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First aid kits

Discussion in 'General 4Runner Talk' started by COexplorer, Dec 29, 2017.

  1. Dec 29, 2017 at 4:07 PM
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    COexplorer

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    Anyone have a recommended brand, or suggestion for first aid kits for vehicles? I would like something that is pretty comprehensive, as I spend a lot of time in very remote areas, often with multiple people.

    It looks like Andventure Medical makes some nice kits, but I thought I would throw the question out before I ordered anything.
     
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    Make your own. Pocket mask, gloves, a splint, CAT tourniquet, a couple of Ace elastic bandages, and some 4x4s. That will take care of a lot of problems.
     
  3. Jan 11, 2018 at 7:57 AM
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    Things with stuff, but nothing much
    I don't promote buying a pre-assembled kit; they rarely have everything you want, they have extra crap that is useless, and you are paying a premium for the convenience of having it pre-assembled.

    If you have an associate who works in fire, EMS or the hospital, contact them to... liberate... some items for you. Otherwise, assemble your own by buying what you need or improvising with "non medical" stuff. See below.

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    This is my small, door pocket kit. It is a 4"x6"x3" tactical pouch that was being thrown away at work. It has stuff you would use most frequently for minor injuries in it. Band aids, a pair of gloves, some 2x2, some tape, some ibuprofen, alcohol pads.

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    My "main" kit is an old EMS bag partition pouch that was also being thrown away at work. It is used for legit trauma stuff. It has hook velcro on the bottom so it sticks to carpet. It contains a pocket mask, gloves, shears, 2 cravats, medical tape, 2x2s, 4x4s, 5x9s, a large trauma pad, a burn pad, ice pack, gauze, CAT tourniquet, emergency blanket, quick-clot bandage, some ziploc bags, and gorilla tape. Gorilla tape is actually a very handy medical tool - using it you can stop bleeding, immobilize an extremity (in conjunction with a stick or something), secure a person to a backboard, etc. The ziplocs can be used with tape to make a chest seal if needed.


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    Not really "first aid" but don't forget a fire extinguisher. I keep mine zip tied with heavy duty zips to the lid of my recovery / tool box. I can just remove the lid and use the fire extinguisher with the lid still attached to it as needed.
     
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    Check out North American Rescue. Really nice stuff, I need to get an IFAK.
     
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    Get a small backpack or molle pouch and build your own.

    Tourniquet or two, combat gauze (quick clot) and an israeli bandage should really set you up pretty good. A space blanket and duct tape wouldn't be a bad idea either.
     
  6. Jan 11, 2018 at 2:47 PM
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    That looks like a pretty sweet set up, but much more trauma oriented than I have in mind. I was originally planning on making my own, but once I started adding up all of the things that I would like it to have, I don't think I can do it cheaper than a pre-made kit. It is difficult to find a lot of items in the small quantities that I would like, so I would end up buying way more than I need. While I want to have certain things for serious trauma, a large part of my reason to have it is minor first aid in the backcountry. I spend a lot of time in very remote places, and little aches and pains can make a trip a lot less enjoyable. Anti-intch, sunburn cream, alcohol for disinfectant, mole skin, antihistamine etc, are all things that I would like to have. Plus having bandages, splint, clotting compound. The truth is, if and injury get much beyond a broken bone, I am not trained or equipped to handle it. I am looking into a Wilderness First Responder course, but I want to have little things covered as well. That is why one of the adventure Medical "expedition/guide" kits looks appealing.
     
  7. Jan 11, 2018 at 6:52 PM
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    Things with stuff, but nothing much
    Well trauma is pretty much the only thing you build a first aid kit for, and "little stuff", while aggravating, isn't a life hazard. Life hazard is the reason to have a kit. Things like a tourniquet, quick clot / Israeli bandage wound dressing, or chest seals can save a life.

    Related: you have a splint in your tire changing kit... put the rods that lower the spare tire together and tape them to the extremity. One rod will work for an arm; 2 for a leg.

    But yes, for someone who doesn't have easy access to "free" (ahem) med supplies I suppose it might be advantageous to buy a kit.
     

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