over at wheaton labs, they didn't like the first-aid kits you could buy, so they made their own. but now it's gone. aka they can't find it. so they need a new one.
so do people have good suggestions for their ultimate first-aid kits for their shops?
For a shop-specific first aid kit I would have the following:
- bandaids of course, including butterfly bandages and knuckle bandages
- finger splints
- eye patches or eye cup: if someone gets debris in the eye that you can't get out it's important to patch the eye until you get to a doctor to stop eye movement and blinking that may abrade/damage the cornea
- tweezers for removing splinters
- antiseptic wipes
- sterile gauze roll and various size pads: I put my pads in a Ziploc so that I can see what I have and it's waterproof
- tape, various widths
- a big triangular wrap to stabilize an arm/shoulder injury
- tube of disinfectant ointment, although I usually do fine with cleaning the wound well and dabbing the cut with lavender oil for it's antiseptic properties
If you're working with any chemicals (batteries, caustic cleaners, etc.) then I strongly recommend eyewash bottles or even a portable eyewash station. You usually don't get second chances with eye damage.
+1 for super glue - preferably a bunch of teeny-tiny tubes. Cloth tape that you can apply to a wound and then saturate with super glue.
neosporin, neosporin, bacitracin, & neosporin.
"eye juice", large and small:
i.e. http://www.amazon.com/Optics-Laboratory-Ocufresh-Wash-Count/dp/B00123G9PO/ and http://www.amazon.com/Optics-Laboratory-Mini-Drops-Therapy/dp/B001F8B08W/
Really good tweezers. Seriously. Do not fuck around with less than the best: IMHO, tweezerman. (http://www.amazon.com/Tweezerman-1300-r-Ingrown-Hair-Splintertweeze/dp/B000FFYMYU/)
Aloe vera gel for burns. Preferrably w/o alcohol, dye, or scent.
Instant ice packs - maybe. Most of them are too sucky to be worthwhile. Don't get cold enough or for very long. But if you don't have a ready source of ice, then definitely. Good for portable kit.
My wife (a former paramedic) really likes butterfly bandages and steri-strips. *shrug* I've gotten more use from cyanoacrylate (superglue)
If you are far from a hospital ... like the labs, say ... consider a surgical sewing kit. And some lidocaine. These are hard to buy, and require courage to use. You may have to buy "veterinary use only" or "training use only", which is better than bleeding to death.
Strong reading glasses - for when the person who will remove the shard of glass/wood/ceramic from your body turns out to be farsighted. Bright flashlight; preferably headlamp.
apply to abrasions and burns and bites. This stuff has cured/healed rattlesnake bite on horse muzzle, and other astonishing and barely believable miraculous things.
If you use super glue to close a wound, put this on over it to support the forming of new tissue, suppress infection, all that. If you get stitches, put over the top. If you don't want to put it right on the stitched wound itself, you can apply to the tissue adjacent to the stitches, it'll still help.
1 Israeli bandage
1 large bandage with clotting agent
2 roller bandages
If someone has a serious incident with a power tool involving an artery, we have some hope of stabilizing the situation while the half hour ticks down until the paramedics could get to our place. Everything else is just discomfort. Although I do have a hiker's dental emergency pack because I'm a baby when it comes to toothaches and you know that will happen on a Saturday night of a long weekend.
Colloidial silver- antimicrobial, I keep a plastic bottle with a dropper.
Montmorillonite clay- about half a pound in a sandwich baggie; mixed into mud with cold water and a few drops of colloidial silver, it's good for closing up small wounds, providing relief to insect bites/stings, poison ivy and the like.
Healing salve- for more serious wounds, a basic hemp oil/beeswax infusion of comfrey, calendula, yarrow, arnica, horsetail, etc.- useful for stymieing bleeding or providing instant relief to burns until proper care can be received. Also feels good on hammer-smashed digits.
GAUZE!!!- I'll admit it. I horde gauze. Had to rip up a really awesome Hendrix t-shirt one time to wrap up a bloody leg, and it left an impression. I usually have at least three pads of two sizes of gauze, big and bigger, and I keep six to eight rolls of the stuff handy as well.
Compression tape- two rolls, fancy colors.
Nitrile gloves- three pairs
Oil of Oregano- the only glass in the bag, Good for nausea, general malaise. EDIT: I find the concentrated stuff works best- it's called Oreganol.
Emergen-c packets- I dunno, I needed a place to put em. Good for a hangover.
Big pointy tweezers- close your eyes, it'll only hurt for a second...
Small steel shears- like grandma used for cutting all those quilt squares.
Ibuprofin- The only manufactured medicine I ever use. Generally unnecessary, but vital post car-crash.
Things I should have in there:
Canteen o' water
Sr. John's wort tincture
Look up the response times for your area--big cities are not much faster than middle of nowhere. YOU will be your own first responder for probably a half hour or more regardless of where you live. Most things won't kill you that fast, but a couple will.
Go to the vet supply and buy a box of gauze and wrap. Way cheaper and still sterile. Most people spoil their horses worse than their kids.
Lots of good ideas for the boo-boo kit (stuff that won't kill you but will cause permanent damage if not cared for). Add gorilla tape or really good duct tape--it covers wounds better than med tape if you keep working, pulls the little splinters (like fiberglass) that a tweezer can't, makes splints, and is generally useful stuff. No cheap stuff, though.
I have a home brew mostly natural pocket medic kit. It has the tiny essential oil bottles filled with iodine, silver, helichrysum italicum, and an antibiotic blend. It also has a tweezers, wound ointment, benedryl, a couple band aids and gauze pads, and a small packet of cellox clotting agent. It can deal with bee stings to bullet holes, all in a little change purse.
Jocelyn and I were talking about first aid this morning. We came to the conclusion that the best option would be to custom build four first aid kits for the various vehicles and locations. Here is a list with links of all the necessary items for a good kit as deemed by Emily and I (we are both EMT certified). One of each item will do unless otherwise noted. All items listed are available under Amazon Prime or have free shipping with an order of $25 or more as they are "add on items". Let us know if you have questions or concerns.
CPR mask: need 4 (order from WDS inc.) $6.79 EA for $27.19
ace bandage: 1 package of 12 for $9.95
coban wrap: 1 pkg of 30 for $14.22
Athletic tape 4ct for $6.47, need 2 for $12.94
Large Gauze pads 1 box of 25 for $7.10
small gauze pads 1 box of 50 for $5.90
Smallest gauze pads 1 box of 200 for $5.53
Band aid assortment 280 ct. for $14.99
Band aid assortment 30 ct for $3.49 ea, need 2 tot $6.98
Irrigation Syringe 5 ct. for $6.55
Povidone iodine wipe 100ct. for $10.87
Triangle bandage 10 ct. for $5.95
Eye drops 2 ct. for $5.35, need 2 total for $10.70
Red plastic tool box 1ct. for $4.88 (testing for now, if it works will order 3 more later)
Just a couple of my own modifications.
1) Instead of the plastic toolbox, we eventually tried a metal toolbox. So we traded one set of lame plastic problems for a set of lame metal problems. In the end, we got a dozen 50 cal ammo cans.
2) As mentioned earlier, I'm a big fan of super glue with antiseptic stuff in it.
Iodine. Some people don't like it but in a pinch I would trust 2-3 drops to purify water, too.
Bleed-x. I used to keep a pack stapled to my work bench in case I cut myself badly. Nowadays I would rather use:
Yarrow powder. It's supposed to be a good hemostat. Plus it helps the wounds heal faster.
Honey. Great stuff for burns and abrasions, both of which I got pretty frequently back when I was a bladesmith.
1+ on the butterfly closures. I've gotten a lot of mileage out of them. Super glue never seemed to last more than a few hours.