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#184808 - 10/10/09 11:24 AM Re: Not trained, what should be in my urban FAK? [Re: scafool]
Jeanette_Isabelle Offline
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As it has already been said, knowledge is the best tool. I've taken first aid and have read other first aid guides but nothing I have come across yet compares with A Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness & Travel Medicine by Eric A. Weiss, MD

A roll of medical tape and EMT sheers always comes in handy. The splinter picker/tick remover forceps, found in the Pocket Medic, Ultralight .5 and higher kits, is the best thing I found for removing splinters.

A little more than two years ago, I was running on a sidewalk, tripped and really scraped up my knees. At that time I had with me my EMT sheers and a Pocket Medic modified with a roll of medical tape. That provided the bare minimal to patch me up.

Experience has taught to go with the Ultralight .5. It comes with a roll of medical tape so no modification is needed. If you have ever tried to shoehorn a roll of tape into the Pocket Medic, you would know it's best to go with the Ultralight .5.

Edit: The safety pins in the Pocket Medic and Ultralight .5 are also handy in the event of a wardrobe emergency such as at a wedding. I speak from experience.

Jeanette Isabelle


Edited by JeanetteIsabelle (10/10/09 11:34 AM)
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#184811 - 10/10/09 12:31 PM Re: Not trained, what should be in my urban FAK? [Re: scafool]
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#184827 - 10/10/09 04:23 PM Re: Not trained, what should be in my urban FAK? [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
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Registered: 10/19/06
Posts: 1013
Loc: Pacific NW, USA
Originally Posted By: JeanetteIsabelle
As it has already been said, knowledge is the best tool. I've taken first aid and have read other first aid guides but nothing I have come across yet compares with A Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness & Travel Medicine by Eric A. Weiss, MD

Jeanette Isabelle


Weiss is a good book, I keep one in every backpacking FAK I put together - and when things are slow and when I'm in my tent and its raining, or I'm waiting for my dinner to cook or water to boil (usualy the same thing), I take it out and re-read sections as a refresher.

For less portable Wilderness First Aid books I'm partial to any book in the NOLS WFA series by Tod Schimelpfenig. I happened to take a WFA course from Tod back in pre-history when WFA seemed new, and his direct and practical brand of medicine has seemed to stick through 3 refresher courses since. Can't say it too loud or strongly enough, get thee to a Wilderness first Aid course if you want some decent instruction on treating patients in hard times, eg.post-disaster, or 24 hours up a trail with a bunch of Scouts who are your responsibility. (Disclaimer: no money or consideration from NOLS, just thanks for the solitude their training has given me in tough situations.)

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#184828 - 10/10/09 04:31 PM Re: Not trained, what should be in my urban FAK? [Re: dweste]
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Originally Posted By: dweste
I am not a medical professional and have only a little, outdated first aid knowledge.

What should I have in my urban FAK, how should it be organized?


Now back to your post
1St. If you have little first aid knowage. Get some. There are a lot of free first aid classes in most towns. Fire and police sometimes give them also the Red Cross.

2Nd. as for your kit, with your lack or knowlage use the KISS system (keep it simple stuped) a basic kit as Doug's basic kit should do it. After you get training you can up grade the kit.

3rd. As to organization, what ever flots your boat. seperate it any way you like. When you make your own kit you will know where every thing is. I personaly use an old tackle box.
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#184831 - 10/10/09 04:35 PM Re: Not trained, what should be in my urban FAK? [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
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#184834 - 10/10/09 04:48 PM Re: Not trained, what should be in my urban FAK? [Re: big_al]
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#184835 - 10/10/09 04:53 PM Re: Not trained, what should be in my urban FAK? [Re: big_al]
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Probably a MAC. My MAC catches most, (but not all) of my typing/spelling errors as I go, and places a red dashed underscore beneath the word. Then I "right click" on a track pad with only one button, and it gives me suggestions.
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#184838 - 10/10/09 07:03 PM Re: Not trained, what should be in my urban FAK? [Re: Desperado]
Jeanette_Isabelle Offline
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Loc: Emerald City, OZ
Originally Posted By: Desperado
Probably a MAC. My MAC catches most, (but not all) of my typing/spelling errors as I go, and places a red dashed underscore beneath the word. Then I "right click" on a track pad with only one button, and it gives me suggestions.

Which word processing program do you use? I have tested several word processing programs for Windows and Linux. In my opinion Word Perfect is the best.

Jeanette Isabelle
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