The first aid kit is an essential item for each of your bivouac outings. Indeed, it will allow you to to tend to of almost all types of injuries of which you may be a victim. It will allow you to continue your bivouac excursion or in the worst case, you relieve while waiting for help.
The first aid kit must stay at hand in any situation in order to proceed quickly to first aid, whether for you or for your partner (s) during a group outing.
She must be compact and usable in all circumstances.
What should a first aid kit contain?
As a general rule, the first aid kit should contain at least :
- One analgesic paracetamol type, except medical contraindication (aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs should be avoided);
- One set of dressings pre-cut in various sizes and raincoats;
- A 5 cm band and one of 10 cm, Velpeau or Nylex type;
- From strips for suture superficial wounds awaiting medical diagnosis;
- From liquid soap to wash a wound of the stains and associated germs;
- From so-called “second skin” dressings to protect a light bulb;
- A Soothing cream against insect bites;
- From physiological saline pods sterile for eye wash;
- One probiotic in case of diarrhea (ultra-yeast 200 3x / d);
- One pellet tube ARNICA 9 CH, ten granules to suck if trauma;
- From sugar in individual packaging;
- One tick puller, needles and scissors ;
- One garbage bag for the waste to be brought back;
- One notebook + pencil to write down the time to take a medication and the disinfectant tablets for water can be added.
It is possible to add other elements if you have room to put them or if you plan a long outing, far from emergency services or difficult to access. L’adaptation of your kit must be made according to the type of outing and route that you are going to borrow may be helpful on choosing items.
Must also respect the expiry dates of drugs in order to maintain their effectiveness. Your attending physician can also provide you with personalized advice on the use of drugs. A quick tour of the first aid in order to learn more about using certain items in your first aid kit is a point not to be overlooked.
It is preferable to provide a notice for the use and dosage of each element of your kit to avoid a mistake that could worsen an injury.
The safety during your outings is a priorityeven before the weight of your backpack. Favoring security over the lightness of your bag is not an option.
If you decide to go out alone in a bivouac, let someone know when and where you are leaving so that help can find you quickly if needed.
We will come back to this theme soon to discuss a more intervention-oriented first aid kit with more technical content.