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Old 11-06-2012
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Re: 1st Aid at Sea & Important Like Items to Carry

Meds are a topic that can get way off into the weeds on these forums but basic FA kits need to be able to 1. stop bleeding, 2. control shock, 3. provide some method to initiate breathing, 4. to immobilize broken bones. Most FA kits have WAY too few cravats. Cravats are useful for many, many things. They also do not have enough BIG gauze pads because of their bulk nor enough rolls of tape. This kind of mechanical stuff is what you'll need in most things that happen on a boat, or anywhere else for that matter. For breathing, an AMBU bag or some sort of mouthpiece would be a good addition unless you like mouth-mouth. Some airways would also be very useful in a worst-case situation. Pieces of wood and ;adder splints are good to have for splinting. A 6' 1x4 with holes in the ends can be used to apply traction in a pinch as well as immobilize hip injuries.
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