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Old 28-10-2021, 16:57   #1
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Sailing specific first aid kit contents?

I am in Queensland in Australia so stinger remedies would be needed in it?
Are there locally available first aid kits suitable for sailing.
Chandleries probably have some but I have not been to one recently.
Currently nurning b8g blisters on my foot as I was pouring boiling water on jammed zippers on my day backpack. I managed to free the zippers but got a huge blister on my foot by accidentally spilling nhot water over it. So my current first aid kit is running out of big wound dressings.
By the way, I use manuka honey on blisters due to it"s healing properties.
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Old 28-10-2021, 18:30   #2
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Re: Sailing specific first aid kit contents?

You will find sailing specific first aid kits in chandleries.
Cat 7 through to Cat 1.

None come with medications.
All need additional items to make them effective.

Let your level of training be guide the selection of additions.

I have used this supplier for many years both corporate and private.
www.alphafirstaid.com.au

They have various levels of marine specific kits


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Re: Sailing specific first aid kit contents?

You tried to free zippers with boiling water, then burned your foot with same boiling water?
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In a pinch you can use chap stick or spray your zippers with oil, dry lube, etc.
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Re: Sailing specific first aid kit contents?

Before departing on our world cruise we bought a small hard case first aid kit from a safety and first aid supply company. We mounted it on the wall and used it to treat minor injuries which occurred while sailing. It was not targeted for boating and it cost about 10% what you pay at the chandlery.

When getting ready to go cruising we prepared our own first aid kit on the advice of our family physician and our own thinking.

This kit was much more extensive and additionally focused on serious injuries or illnesses. We had a variety of topical treatments, medicines for various ailments, pain killers, and antibiotics. We asked our physician to give us prescriptions, often for long term treatment not just 5 days and we bought our own drugs and medicines. We even had injectable morphine. Some of our friends took classes on doing stitches and setting bones (we did not).

We have kept this kit for 35 years, refreshing and updating it frequently. In a few countries we made appointments with local MD's to review and renew our supplies.

We also became adept and self medicating (horrors) out of necessity. Medical knowledge is available online. Even now when we are back in a developed country with excellent medical professionals easily available to us, we make the final decisions on our medication and treatment.

So your medical kit is partially that stuff which you have in the bag, and partially what you carry in your head.
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Re: Sailing specific first aid kit contents?

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I am in Queensland in Australia so stinger remedies would be needed in it?
Keep a few 2l containers of white vinegar on board. Good for lots of things around the boat as well as for de-scaling the head pipes and for stinger treatment. Available cheaply in any supermarket.
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It was not targeted for boating and it cost about 10% what you pay at the chandlery.
I'm also curious as to what exactly makes a "marine" kit. I could see the hard case, but then you have the larger AMK marine kits that I'm pretty sure aren't fully watertight. Perhaps it's a bottle of vinegar for jellyfish?

My preference is to start with a decent kit with good organization and room for customization, as over time you'll need to refill it anyway. If you have no training, wilderness WFA or WFR courses are a good way to get started.

I might add one other bit to the stuff in the bag and the stuff in the head, and that's prevention. Slowing down and recognizing when you're about to do something with undue risk, or simply tired or rushed, can avoid the need to break out the kit and skills in the first place.
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Re: Sailing specific first aid kit contents?

A single battle dressing, which is waterproof packaged of course, is better than many expensive kits that simply canít stop a bleeding.

I recommend to buy a Pelican EMS case and start filling it yourself. There have been many threads about what to put in, Iím sure Google will come up with most of that
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You tried to free zippers with boiling water, then burned your foot with same boiling water?


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A Darwin Award contender !!
Nah, he'd have to have killed himself first...

Shows us, though, how often our onboard injuries are self-generated. Remember GiLow and his murderous mast winch from a few months back?

I had dinner with a friend this week who told me about two of his racing crew, in the midst of a race, one turned and walked straight into the boom during a controlled gybe and the foredeckker left the forward hatch open and took all the skin off the front of his shin - ankle to knee. Same race. Didn't do so well in the standings that day!

My own particular bit of onboard stupidity was offshore, climbing from the galley up the companionway stairs to the cockpit, cup of tea in each hand. Of course, the boat lurched and sent me and both cups of tea flying... while I heard my cousin's booming Irish voice in my head, "One hand for you and one for the boat!!!"

@Jedi - I seem to remember that you have a particularly good first aid kit onboard. (In fact, Jedi seems to have particularly good everything onboard.) Care to repeat your list for our enquring member?

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Re: Sailing specific first aid kit contents?

I regularly get jammed zippers as I have a wetsuit and sailing bag, I sail yachts and dinghies. To free them I use vinegar (being English, the sort you put on your chips not in a salad dressing, then use WD40. Not a burnt digit anywhere.
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Re: Sailing specific first aid kit contents?

Scissors
Waterproof Surgical tape
ABD pads (large)
Antibiotic Ointment
Tegaderm Pads (Large)
Ibuprofen
Hydrogen Peroxide
Sterile gauze patches
Benadryl
Sturgeron
Antifungal ointment
long tweezers.
A stitching kit
Sun Block

5 roll gauze

5 chemical cold packs



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Re: Sailing specific first aid kit contents?

For burns- Silver ointment. This can be purchased at most pharmacies.

For wounds, sterile saline for wound cleaning. You don't want to waste fresh water on it and sterile saline is the same ph as your body so there will be less pain while cleaning it. Follow up with quick clot bandages if the bleeding is hard to stop with just pressure. Follow up with a battle dressing, the best are called Israeli Battle Dressings that you can pick up on Amazon. These are awesome.
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Re: Sailing specific first aid kit contents?

Looking at a listing on ebay a kit contains the following to which I would add four cold packs, anti diaohreea meds, and constipation meds, paracetamol and co-codamol and probably double the contents for my six berth boat.

Ocean Safety Offshore Standard First Aid Kit.

Offshore Medical Kit in a compact water resistant robust box.Ideal for the more long distance or cross channel sailor.

Contents:

1 First aid guidance leaflet
1 Blanket silver foil
1 Lip moisturiser
1 Eye bath plastic
1 Thermometer clinical
1 Fingerstall
1 Saline eye wash solutions pad
10 Dioralyte sachets
2 Triangular bandage
40 Assorted plasters
1 Leukostrip (packet 4)
1 Safety pins (packet 12)
2 Paraffin gauze dressing
1 Pair disposable gloves
2 Large sized dressing
2 Medium sized dressing
1 Extra Large dressing
1 Bandage conforming 10 cm
1 Bandage conforming 7.5cm
1 Bandage conforming 5cm
1 Bandage crepe 7.5cm
1 Waterproof strapping
1 Eye pad with bandage
10 Alcohol free moist wipes
2 Gauze swabs (packet 5)
1 Pair scissors
1 Forceps, splinter
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Re: Sailing specific first aid kit contents?

Stellar, We run a sailing program for Veterans, so for us, we needed a top of the line first aid kit c/w an AED. We turned to Tacmed, a company that was started by a rtd SAS Medic and now supply world wide to Defence, Police, Rescue organisarions etc.
Our kit came in an ip67 waterproof case and sits right next to our companionway for quick access. Make no mistake, this is a top quality first aid kit, not cheap but amongst the very best. Contact Michael Brewer , Tacmed 0499772395. Their Head office is in Coffs Harbour NSW. They are very helpful & will design a kit best suited to your needs
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