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Old 13 February 2014, 13:43   #11
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I've never managed to get a plaster to stick on a boat...
Try fillers
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Old 13 February 2014, 14:09   #12
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Maybe but an injury 15miles off shore in a rib in rough conditions is a different story from an injury 30m from a riverbank in calm conditions.
I don't disagree - the point I was trying to make is that a first aid kit should contain the same basic stuff, as an injury requiring first aid needs treating the same way wherever you are.

I'd never assume there will be ideal conditions for dealing with a casualty, and "even" in a river (by which I meant tidal) they many not be somewhere easy to beach / land and professional help could still be a long way off in time.

I wouldn't carry a smaller first kit if I was pootling about in the river as opposed to doing a 50 mile cruise, in the same way I wouldn't not wear a LJ or kill-cord.
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Old 13 February 2014, 22:01   #13
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Plastic static wrap is a good thing for closing up large gashes (think prop hit or shark bite.) Not exactly sterile, but better than bleeding out. I get the 4 or 5 inch wide roll from a hardware store, and repackage what I carry on board onto a dowel (pencil would work fine.)

I don't typically carry splints that would set a leg, but have enough stuff to improvise if needed (paddles, spear shafts/guns, boat hook, etc.) Lots of tape in the kit helps here.

As a day trip diver, I stock a lot of stuff for people who don't feel well: seasickness meds, pain relievers, salves, antacids, antihistamines, etc; and a lot of stuff for minor injuries: bandaids, tape, finger splints.

Major injury requires return to the dock or air evacuation (or at least some sort of higher level care), so just enough to hold out until help gets there is fine.

One thing I don't have is an Epi-pen (injectable epinephrine.) Should have it in case of a severe reaction to, say, jellyfish toxin or similar; haven't needed it so far, but would be good to have. Anaphylaxis can kill pretty quickly.

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My other half has quite a bad reaction to stings (but not to the level of an epi pen) So I asked at the local Chemist what would be the best stuff to take ? A good tip was that the anti histamine syrup that babies over 1 can take is the quickest stuff to be absorbed into the body so I've added a little bottle of that to my kit.
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Old 14 February 2014, 05:27   #15
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For diving: see the DAN site... O2 and more.
But I have my O2 separate from the First Aid.
First aid actually only patches are often used. So buying patches which hold on wet surface is the best..
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If you search for "Combined Diving Association - Guidelines for the safe operation of member club dive boats" they have a list of recommended items that should be in a first aid kit depending on how many miles offshore you intend to operate. Really useful guide for other safety kit as well.
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Old 14 February 2014, 06:21   #17
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I've gone for a Solas Cat C first aid kit. It may be a bit of overkill but better having and not needing that needing and not having.

I'll add a few thing to it as well, I've been reading up on cling film type medical wrap and that will be added.

Also the Epi Pen, I'm going to look into this now.
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I've gone for a Solas Cat C first aid kit. It may be a bit of overkill but better having and not needing that needing and not having. I'll add a few thing to it as well, I've been reading up on cling film type medical wrap and that will be added. Also the Epi Pen, I'm going to look into this now.
Not over kill - just not a good choice for non-coded boat! CAT C Kits serve a purpose and everyday first aid is not that purpose....

Epi Pen's are prescription items only in UK - private prescription will cost 50 with 6 - 9 month use by date.

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Not over kill - just not a good choice for non-coded boat! CAT C Kits serve a purpose and everyday first aid is not that purpose....

Epi Pen's are prescription items only in UK - private prescription will cost 50 with 6 - 9 month use by date.

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Where I'm based there's no helicopter coming and an Epi Pen is quite possibly an over the counter item.
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For basic inshore ribbing, I would recommend you keep an eye out in Lidl, who regulalry stock First Aid kits which are very good value. individula items are sealed in plastic and it is very easy to add specific items dependent on your preference later.
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