First aid kit - do you carry one

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First aid kit - do you carry one

Post by Demondave » Mon May 07, 2018 11:15 pm

Every time I’ve ever been out on the river we have always had someone pack a first aid kit into one of the boats.

Do you routinely carry one?
Home made or pre made?




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Re: First aid kit - do you carry one

Post by BobbyR » Tue May 08, 2018 9:42 am

Yes.
Mine is a made up from various bits and pieces out of the 1st aid kit that came with my car. It is in a small dry bag (although a Nalgene bottle is also perfect for storing a 1st aid kit).

Most important thing is to attend a 1st aid course.

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Post by cathalferris » Tue May 08, 2018 1:03 pm

Yep, I have a basic first aid kit at all times in the creek boat, and in the car if surfing or play boating. It's only got the absolute basics, but that's enough to stabilise if extraction is required, or enough to get the person to the end of the river.

First aid course is definitely important, as having the kit and no knowledge is possibly less than useful if there's nobody else to perform the first aid.

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Re: First aid kit - do you carry one

Post by Mrstratos61 » Tue May 08, 2018 3:17 pm

Picked one up and stays in hatch.

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Re: First aid kit - do you carry one

Post by Chas C » Tue May 08, 2018 4:18 pm

Always.

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Re: First aid kit - do you carry one

Post by DaveBland » Tue May 08, 2018 4:39 pm

Totally.
They weigh very little and there's really no reason not to. Just put it somewhere safe and forget about it until it's needed.
Mine sits in an old RAF Nimrod film container that's inserted into the foam pillar.

Contains, Pain killers, sterile gause, tape, tooth numbing gel, eye drops, head torch, silicon ear plugs and iodine.

Not the most traditional kit, but here's my thinking...

Firstly all super lightweight.

Secondly, if someone smacks themselves up super bad, there's little a first aid kit can do. But it's the weird little things that happen, that screw you up. Burst eardrum, mud in the eye, smack in the face and broken tooth. If you can turn these into a carry on paddling or make a walk out much more comfy, that's what I feel a first aid kit is for.

And remember, there's not much that can't be fixed with duct tape.
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Post by stonercanoe » Tue May 08, 2018 6:11 pm

Always carry the basics, as small as possible when with mates . I encourage mates to all carry something so no one has to carry loads. Also if my boat is lost the only first aid kit is not lost.
If I am leading and responsible for the group I carry a bit more.
I do a first aid course every 3 years.
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Post by twicezero » Tue May 08, 2018 9:22 pm

Yes

Though, i think the most recent thing treated was a cormorant bite to the mouth some years ago, and maybe some blisters.
Oh the day when I wished it has some diocalm in it

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Re: First aid kit - do you carry one

Post by DaveBland » Tue May 08, 2018 9:42 pm

twicezero wrote:
Tue May 08, 2018 9:22 pm
Yes

Though, i think the most recent thing treated was a cormorant bite to the mouth some years ago, and maybe some blisters.
Oh the day when I wished it has some diocalm in it
Yup, that. See it's the small things that a kit needs.
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Re: First aid kit - do you carry one

Post by Chalky723 » Wed May 09, 2018 9:35 am

Always got a small one with me, it's the one I use for DofE too on the whole.

Plasters, electrical tape to keep them on whilst paddling, disinfectant, eyewash, pain killers/anti inflammatories, dressings, blister plasters, bandages, a plastic finger splint!! Zinc Oxide Tape, Duck Tape & more tape (never have enough tape).

I'll be adding earplugs now - good idea! Less worried about slings etc, we've all got spraydecks, tapes etc to knock something up.

Just as importantly I carry some warm gear & a boil in the bag meal, flameless ration heater & a spoon - keeping the casualty warm & calm is nearly as important as the treatment itself!

And as mentioned above - an up to date outdoors first aid course...

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Post by Adrian Cooper » Wed May 09, 2018 10:17 am

See the problems which occur when you try kissing the wildlife! If you must do this with cormorants, take Tic-tacs for the fishy breath (it's always the small things you need).

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Re: First aid kit - do you carry one

Post by scottdog007 » Mon May 14, 2018 11:39 am

If you are a coach or a leader taking a group out you should know or ask before getting on to the water "who is carrying a first aid kit". It doesn't have to be everyone or even the leader as long as one person in the group has one.

If you are being taken out by others you should be asking if there is a first aid in any of the boats.

Saying that I know a FSRT provider that insisted everyone carries their own First Aid kit. He would say " if you are going to bleed use your own kit, don't bleed on me". A bit harsh me thinks.

I've been on many mild harmless trips and seen a nasty occur.

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Re: First aid kit - do you carry one

Post by Robert Craig » Mon May 14, 2018 12:19 pm

Always carry, never used.

Leads to the question: "have you ever needed your FA kit (needed in the sense of life or limb saving), and what in it was useful?"

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