Yesterday at the Appleseed clinic, one of the instructors hung a military style medic bag off the canopy pole ( you know... the tri-fold type with all the kewl pockets and fancy whojowasits). I looked the kit over, and compared it to my own piddly nods towards carrying a 'medical kit' ... a couple Israeli trauma bandages and...... um..... er.... well......... a bottle of water?
I've had the thought for some time that I needed to build an emergency medical kit and keep it in my vehicle. Something a little more formal than the few items I shove in spare nooks now. Looking at the bag that Army trained medic brought with him to the Appleseed clinic, the urge solidified... and I've begun the job.
Honestly, my first thought was "Get a kewl medic bag full of kewl medic stuff like the kewl Army Medic guy had!" Sure... that's it.... buy an expensive kit full of really great gear..... that I have no idea how to use. The image came to mind of me sitting on the ground next to some poor doomed accident victim, the fancy tri-fold bag open in my lap, and me just staring at it wondering it wasn't leaping up and fixing the guy on it's own.
My last formal first aid slash medical 'training' was in the Boy Scouts, mumble mumble years ago. For all intents, I've had no training at all. On the other hand, I've had a lifetime in an industry where injuries are a daily occurrence, and all mechanics have first aid supplies in their tool box. I've patched cut, slashed, smashed, burned, stabbed, and smacked people... including myself. I've had ER docs unwrap my work, compliment me on the job, re-bandage it exactly as I had done, and send me off with a hefty bill. In other words, I'm better than nothing... but just barely.
With that in mind, I figured I'd build a medical kit that played towards what I can actually do, rather than one stuffed full of gear I don't know how to use.
You people is SCHMART.... and I'm asking for your thoughts on what should be in the bag. I'll list what I have so far (Amazon links so you can see what I mean), and things such as analgesics, sunscreen, and bug spray go without saying.... but feel free to chip them in anyway.
Military Cotton Canvas Ammo Shoulder Messenger Bag
BD Alcohol Swabs Thicker, Softer, 100 Individually Foil Wrapped
Braunamid Synthetic Suture / Needle Combinations - 45 cm - 2/0 - Medium
Kerlix Type Gauze Rolls 4"X4 yds, Sterile, 4/bag
Ammonia Inhalant 33 cc 10 per box
Betadine Swab Aid Antiseptic Pads, 10% Povidone, 100/bx
Betadine Solution, Antiseptic, 8 fl oz
Bandage Scissors EMT Paramedic Medical Tool Red 7.25"
Quikclot Sport Brand Advanced Clotting Sponge ,Stop Bleeding Fast, 50 Gram Package
New Israeli Battle Dressing, 6-inch Compression Bandage
Band-Aid Brand Adhesive Bandages, Assorted Sizes, Variety Pack, 280 Count
Obviously, this all leans towards wound treatment, which is foremost on my mind. But what about allergic reactions? Bee stings? Benadryl, but what form? What pain relievers would be best, besides the obvious Tylenol and Ibuprofen?
Help me out here, all you smart people!