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Oct. 7th, 2006

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Date:October 8th, 2006 09:21 am (UTC)
The only first aid equipment I routinely carry (ie. every day in town) is a couple of pairs of gloves, and a little tin of plasters, which also houses my emergency medication. I have a mini-maglite on my keyring. I figure that I'm unlikely to need more than this in an urban situation, where an ambulance or full first aid kit should be less than 8 minutes away, plus all of the individual items are useful in their own right (most of the gloves get used for putting chains back on bikes). If I have my usual rucksack with me, I also have alcohol hand gel.

If I'm going somewhere a bit more isolated, or I'm doing something where I might reasonably expect to encounter injuries (eg. an interdepartmental football match), I'll take my little kit, which also has wipes, a variety of dressings, bandages and tape, more plasters/gloves, another mini-mag, a pair of scissors, face mask, space blanket and alcohol hand gel. I'm currently putting together a bigger kit in a small rucksack which will also house things like a steth, ice packs, and a HSE-kit volume of bandages, since I'm doing quite a bit of volunteer work with a local charity, and they often ask me to act as a first aider, so I'd like to have more volume for that.

If I was going walking/climbing, I might want yet another balance of things. It's all to do with the likely risks and availability of help.
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