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Old 31 August 2012, 04:17   #1
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Whats in your first aid kit?

I have carried cling film for years, but after reading the linked article I have now switched to stretch wrap for all the reasons listed.

What do you carry? Do you have training to back it up?

Cling film has long been extolled as an ideal material for improvised First Aid treatment, especially in the outdoors, for a number of reasons:

It is waterproof; this makes it ideal for watersports, unlike conventional bandages which quickly become soaked or tapes which loose their adherence.
It is airtight - this keeps moisture in (ideal for burns or exposed bones / tissue) and infection out.
It is inherently clean - I would not want to go as far as saying it is completely sterile but the manufacturing process (in combination with the above two points) means that once the first 'wrap' has been removed from the roll, it is as clean as anything you will find in a pre-hospital environment.
It is transparent - being able to monitor infection or wound healing without having to repeatedly expose and redress a wound.
It is malleable - being able to contort to complicated body shapes like knuckles or elbows where other dressings may struggle to completely seal, especially with continual movement.
It is thin - some injuries may require cooling, other may benefit from warming. Being so thin, the cling film does not prevent a noticeable insulative barrier meaning the injury can be cooled or warmed with the cling film in place.


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I have First-Aid Training, and My boats first - aid kit is one of these kits used in cars- I've never needed that one though.
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I have a decent first aid kit on the SIB - never opened it though TBH!
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We have this in our medical kit. Though I can't imagine it is that different to the stuff from Asda.

http://www.spservices.co.uk/item/Bra..._0_1125_0.html

In addition our kit contains:
Disposable triangular bandages
Various wound dressings from massive to tiny
Non adherent dressings for burns etc
Adhesive dressings (Plasters)
Various adhesive tapes
Nitrile gloves
Cold pack
Irrigation Solution
Antiseptic Wipes
Centrimide Cream
Medical waste bag
SamSplint
Resuscitation mask
Exposure bag

Cat C drugs: Loperamide Capsules (Diorrhea Treatment), Hyoscine Hydrobromide (Sea Sickness Tablets), Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, Asprin, Glyceryl Trinitrate (Angina treatment).
HypoStop Dextrose Gel

Tweezers
Tough cut shears
Penlight

Going slightly beyond first aid we also carry:
Digital Thermometer
Finger Pulse Oxymeter
Blood Pressure meter

RYA First aid at sea covers the Cat C drugs and I also have Advanced Life Support training.
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Very nice Mike

Is your irrigation solution saline or tisept? Though I would suggest both.

Have a look at the stretch wrap rolls, as per the link above, might be an excellent replacement for the long one you have from SP.
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Irrigation solution is 0.9% saline.

What is Trisept? An antiseptic solution?

I like the look of the stretch wrap due to its compact size and robust roll. Though I think the wider width would be better for burns as if on arm / leg rather than wrapping the limb the width lets you form a bag around it and seal both sides to allow for any swelling (hard to describe).

Where did you get it from? Will give Staples a shot when I am passing.

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Irrigation solution is 0.9% saline.

What is Trisept? An antiseptic solution?
Yes indeed:

Tisept Wound Wash, Alderney Marine Ltd

Apologies for the commercial link. It is very clever stuff, does not sting like many antiseptics and does a great job of rinsing.

I am sure Staples will do stretch wrap and I like your description of taping a square of film in place. You can do a three sided version if a wound needed a one way valve.

Edit: With the Tisepts I tend to cut a small bit of corner off, that way you get a good directional squirt.
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Sanitary towel
Kling film
Condoms
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Cans of Coke (full fat).
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