Individuals who live active
lifestyles by engaging in outdoor activities know the importance of bringng a first aid kit during camping and hiking trips. Those who ride bicycles or motorcycles as daily fares are no strangers to falls, scrapes and bruises. They alway make it a point to check if their first aid kits contain the essential elements that can provide them with immediate relief and treatment of minor injuries, while proper medical care is still unavailable.
Common Hazards in Outdoor Activities
Riding bicycles and motorcycles can expose riders to greater hazards that cause major body trauma. Some of the contents of a first aid kit can help a qualified first aid provider with tools to alleviate some of the pain being suffered by the injured person. However, it’s not always advisable to move a person with major fractures and head trauma as one could do more harm than good.
Here, discussions on first aid kits and their components will focus mostly on minor injuries like abrasions, cuts, puncture wounds, sprains, strains, blisters, insect bites, minor burns, minor fratures, dehydration and allergic reactions. If a person administering first aid doesn’t have proper first aid training, having a First Aid manual in place and used as guide can help to ensure proper application of medications.
Essentials to Include in a First Aid Kit
First off, it would be best to use a waterproof bag to hold the following items together as components of a first aid kit:
1. The traditional medical adhesive strips to help protect and stop the bleeding of minor cuts and abrasions.
2. Sterile gauze, bandage and adhesive tape for wrapping open wounds, after they have been cleaned and disinfected.
3. Cleaning and Disinfecting Solutions – A breakthrough medication that has been providing fast and effective protection and relief for minor injuries is the active skin repair available as bundled package of medicated spray and hydrogel. According to those who have reviewed the product, it’s a medical grade, no-sting treatment that hastens the body’s natural healing process. The primary goal of which is to immediately close the wound to protect it against bacterial infection.
4. Aspirin or paracetamol to provide pain relief caused by swelling as a result of the minor injury.
5. An emergency blanket in case an injured person starts feeling feverish or suffer from chills caused by the outdoor air.
6. Tweezers to use when dealing with wounds complicated by splinters, broken glass or any other objects that got stuck in the skin.