Very surprised that no-one has mentioned anti-seasickness tablets (eg stugeron). First Aiders cannot, of course , give these out but crew prone to mal de mer may appreciate their ready availability and a first aid kit seems to be a logical place to keep them.
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Thread: what's in your first aid kit?
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14-01-11, 00:11 #15Registered User
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Best to think of what can go wrong. Pain = painkillers. Prob best available over the counter as long as no allergies or asthma is Ibuprofen 400mg for adults . For dental bits , either sticking crowns or bridges back on again, repairing broken cusps or lost a filling there is a great powder which you mix with water into a light syrup consistency. Sets in a min. generic name glass ionomer. Ask your very friendly dentist for a couple of tea spoons of the powder for a nice bottle of vino! Store it in a 35mm film canister nice and dry. For bleeding apply constant pressure with a clean pack, keep it raised pref above level of the heart. For life threatening blood loss possibly a tourniquet and I'd be on my radio quick!!! Dioralite(? spelling) as someone said before is THE way to get fluids and salts back into someone with severe D+V typically sea sickness. Nik
14-01-11, 08:47 #16Registered User
Location : Family home is near Exeter UK but currently living and working in Scotland. Boat is near Rhu.
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We cary lots of the above - but I was fortunate to be sent on a 'Ship's Captain's Medical Course' a few years ago so have a little ticket that says I can carry antibiotics and rather stronger painkillers than you can carry over the counter. I still phone/radio a doctor to check which ones to give out if I am not sure.
If you can't manage to get onto such a course, a proper tourniquet is a life saver for major blood loss. (For example all Brit forces carry one on their person when in Afghanistan as the evidence is that many US died in Vietnam through blood loss!) The new style Field Dressings are much more about compression than absorbing. They are elastic bandages that are very good - and I will get some for the boat when I get a chance.
We then carry steri-strips, tweezers, dioralyte (as already mentioned) plasters, bandages, a First Aid Book.
Drugs normally include some painkillers (Ibobrufen, Paracetemol and Dihydrocodeine as a little further up the scale)
When we go further offshore, we carry needles, gut, local anesthetic and splints etc etc.
When we eventually go long term cruising we will also fit a safe for some Diamorphine (to comply with the regulations for carriage of such drugs on ships at sea) and a copy of the Ship's Captains Medical guide.
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14-01-11, 10:19 #17
If you are heading offshore your friendly GP will probably prescribe painkillers for you with instruction plus antibiotics. We are lucky in that ours also agreed for me to call his mobile anytime when we were Transat. Had Falmouth MRCC on sat phone preset 1 and GP as 2!!! Fortunately didn't need to use and returned the medicine on return..It's never to late to Gap......
14-01-11, 11:51 #18Registered User
Location : Southampton
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(Genuine question - that's all I can think of doing, but I'd be glad to hear better advice)
14-01-11, 12:45 #19
This is in my First Aid kit:
They fall under several general headings
Skin, disinfection, burns
Bandages, bleeding, dressings
Fever, pain, anti-inflammatories
Digestion, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting
Ears / eyes
Edit - FWIW, I also have a small "day" first aid kit - antiseptic wipes, antibiotic cream, small bandages etc.
And for long passages, baby diaper rash cream.
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14-01-11, 19:34 #20
I had to use this on someone who severed an artery in their arm and kept them alive for a quarter of an hour until the medics arrived.