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Old 06-07-2002, 06:33 PM
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A good bag/container for a med kit is one of the waterproof courier/document military surplus bags that periodically get offered by Sportsman's guide amongst others. You can get a lot of stuff in these and if you have to travel by foot to get somewhere, you just throw it over your shoulder.

Now i don't want to be anal about it, but depending upon how far 'out' you're going, you may want to talk to your doctor about a few things. Yes you CAN suture yourself, even do some minor surgery (don't ask) but in the absence of circumstances causing a huge adrenaline rush, it will hurt like holy jesus. Large lacerations are rarely sutured in the field, just packed and immobilized. If you are alone and face some serious blood loss, you have very little time so suturing becomes necessary HOWEVER, sewing is not easy at the best of times, I'd recommend one of the stainless staple guns. ANy farm or vet supply house will have them, FAST, and easy to do when its YOU that will be hurting. Takes some will power to force a needle through your own epidermis over and over again to close any sizable laceration the staples are more akin to yanking the football ankle tape off at the end of the game. Some of these chemical cold packs can make you a hell of a lot more comfortable, as can the heat packs in appropriate circumstances.
Your friendly local physician can draw you up a prescription for several VERY useful things such as- a suitable (for you) antibacterial tablet (penicillin etc.); a topical painkiller (lydocaine comes to mind for those not allergic to it), some systemic pain killers i.e. "drugs" [img]smile.gif[/img] and perhaps even some nitroglycerin tabs in case someone has a heart attack, anti inflammatories, some cortizone based ointments for bug/wasp/bee bites, and even some zinc based ointments for various foot ailments.(bye the way, over the counter desinex does a BANG up job on nasty infected spider/wasp/bee stings.
Just give some thought as to where you're going, how long you're going to be out, and how far you are from medical assistance. Then plan accordingly. Remember first thing you need is air, second is all the blood you can keep in you [img]smile.gif[/img] Those two will buy you the time necessary to deal with anything else that comes up.
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Old 06-15-2002, 03:58 PM
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Just a couple of comments here:
First, have on hand several pair of latex gloves. Second, along with your adhesive tape, bring a full roll of duct tape. Third, along with gauze, bring a roll of paper towels. I've come upon only one serious case where I've needed my first aid kit. I was proud of how prepared it was until that day. My wife and I patched up a motorcyclist who had driven off a 30 ft cliff. The most useful things I had to provide medical attention were my 7-gallons of water that I mixed 2-oz of iodine to on the spot. A full roll of paper towels, ( my gauze didn't go very far), and a full roll of duct tape. Unfortunately, I had but one pair of latex gloves and those were for my wife. We successfully repaired this guy, but my first aid kit is much larger now!
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