Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Is Your First Aid Kit Fully Stocked?

August 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

 

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Often, a boat’s first aid kit is overlooked until it’s needed. At that point, you don’t want to dig out a dusty box half-filled with dried up or expired items, so before you set out on your next adventure, check the kit. Properly dispose of anything that has expired, open non-sealed bottles and boxes to make sure they are reasonably full and that nothing has evaporated or smells “off.” Make sure you have as many items and remedies as are reasonable for the size of your vessel and the length of your trips. We suggest the following be part of every vessel’s first aid kit — add any medications and treatments the captain and crew rely upon.

  • Alcohol wipes
  • Antibacterial soap
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Anti-nausea acupressure wrist bands
  • Arnica for muscle aches
  • Bandages in a variety of sizes
  • Burn treatment including aloe vera gel
  • Cayenne or black pepper to stop minor bleeding
  • Clean cloths
  • Cold packs
  • Disposable gloves
  • Eye dressing
  • Eye wash
  • Face mask
  • First aid tape
  • Gauze
  • Ginger root capsules or drops for seasickness
  • Heating packs
  • Pain relievers (baby aspirin – for adult use only)
  • Plastic zip bags
  • Razor blade
  • Sting relief including vinegar or cola
  • Tenderizer containing papain for bug bites
  • Thermometer
  • Tick tweezers
  • Witch hazel

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Have a basic first aid manual aboard. You don’t want to start scrolling through your phone (if you have service) when a cut is bleeding or a pain is persisting.

At the start of each boating day, show your passengers where the first aid kit is located and be sure it’s accessible (but secure it from kids and pets).

First aid by laypersons is never a substitute for proper medical attention; once back on shore, injured or ailing boaters should consult with a doctor or head to an emergency room.

 

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