


Keystone said...

Not a bad list, though it is a shame that OxyContin and Cipro really aren't available off the shelf.

I'd like to see some razor blades in there, a triangular bandage and ace bandage, as well as some tape. They really have nothing for splints, or to support wounded limbs/joints - which, since this seems to be aimed at a trail-goer, is one of the more likely injuries you'd encounter.

Also - rubber gloves! They have a CPR mask, gloves aren't that heavy or large.

The list at least gives you a starting point for a decent FAK...

Standard Mischief said...

I wuz going to say gloves.

Add some generic feminine pads, (not exactly sterile, but cheap and designed to absorb blood)

Add some Vetrap instead of the Ace bandage. Cheap and sticks to itself but not the wound. Vetrap is aimed towards critter care and comes in all kinds of colors because most critters are color blind. Seriously, it comes in everything except white and flesh. Go figure. I like to pack black and blue os I can crack lame jokes while fixing up a patient.

There's also a far more expensive flesh colored product from 3M too. It does the same thing for the fashion conscious.

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