I also carry the following kit in my vehicle whenever I go on any kind of a trip or know I'm going to be doing something pretty dangerous around the ranch. It has items to care for both people and horses/cattle. The truck also has a store bought kit that stays in it year round. I figure the temperature extremes wouldn't be good on this bigger kit to leave it in the vehicle year round.
First aid kit for truck
-disposable scalpels (6)
-large heavy plastic straw
-curved surgical tweezers
-wilderness athlete hydrate & recover powder
-aleve (large bottle)
-Ace bandage + 4 safety pins
-Gauze pads (3”x3” quantity 10)
-gauze sponges (4x4 quantity 4)
-first aid & wilderness survival mini-book
-Benzalkonium antiseptic towlettes (quantity 9)
-Iodine prep pads medium (quantity 4)
-alcohol prep pads medium (quantity 2)
-athletic tape (3 rolls one 1” and two 2”)
-Iodine water tablets ( 1 bottle up to 25qts)
-Needle & 15ft of 10lb fishing line
-Wrap 1 roll self adhesive bandage
-Amoxycillian 1 bottle 19 capsules)
-bandages (standard and butterfly assorted sizes)
-calf suture kit
-20 rubber gloves
-instant cold pack
-theraflu cold strips
-first aid quick guide book
-2 tampons (gunshot or other major puncture wounds)
-hydrogen peroxide 4oz
-syringe wound irrigation (quantity 2)
-saline solution for wound irrigation (1 bottle)
-surgical scrub brush
-vetbond wound sealer (like superglue)
-Vetwrap 1 roll
-latex gloves (quantity 12)
-coldpack (single use)
-quickclot (2 of a 3.5”x3.5” pad)
-horse first aid book
Holy crap mcseal2 ! Were your a medic in Seal Team 2 ???
I thought I carried a portible hospital ! I have everything your list in front pocket in my back pack kit except for thermometer, straw and dryer lint. I use other fire starter's, and a lot of your main pocket items. You gave me many ideas/items to add ...
Thanks for a xlnt post !
Wow! I just carry a couple of band aids.
I wouldn't know what to do with half of that stuff.
I am terrible at this. I just carry gauze pads and wrap, emt shears, and superglue. The super glue works great on closing up wounds and you don't have to Rambo up to put stitches in yourself. The glue works nicely and does it leaves a nice clean scar as I can attest to as t cut y palm in Colorado hunting while sharpening a 150 snuffer. But I used to hunt with some sawyers (lumberjacks) and they had the food kits. Staplegun and a bunch of other stuff I guess that is one of those things I am gong to have to rethink after reading this thread.
Huntwyodon its hard to close(and keep closed) areas like knees, elbows, fingers because of the high mobility of your joints and the skin is typically tougher. Usually cuts and wounds are 7-10 days. Tougher areas can take up to 10-15 days if the area has time to rest, which during a hunt is not the best time. The best suture material is ethilon or vicryl. The stapler sounds worse but it is so much faster. Click click click done. plus dont have to worry about having to redo it. Im a RN in a busy er so ive seen and done alot of wounds to say the least ha. Check local medical supply stores, the will have most of the things you need, if you really lucky walgreens. Might need a good buddy at a hospital to get a stapler though. Or a good vet! I usually give the used ones to friends that run dogs-not for people ha. When their dogs get cut up by hogs, click click they are back in action.
Thanks for the compliment.
Originally Posted by HuntWYODon
Most of my hands on medical experience is from treating myself or animals around the ranch. My brother in law is a paramedic/emt as his civillian job, as well as in the national guard. I thought I had my kit pretty decent and then had him look it over and offer suggestions on what to add and teach me how to use it. He works 24hr shifts at his job and is often out at the ranch on days off, so chances are decent if the kit is needed he would be around to help use it. It can take 45 minutes to an hour for medical help to reach us IF they find us on the first try on our ranch so it is worth being prepared. As those of you who have bought pre-made first aid kits know they sound huge when you list them out like this. My postage scale shows my big truck kit weighing 4.5lbs and it fits in a bag about the size of a kids lunch box.
My kit for carrying on hunts isn't near as big. In my opinion bandaids are overrated as something to pack, you need alot of them to have the right size for the wound. Vet wrap weighs little and can be used to stop bleeding or make a makeshift splint with cut braces. On a mountain side heavy bleeding or a bad leg worry me most as far as injury. A roll of vet wrap 4" long by 5yds wide weights 1.4oz on my scale and it is available in bright colors like hot pink that can also be used for flagging/signaling if needed. I always carry a 2" wide by 50ft roll of duck tape that can be used with the vet wrap alone, or preferably with it and a gauze pad to bandage most wounds. My field kit sounds bigger than it is also, while typing this I weighed it. The medical part fits easily in a qt ziplock bag with lots of room to spare and weighs 4.9oz including the duck tape.
Might have to get one of those staplers, sounds like a good idea.
I guess i'm lucky, or very careful. Not sure which?
60 years of hunting and a minimum of 200 days a year scouting, and i've never even needed the bandaids.
I keep my kit in a qt. sized ziplock also. Water purification tablets, a few different allergy and pain meds, ace wrap w/ velcro on one end for a sprain or to keep pressure on open wound or even to wrap around a splint. Space blanket, sanitary wipes for cleaning hands or wounds. I take my fletching glue to double as closing wounds and repairing vanes on my arrows both. Parachute chord, lighter, waterproof matches and a magnesium striker with a flint I picked up at a hunting expo in Denver for $10. I guess my biggest fear is cleaning my water and being able to start a fire no matter what to keep warm. My next priority is cleaning and closing up wounds to keep from infection. I should add the vaseline soaked cotton balls this year for sure.
Wasn't trying to play Rambo. LOL! When I sewed my knee up in 1993. I didn't have crazy glue with me but the size of the wound it would of never worked. After sewn it would of been great . The cut went all the way around the bottom of my knee cap to the bone from the rocks I landed on. Probably 3.5 in. Long. My friends dad who was there was an Air Force flight surgeon . I took his advice that it was best to sew up because we were packed in so far. I was only one who had needle and thread . He instructed me on correct way to suture while I did it. I couldn't even feel it because my knee and bone were so bruised and hurt more. Next day my knee was so swollen and stiff I couldn't bend it but I hobbled back up the mtn and shot my bull in the a.m.. Some people chuckle at some of the first aid some of us on here carry or use. Well, some of us have learned from experiance or want to be prepared for it .best to be rather than not and learn the hard way . I've had a few other incidents that I was glad that I had at least basic first aid with me. Some from hunting buddy's that carried nothing. Some learned after . Some never do.
MCseal2 and others. Great posts and xlnt info. I think my pack kit is going to get heavier , lol !
Maybe both. I've never been that lucky but don't believe in luck. I try to be careful as possible especially when hunting alone. But accidents do and will happen. Hopefully when it does it's not serious to where you will need more than a bandsid. If it is and you are far from truck or help you could be fcked. To me, not worth the risk .
Originally Posted by Old Hunter