Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: First Aid Kits and Camp
Re: First Aid Kits and Camp
Tue, 8 Jun 1999 21:36:36 -0400
Where to start for there is so much that you can have in a FAK...
The First and most important thing is training. No matter what level a
bag you have, be it the prepared kit bought from the BSA, or a Paramedics
Truck, you will do no good without training. Check with your local Red
Cross for information about their courses since they are the only nation
wide group that provides elementary first aid training. What they do
cover is the most used things. They will also have CPR as a part of the
course, either Adult, Child, Infant, or a combination of the 3. The cost
is usually the book (about $15) plus the cost of the facilities and maby
the instructor. Usually it doesn't cost over $20.
What follows is what I have in my professional level kit, minus the
advanced tools that require extensive training and some of the redundancy
in the bandages.
Roller Gause (Kling)
Adheasive Bandages (band-aid)
Anticeptic Pads (Iodine/alcohol)
Water (sterile if possible)
Splint (SAM splint)
Elastic Bandage (Ace)
Other things you may want to add include anticeptic ointments and pain
relievers ie Neosporin, Advil, Tylonol, Bayer. Remember though that to
dispense any of the pain relievers, you need permission from the parents.
Robert M. Lewis
EMT-B in NJ, soon in NY...