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Build a basic first aid kit (FAK)

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  1. Atlas

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    For this lesson we are going to build a first aid kit or FAK. Let's start out small, and make a kit that is small enough to carry in a purse or the smallest pocket of a day pack. In this lesson we are going to make up a small kit that simply addresses your needs during a normal day. Obviously, the FAK of a construction worker will not be the same as the FAK of an office worker. You will need to assess your personal situation and adjust this as needed.

    Let me give you a good list to start with.

    Bandage Materials

    (4) Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, 1" x 3"
    (1) Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, Knuckle
    (2) Bandage, Butterfly Closure

    Blister / Burn

    (1) GlacierGel >(Large Oval)
    (11) Moleskin, Pre-Cut & Shaped (11 pieces)

    Instrument

    (2) Safety Pins

    Medication

    (2) Acetaminophen (500 mg), Pkg./2
    (2) Antacid, Pkg./2
    (2) Antihistamine (Diphenhydramine 25 mg)
    (2) Diamode (Loperamide HCI 2 mg), Pkg./1
    (2) Diotame (Bismuth Subsalicylate), Pkg./2
    (2) Ibuprofen (200 mg), Pkg./2

    Other

    (2) Wash-Up Towelette

    Wound Care

    (3) After Cuts & Scrapes Antiseptic Wipe
    (3) Alcohol Swab
    (1) Triple Antibiotic Ointment, Single Use

    Buying an already made first aid kit to start with is ok for this lesson, but if you do that there needs to be an additional step in this process. Go through each of the items and figure out what they are for. After you have looked at each item individually, consider what you do every day and add or delete items from the kit that you could possibly need or not ever need.

    In the Student Practice portion of this lesson I want to see a list of the contents of your FAK, a brief description of why they are included and a picture of the kit put together.

    Student practice thread can be found here.

    For extra credit on this lesson, take an approved CPR/first aid class.
     
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  2. hypnos

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    NHA Cpr, emergency vehicle trained and EMT-B...what do I win???
     
  3. Atlas

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    Show me your first aid kit and I'll give you a go on the class? Haha.
     
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    2 saline pods - Can be used to flush eyes, irrigate wounds and to clean wounds
    Painkillers - Paracetamol & Ibuprofen analgesic and anti inflammatory and can also be taken together in cases of severe pain.
    Burn Gel
    Antibiotic cream
    Antacids
    Loperamide
    Antihistamine - useful for any allergic reaction
    Scissors
    Tick tools - (I only add these when out and about camping, hiking, fishing)
    2x 4" Conforming Bandage
    Nitrile gloves
    Space blanket -
    Assorted Plasters & Dressings
    Wound Closure Strips
    Nail Clippers - handy for a torn nail.
    Bandana - The most multi purpose item! Scrunch up to use as a pressure pad, make a sling, with the pen make an adjustable tourniquet, as a washcloth for scrapes and grazes, used wet as an aid to cooling, neckerchief and to keep the sun off.
    Notebook and pen - keep notes on patient, leave note for others to find, use pen to keep track of infection or poison spread.
     
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  5. jimLE

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    I already had my 1st aid kit,for the home started ..but yet i added to it yesterday.

    Already had.
    1/4 inch or less wide bandaid
    1/2 inch bandaid
    Clotrimazole anti fungal cream.
    Cortizone 10 cream with aloe
    Several alcohol prep pads
    Travel q-tips 30 count..

    Added
    2 rolls latex free self-adherent wrap
    Several 4x4 gauze pads
    alcohol prep pads
    1/2 inch bandaids

    Still need anti bacterial cream,and larger 1st aid box.thoe.
     
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  6. Atlas

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    Your kit is coming along nicely.
     
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    I just thought of some divider boxes that I have. Their the kind that comes with tackle boxes. 1 or 2 of them might work just fine,untill I get one,that's a better setup.
     
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  8. Atlas

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    This is the first aid kit that I keep in my truck.
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  9. jimLE

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    Those lil baggies do come in mighty handy.and in many diff ways.i like to buy the 300 or 600 count boxes of Q-tips.then use the 1 cup baggies to bag um up.that way i can have a baggie of um where ever i need them.
     
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    Clear plastic bags make it easy to see what is inside while keeping stuff organized. A double win!
     
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    Im doing a lil test.i have very small sore on my left fore arm.and 2 smaller sores on right fore arm.and knowing myself as i do.there's no telling how i got them.

    Now here's the test.on my left forearm. Went aloe vera stright from a aloa vera leaf.then a band aid.then,that leaf got planted.then i got out my 1st aid kit,in which i fixed up for the home.and got out the cortizone-10 with aloe vera in it.that went onto my right forearm.with band aids.the reason for this.is to see if one works better and/or faster,then the other.Hopefully we'll know something in 2 or 3 days.if that long..
     
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    Please let us know what you find. This sounds like a good test.
     
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  13. jimLE

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    1st aid kits and cpr has been mentioned in a diff site.in which it got me to thinking.so i got to looking through the new kit..sure enough.nothing there for me to use for proper cpr.but no biggie.i have 2 or 3 totes with 1st aid items.in which one item is for cpr.
     
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  14. Atlas

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    Have you taken a first aid and CPR class recently?

    I have to keep my cards current for work and although it is all very basic it is good to keep it up and continue to get refreshed on the subject. About 10 years ago I took the maritime equivalent of EMT-B and really enjoyed that as well.
     
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    No i haven't even taken 1.but yet.taking one is a good thing to do.
     
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    the aloe vera and cortizone-10 apear to be equal. Or at least close to it.that means that i can use the cortizone,while the leafs of the aloe vera is growing back.plus it don't take much of either,to do whats needed.
     
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    That is really good news. I need to get some Aloe plants going ASAP.
     
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