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Old 13 February 2014, 08:08   #1
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The best first aid kit

I've used the search function and not found any specific recommendations although I did find a nice thread asking what's in your first aid kit.

I want to buy a first aid kit for my boat. I've seen many for sale and they all seem different.

Is there one specifically for boats that you can just buy and it has everything that you need for simple first aid. I carry an O2 kit as I'm possibly diving.

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Old 13 February 2014, 08:13   #2
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Some ideas here: Marine First Aid Kits - Water Safety Products - Products - Marine Warehouse Ltd
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Old 13 February 2014, 09:01   #3
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DONT BUY AT CAT C KIT! unless you need it for coding.

A first aid kit on a boat - depends on what are you doing, how far from shore? how remote your based.

You be surprised how little you need, for everyday use;

Plasters, Gloves, Faceshield , eyewash (to clean wounds), wipes, medium dressings , a large dressings , duct tape! - your own medicines.


I also carry Imodium, seasickness , painkillers not strictly first aid but very handy!

Kept in a waterproof container or bag.

l might missed some things out ! since on iPhone!

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A first aid kit on a boat - depends on what are you doing, how far from shore? how remote your based.
You be surprised how little you need, for everyday use;
Kept in a waterproof container or bag.
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Yep again horses for courses. Pointless over stocking with stuff you'll never use.

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I put my own together - far cheaper.
Key things:
Good sharp scissors, Triangular bandages - can do almost anything with those - large & small wound dressings, crepe bandage, sterri-strips, wound wash, wipes, assorted plasters, surgical / plastic gloves, safety pins, tape.

Radio & back-up comms key part of a first aid plan, as is knowledge of what to do!

I'd say it should be the same kit, in a river, inshore or coastal - an injury's an injury. Remember to check it & top it up if you use something.

Off-shore requirements may be different especially if help is a long way off.
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Plus don't forget to check the expiry date of item in your kit. Recently re sat my first aid at work and was made aware of what can happen with time expired dressings etc.
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60P

Its a nice compact kit, in a waterproof case and includes a fairly decent range of stuff that the common man would need in most occasions.

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I supplied the Medium First Aid Kit to the Mac RIb project free of charge

First Aid Supplies

you can see 3 versions there, alternative buy a FAW Refill and put in container of your choice.

Face masks & TPA's etc will be added to site in next few days, but I can supply most first aid requirements.

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I'd say it should be the same kit, in a river, inshore or coastal - an injury's an injury.
Maybe but an injury 15miles off shore in a rib in rough conditions a different story from an injury 30m from a riverbank in calm conditions.

Assume you fall over and break your leg (I'm assuming you have someone with you)... 15miles off shore you'll want to properly immobilise it before a long slow trip back ashore. Hypovolaemic shock will be a concern. Even if you are going to be airlifted off you can bank on a half hour minimum and probably more likely 60 minutes or more bouncing about in a rib I'd want to try and stabilize an injury.

In a river you can put ashore in minutes and deal with it there. You can presumably get an ambulance to you with all the kit you could imagine in less than 15minutes.

In a river you may be at less risk of needing seasickness tablets or pain killers. Much more likely you are just going to head ashore.

I'd suggest if you are river / inshore and working on that basis you will want some minor injury stuff (pain killers, plasters etc) in your car where it will be nice n dry. I'd have some superglue and some spray plaster in there.

I've never managed to get a plaster to stick on a boat. If its minor it'll be fine without, if it NEEDs a dressing stick some gauze or melolin on it followed by either a bandage or duct tape.
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