Recently I have been giving some thought to First Aid and Medicine in the wake of the three very bad earthquakes our planet has recently seen in the past 14 or 15 months. I have been thinking about my first aid kit, is it adequate, what I know and do not know about first aid, trauma, field medicine, etc. Watching the suffering of those who were injured in the clips both online and on television, I realize what I know is historically from what I learned in scouts and as a kid in school and can probably fill a thimble. Honestly, I know more about making fires that I know about closing a gapping wound in the field. And, when you put them side by side, one seems as equally important as the other. What good is knowing how to make fire 12 different ways if you are bleeding to death? Interesting thought to myself this morning.
This has prompted me to start looking at some new text, but more importantly to start investigating First Aid and advanced First Aid classes here in NJ. Not just that, it has prompted me to take a closer look at what first aid supplies I do have and if I had to administer first aid or advanced first aid on someone, what would I do if I did not have the supplies in tow? If I needed to, I am not sure I could administer an IV bag to rehydrate someone? To that end, i am not sure when I would even need one. Better yet, where the heck can you buy them, or get training on the “how to” without doing something like going to paramedic school or something like that?
Have any of you taken advanced courses in medicine and advanced first aid? That is not really a rhetorical question, I am really very curious. Have you thought about it or is the Adventure Medical first aid kit you purchased suffice in your mind? Please comment and let me know your thoughts.
With that, I “think” it might be smart to put together a “Medical Base Kit” that can be transported if there was a need to Bug Out. Something not too extensive, but could be put into a plastic storage container like you find at Target, Walmart, Kmart etc. with a snap on lid (http://goo.gl/6BVXJ). Easily transported, sealed with duct tape, and can be thrown right in the truck if necessary. But more importantly, the skill set to use those items is clearly more important.
In addition, Dentistry is a concern but that is slightly back burner for the moment.