Re: First Aid Chests
Jay M. Thal (Jay_M._Thal@HUD.GOV)
Tue, 12 Sep 1995 15:27:13 EST
Two years ago, and shortly before we sent three crews to Sea
Base, our First Aid Chest (a large tackle box) went into a
river during a Canoe trip -- though inattention and rain can
also destroy the usefulness of a First Aid kit. Besides
chests and tackle boxes are clumsy and not readily packable.
My solution was to get three (one for each Crew) Cascade
Designs waterproof bags. They come in clear vinyl. That
way you could see through to the contents and also put a
visible instructions/reminder sheet: survey the scene; don't
become a victim; check for..., etc.
Inside I put Zip-Lock Freezer bags with a title and contents
sheet: Burns; Stings; Splint; Bandages; Bleeding; CPR;
Shock, Medication; Tools; etc. and filled them with the
appropriate items. I suspect lesser used items (like
compression bandages, etc.) could be sealed in boiling-bags.
That way package(s) of items can be readily pulled for
specific incidents. And, neither rain, nor snow, nor
overturned canoe has destroyed a kit since. Being soft
sided, the waterproof bags can be readily stowed, stuffed,
or strapped on anywhere, and serve the need when you need
less than a battalion aid station and more than a cut kit.
Which small bags you choose to place in the large bag may
depend on the season or the type of trip. This is one of
those situations where the packaging may be as helpful as
the contents -- and it forms a training tool as to the type
of likely items needed for specific situations.
Just a thought....
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City