Good Off The Shelf Kit?

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Good Off The Shelf Kit?

Post by Murph » Mon Jan 14, 2008 12:50 pm

I found this bad boy at Target a few months back.

299 pieces First Aid Essentials Kit
http://www.bhsracing.com/product_299-pi ... 41779.html

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It includes:
References/Instruments/Misc:
1 - Large Vinyl bag
1 - AMA First Aid Guide
10 - Cotton tipped applicators
2 - Exam quality vinyl gloves
1 - Plastic Tweezers
1 - Thermometers, one time use
1 - Scissors
Topicals/Antiseptics:
15 - Antiseptic cleansing wipes (sting free)
14 - Alcohol cleansing pads
6 - Antibiotic ointment packs
3 - Insect sting relief pads
2 - First aid/burn cream packs
1 - Burn relief gel pack
Medicine :
1 - Extra-strength non-aspirin (tablets)
1 - Ibuprofen (tablets)
1 - Aspirin (tablets)
Bandages:
75 - Adhesive plastic bandages 3/4" x 3"
20 - Fabric bandages 3/4" x 3"
50 - Junior adhesive plastic bandages 3/8" x 1-1/2"
30 - Adhesive plastic bandages 1" x 3"
10 -Fabric bandages 3/4" x 3"
4 - Fingertip fabric bandages
4 - Knuckle fabric bandages
2 - Elbow & knee plastic bandages 2" x 4"
1 - Patch bandage 1-1/2"
Injury/Treatment
3 - Moleskin squares 2" x 2"
3 - Medium Butterfly wound closures
2 - Finger splint 6" x 3/4"
2 - First aid tape roll 1/2" x 5 yd.
1 - Emergency blanket 38 X 60
1 - Instant cold compress
Dressings :
6 - Gauze dressing pads 2" x 2"
4 - Gauze dressing pads 3" x 3"
2 - Gauze dressing pads 4" x 4"
1 - Trauma pads 5" x 9"
1 - 2" Conforming gauze roll bandage
1 - Sterile eye pads
Total Pieces:299
Kit Dimensions: 9.25" x 7.5"x2.87"

I also added:
"Well-Patch" Stick on heat patch
Imodium AD
10 Hour Handwarmer Heat Pack
Disposable Poncho
Set of Metal Tweezers
Matches
Bic Lighter
Styptic Pencil
Rolaids

For the price, I thought that this kit would cover a wide variety of cases. What do the rest of you think? Is there anything else I should suppliment it with?

I've taken Red Cross First Aid / CPR classes in the past. I think I could manage on my own for most stuff with that level of training.
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Post by tilt » Mon Jan 14, 2008 1:48 pm

Looks ok, price considered. I always supplement my first aid kits with:

-Plenty of my size gloves
-A couple of israeli bandages
-blood pressure kit
-stethoscope
-pocket mask w/o2 inlet
-a couple of SAM splints

I also throw in a little sack-full-o-pills, what you use is up to you.

As a general rule, if you don't know how to use an item (stethoscope/blood pressure kit, etc) it's strictly up to you whether you want to spend the cash on it....

With the stuff above and most "comprehensive" off the shelf kits, you'll be good to go for nearly anything.

*side note* my first aid kit is for me and mine only. I don't use it on others or let others know that I have it or a background to use it. As I've said before, if I happen upon an accident and it looks like folks need help, I treat the patient with direct pressure on my cell phone's dial pad. For me at least, the juice isn't worth the squeeze.

just one guy's thoughts...

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Post by Citizen Simon » Mon Jan 14, 2008 1:52 pm

Tilt is FTW!
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Post by tilt » Mon Jan 14, 2008 1:57 pm

*side note #2*

I have no idea what "FTW" is, but I think it's good...

if it's not good, then I'll hunt you down and put chewing gum in your hair...

*side note #3* No really, what's FTW?

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Post by Murph » Mon Jan 14, 2008 2:01 pm

tilt wrote: As a general rule, if you don't know how to use an item (stethoscope/blood pressure kit, etc) it's strictly up to you whether you want to spend the cash on it....
I agree. If I don't know how to use something, it doesn't go in. If I really see a need for it, then I'd get the training first before I buy anything.

As for the bag of pills I think I might go with that... I need to find a place to buy all the individual/travel sized meds in packets instead of bottles.
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Post by Murph » Mon Jan 14, 2008 2:03 pm

tilt wrote:*side note #2*

I have no idea what "FTW" is, but I think it's good...

if it's not good, then I'll hunt you down and put chewing gum in your hair...

*side note #3* No really, what's FTW?
FTW = For The Win

Anything that is good stuff, works well, awesome... I think you get the point.
Does your BOB at least have: water, basic tools, fire, food, first-aid kit, and shelter?
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Post by tilt » Mon Jan 14, 2008 2:04 pm

oh, well that sounds good then... thanks dude...

belay previous idle threat of chewing gum in hair...

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Post by Citizen Simon » Mon Jan 14, 2008 2:06 pm

tilt wrote:oh, well that sounds good then... thanks dude...

belay previous idle threat of chewing gum in hair...
Didnt scare me anyway, you obviously dont know who you're fucking with! :twisted:
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Post by Murph » Mon Jan 14, 2008 2:10 pm

Anyone else have anything to say about the FAK before my thread is totally jacked? :wink:
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Post by tilt » Mon Jan 14, 2008 2:13 pm

oh, and on the topic of pills...

again, this is what I do because texas is relatively lenient on those that have unmarked pills in their vehicle and the climate allows it...

In my sattelite first aid kits (basically any kit not in the house) I keep one of those old-people-pill-boxes in the kit, it's relatively unmarked, maybe a little sharpie writing, but it suits me fine as I only take care of me and mine. Meanwhile, back at the ranch (I've always wanted to say that) I have a larger house first aid kit which allows me to practice all things shy of general anesthesia (not really, but almost) in that kit I keep the larger economy size bottles of all the meds I keep in my various kits and use it to refill the smaller kits as needed. That way, I never lose money on buying a truckload of travel size peel-packs and I always know where I can refill from. About once a year or so, I replace all of the pills in the smaller kits with known good stock from the pharmacy kit....

very important to cycle your meds, escpecially if you live in a very humid or hot climate ...

just one guy's opinion...

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Post by tilt » Mon Jan 14, 2008 2:15 pm

Doc Simon wrote:
tilt wrote:oh, well that sounds good then... thanks dude...

belay previous idle threat of chewing gum in hair...
Didnt scare me anyway, you obviously dont know who you're fucking with! :twisted:
If you were wearing a purple leisure suit at the bowling alley, I'd say I was fucking with "the Jesus"... but, perhaps you don't have any hair to put chewing gum in... which would be a likely case what with the being in baghdad and all...

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Post by Citizen Simon » Mon Jan 14, 2008 2:22 pm

tilt wrote:
Doc Simon wrote:
tilt wrote:oh, well that sounds good then... thanks dude...

belay previous idle threat of chewing gum in hair...
Didnt scare me anyway, you obviously dont know who you're fucking with! :twisted:
If you were wearing a purple leisure suit at the bowling alley, I'd say I was fucking with "the Jesus"... but, perhaps you don't have any hair to put chewing gum in... which would be a likely case what with the being in baghdad and all...
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Post by tilt » Mon Jan 14, 2008 2:40 pm

thread jacking complete...
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Re: Good Off The Shelf Kit?

Post by Murph » Sun Jan 11, 2009 10:19 am

*bump*
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Does your BOB at least have: water, basic tools, fire, food, first-aid kit, and shelter?
"When planning, prepare for the most likely, and then the most catastrophic."
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Re: Good Off The Shelf Kit?

Post by Hooligan » Sun Jan 11, 2009 7:41 pm

I think it will work fine for you. I am similar in thinking i am not going to treat 20 people out of my first aid kit i guess i am just not that nice. I agree with tilt my FAK is for me and me alone. I don't even carry a steth and b/p cuff i have prior EMS experience. I use to tech BLS classes also for a casinos security. Back to the point if it works for you for what you will and or know how to treat that is what matters most.

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