First Aid Summary -Long-
Michael Derleth (75112.1671@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Mon, 6 Nov 1995 13:19:23 EST
On behalf of the Leaders at this months Roundtablewho benefitted
from the first aid advice, Thank You, to those who responded. My
recent question seeking information and advice on what leaders
should and should not have in a first aid kit for a 'typical' weekend,
in-council, outing yielded the following ideas in no particluar order:
1. Become trained in CPR and first aid. The Red Cross runs
excellent courses in basic/adv. first aid. Keep all certifications
current to remain up to date on the latest practices. (see 5g)
2. Check the first aid kit often. One scouter tapes the expiration of
the first item to the outside of the kit. When that date rolls around,
all items that expire within 6 mos. of the date are replaced.
3. Carry a cellular phone if at all possible, for calling parents in minor
incidents (dispensing tylenol, etc.) or EMS in major ones.
4. In deference to the recent discussion concerning leaders dispensing
medicines to youth, the Guide to Safe Scouting says leaders CAN
assume responsibility IF DESIRED, but dont HAVE to. (Paraphrase)
The EMT's and others feel that if this is done, medicines should be
secured somewhere, and a permanent date/time log kept of all actions.
5. As far as what items should be in the first-aid kit:
a. NOTHING the leaders are not trained to use, and willing to use
(scalpels, bee sting injectors, prescription meds, trach tubes etc.)
b. CPR one-way mouth breather, available from almost any Red Cross
agency for under $10, (I paid $7.50 for a keychain size version)
c. Latex Gloves can be purchased in smaller quantities and cheaper if
you look for disposable housework gloves near the mops/waxes etc.
Once you start using them, use them for EVERY incident with EVERY
scout so that no unfounded rumors get started (why did he glove for
xxxx and not xxxx?)
d. Contrary to prior learning, most felt a non-prescription antibacterial
ointment was useful for minor scrapes where no further help would be
sought. (ie: neomyicin)
e. Burn Dressing: I found a water-based dressing by Spenco Second
Skin that the EMT said would be useful after thoroughly cooling a minor
burn with running water.
f. Tweezers, bandage(rounded) scissors, and if space permits the EMT
'cut through anything' shears.
g. TWO eye patches, or provision to bandage BOTH eyes if necessary. If
only the hurt one is bandaged, sympathetic movement will continue to
injure the covered eyeball as the uncovered one moves.
h. A reminder that the recommended procedure is to do a very quick
assessment, THEN CALL, then do the appropriate first aid. this is a
change from the old 'treat then call' days many of us learned.
i. An appropriate selection of bandaids, butterfly closures, larger wound
dressings (bandaids) and 4x4/roller gauzes depending on group size.
j. Because of possible allergies to iodine, alcohol wipes seemed to be
preferred wound-cleaners over the more effective Betadine. One way to
seek this info is to ask if anyone is allergic to shellfish/shrimp which
loaded with iodine. My troops favored Hydrogen Peroxide wash has
fallen from favor, but was still judged effective.
Thanks again to all who chipped in their .02 worth. Council pros are now
asking where I'm getting all the neat stuff being presented over the last 3
months. I couldn't do it without all of you.
Mike Derleth Ouachita Valley RT Comissioner 75112,1671@CompuServe.com
"Just a simple volunteer who speaks only for himself -- your mileage may vary"
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City