Recommend some things to put in a First Aid Kit
I've been a nurse for 20 years, I ride with other nurses and doctors, and we never take a first aid kit.
Take some duct tape.
If you can't fix it with duct tape, call an ambulance.
Antiseptic wipes do nothing at all.
Foil blankets are a waste of space.
Duct tape will cover your wounds, stop your bleeding, splint your broken bits and can be used to fix your bike too.Posted 8 years agostevomcdSubscriber
In my guide pack 1st aid kit I carry:
2 whacking great big dressings (military ones)
Duct tape to hold them on
Handful of smaller dressings
Most of it's been used at one time or another.
I definitely agree with the above posts that antiseptic wipes and foil blankets are a waste of space. Minor cuts and grazes (that might want an antiseptic wipe) are best left until you're back at base as any dressing will just come off and/or the injury will get full of sweat/mud if you continue the ride. Foil blankets are useless in a mountain environment (especially a typically wet/windy UK one). What IS useful is to take the classic orange survival bag, cut it open (you'd never get a seriously injured casualty into one anyway), then duct tape a foil blanket onto it.
I also carry a SAM splint, I haven't made much use of it myself, but I have seen them used effectively.
The "if it's bad, call an ambulance" approach is all very well, but what if you don't have reception and it's going to take hours to reach a phone?Posted 8 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Foil blanket isn't as brilliant as most people think, but neither is it as useful as some people say- you often hear "Ambulances don't carry them any more" but why would they? They're not all that useful in reasonable conditions but if it's raining or windy then they can make a difference- you can be waiting a long time for help if you're away from road access. They're also pretty useful for visibility, more so if you're alone but if you're up on a hillside waiting for paramedics or a ride in a helicopter a big shiny sheet is a handy thing to have.Posted 8 years agodoug_basqueMTB.comSubscriber
Similar to above. Second the orange blanket cut open with foil duct taped inside, try it out and you can feel the warmth.
I do carry antiseptic wipes. I know they're not much use and I don't waste them on myself but they are great for reassurance of people with cuts!
I always carry a small tube of nappy bum cream. I've rescued two people's rides with this! When it gets hot and people sweat their nethers can disintegrate pretty fast!!! The rule is that they get one squeeze into their hands and once it's applied they aren't allowed to touch the tube to get more and they are banned from any communal sweeties that I might be carrying! 🙂Posted 8 years agoantigeeMember
having seen a fair number of mainly minor casualties in the hills over the years surprised by the "no foil blanket" comments – seen a few people where exposure combined with shock is biggest problem not the original injuryPosted 8 years ago
so i take my whistle and foil blanket tape and dressingsdoug_basqueMTB.comSubscriber
antigee, the foil blankets don't provide enough protection and have you ever tried getting someone into one with all their kit on without ripping it to shreds? Hence why a lot of people carry an orange survival blanket, cut open with a foil blanket taped inside. It's warm and being cut open it's easy to get the person inside it.Posted 8 years ago
Antiseptic wipes stop the blood clotting apparently, not ideal for extensive bleeding….
If you disturb the wound it'll effect clotting, there's no need to clean the wound at the scene unless your going to close the wound. Even then anti-septic wipes are no better than a good clean with tap water.Posted 8 years agoTheLittlestHoboMember
Does anyone know of a good outdoors emergency 1st aid book? I think that would be a hell of a good suggestion every time these type of threads appear. As above, antiseptic wipes just move blood around rather than clean it off. I would rather look like a man and let the blood clot and seal the wound till i get back to clean it out properly. Thats what happened to me twice this year. The wipes were a complete waste of time.
A phone & knowledge are the most important things i reckon you can have with you.
Oh, i was a little suprised at how low people rate the foil blankets. I havent used one before but do tend to have one with me on winter rides.Posted 8 years ago
yes, because there's plenty of tap water in the hills.
Did you bother reading what I wrote?
Lots of people now carry things called hydration packs with them, many carry tap water in these. It's a new gimmick to mountain biking and may never catch on but if fancy trying one I think you can get them from a few shops now.Posted 8 years agoScienceofficerMember
Patronising as ever Drac.
Most folk I ride with have some form of juice or energy drink in their backpack.
Why don't you tell use about all the hidden nasties we might have if we dress our own wounds and don't let medical professionals such as yourself feel superior by doing it for us?Posted 8 years ago
Why don't you tell use about all the hidden nasties we might have if we dress our own wounds and don't let medical professionals such as yourself feel superior by doing it for us?
Depends on the extent of the wound if it needs medical assistance to clean it. The risks I think most people or aware of tetanus and infection, common sense really needs to be applied if you unsure then go to a minor injuries unit and have it cleaned and dressed thoroughly.Posted 8 years ago
Bearing in mind how common shoulder / collar bone injuries are a triangular bandage is always useful for an elivated sling.
Duct tape; just stick the hand of the affected side to the opposite shoulder.
It fixes so much stuff, can even be used to hold wounds until they get stitched, and apply pressure to stop bleeding.Posted 8 years ago
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