First Aid Kit

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What sort of First Aid kit does your group carry while caving?

Poll ended at Nov 21, 2012 9:51 am

What's a first Aid Kit?
1
5%
Store bought hiking/other kit.
5
26%
Specialty caving kit I found.
0
No votes
Made my own bare bones kit.
8
42%
Made my own expedition worthy cave kit.
3
16%
Fist full of asprin is plenty.
0
No votes
Drink some water and walk it off.
2
11%
Other.
0
No votes
 
Total votes : 19

First Aid Kit

Postby caver.adam » Nov 6, 2012 9:51 am

I'm curious what sort of First Aid kits people carry in caves. In particular I'm wondering whether people have advise on "good enough" kits that aren't too bulky.
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Re: First Aid Kit

Postby Scott McCrea » Nov 6, 2012 10:53 am

Try a search for First Aid kits. There are several previous threads that may answer some questions.
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Re: First Aid Kit

Postby BrianFrank » Nov 6, 2012 12:06 pm

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Re: First Aid Kit

Postby NZcaver » Nov 6, 2012 5:33 pm

That "Medical Kit 7" looks interesting, but I'd be tempted to ditch a few things and add some items of my own.

Here's a couple of previous topics to check out:

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=12381
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=6880
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Re: First Aid Kit

Postby caver.adam » Nov 13, 2012 11:04 am

I'm also interested in what people actually carry, versus recommend. Hence the poll. I know a lot of cavers that cave without one. I was curious how prominent that phenomenom is.
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Re: First Aid Kit

Postby BrianFrank » Nov 13, 2012 12:57 pm

sampson.adam wrote:I'm also interested in what people actually carry, versus recommend. Hence the poll. I know a lot of cavers that cave without one. I was curious how prominent that phenomenom is.

Don't know what it is about the people I cave with, but it seems that in almost every group I cave with, I'm the only one with a First Aid Kit and emergency Blanket. Maybe its because they know I always carry that stuff, so why bother :question:
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Re: First Aid Kit

Postby Wormster » Nov 13, 2012 1:10 pm

First aid kit:

Two sanitary towels, a roll of gaffer tape and a fistfull of asprins!

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Re: First Aid Kit

Postby BaitBucket » Mar 5, 2019 5:12 pm

I personally carry some ibuprofen, potassium, Tums, and Tylenol, as well as some duck tape and super glue. I can also use my swaygo as a splint, I've never had to use it for that though.
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Re: First Aid Kit

Postby bobby49 » Mar 5, 2019 10:40 pm

There is no simple answer to what needs to be in a first aid kit. First, you might read up on the cave rescues over the last ten years, just to get some perspective. Then you have to know what sort of cave you are going into. Some are flat caves, and vertical falls are almost unheard of. Some are vertical caves, and all manner of injuries can come from rope work. You need to know the experience level of the people you go in with. Some groups advocate that all individual first aid supplies should be shared amongst the group in the event of injury. With other groups, it is every man for himself.
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Re: First Aid Kit

Postby bobby49 » Mar 7, 2019 1:32 pm

If I am going caving with just one other person, then I keep a minimum of stuff in my kit mostly to allow a patient to be evacuated with something like an ankle sprain or broken wrist. So that includes a Sam splint, Ace wraps, and lots of good sports tape or Leukotape. Any smaller injuries, like a banged shin or bruised arm, can simply be ignored. An aspirin will go a long way there, although it has the effect of blood thinning. I carry a half-dozen Naproxen pills. Strangely, what I end up using more of is for low blood sugar, so I carry Glucose tablets.
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