When you are working in the boonies, or other remote areas, you might be your own first responder. Make sure to have these First Aid Kit Add-ons in your truck or with your tools.
Rural First Aid Kit Add-ons
While you are using any tools or doing any outside work you should always be wearing some basic safety items such as Safety Glasses, Work Gloves and in some cases a hard hat. If you happen to be using a tool capable of slicing off entire limbs, like a chainsaw, you’d better be sporting a pair of chainsaw resistant chaps!
No matter how careful you are, eventually you are going to get a boo boo, or even a super manly injury. In any case, having a tricked out first aid kit, can be the difference between life, limb and death.
Most first aid kits come with a variety of bandages, gauze and maybe even some tape, but make sure that you have these first aid add-on items, in case your kit doesn’t have them.
First Aid Kit Add-ons
Cell phone or 2-way radio capable of reaching help. This might be the most important item. Keep that phone charged!
Head Lamp – Have you ever tried to doing anything in the dark, with one hand, while holding a flashlight in the other? You’re going to want to have both hands free if you need to do some first aid.
First Aid Manual – A first aid manual is a valuable tool for unexpected injuries. You’ll want to keep one first aid kit, so you are ready for most first aid situations.
Hand Sanitizer – Disinfect your hands before performing first aid, then again afterwards. Get something that smells good too, you may meet a pretty nurse in the ER!
Antiseptic wipes – injuries need to be cleaned and the area around them kept clean.
Antibiotic ointment – To kill germs and speed healing
Tweezers – Splinter revoval and other fine tasks, like removing that long hair growing off your ear!
Trauma Shears (aka: EMT Shears) – Cut clothing from injured areas, and remove old bandages or wrappings.
Instant Cold Packs – Reduce swelling of injuries. If you don’t get hurt you can duct tape this around your beer to cool it down, after a rough day or manual labor.
Pain Relievers – Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and aspirin. You already have some of these, so just pour some into a smaller bottle and stick it in your kit! Also great for hangovers…that’s what you get for drinking cool refreshing beer, wrapped in your instant cold packs!
Duct Tape – You can use duct tape instead of butterfly bandages, or steristrips, if you must. You can also use it with some sticks or boards to make a splint or to tape broken digits (toes or fingers) together. You SHOULD already have duct tape in your tool box and first aid kit…. how else you going to secure the instant cold pack to your beer can?
Tick Removal Tool – Because ticks are nasty, disease ridden creatures. You are going to use any method at hand to remove a tick, once you realize it’s embedded in your flesh and drinking your blood, so you may as well remove it the right way!
Blood Loss Add-ons
Hemostatic Agents contain a naturally occurring enzyme, that boosts the blood’s clotting process. These agents are available as a powder, powder-impregnated gauze or powder-impregnated sponge. The version you need depends on the injuries that you are likely to experience or treat. Small sponges are good for surface wounds that bleed a lot (like small cuts to the head), while the z-packed gauze packs are good for really bad chainsaw-style situations, where you may need to pack a deep wound. The more serious a wound you expect to treat, the more powder, powder-impregnated gauze or powder-impregnated sponge you will need.
Approximately 40% of trauma-related deaths are due to bleeding or its consequences. Hemorrhages are the most common cause of preventable death in trauma. Hemostatic Agents should be used in any wound, where bleeding is heavy or in bleeding injuries of Hemophiliacs or individuals, who are on anti-clotting medications.
Tourniquet – use your belt or some duct tape and a stick, if you didn’t buy this!
Super Glue – Pinch that cut together and plop a drop of superglue on it, then hold the wound closed for 60 seconds and it should have bonded the 2 sides of the injury together. Please do not glue your fingers to your patient, that’s just awkward.
I am not a doctor, and I don’t play one on television. I do get hurt alot though. This is not medical advice. When you can seek professional medical assistance. A first aid kit is not a substitution for a trained doctor or a hospital. Patch yourself up, then get to the ER!
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