View Poll Results: Do you have a stocked up-to-date first aid kit ?
Yes! Fully stocked and nothing out of date. 114 52.53%
Yes! Fully stocked, but some of the stuff is a little old. 60 27.65%
Yes. A few items missing. 21 9.68%
No. I don't have one. 22 10.14%
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Old 05-22-2008, 10:47 AM   #71
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First Aid Kit and Training

This is an important area! Not only should you have a fully stocked First Aid Kit but all the adults in the family should be trained in CPR and First Aid. CPR can be done mouth to mouth or by using a one way ventilation kit. You never know when you might have to give CPR to a non family member. Keep updating your medical supplies as you increase your training. It could be a life or death situation.

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Old 05-22-2008, 11:07 AM   #72
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Originally Posted by Rick56Safari
This is an important area! Not only should you have a fully stocked First Aid Kit but all the adults in the family should be trained in CPR and First Aid. CPR can be done mouth to mouth or by using a one way ventilation kit. You never know when you might have to give CPR to a non family member. Keep updating your medical supplies as you increase your training. It could be a life or death situation.
Good point.
While the percentages of those surviving a cardiac arrest are not good, without CPR and resuscitation - they are Zero.
I hope nobody has to do CPR on someone, but it's a great feeling when you can ultimately save the person. I have experienced it a few times.

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Old 05-31-2008, 08:31 AM   #73
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ours is usually fully stocked, some of the gauze and bandages may be a little old but they still work just fine. we both have had cpr and we are both volunteer fire fighters in our home town.
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Old 02-28-2009, 09:21 PM   #74
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2009 Reminder about First Aid Kits

I see that folks have written each year since 2006 reminding us all to check our first aid kits for outdated meds. and completeness - as well as changing batteries in smoke/co2 alarms. I went through all the past posts and information at the Red Cross site and compiled what I hope is a complete list for everyone to use when checking their first aid kits. (Monk is a rerun tonight and I was bored, okay?) Please let me know if I've left something out or should add another item. I'm going to need a trailer for my Bambi to carry all of these items...

First Aid Kit for Prudence
81 mg. chewable aspirin
Ace bandages
Antiseptic wipes
Band aids (various sizes; including knuckle, knee, elbow, etc)
Bandaging tape
Benadryl liquid or tabs
Biohazard waste bag(s)
Blister bandages; mole skin
Breathing Mask (NIOSH-N95)
Burn cream – silvadine
Cold/hot compress
Cotton swabs
CPR barrier mask
Elemental sulphur to dust clothes for insects
Emergency blanket(s)
Emergency notification card
Eye wash and eye patch/bandage
First aid book/guide
Gas tablets/meds
Gauze rolls
Gauze pads
Hand sanitizer
Hydrocortisone – Neosporin
Magnifying glass
Mosquito repellent
Pencil/pen and notepad
Prednisone oral tabs
Prescription meds in original bottles and/or photo copy with admin. info. – put in plastic envelope next to fire extinguisher for easy access for all.
Rash/itch cream
Steri strips//butterfly bandages
Tampons or pads
Temporary filling replacements
Tongue depressors
Triangular sling with safety pins
Vinyl gloves

Recommended, but optional items:
Re-sealable Jack Daniels
Snake bite kit (depending upon area traveled)
Spider spray – brooms not recommended
And, of course, leeches in case we travel back in time to the middle ages through mid-19th century – or find a new age doctor.

The following are more emergency related items rather than first-aid items – but handy to have:
Rain poncho
Personal effects: toothbrush, toothpaste, Dr. Bronner’s soap, washcloth,
Tape – duct
Plastic sheet
Food bars
Water purification

4 bottled waters
Work gloves
Ear plugs

And for those of us who travel with our pets:
Red Cross pet emergency book
Oral syringe
Hydrogen peroxide
Suture kit for dogs

And the following quick guide (Thanks to Sugarfoot):


Normal Vital Signs

Temperature 100 – 103 degrees Fo

Pulse 80 – 140 bpm

Respirations 10 – 30 breaths per min

Common OTC Drug Dosages for Canines

Benadryl 1-2 mg per lb, every 8 hours (65 lb dog, 2-4 25mg caps every 8 hrs)
Aspirin 5mg per lb every 12 hours (1 tablet, 325mg per 65 lb dog every 12 hrs)
Hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting: 1-3 tsp every 10 min until dog vomits
Pepto Bismol 1 tsp per 5 lb every 6 hours (3-4 TBSP per 65 lb dog every 6 hrs)
Kaopectate 1 ml per 1 lb every 2 hours (3-4 TBSP per 65 lb dog every 2 hours)
Immodium 1 mg per 15 lbs 1-2 times daily
Mineral oil (as a laxative) 5-30 ml per day . . . DO NOT USE LONG TERM
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Old 03-15-2009, 08:31 PM   #75
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That's a pretty good list.
Don't forget, it's time to pack the bearings and first aid kit. Uhh, maybe pack the first aid kit first, you may need it when packing the bearings...
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Old 03-15-2009, 10:34 PM   #76
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We purchased a very complete first aid kit from AeroMedix. It is a bit on the pricey side, but very complete and capable of doing far more than I ever think I'm going to do. They build this up for pilots and it seemed a good fit for some back country outings where the National Park Service thinks we should be able to treat blisters and remove gall bladders. It is a good starter kit and very simple to keep updated as the various items expire. - Doc Blue's Emergency Medical Kit

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Old 03-23-2009, 07:58 PM   #77
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like my truck and my airstream theres nothhing duck tape wont fix .it works great for banaids but it realy hurts to take it off. but we also have the store bought kind and a fire exchanger just in case the hot dogs get out of hand.
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Old 05-17-2010, 09:00 PM   #78
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As for the snake bite kit, since my wife travels with a lawyer, she always includes one. But there are a couple of serious thoughts down a different first aid path to consider:

o If you have some serious medical issues be sure to wear an ID Tag that indicates what they are. These do wear out and occassionally need to be replaced.

o We carry copies of the prescriptions and pamplets that come with the prescription meds.

o Carry copies of key medical information for whoever is traveling with you. Its probably best to carry paper copies as well as electronic. The paper is more accessible and useable. I think we have much of our stuff as PDFs on our laptops as well but after reading this thread I'm going to verify that.

o You really should carry a living will and health care proxy with you. A living will specifys health care decisions you want made (include religious preferences, etc. if any). A health proxy or medical directive names a person to make decisions for you if you cannot do so. These are obviously more likley to be useful if you are camping near civilization but in an emergency are best carried by all. Little weight or space taken, better safe than sorry.

o Since state laws differ considerably take some precuations since you never know where you might have an issue. The documents you use should be separate (i.e., don't use a single form that is both a living will and health proxy). Be sure each document is witnessed by two people and notarized. Carry an original of each, not just a photocopy.

o A practical issue when RV'ing is if you named Uncle Joe as your agent and he's a thousand miles away it might not be of great practical immediate use. Consider a simple "travel" version that you use in which you name someone traveling with you. You can obtain forms and do this for no cost pretty easily on your own. Better yet if you had a lawyer do your documents dare ask for a Word version with some blanks so you can bang out your own each time you go on a long trip and name people you'll be traveling with. This is a really simple no cost way to protect yourself. If you're single and travel with different friends you could bang out a document for each trip and destroy it when you get back home (unless you're full timing). This is probably worth doing just to see the reaction of your lawyer when you ask for a form you can do on your own!

o Be very cautious using internet forms. Many are so bad as to be dangerous and are sometimes worse than not having any document. Many of them are so generic that they won't address anything but a plain vanilla situation (and if your last name isn't vanilla...). While religious issues were noted above, these are almost universally ignored in most standard forms (and frankly in most lawyer prepared forms). If you have a particular faith make the key provisions that affect your care and major decisions known. Similarly if you have a significant existing medical condition make it known as well. Most forms tend to be so standardized that they are less than ideal.

o If you travel with a partner be sure to specify that your partner should have the same decision making and visitation rights as a spouse would be afforded.

o Consider stating in any health proxy that you use that your agent has the authority to remove you from any hospital or other facility in the state you are in when you fall ill, back to a hospital or other facility in your home state (if you have a permanent home). As an aside, if you claim for state income tax purposes that you live in a state with no state income taxes (Nevada, South Dakota, etc.) don't sign documents saying your permanent home is .... whatever high tax state you might have lived in. That could bite you in the .... and then you'd need a tax snake bite kit.

o Many people will also sign a separate HIPAA release -- a document authorizing and named person (your HIPAA representative) to see your medical records.

o If you have a lawyer prepare your documents (which is much safer than the on line stuff) be sure to explain your RV lifestyle so that steps can be taken to accomodate it.

While you may need your first aid to get you through the initial emergency, for many, having the right documents is a relatively easy and inexpensive security step if you end up in a hospital someplace far from home.

"Playing safe", your first aid kit. and common sense are certainly the first steps, but carrying the right documents should also not be overlooked.

Hope this helps.
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Old 04-13-2011, 07:49 PM   #79
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Don't forget, while you're Summerizing your Airstream, check over your first aid kit to make sure everything is up to date and filled. If you ran out and got a new kit when this thread first made an appearance, I don't think I'd want to use any of the contents now, with the possible exception of some bandages.
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Old 04-14-2011, 05:58 AM   #80
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Rolaids. No Doze. Preparation H. The truck drivers first aid kit. Sal.

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