My First Medical B.O.B!!

Discussion in 'Health & Medicine' started by IrritatedWithUS, May 12, 2011.

  1. IrritatedWithUS

    IrritatedWithUS Well-Known Member

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    Well, I made my first medical B.O.B. today. I am really excited about it and I want your opinions and constructive criticism about it. I haven't gotten band-aids and I want to get more isopropyl alcohol and medical tape.

    In my bag I have:

    * 4 extra-large foam dressings
    * 5 large A.B.D. pads
    * 1 bottle of isopropyl alcohol
    * 6 small tubes of burn cream
    * 2 large tubes of pain relief cream
    * 1 roll medical tape
    * 2 mini-shampoo vials (Why, I don't know. I just threw them in there)
    * 2 large ACE bandages
    * 8 dressing compression sponges
    * 1 Lidocaine Rx-only large pain patch

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    As you can see I have lots of room left.

    What are some really good items that I can shove into the bag?
     
  2. *Andi

    *Andi Supporting Member

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    Looking good!

    If you have the room - aspirin ... ;)
     

  3. Ezmerelda

    Ezmerelda Well-Known Member

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  4. IrritatedWithUS

    IrritatedWithUS Well-Known Member

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    Yes, aspirin, gloves, cold packs, and the like I need to get! I also need a CPR mask. I forgot to get one during medical training.They are very useful.
     
  5. MisterBalloonHands

    MisterBalloonHands New Member

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    Neosporin would be useful. I'd replace some of that burn cream for it.
    Needle and thread could be very handy if you need emergency stitches or you tear your shirt!
    Anti diarrhea pills and benadryl would probably be great to have as well.
     
  6. Ezmerelda

    Ezmerelda Well-Known Member

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    Are those shampoo bottles empty? If so, you could fill one (or both) with ammonia. It's good for stings, it relieves the pain. A little goes a loooong way.
     
  7. IrritatedWithUS

    IrritatedWithUS Well-Known Member

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    Ah, that reminds me. Medical scissors!
     
  8. joyfulheart

    joyfulheart Active Member

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    electrolyte powder, glucose tablets
    (just a thought)
     
  9. tsrwivey

    tsrwivey Supporting Member

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    hemostats, bandage scissors, stethescope, tube of white icing (diabetics), sterile saline (instead of alcohol), shoelaces (to use as a tourniquet), nitrile exam gloves (better barrier than vinyl), pen & paper...
     
  10. neldarez

    neldarez Supporting Member

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    I just know this is a dumb question......oh well, won't be my first or last.....what does medical B.O.B. stand for? Bag of ??? :) Are you putting this bag together so you can carry it in your car? I don't have medical anything set up, so all info is helpful to me.......
     
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  11. tsrwivey

    tsrwivey Supporting Member

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    BOB = bug out bag
     
  12. Nathan_Hughes

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    For a great Medical BOB check out USNERDoc's you tube channel and watch his level 2 FAK (First Aid Kit) Video series, its really good.
     
  13. goshengirl

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    And to clarify, 'bug out' means, roughly, 'get out'. So you'll see things like:
    BOB = bug out bag
    BOL = bug out location
    BOV = bug out vehicle

    The idea is that in some emergencies you may be forced to leave your home (or work), and to be prepared. A BOB is a bag with supplies strategically located so that you can grab and run. A BOL is a location you can get to, likely remote, to hunker down during an emergency. A BOV is the vehicle you 'bug out' with, equipped with supplies and as capable (4 wheel drive, heavy-duty) as possible.

    HTH :)
     
  14. NaeKid

    NaeKid YourAdministrator, eh?

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    You will find a wide-range of acronyms used on this board that are fairly common within the prepper boards and survivial boards.

    I put together a list of the most common ones and put it up on the board for members to read through: http://www.preparedsociety.com/forum/f45/faq-standard-acronyms-2285/

    As I learn new acronyms, I will update that thread posted above with them ..
     
  15. Jason

    Jason I am a little teapot

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    Since you have the room, put in a small flashlight. People get hurt in the dark, too. :)

    Maybe think about some basic stuff, too-multitool, small fire kit, etc. I know this is a medical kit but having some basic rudimentary stuff may make a difference when you need to work on somebody and don't have time to round stuff up from all over.
     
  16. Littledoc

    Littledoc Medical professional

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    I suggest getting a SAM splint and up your store of things like Tylenol, Ibuprofin, Aspirin, and medications specific to your household.
     
  17. Jimmy24

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    A flashlight would be great. But I included a good headlight in my FAK. There are some really good ones out there. Remember you may need both hands in a 1st aid situation and a headlight allows you that.

    JGW
     
  18. SurvivalNut

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    I always carried an antibiotic and immodium while on patrols. It's the craps to get diarrhea while on patrol. And a broad spectrum antibiotic can at least try to knock down a bacterial infection till you get landed.

    Below is a basic med kit I carry at all times. I call it my $20 MED KIT. I spend about that once a year to update it at the dollar store. Any expired items then go into my barter box.


    NON-PRESCRIPTION
    FIRST AID KIT
    SHELF-LIFE ITEMS PURPOSE
    1 ACETAMINOPHEN (TYLENOL) PAIN RELIEF
    2 ASPIRIN PAIN RELIEF
    3 IBUPROFEN (MOTRIN) PAIN RELIEF
    4 BACITRACIN ANTIBIOTIC
    5 DIPHENHYDRAMINE 25mg (BENEDRYL) ALLERGY RELIEF
    6 IMODIUM/LOMTROMIL ANTI DIARRHEAL
    7 TINACTIN ANTIFUNGAL
    8 GUAIFENESIN EXPECTORANT
    9 SUDAFED COLD RELIEF
    10 EYE DROPS IRRIGATION
    11 MECLIZINE 25mg ANTI-NAUSEA
    12 LAXATIVE TREATMENT
    13 PEROXIDE WOUND CARE
    14 ANTACID RELIEF
    15 IODINE WOUND CARE
    16 COUGH SYRUP COUGH RELIEF
    17 HYDROCORTISONE 1% ITCH RELIEF
    18 MULTI VITAMINS PREVENTATIVE
    19 NASAL SPRAY RELIEF
    20 SLEEP AID RELIEF
    21 EAR DROPS

    SHELF-STABLE ITEMS ROLLER BANDAGE BANDAGING
    MEDICAL TAPE WOUND CARE
    BAND-AIDS BANDAGING
    GAUZE PADS BANDAGING
    Q TIPS WOUND CARE
    SUPER GLUE WOUND CARE
    PETROLEUM JELLY (VASELINE LIP BALM) RELIEF

    DURABLE ITEMS PIN/NEEDLE WOUND CARE
    NAIL CLIPPERS WOUND CARE
    TWEEZERS WOUND CARE
    SCALPEL/RAZORS WOUND CARE
    BANDAGE SCISSORS BANDAGING
    SURGICAL SCISSORS WOUND CARE
    EYEDROPPER DISPENSING
    THERMOMETER DIAGNOSTIC
    PILL CUTTER
    DENTAL FLOSS
    OPTIONAL
    HEART BURN TABS
    DENTAL PICK
    DENTAL FILLING KIT
    DENTAL MIRROR
     
  19. CulexPipiens

    CulexPipiens Still waiting for the zombies.

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    Moleskin or something for blisters and aluminum splint. Rolls up into a small package, yet a slight bend when unrolled and it is very stiff. Amazon.com: Universal Aluminium Splint: Health & Personal Care and maybe an some clean rag strips to use for binding wounds, tieing splints, imobilizing broken arms, etc.
     
  20. CulexPipiens

    CulexPipiens Still waiting for the zombies.

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    Just remembered... I had found a posting awhile back with a lengthy list of medical items. I don't remember where I found it or who it was that put it together but all credit goes to that person.

    Here's what I had copied from it:


    I like to see these items in my ideal well-stocked first aid kit. Your kit may look different, but should generally include most of these items.
    Note: With few exceptions, quantities are excluded because they will vary with the size of the kit, and people served. This list is not intended to be all inclusive, nor the only list should you consult.

    • A durable case – preferably with compartments for storage and ease of access.
    • A good First Aid reference manual – as a reminder of practices and protocols.
    • A card with emergency numbers (Poison Control, out-of-state contacts, etc.)
    • Gloves (latex or nitrile) – at least 2 pairs, to protect against contamination and pathogens.
    • CPR barrier – to protect against disease transmission.
    • Large absorbent dressings/AB pads (5”x9” or larger) – to stop or control bleeding.
    • Sterile gauze pads, various sizes – to stop bleeding and dress wounds.
    • Roll bandages, various sizes– to dress wounds.
    • Ace™-type roll compression bandage – for sprains and strains.
    • Self-adhesive bandages (Band-Aids™), various types and sizes – to dress minor wounds.
    • Steri-strips (butterfly bandages) – for closing wounds.
    • Adhesive tape – to dress wounds.
    • Non-adherent pads, various sizes – for burn wounds
    • Triangular bandages – for immobilization of dislocations and fractures.
    • Cotton-tipped swabs – for cleaning wounds, applying saves and ointments.
    • Bandage Sheers/EMT sheers – cutting bandages or victims' clothing.
    • Tongue depressors – for checking throat issues and as small splinting applications.
    • Tweezers – for splinter removal.
    • Needle – to assist in removing foreign material.
    • Penlight – for emergency lighting and for examination.
    • Oral thermometer (non-glass) – to check vital signs.
    • Syringe or squeeze bottle – for irrigation of wounds.
    • Splinting material – for dislocations and fractures.
    • Emergency blanket – for warmth and treatment of shock.
    • Instant cold pack – for treatment of hyperthermia, sprains, dislocations and fractures.
    • Instant hot pack – for treatment of hypothermia and some stings and muscle strains.
    • Bio bags – for disposal of gloves and medical waste.
    • Eye cup – for aid in removal of foreign matter in the eye.
    • Eye solution – for eye contamination and aid in removing foreign matter from the eye.
    • Antibacterial soap – for cleaning wounds and hands after treatment.
    • Antiseptic solution or wipes – to clean wounds.
    • Antibiotic ointment – for wound treatment.
    • Hydrocortisone cream – for stings and irritations.
    • Burn gels and ointments – for treating burns.
    • Burn pads – for treating larger burns.
    • Ibuprofen – to reduce swelling and for patient comfort.
    • Antihistamine tablets – for allergic reactions.
    • Blood stopper powder – for stopping severe bleeding.
    • Pen and index cards – for annotating victim’s vital signs.
    • Hand sanitizer – when you can’t wash your hands with soap and water.
    • Mole Skin – for treatment of blisters and abrasions.


    In addition to the above items, there is a list of “add-ons” that could be added to your first aid kit. These can vary greatly depending on your needs, locations, and activities. Some of these may require additional cost, training, or certifications:

    • Separate compete Burn Kit – for treating multiple or very serious burns.
    • Snake bite kit – for treating snake bites.
    • Israeli Battle Dressings – one of the best on the market for serious trauma.
    • Stethoscope – for listening to breathing and heartbeats.
    • Cervical collar – to immobilize the neck from possible further harm.
    • Foldable stretcher – for carrying victims unable to walk on their own.
    • Blood pressure cuff – to determine victim’s blood pressure.
    • Sutures – to close serious wounds.
    • Hemostats/Forceps – for closing major bleeding vessels or aid in suturing.
    • Automated External Defibrillator (AED) – to help with sudden cardiac arrest.
    • Scalpel – for removing tissue, minor surgery.
    • Blood borne pathogen kit – to assist in cleaning up.
    • Surgical masks – to prevent disease contamination and blood borne pathogens.
    • Eye shields / goggles – for eye protection.


    There are also items / medications your victim may need (some of these may require a doctor’s prescription):

    • Asthma inhalers – for treatment of asthma.
    • Nitroglycerin – for the treatment of heart patients.
    • Aspirin – for treating heart patients.
    • Sugar pills – for diabetic stabilization.
    • Salt pills – for treatment of dehydration.
    • Imodium – for treatment of diarrhea.
    • TUMS – for gas and heartburn.
    • Epi Pen – for treatment of severe allergic reactions.
    • Eye drops – for tired or irritated eyes/contacts.
    There are also non-medical items that can work well in a first aid kit:
    • Head lamp – for clearly seeing your work area.
    • Instant (Super) glue – to close wounds.
    • Tampons – for penetration or gunshots wounds and their primary function.
    • Glasses repair kit – to repair broken eye glasses.
    • Multi tool/Swiss Army knife– for multiple tasks.
    • Insect repellant wipes – to keep the bugs away.
    • Sun block – to prevent sunburn.
    • Lip balm – to prevent chapped lips.
    • Hand lotion – for dry and chapped hands and feet.
    • Talcum powder – for treatment of rashes and foot care.
    • Desitin™ ointment – for treatment of rashes and sore areas.
    • Hair comb – for removing items from victim’s hair and for hygiene.
    • Disposable razor – for cleaning treatment site or for personal hygiene.
    • Duct Tape – who couldn’t find a use for it?
    • Paracord 10’ – same as duct tape.

    Now that we have everything and the kitchen sink, what items would I consider to be essential to any kit no matter what size?

    • Triangle bandage – has so many uses that it is a must have!
    o Sling, bandage wrap, splinting wrap, bandana, hat, baby diaper, water filter, sarong, halter top, face shield, shade covering, blindfold, dust mask, tourniquet, pressure bandage, ankle wrap, foot covering, gloves, handkerchief, washcloth, wet and use tie around neck, belt, tie up a pony tail, basket, cold compress…Why do you think every cowboy wore a bandana?
    • Self adhesive bandages (Band-Aids™) in multiple sizes – there really is no good substitute.
    • Antibiotic ointment – secondary infection of a wound can be fatal.
    • Sterile gauze pads (various sizes) – many things can be improvised to slow or stop bleeding, but to properly dress a wound, a sterile covering is vital.

    Now that you have gathered every conceivable medical essential, you will need a place to put it all. Ironically, your choice of container is almost as important as what goes into the kit. The size of the kit will be determined by several factors. Is it stationary, or will it be carried? Where will it be going? Where will it be stored? How much room do you have for the kit? Will its environment be wet or hot, or will it be jostled about? Here is a list of possible “non-standard” containers for your first aid kit.

    • Fishing tackle box
    • Tool kit
    • School lunch box
    • Electronics box
    • Ziploc™ bag
    • River rafting “Dry Bag”
    • Pelican™ “type” waterproof container
    • Rubbermaid™ “type” Storage container
    • Plastic office drawers
    • Zippered Nylon pouch/bag
    • Army surplus bag
    • Ammo can (painted with a big white cross so you don’t take the wrong can to the range)
    • Tupperware™ type containers
    • Cigar Box
    • Fanny pack
    • Small nylon/canvas backpack

    A few final thoughts: Rotate, rotate, rotate! Just like food on your shelf, some of your first aid kit supplies have a “limited” shelf life. With frequently changing and expanding information on expiration dates, I will not advise you when to discard your “out of date” ointments, creams, and medicines. But what I would like to address are those items that people don’t often realize have a limited life span. Gloves are notoriously short lived, especially in hot environments like a car, RV, or boat. Check them at least once a year and replace when necessary. It is very frustrating to be half way through putting on a glove when it tears, and if you’ve done this a couple of times, the cut on your victims arm may be the least of his worries! Another item with a frustratingly short life time is the self-adhesive bandage. As Band-Aids™ get older, heat and age tends to breakdown the adhesive and it loses its cohesive strength. If a self-adhesive bandage can't “stick,” it really serves no purpose.