Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: Stocking First Aid Kits
Re: Stocking First Aid Kits
Fri, 16 Apr 1999 08:10:33 -0600
John Coble asked about stocking the troop First Aid kit with
over-the-counter remedies such as tylenol, antiacid, pepto-bismol, etc, and
more importantly about the wisdom of dispensing them to scouts.
John and Scoutellers:
Great topic! I'll be interested in how the list responds. Here's how we
handle it in our troop; we will indeed dispense Tylenol and even a Tums or
Rolaids if necessary....BUT ONLY after a discussion with at least a couple
of other leaders. We have leaders who are fairly well trained in
first-aid....many who are certified and a couple of nurses. We NEVER stock
the kit with aspirin, although with the recent recommendation about giving
an aspirin in the event of a heart attack we might want to reconsider it
When we are doing our final check stations for summer camp, at one of the
stations we have a table with a form that allows parents to say "yes" or
"no" to the dispensing of things like Benedryl, cough medicines,
Pepto-Bismol or an anti-diahrreal. We also state that we will follow the
indication and dosage information that is printed on the container.
So I guess our troop policy and practice is "yes", we do indeed both stock
and dispense those items. I know that a scout is "prepared" but there have
been times when I've been caught off guard by a leaders "Five Alarm Chili"
and needed to avail myself of the kit contents! Again, good question! I
look forward to the responses.
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