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post #1 of 8 Old 06-07-2007, 03:20 AM Thread Starter
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lets talk first aid

Ok I had a nice first aid kit for my car till it got used up (thats another story). I've been meaning to get together a good kit for the bike, and realized that I really need to do it now. I've got the knowledge and training to use most of the stuff I'd probably get, but was thinking about exactly what I should get.

What do you guys suggest for:
Pain management
abrasion damage, and cleaning
broken bones

Where do you guys buy your stuff? Do you piece it together yourself, or do you buy premade kits. I'm looking for something that would fit in the area underneath the seat. However that can be negotiated depending on how valuable additional items are.


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post #2 of 8 Old 06-07-2007, 04:04 AM
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I bought a $12 kit at Wal-mart, emptied it out and refilled it with what I wanted.

Rubber gloves (a few pair).
Lots of bandaids.
steril pads (really large).
Bee Sting & snake bite.
alergy meds.
Cortizone. (although my wife swears that deoderant stops itching much better.)
more bandaids and steril pads.

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Carry an assortment of over the counter meds in a bag in the top case. Also carry a first aid kit that I purchased years ago from the Red Cross. Just update the antiseptics once a year and add bandages or whatever. Probably a good source of first aid kits would be an outdoors shop. My RC kit can be worn on my belt if need be. Also carry a Swiss Army Knife but have only used it to accidently cut myself. The knife was a safety award years ago. Go figure.

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The best Large sterile pad(s) is a Maxi Kotex.
Individually wrapped, made to asorb. Large.

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post #5 of 8 Old 06-07-2007, 09:48 AM
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Small bottle of iodine (maybe (2) 1 oz. bottles)
Some triangular bandages
Couple packs of gauze
A compression wrap (maybe two of them)
Some Advil or Ibuprofen
Some tape that is conducive to gauze taping. Waterproof and fabric style best
A sling wrap
Antibiotic cream
Small bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide

This should be basic enough to assist before EMS arrives if they are needed.
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post #6 of 8 Old 06-07-2007, 09:54 AM
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+1 on the maxi pads - been a staple of my cobbled-together kits forever. A great pressure bandage.

I favor ibuprofen for pain, especially physically induced, since it's an anti-inflammatory.

These roll-up splints are pretty clever:

Bactine, ST37 or other dual-duty antiseptic/anesthetic for washing and taking away a bit of the ouchies

Neosporin - the data is pretty compelling to me about small wound healing and scar formation

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post #7 of 8 Old 06-08-2007, 12:31 AM
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I knew an old-time police sgt. who carried a box of tampons in his glove box. Said he picked up the trick in Vietnam, when he came across a bullet wound he'd plug the holes with tampons. Saved a few lives that way.

I do need to assemble a first-aid kit. I've also been meaning to put together an emergency data card to put on my helmet or riding jacket, as well as a sticker for my (modular) helmet with instructions to open it up if the EMTs find me.

Guess I should have been wearing pants...

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post #8 of 8 Old 06-08-2007, 12:57 AM
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GENERIC NAME: ibuprofen

BRAND NAME: Advil, Children's Advil/Motrin, Medipren, Motrin, Nuprin, Pediacare Fever etc.
So.. Motrin = Ibuprofen

Also, there are other meds in the class that you can get in gel caps, so they act faster (1/2 hour instead of a full hour). Advil Liquicaps come to mind. A normal person can tolerate 3-4 pills in one try without kidney failure, but don't ever go over that, or face pissing in a tube the rest of your life..

Also, you CAN take a combo pill that has both Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen, or mix yourself, but just dont over do it, Acetaminophen affects the liver.

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