First Aid Kits, what do we NEED in them?

Futbalfantic

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Aug 5, 2006
Location
Charlotte
My major emergency medical kit would be:
Bag of 3" and 6" roller gauze
Bag of 4x4's
Box of abdominal pads
2 rolls of 2", 3" tape
4 tourniquets
8- 12" padded splint boards

With that I could cover nearly all traumatic emergencies.

A regular kit would be.
2- chemical ice packs
Pack of benegryl
Benedryl ointment
Aspirin - chewable
Ibp
Bandades - tough, waterproof
Tegraderm
Butterfly bandages
4- 0.5 oz superglue
Bag of 4x4's
Bag of 3" roller gauze
3 bottles of sterile water
1 gauze tray
Contact supplies

And I would build on that as needed
 
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Tech11

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Dec 7, 2007
Location
Greensboro
friends/family I would

Yeah, not just handing them out, but if I had a friend, or family member with some sort of wound with severe pain, it'd be nice to have something in a stash pocket that would do better than regular tylenol. Unless someone with emt/FA training has otherwise to say.
 

kaiser715

Doing hard time
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Jun 1, 2006
Location
Pocket, NC
I would only worry about pain meds like that if it were to be several hours before help could arrive. Few places on the East Coast would qualify. More likely, it could complicate things if anesthesia/surgery were required.

If you do carry it, make sure it's in a prescription bottle with YOUR name on it. It would only take one JBT to make your life miserable.
 

criket

Blue Ridge 4x4
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Aug 18, 2010
Location
Dobson, NC
How about an Epipen? or Benedryl? Has anyone mentioned that? The reason I ask is because I'm allergic to bee/wasp stings and if I was to get stung on a trail, I would need one or the other so I can at least get off of a trail before my air passage stopped up. Who knows, you may run into someone that has the same problem but no Benedryl.

I'm def taking notes here as I need to be more prepared not just for the trail but for winter also.
 

Tech11

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Dec 7, 2007
Location
Greensboro
I have:
roll of sports tape
flex fabric band aids
gauze pads 2x2
super glue
4 tampons
package of hand warmers
small container of asprin
container of advil
triple anti biotic ointment
anti itch cream
bennedryl tabs
oral analgesic gel
hard candies
mosquito replellant wipes (small package)
some "not latex" gloves

this is all in one of these:
http://www.amazon.com/Rothco-Camouflage-2-Pocket-Ammo-Pouch/dp/B001KKS5CY

I could always get another one and have basic and then "add-ons", but I'm wanting to stay small, since these will be kept in my cab for now. Once I figure up/get rear storage made then I can move on to bigger and better but I'm needing small/space saving for now.

added
pair of shears, some safety pins, and a different additional size of gauze pad
 
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6BangBronk

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Jul 15, 2005
Location
Durham
I wear a bandana "do-rag" all the time at home and when I wheel. You wouldn't imagine how many times I've pulled that rascal off my head on the fly to cover someone who just cut theirselves. I can have my own cut sealed off before it starts to bleed if I'm aware that I just cut myself. I wear it especially if I'm working with others for I'm usually the one accidentally inflicting someone. I've had the BFH come off the handle once with a worker holding the stake blacking his eye. Expect the unexpected. Was always told growing up "Keep your head on your shoulders" and "Always know what time it is". For being aware of your surroundings and everything that is going on is as important as anything you could have with you. And be sure to know how to use everything correctly. CPR certificates expire for a reason.
 

UncleWillie

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Dec 29, 2010
Location
Crouse
MY first aid kit is superglue, neosporin, gauze pads and electrical tape. Anything that won't handle requires a doctors care.
 

trailhugger

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Raleigh
Sticking this one and bring it to the top, as places open up and everyone gets in the mood to hit the trails! Newbs and veteran wheelers, alike, stay safe out there!

I'm reloading our first aid kit and making sure we have the proper tools and safety gear for the trails, including gloves & safety glasses!
 

upnover

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Mar 20, 2005
Location
Morganton NC
Thanks for sticking this Cyd. I re-read through the entire thread. I need to do some upgrading, inventorying, and replacement in my rig for sure. In my old rig, I had an ammo box, painted red, with "first aid" painted on it. So it could be accessed by someone else easily, if I wasn't in position to do so. Thinking I need to do this again. If not that, maybe some stickers directing someone as to where it's located?

@Paul pretty much nailed it with his comment about using your brain. Being safe goes a long way. Safety glasses while on the trail to keep stuff outa your eyes, helmets, belts/harnesses, and so on.

I have been doing this(wheeling) for many years. One of my most memorable incidents, was a personal experience when I had a heart attack while wheeling. Kept wheeling all day. A good friend of mine, Beth Minton may have possible saved my life by just simply giving me an aspirin.
 

OffTrackMan

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Location
Tampa, Florida
My major emergency medical kit would be:
Bag of 3" and 6" roller gauze
Bag of 4x4's
Box of abdominal pads
2 rolls of 2", 3" tape
4 tourniquets
8- 12" padded splint boards

With that I could cover nearly all tramtic emergencies.

A regular kit would be.
2- chemical ice packs
Pack of benegryl
Benegryl ointment
Aspirin - chewable
Ibp
Bandades - tough, waterproof
Tegraderm
Butterfly bandages
4- 0.5 oz superglue
Bag of 4x4's
Bag of 3" roller gauze
3 bottles of sterile water
1 gauze tray
Contact supplies

And I would build on that as needed

Hmm, I feel like we have the same kit, overall. :)
 

1-tonmudder

Doin my part to stir the pot.
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Apr 17, 2005
Location
Greeneville TN
4/5 years ago we were at Harlan for the Southern shine ride and I broke a steering rag joint in the lower rock garden.I got a ride back to town and tonya and jake stayed w the blazer.While I was gone she got in a nest of yellow jackets that had built in the ground and got stung several times.Once I got the rag joint fixed we headed back to where we were camped at behind the dairy hut.While getting out of the blazer she stepped on a big rock and turned her ankle,I heard it pop,I thought she had broke it.SO to add to the list.
Ice/heat packs(if they haven't been mentioned)
Something for bee stings
Nausea meds
 

Hurdt299

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Location
Asheville, NC
To those of you that don't know me, I'm an EMT and my wife is a paramedic, so my vehicles always have well stocked first aid kits. This is a very good list so far. One thing I haven't seen, that should be absolutely first on your list, is a waterproof box. A wet and dirty first aid kit is basically useless. I have used this exact box for 10 years or so and it still hasn't leaked a drop. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Outdoor-Products-Large-Watertight-Dry-Box-Blue/26674163. They have these in stock at pretty much any Walmart and they fit under most seats. I have single dose packs of Tylenol and the clear box lets me turn the date to the outside so I don't have to dig them out to see if they're still good. I can also see the location of what I'm looking for, so I don't have to empty the whole case. Another big thing for me is Coban or something similar. https://www.amazon.com/3M-Coban-Self-Adherent-Wrap-1583N/dp/B0083RNVAI There's nothing worse than trying to tape up your own hand or arm by yourself. This stuff is self adhering and will let you do it one handed. It takes the place of rolled gauze and it much more durable. I also keep an IV catheter in my kit. There's nothing better than a good sharp needle to dig a splinter with. And don't forget some immodium. If I think of anything else I'll add it.
 

Crash1424

85 Yota on 36 tsl's
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Jul 12, 2013
Location
Marion
There are several basic kits that you can order online. Being in the fire dept I have ordered what they call a refill kit. Its everything you find in a medic kit without the bag a quarter the price. Then just get you a MOLLE pack or waterproof box from walmart and let it ride. Just be careful on using tourniquets, they are currently starting to phase the mass use of them back in on the ems level.
 

Nosduj

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Feb 17, 2016
Location
Columbia, sc
One thing I want to mention is this; when you put a kit together, don’t chuck it in your rig and forget about it, refill and check before every ride or trip, many items do expire and need to be checked frequently (ie meds). I used my food sealer to keep my bandaids and non-stick gauze from getting wet, it works great. I also keep quick clot in my kit, it saved my finger a few years ago when I cut it to the bone while cooking dinner at camp after a day of wheeling.
 

BigSouth

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Jun 8, 2011
Location
Shelby, NC
Surprised I haven’t seen burn cream on here yet. My kit came with little individual packets and they’re a life saver after raking some skin off with a hot exhaust.
 

viper red cj-7

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charlotte
Yeah, not just handing them out, but if I had a friend, or family member with some sort of wound with severe pain, it'd be nice to have something in a stash pocket that would do better than regular tylenol. Unless someone with emt/FA training has otherwise to say.
Probably not the best idea...if you suspect they have a head injury, then giving them something "stronger" isn't a good idea. When the ambulance / flight crew show up, they have much stronger stuff that can be easily administered...
 

viper red cj-7

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Location
charlotte
I put together some kits for my club. They were about $100 for each kit, including the bag. They are good. CAT tourniquet, triangular bandages, roller gauze, 4x4's, bandaids, some basic OTC meds. The issue with meds, like Nosduj said above, you just can't keep medication in your rig for extended periods of time. Meds like to operate best within a certain temperature range.- so if your Tylenol, bee sting kits, epi pens, etc stay in your kit, in your car throughout the year, the effectiveness is decreased...
There are some nice commercial kits that are well packaged for about $120...IMO well spent....You haven't needed it.....until you need it......
 
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