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Old 07-19-2013, 09:54 AM   #1
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What's in your Jeep's first aid kit?

I am stocking a first aid kit for my Jeep. I need some suggestions for must have items to go in it. I do not hard core off road. I use my Jeep for a daily driver and for camping, fishing and some hunting.

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Old 07-19-2013, 10:57 AM   #2
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Bought at the store $12 and so far has had everything I need. Random stuff.

I am hoping we get an EMT in here and some good input for a down and dirty cheap no thrills kit that will be adequate.

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Old 07-19-2013, 11:07 AM   #3
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I carry a complete medic bag with EVERYTHING in it...
5– Quik Clot 1st Response 25g hemostatic gauze sponges, 2– OSS 3inch emergency pressure bandages, 25– sterile 4x4 gauze sponges 12 ply, 25—sterile 3x3 gauze sponges 12 ply, 25—2x4 large adhesive bandages, 25—1x3 fabric adhesive bandages, 2—sterile 5x9 trauma pads, 2—sterile 3x8 non adherent pads, 4– sterile 3inch bandage rolls 3.4 x 3.1 yards, 2—flexible 3inch cohesive bandages, 2– SWAT-T wrap tourniquets, 3– sterile 1/4 x 3 wound closure strips, 6– sterile 3inch conforming stretch gauze rolls, 6– pair of nitrile exam gloves, 4– 1inch cloth tapes, 1– 8 pack emergency oral airways, 2– nasopharyngeal airways 24fr, 2– Halo chest seals, 1– CPR face shield w/ one way safety valve, 1– tactical black rescue shears 7.25in,1– CPR BVM Resuscitator adult,1– field I.V. Start kit w/tegaderm,1—Kelly forceps,1– Tension Pneumothorax Decompression Needle 14x3.25
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wow duck, is that an EMT bag?
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I can remove splinters, treat bullet wounds, stitches, and stabilize broken limbs. I also carry insulin, glucose, a variety of OTC pain meds, heartburn remedies, etc... Not many wounds that I cant deal with. I also have sunscreen, bug repellent, stethoscope and BP cuff.
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Was a PA, with a background in SERE so this is typical.
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Old 07-19-2013, 11:13 AM   #7
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I was an EMT with a wilderness cert. Build your pack according to what you know how to use, and where you're going. Here's my basics for a typical fishing/hiking trip where extraction would take a day or so:

1 - 10x30 trauma dressing
10 - 4x4 gauze dressings
3 - 3x3 gauze dressings
1 - 4x4 petrolatum dressing
4 - moleskin patches
2 - triangular bandages
12 - assorted band-aids
3 - 3"x6' bandages
2 - rolls of bandage tape
1 - QuickClot sponge
1 - Sam Splint
1 - CPR face shield
1 - adult nasopharyngeal airway
7 - antiseptic towelettes
6 - ammonia inhalants
6 - Nox-a-Sting towelettes
6 - triple antibiotic ointments
12 - chewable 81mg aspirin
2 - 500mg aspirin doses
4 - 500mg acetaminophen doses
3 - 5mg phenylephrine doses
2 - epinephrine doses
1 - EMT shears
1 - tweezers
5 - safety pins
1 - individual gloves
2- NOLS Advanced Wound Care Kit
1 - dental medic kit
1 - roll Celox Trauma Gauze
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Looks good Joe, like was stated above make your bag useful with what you know. There is no need for a regular Jeeper to have 90% of the stuff thats in mine or Joe's bag but if you are qualified to use it its all good to have on hand. I have been in life and death situations where a well placed need saved a mans life.
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Bought at the store $12 and so far has had everything I need. Random stuff.

I am hoping we get an EMT in here and some good input for a down and dirty cheap no thrills kit that will be adequate.
Was thinking about getting a couple, one for the Jeep, and one for the Chevy.
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Didn't see the dirt cheap part of second comment, DOOOOOOOOOOH!

Bandages and pain meds are a great start.
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I try to keep my basic bag small for fishing trips. A small bag with me in the canoe is better than a big bag all the way back at base camp. Jeep trips could handle much more of course.
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The key is to look at your needs and customize it for you! Heres a few questions that may help to ask yourself:

What are your medical conditions? Heartburn, diabetes, etc...
What type of injuries are possible for you to incur? Cuts, broken limbs....
Who travels with you?
If hurt how long till someone finds you?
How long would the kit need to last if your stranded?
What are the hazards of the environment? Cold, heat, snow, etc...

Tailor your kit with that thought process in mind.
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Was a PA, with a background in SERE so this is typical.
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Old 07-19-2013, 11:39 AM   #14
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I'm a ski patroller. I keep my pack in the back. I can treat most treat most bleeds and splint just about anything.
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Nothing wrong with the Bravo guys but I liked to direct get in get out and fix what had to then air lift out.
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A phone - I'm not setting a traction splint in the front country, no matter how bad your leg hurts. :P

In all seriousness, get trained, otherwise gizmos don't help. Anywhere serious medical equipment would be advantagous, you'd need qualifications to use em. Wilderness (1 hr+ to an ER) has different rules than front country, and because of this it is treated differently. For instance, the highest level of wilderness training typically acknowledged is Wilderness First Responder (WFR), what makes an EMT a W-EMT. There is no further advancement, as that would require more equipment (such as a Geo-Medic). The moral of the story? In the woods, what you know will save a life or not - regardless of what you brought. Front country, keep the red stuff inside, the thumper thumping and the lungs lunging - then wait for the bus with the gizmos.

That said, I carry a pretty standard trauma pack in the Jeep. For hiking I carry a miniature trauma kit; same stuff but less of it, with some funky add ins. I (or you) don't need to know anything more than pulse rate, breathing rate, LOC, & skin condition (and time). That, with a patient assesment, will tell if we need little treatment (what we can offer in the woods), evac (or heli-evac), or if it is a lost cause entirely.

Training is easy to get, from Wilderness First Aid (WFA), Advanced WFA (AWFA), & WFR (SOLO and NOLS seem to be the best orginizations for these) to local CERT or even Fire/Rescue. The local squad here will qualify you as an EMT-B for free if you volunteer (or for 400$) and they do cpr classes as they fill. Ask Mr Google, he will tell you where to go to become a 'walking bubble of safety'.
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I keep a "Get Home Bag" in the car, so it's really the same as my hiking kit.. gauze, medic tape, tick key, tweezers, BC powder, super glue, moleskin... a few other odds/ends that I can't remember off the top of my head. I'm too lazy to go get it and check.
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OK, thanks. That's everything I needed to know about a 1st aid kit.
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duct tape... seriously. didn't see that. might've missed it.
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I have one of these Deluxe Personal First Aid Kit - Red Cross Store and an Israeli bandage in my jeep.
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OK, thanks. That's everything I needed to know about a 1st aid kit.
A quick search will show many similar threads, btw, with many kit content lists - one even recommending black pepper (Napolionic Wars, anyone?). This comes up quite frequently on WF. Here is my large kit, to answer your original question. I figured Joe did just a fine job, though, describing his kit, as mine is very similar.

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The best first aid kit is a loaded question, and is simply the one best suited to your training, environment, and probable needs...

The absolute best piece of first aid equipment, IMO, is knowing the patient assesment procedure and being able to prepare a 'soap' note. Those two go a long way and will help you know what you need in your kit.

Mine have the normal jazz, with a few other things in my bigger or backcountry ones. Off memory (updated from my last posting; I actually went and looked, lol):
Nitril gloves
Hand sanitizer
4x4
3x3
5x9
8x10
2", 3", & 6" rolled gauze
Pirate patch (not really, just an eye patch)
2x2 burn pad
4x4 burn pad
Syringe (no needle, for irrigating wounds)
Iodine wipes
Alcohol wipes (ONLY for sterilizing tools)
Cloth bandaids, knuckles, littles, bigs, rounds, etc (dont take nitril gloves and latex bandages!)
Precut and sheet moleskin
Butterflys (lg & sm)
Iodine
Eye drops/wash (& an eye cup)
Saline
Tweezers
Shears
Glucose paste
Jello powder (with real sugar, a hypothermia tool)
Airpad (hiking matress type)
Cpr mask
Fresh, untainted water
100' paracord
Safety pins
Whistle
Diphenhydramine
Chewable aspirin
Acetomemaphin
Aspirin
Ammonia inhalents
Hemostat
Triple antibiotic
Hydrocortisone cream
Aloe w/ lidocaine
Ziplock qt baggies (6)
Contractor bags (2)
Space blanket
Triangular bandage
Ace wrap
Wire splint
Athletic and medical tape, 1" (medical) & 2" (athletic)
Cotton swabs (q-tips)
Ammonia type cold compress (harder and harder to find, darn terrorists)
Bite-stick (or as a finger splint)
Tongue depressors (great finger splints)
Penlight w/ pupil index
Blank SOAP note & pencil (with spinal clearing procedure on the back)
Real watch (w/ a second hand)
Button Compass
Lighter
Magnet

And I probably still missed something. All in a 6"x12"x18" (or so) marked medic bag, except the airpad & water, of course. On long isolated trips (days to evac) my trauma bag can integrate into my LBE hiking rig, but I usually just carry a smaller version (same stuff, less of it) packed into an overstuffed IFAK (and dispursed elsewhere in my rig).

An instructor I once had (who is a Geo-Medic, Cave resucue team leader, certified WFR instructor, BRMRG W-SAR Field Team Leader , etc) swears by the Adventure Medical kits and carries the comprehensive mountain series when guiding groups, http://www.adventuremedicalkits.com/...Comprehensive#. Just be sure to leave the scalpel at home.
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Oh, and for the cheap part.... find a 'good neighbor' or other locally owned pharmacy and buy the boxes of gauze, wipes, bandages and such. Throw em into an old backpack in your closet and fill your kits from em. Cost per kit is extremely cheap that way, and you get Dynarex and such brand names instead of chinese 'pre-kits' (at least around here, anyway). Also, you can customize and refill much more easily than ordering a refill pack. It isn't by any stretch a bad idea to buy a pre-kit, like the one above, and build off of it that way, though.
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