First aid kit contents (Camping)
- 4 x boxes ice packs (chemical reaction type)
- 1 x pen light
- 2 x boxes of Advil liquid capsules……depending if you can take these with your other medications.
- 2 x Panadol…. (Good for keeping temps down if you get sick once again check with your doctor)
- Automatic Blood Pressure cuff……. (these are automatic and can give you a ball park figure for a Blood Pressure of your patients you can get these at a Chemist)
- Accu-check performa………. (for checking blood sugar levels, approx. $40.00 at Chemist)
- 6 x heavy crepe bandages
- 6 x shell dressings large
- 6 x shell dressings medium
- 6 x shell dressings small
- 2 x tweezers
- 1 x scissors /1x sheers
- Various size dressings x 12 of each
- 4 x Large thick dressings (big trauma use)
- 2 x small burn dressings
- 2 x large burn dressings
- 12 x30 ml salines
- 12 x 30ml chlorhexidine
- 1 small container safety pins
- 2 x stingoes
- 8 x Triangular bandages
- 3 x box of cloth bandaids
- 3 x box knuckle bandaids
- 6 x eye patches
- 1 x box betadine swabs (if people have a shell fish allergy don’t use because of the iodine)
- 1 x box Alcohol wipes
- 4 x tube burnaid gel
- 2 x thermal blankets
- 1 x pen
- 1 x note book
- 1 x CPR mask
- As for the case go to Bunnings you can buy tackle boxses cheaper or a soft bag look in the section h That has these make your choice depending on your needs, there is no reason to pay big price at all this list is all you need over time you may add to this depending on where you are going. Please make sure you do a quality first aid course.
First Aid Tips from Medical Field Care Response Unit
The most important thing to remember these are only Guide Lines to help you when you or someone you know is in trouble and in need of assistance, I stick to the Australian resuscitation council of Australia Guidelines, what information I place here is absolutely no substitute for a good Quality first aid course, so I encourage you all to update or do a quality first aid course at some stage prior to going on that round Australia trip or vacation, and use these notes to add to your knowledge and treatment of people who are in need of help.
We must also keep in mind that people are more sensitive to medications and have allergies to many things, so what might work for you might not work for anyone else, depending what’s in the cream or lotion & medications, So we need to look at the contents of these items, betadine is one that we have to be careful of for the iodine factor in it, if someone has a reaction to shell fish it’s the iodine within that shell fish that sets them off, unfortunately betadine has some iodine in it so to be safe than sorry don’t use it on someone who has allergies, Dettol everyone has used this from time to time, but its known factor that it not only kills the bugs that cause infection, but it also kills the good cells, this can also lead to ulceration in people who may be susceptible, so keep it for cleaning the floors of your vans.
How should you call in and emergency? What number do I use? what do I say? I have not done this before.
This is something I have heard so many times when I have taught first aid classes, and for those of you whom may have forgotten this is how to go about an emergency call. Use 000
Before calling make sure you have the facts hence why a note book and pencil must be in your first aid kit, state your name, your location cross reference streets or GPS location, how many Patients are on scene, what other services you may require. if the patients conscious make sure you get their name, date of birth, address, you will need the following.
• Is their airway clear and unobstructed if they are talking to you, then you can hear if the airway is closing if it’s a reaction, or medical condition, plus you can ask questions if they are conscious and coherent
• Do they have a pulse unless your use to taking pulses you could find it hard, if they are talking to you and the colour of their face is good then yes they have a pulse, simple guide, the face is closest to the heart, if the face is blue so too is the heart you may have to do CPR or mouth to mask resuscitation depending on what’s happening?
• Allergies they might have and to what? And if this happens what does it do to them
• Medications if they are on meds what type as this could affect the outcome of any treatment given
• What has happened (Chief Complaint) to them why are they Injured/ Sick what’s happened to them for your help being required
• What Treatment have you given them while waiting for the Ambulance to arrive
• Ask for approximate time of arrival of emergency services.
• DO not hang up on the emergency service stay on line
First Aid Tips from Medical Field Care Response Unit
The hardest thing is to remain calm specially if its family, but this is vital as the patient will be looking at you for guidance, you can panic latter when the Ambulance arrives but until then stay in control, even Paramedics can have emotions run at times, so it can affect everyone not just the everyday person, deal with what’s in front of you Panic latter as we say.
Speak clear and concisely do not yell in to the phone or hand set, follow all instructions given, stay on the line at all times unless they advise you different, take notes of any instructions given so you don’t forget anything as you could be trying to save a life, there are always people around from my experience at most places get even in the remotest places get them to help you, remember you’re not on your own completely.
Info courtesy of Chris Iseppi https://www.facebook.com/MFCRUGinGinQueensland/