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Old 06 September 2011, 15:48   #1
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Cat C - First Aid Kits

I am about to do my 3 Day First Aid at Work course, but want to know if any body has any online resoucres on CAT C first aid Kit.

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Marine Boat First Aid kits - Cat C, Ocean first aid, Surival kits, blankets - Page 1
Do one specifically badged for Cat C.

BUT - I'm not a fan of pre-built kits. The conventional kit for use a shore is usually of limitted use afloat. I'd far prefer to build my own...

OR:
European Lifeboat-Liferaft First Aid Kit Category C - Selles Medical

This one gives its kit list. Now if you dont absolutely need a Kit that meets someone elses list you would probably want to question several of the contents - you aren't ex[pecting to be trapped on a liferaft for days so do you need anti-diarheoals, seasickness tablets etc.

Preparation To Treat Angina: Do you or your fellow ribbers have angina?
Loperimide Capsules: You don't have a heads so diarheoa on a rib spells disaster... head for shore!
Ibuprofen Tablets: pack size exceeds that available without prescription in the uk ;-)
Cetrimide Cream Tube: I'd prefer ointment as its less likely to wash off at sea!
20 x Assorted Plasters: I'd want more for pleasure boating. For a rescue boat I'd suggest plasters are pointless. if its bleeding bad it needs a bandage if its dribbling a plaster is probably going to fall off in the wet water. Duct tape rocks!
2 x Dressing Large: Thats nothing like enough if someone hits your prop!
2 x Dressing Medium
1 x Dressing Extra Large
Sutures 75mm: presume these are butterfly plasters/steristrips not actual suture!
Pair Of Scissors: what you going to cut?
Burn Bag: You'd be better with a load of plastic bags that can multifunction. Afterall a fire on a rib is not a good thing so will your burn bag survive?
60 x Sea Sickness Tablets: Too many? Which tablets? You want non-drowsy.
10 x Antiseptic Wipes: Too few. If you were making your own kit youd put more in...
1 x Pocket Mask: there has been discussions on here about why bother! But if you want...
10 x Gloves Examination: Depends who you sail with! This is all about protecting you in this setting not keeping the wound clean as you are on a boat in the sea... if need be the medics will fix it with antibiotics when in hospital.
10 x Paraffin Gauze: You'd be better with melolin style dressings.

Some of this would be more use in the car for when you get ashore!

Someone does dressings in plastic bags with easy tear cuts designed to make them easy to open easily with cold hands etc while keeping them dry.

from my experience you need at least two layers of waterproofing... so a lock and lock box in a dry bag would be good.
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Thanks - I agree custom build first aid kits best...Sam Splint Type things, Duct Tape , Ice Packs, etc. - plus all my /crew medication... I also have a vacum pack machine !

I have BCB Int kits, arriving tomorrow....so i will find out what the BCB one is like, I ordered two...one to rip apart...I have my RYA first Aid cerificate but we never did the CAT C side , since it was being run for Yachties.... I always keep first aid kit in a Peli type case.

So really looking what did i miss !

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I also have a vacum pack machine !
I am sure we can help with these Scott, we have some of the more interesting things you might need. We don't vacuum pack but we can individually wrap items in tough but tearable clear wrap, makes them use-evident and adds a layer of protection.

Our site just has a small selection of the stuff we supply regularly (still building it up)

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go to the MCA Website and search for MSN1768. it details uses of all equipment etc
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thanks very useful document - light bed time reading...

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As a matter of interest, is your 3 day First Aid at work course related too or tweaked for the Marine Environment.

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nope - it's a 3 day red cross first aid at work - I need it for another reason - I have done the RYA course a few times, St Andrews Course, and the British Swimmers Teaching Association course,

of course, I will ask annoying questions, to make it relevant to me!

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Thanks - For all the help and advice - I am now an RYA First Aid Instructor.

Passed along with one of Willks friends...

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