Monday, October 25, 2010

EDC Medical Equipment - Adventure Medical Kits First Aid Kits

Quite often, when thinking about different gear for every day carry (EDC), it is easy to get caught up in different tools and gadgets. Things such as knives, flashlights, handguns, defensive items, can be fun to think about, collect and train with. However, a most basic aspect of emergency preparation is often overlooked. A very important part of EDC that we all should think about is First Aid.
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Carrying a first aid kit can be something very important, as many emergency situations involve treating wounded people, either others or yourself. A detailed first aid kit may even save someone's life.

I admit that I have not been carrying a first aid kit as part of my EDC gear until recently. They can be intimidating, since so many people are not trained in first aid. I recently found out about a great company called Adventure Medical Kits, that tries to make first aid as simple as possible.

The great thing about them is that most of their first aid kits come with detailed instruction on how to treat injuries. They also come in fabric cases, which are easily stuffed into a backpack or bag, making carrying one so much easier. Their kits are also organized by treatment, so that you know which supplies to use when the time comes.

A small and affordable option, the First Aid 1.0 kit.
This organization is a huge benefit. Let me explain. Emergency situations are usually highly stressful. They are situations where a person usually loses his/her presence of mind and resorts to his/her training. For someone not familiar with first aid, they would be fumbling around, probably throwing all of the contents of the kit on the ground, trying to find what they need. This could possibly damage and contaminate the supplies and prevent a quick emergency response.

The kits are also very detailed, meaning that they have lots of useful supplies. Depending on which kit you have, it can be used from anything to small cuts and scrapes to gunshot wounds and sutures.

The kit that I carry with me the Sportsman First Aid Kit. It is larger (more supplies), so it needs to be carried in either a bag (fanny pack, messenger bag, backpack, etc.). I found this first aid kit to be detailed enough, but yet not prohibitively large, making it a great choice for EDC. Since carrying it, though, I have had to use it on a few occasions, and not just for first aid.

I chose to carry the detailed yet not overly large Sportsman First Aid Kit.
The non-first aid situation that I was referring to was during a recent weekend adventure. I realized that one of my cargo pockets was coming undone along the bottom. I needed to use this pocket, so I took out one of the safety pins in the kit and used it to close up the hole. The fix worked for the rest of the weekend, all thanks to my first aid kit.

There were also other occasions where I had to use the kit to clean and bandage up some wounds, but none of them were very serious. This kit, however, would work for more serious injuries as well, as it includes large bandages, sponges and wrappings.

I should also go into the contents of this kit, so I will list them below:
5 Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, 1" x 3"
5 Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, Knuckle
3 Bandage, Butterfly Closure; 1 Bandage, Conforming Gauze, 3"
1 Bandage, Elastic, Self Adhering, 2"
 2 Dressing, Gauze, Sterile, 2" x 2", Pkg./2
2 Dressing, Gauze, Sterile, 4" x 4", Pkg./2
2 Dressing, Non-Adherent, Sterile, 3" x 4"
2 Gloves, Nitrile (Pair), Hand Wipe; 1 Instructions, Easy Care Bleeding
1 Trauma Pad, 5" x 9"
11 Moleskin, Pre-Cut & Shaped
3 Safety Pins
1 Scissors, Bandage with Blunt Tip
1 Splinter Picker/Tick Remover Forceps
Medical Information
1 Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness & Travel Medicine
2 After Bite Wipe; 2 Antihistamine (Diphenhydramine 25 mg)
2 Ibuprofen (200 mg), Pkg./2
1 Instructions, Easy Care Medications
Wound Care
5 After Cuts & Scrapes Anethestic/Antiseptic Wipe
1 Cotton Tip Applicator, Pkg./2
1 Dressing, Petrolatum, 3" x 3"
1 Instructions, Easy Care Wound
1 Tape, 1/2" x 10 Yards
1 Tincture of Benzoin Topical Adhesive
3 Triple Antibiotic Ointment, Single Use

As you can see, this kit is fairly detailed, and it fits into a small package. Take a look at some of the first aid kits offered by Adventure Medical Kits. Make one part of your EDC and be prepared for medical emergencies as well.


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