First Aid Kits
Dale Karweik (karweik.1@OSU.EDU)
Tue, 1 Sep 1998 10:43:47 -0400
I have read the postins and there are a couple of things that I have added
to my kit over the years that have been indespensible.
A small electronic thermometer - great for deciding severity of a number of
things including homesickness
Tongue depressors and popsicle sticks - great finger splints
Leatherman Micra folding scissors - very sharp with additional tools for
Micro Mag light - 1 AAA cell size - seeing splinters, objects in eyes,
looking at throats and ears
Very fine needle and a packet of dental floss. I haven't sutured anyone
since my youth Explorer days, but I have sewn may things together and have
found dental floss to be very durable and strong.
I also have 2 pairs of SAM splints in my car. They are aluminum with vinyl
and foam covering and have worked very well for instructional immobilizations.
My original first aid case wore out about a year ago. I bought a plastic
worm, multipacket fishing pouch and moved my supplies into it. I have a
ziplock packet for each class of materials in my kit - bandaids, moleskin
and compeed, gauze squares, sugical tape, medications, cremes and
antibiotics, tools, etc. It is all very nicely organized and very easy to
access exactly what I want without rearranging everything else. I beats
all the commercial first aid organizers I have seen.
Someone once told me the most important thing about a first aid kit is
never have anything you don't know how to use. You can either use this to
remove things or take the challenge to master new abilities.
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