Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: FA Kits/Ticks
Thu, 10 Jun 1999 14:13:32 -0600
Jan wrote in response to Ginny's request for what a summer camp FA kit
Ginny: I just go by what is suggested in the Boy Scout Handbook or the
>First Aid Merit Badge for what to include in a first aid kit. And if you
>mean by "tick extracter" a pair of pointy tweezers, it will do double duty
>for splinters if you get the narrow points. Slant points are OK and
>cheaper, but for a kit get narrow points.
Hi Jan and Scoutellers!
I hope some of the med types will chime in here. I wouldn't recommend any
type of instrument that grabs the tick by the body (not that you did). But
most tweezers aren't designed to do much else. As I have been instructed,
this method of removing the tick virtually makes the tick a syringe,
emptying the body fluid of the tick into the bite victim. Not good. I
have personally found that one of the best methods of removing ticks is to
use your good ol' sharp pocket knife and simply "scrape" the tick off. If
your knife is sharp, this catches the tick right at the point of skin level
and pulls him out, head-first. Other "old tyme" methods such as using oil
substances or alcohol to get the tick to release can result in the tick
"vomiting" into the victim....again, not good.
As to the first aid kit contents, yes, the contents listed in the handbook
and MB book should be included. For summer camp, I suggest adding a very
large box of 4X4 gauze pads and another box of bandaids. 4X4s are great
for cleaning up those "fingercarving merit badge" awards-of-merit. In
addition, depending on your location, you may want to include things like a
few tin salt shakers filled with cornstarch to combat heat-rash and of
course, some "swimmers ear drops" (Isopropyl alcohol and a few drops of
u.s.p.glycerine if you wanna make them yourself) to prevent those pool
nasties from taking hold. I also pack a big bottle of Rolaids or Tums as a
sure-fire (yep, placebo) remedy for that "homesick tummy".
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