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    Seems pretty expensive for what you're getting. If you buy the supplies at a local drug store they'd probably only cost you $10-12 max. Would you buy the waterproof bag for $20? You could put the contents into a couple of heavy duty ziplock bags (double bagged)...

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    thats the thing. i dont think i can get it all under the prices i can find.

    edit: i mean yes i can buy a cheap med stuff from walgreens/wally world/etc but i dont think it would have the variety of this and are mostly bandaids which is nice but looking for more general and bigger bandages if the wound is bigger. though im also thinking of something like this http://www.walmart.com/ip/Physicians...d-Kit/14663341 or something similar. though im thinking off adding something for snake bites as we have lots of snakes out here in az
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    Quote Originally Posted by downtube42 View Post
    Small Swiss-army knife is handy. Blade, scissors, tweezers. I've used the blade to remove a bee stinger several times.
    An alternative that I carry is a small multi-tool (along with a cycle-specific multi-tool). That way you get a blade, screwdriver, etc., plus a passable set of pliers instead of just tiny tweezers. Leatherman and Gerber make some truly tiny, yet functional, multi-tools.

    I avoid Swiss Army knives because of the slick handles. Couple those with sweaty hands on a hot day and you have an accident waiting to happen. Where a folding knife is concerned, it's safer, imo, to use one with an ergonomic, non-slip handle. I'm partial to Benchmade knives.
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    I did not read the entire thread, but this is what I keep in my personal kit.
    -Major wounds
    Tampons x2 - Bullet wounds/deep puncture wounds
    Feminine Napkins x2 - Use like an Israeli Bandage and takes up half the space
    Clotting agent sponge x1
    -Minor Wounds
    Bandaids
    Neosporin
    Moleskin
    Gauze
    Tape
    -General stuff
    Straight razor
    Pins
    Gloves
    Hemostats
    Scissors
    Advil and others
    Pens/Pencils/Write in the rain pad
    Gorilla tape

    I am considering a tourniquet and thoracic needle for puncture lungs. However, I have string and a belt and an inner tube which will work for a tourniquet and if I need a lung reinflated I can jab my self with my knife and stick a pen in there to keep it open.

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    A few thoughts...
    1) Gloves and resuscitation masks are only useful if you're in a group. You're not going to catch a blood-borne disease or give CPR to yourself.
    2) Sticking plasters {bandaids** are rather useless on the road. The surface area is smaller than most injuries encountered and the adhesive doesn't stick to sweaty body parts.
    3) Do what the pros do. If you're not calling an ambulance, you're going to either treat the wound to continue on your journey or triage the wound so you can ride to a location to properly treat it.
    Gauze + flexible wrap.
    It will protect the wound & keep pressure applied.

    I'm surprised no one mentioned an AED

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wuz View Post
    A few thoughts...
    1) Gloves and resuscitation masks are only useful if you're in a group. You're not going to catch a blood-borne disease or give CPR to yourself.
    True if, and only if, you ride in an area where you never encounter other people. Same thing with glucose and aspirin; you may not be diabetic and you may be in perfect cardiovascular health, but that doesn't mean the same is true of the people you meet.


    I'm surprised no one mentioned an AED
    If I can find a good deal I'll get one for my truck, but on a bike?
    Quote Originally Posted by sprockets View Post
    I talk to myself regularly - crazy is the technical term I believe. The only time I shut up is when I'm riding. (that's the best time to listen to all those voices in your head :D )

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    Quote Originally Posted by NightShift View Post
    If I can find a good deal I'll get one for my truck, but on a bike?
    I only mention because the items listed here for a bike first aid kit seem to be for one kit for a mass of people rather than just a personal kit.
    And AEDs are tiny compared to the big things from "ER" fame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pscyclepath View Post
    Skip the tourniquets... you're pretty much deciding to sacrifice the limb if you use one, Direct pressure to the wound itself, using a sterile pad, is what the Red Cross recommends these days.
    Incorrect, on account of wound management theory. I will say that one must have an advanced physiological knowledge of traumatic injuries to understand the cost/benefit risk analysis before using one though. With that, most people don't, thus not a good idea to have one.


    Forceps are not necessary, nor are shears. Just carry stuff to stop bleeding. If someone's not breathing then they've been seriously ****ed up due to a brain injury and you can tell, but that is not likely to occur with the prevalence of helmets. Almost everywhere in America you will have an ambulance pull up 8 minutes or less after calling 911. Don't get crazy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fluidworks View Post
    I'm an EMT, and also do a lot of riding with the local fixed gear scene, so I've seen a good amount of crashes.

    Here's what I carry in my backpack.
    -Pocket mask for performing rescue breathing
    -4X4 for wounds
    -super glue for small cuts
    -Ace bandage for jury rigging splints
    -Aspirin (usually end up getting handed out for hangovers)
    -And most importantly, GLOVES. Great for dealing with blood, adjusting greasy chains, etc.
    I signed up for an EMT class at my local college & start Tuesday. Got the books a week ago & doing a lil studying before the class.

    As for me I dont usually carry anything, but since I'm going for EMT I'm going to change that and carry some things that are on the quote above.

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    I just took first aid, go to the red cross they sell kits at cost

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    I spent well over 6 years in the Middle East as a contractor, and I never left my tent without some form of first aid, INCLUDING a tourniquet. I join you in your "paranoia." If you know how to use one, a tourniquet can save your life, otherwise, it's only a few extra ounces in your bag. I would recommend one commercial product that I NEVER ride, hike, canoe, or hunt without: A Road ID identification wrist band. It lists my name, blood type, emergency contacts, and they now have one that has an internet link to allow you to list medical conditions, allergies, etc, for medical personnel. I just have my blood type and NKDA (No Known Drug Allergies). As far as I'm concerned, you are on the right track!

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    +2 swiss army knife

    I've also used it to dig buried pokies out of a tire.

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    Getting Serious About First Aid Kits

    Not sure if this has been posted before...
    http://briangreen.net/2011/07/diy-single-use-antibiotic-packs.html

    http://briangreen.net/2011/02/plastic-soda-bottle-lid-capsule.html

    We used to laugh at my bro for bringing a big ol first aid kit but he always gets into rusty barbwire. Doesn't matter if we were hiking, biking, or disc-golfing.
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    I highly recommend you get certified in First Aid, and get instruction on when and how to use Quick Clot. That stuff is for life and death situations, as it can complicate things or turn just a severe wound into a life threatening emergency. I have seen instances where people have used Quick Clot when it's not necessary, and ended up making the situation worse. If they're not bleeding out...apply pressure until help arrives.

    My kit contains:
    1 roll electrical tape
    1 can anti-bacterial spray (travel size)
    1 mini ace bandage
    1 roll 2 inch wide sterile gauze
    3 tubes super glue
    1 Epi-pen (Im allergic to bees/wasps)

    I carry my cell in my jersey pocket, as does everyone I ride with. I have everything I need to treat minor wounds or stabilize a severe injury.

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    Just to let you know. I wiped out on my bicycle just a bit ago. I have a 3/8 puncture in the front of my thigh almost like a GSW where I was impaled on my brake lever. I will be carrying a first aid kit from no on. Particularly gauze, antiseptic pads, and gloves.
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    Bwil, did you recover ok from that accident? Are you carrying a first aid kit now? I just found this thread and have just read the first page of it. I like what I've heard about using ace bandages and sticks to immobilize a break or fracture, and a space blanket to prevent shock. (I might even start carrying a cell phone in a sheilded carrier). I'm just starting to put a kit together now, for this summer. I'd like to focus on natural remedies, such as an echnacea/comfrey/goldenseal/calendula balm for road rash. Also, cayenne powder will stop bleeding (I believe it cauterizes the wound).
    I hope your thigh's ok. Live and learn!






    Just to let you know. I wiped out on my bicycle just a bit ago. I have a 3/8 puncture in the front of my thigh almost like a GSW where I was impaled on my brake lever. I will be carrying a first aid kit from no on. Particularly gauze, antiseptic pads, and gloves.[/QUOTE]
    I ride with a good, healthy sense of paranoia.

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    I carry (on tour) a few things that I haven't seen in this thread yet. Some things are in my tool bag, others are in my first aid kit, others on my person.

    Film canister containing bandaids, superglue, aspirin, Tylenol and Benadryl (for sinus allergies and also good for bee stings if allergic)
    Epi-Pen because I AM allergic to bee stings
    Cloth first aid tape
    Space blanket
    Panty liner (think big gauze pad and individually wrapped )

    Tool bag items that cross over into first aid:
    Nylon Zip ties in various sizes. Good for a surprising number of first aid uses, too!
    Electrician's tape - holds better in wet than cloth first aid tape
    18" double-sided velcro strap - combined with zip ties for sling, tourniquet, etc...
    12' section of paracord

    On my person:
    Wrist 'Road ID'
    Around my neck is a medical alert 'dog tag' for asthma and bee sting allergies and a USGI-style dog tag with name, phone number, blood type
    Knife (Gerber Paraframe 1 or mini)
    Cell phone (old style flip phone), ruggedized version for drop-shock and wet conditions (I was a mail carrier for 33 years!)
    '75 Fuji S-10S bought new, 45k+ miles and still going!
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