MEDICAL KIT SUPPLIES
Below you will find a list of items that can be found in my standard medical kit. I also have a lightweight version for low risk days when I want to travel light and a supplemental kit that gets added to the standard kit for excursions into the absurd. At present I have only just started this section and will have separate pages to describe each item in more detail.
Once again... This is not a how to manual or recommendations for anyone else. This just happens to be the eclectic mix of my personal stuff. I am not a physician or health care professional and have no qualifications to diagnose or instruct. This is for entertainment purposes only. If you follow my advice without confirming it with other sources including you physician then you are a fool and may kill or maim yourself or others.
MY STANDARD MED KIT IS SMALLER THAN A FOOTBALL
BUT CONTAINS MORE THAN ONE CAN IMAGINE
MY COMPLETE KIT IS CONTAINED IN THREE SEPARATE SMALLER KITS
I LIKE THE SEE THRU PELLICAN BOX FOR GOING THROUGH AIRPORT SECURITY WITH THE INJECTIBLES
WHAT I GENERALLY CARRY IN THE KIT & WHY
1. C.P.R. BARRIER
This is a total no brainer. Do you want to initiate forced breathing for a stranger without protection? Just knowing C.P.R. is not enough. You need to have this item to be able to save someone without risking yourself.
2. CELL PHONE
Whether it works in the parking lot or not take it with you. Quite often I find that my phone picks up coverage as I hike up to my destination. A prime example of this is on Mt. Rainier. Cell phones don't work in any of the parking areas or on the trails but once you hit the snow line they seem to start working.
3. LATEX GLOVES
Once again there is no sense in endangering yourself while trying to render aid to someone else. Use protective barriers when doing any first aid work, even on your best friend. I hope this needs no further explanation.
It is simply amazing what all you can do with tape. From closing wounds to stabilizing sprained joints and much more I personally carry more tape with me than most hardware stores.
A bottle of saline is a very simple and cheap addition to a med kit. It serves many purposes from washing foreign objects out of eyes to irrigating open wounds.
6. PERSONAL MEDICATIONS
Any personal medications that you need in the course of your daily life need to be the kit. Instructions for their use should also be included in case someone else has to administer them.
7. ALLERGIC REACTION REMIDIES
Insect stings and poison plants can ruin a trip into the woods. From seasonal allergies to poison ivy, bee stings and other similar maladies you have to be able to deal with everything from the minor annoyance to the life threatening allergic reaction.
8. SUTURE KIT
Almost all of my climbing partners, myself included, have required stitches at least once. If you are way out in the boonies then you must be prepared to close open wounds.
Managing pain can become important quickly. Having the proper meds to do the job big or small is going to increase the comfort factor at times when life has dealt you some abuse.
10. BURN OINTMENT
Burns are one of the most dangerous accidents to treat and require very special medications and care.
After you fix the injury you need to be able to cover it up. From Band-Aids to Ace bandages here is what fits in the bag.
12. BLISTER KIT
There is nothing more aggravating than a blister on you foot. It can turn a climbing trip into misery if not dealt with properly.
13. ANTI-INFECTIVE AGENTS
When your going to be out in the woods for a while it is mandatory that you be able to stop infections quickly and efficiently.
14. OPHTHALMIC MEDICATIONS (EYES)
Eye injuries are very difficult to treat. Here is what I would do if I got a red hot poker stuck in my eyeball...
15. GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT DRUGS
Suffering from stomach or intestinal disorders can be debilitating. From heart burn to diarrhea here is how I stop the misery.
16. ASHERMAN CHEST SEAL
This is what you use when you land on your ice axe. It seals up punctured lungs and helps relieve pressure build up inside the lungs.
17. SLEEP AGENTS
Sometimes getting a good nights sleep in the climbing environment is nearly impossible. Thanx to recent improvements in sleep agents a person can now get a good nights sleep in poor environments without being groggy or sluggish the next day.
It takes up little room and is a mandatory diagnostic tool.
Hot or cold? You just have to know the answer to this question.
20. ANTIBACTERIAL HAND CLEANER
Don't be touching me with grimy hands. Plus its great for washing up before preparing meals.
21. FIRST AID MANUAL
Have a big one for home reading and a small guide in the kit.
22. HIGH ALTITUDE REQUIREMENTS
When you go big there are special requirements to ensure a healthier trip and some drugs that are life savers if you start having problems.
23. Sleep Apnea Test Image Page
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