As I started planning out my rig and figuring out what I wanted to buy for the trail, I decided the first thing to do was to outline what I wanted to be able to accomplish with my equipment. My number one priority is to be able to bring back everyone I set out with, which necessitates a first aid kit.
First, a couple of considerations:
1.) Accidents off road can be difficult for EMS to get to in a super timely manner. Commo may be unavailable if CB radio is smashed, and cell service is unavailable.
2.) Vehicular wrecks will most likely involve blunt trauma injuries, spinal injuries, head injuries, severe (arterial) bleeding or small extremity amputations, burns, and possibly chest wounds.
3.) Vehicular wrecks can also mean occupants are pinned/trapped within the vehicle.
4.) Out in the sticks, moderate medical conditions can become deadly medical conditions (e.g., dehydration, moderate to severe allergies, heat/cold injuries) especially if your vehicle(s) is/are immobilized.
With these considerations in mind, I'd be interested to hear what everyone has in the way of a first aid/emergency kit to bring people back home. Is there anything else I should take into consideration?
My current kit looks a little like this:
-SKEDCO litter, spine splint, & adjustable cervical collar
-Formable aluminum SAM splints
-Valved chest seals
-QuickClot hemostatic sponges
-6" and 4" Israeli/compression bandages
-Nasal airways with lube
-Eye wash kit
-Mylar "space" blankets
-Pocket resuscitators/rescue breathing masks
-Assorted gauze wrap, medical tape, band-aids, antibiotic ointment, iodine wipes, alcohol wipes, butterfly skin closures, and gauze pads
-Instant cold packs (ammonia/urea binaries)
-Trauma shears and non-latex exam gloves
*still exploring options for dehydration, allergies, and emergency signaling. I'm not comfortable with IVs and I'm not even sure that they are legal to purchase without clearance. Chem lights, marker panels, ground flares, Visible/IR strobe, and orange smoke (hesitant on anything pyrotechnic) are up for consideration in terms of day/night marking for rescuers.