First aid kits are cool! Like gadgets, I can’t pass up a good one. Every time I see a display of first aid kits I have to stop and look them over. I don’t always buy, mind you, but I do check out the contents to see if this one is any more comprehensive than the one I just looked at. Fact is I have one in every vehicle I own, including a special “Outdoorsman kit” in the tool compartment of my ATV! I once ran across a real sale at an Eddie Bauer store and bought a very nice travel kit that was marked 75% off! The fact is most first aid kits all contain the same things. A few Band-Aids, gauze bandages, some tape and maybe some pain killers or antacid tablets.
The problem I see is that if I happen upon an accident that truly requires some serious medical attention, a few Band-Aids and some little gauze patches aren’t going to do a whole lot of good. I don’t suggest you carry a full-blown trauma kit with you everywhere you go, but what I do suggest is that you at least take a good look at what you have in your trunk and possibly upgrade it a notch or two. Bigger, better bandages, maybe a triangle bandage or something you can use to fashion a splint. Better yet, get some training on how and when to use a splint or triangle bandage.
A generation ago my wife and I went through E.M.T. training (at least that’s what they called it back then) and we volunteered on the local ambulance crew. Some of what we learned back then is now out of date. Is it five chest compressions and three mouth-to-mouth breaths or is it fifteen compressions and five breaths? Fact is, neither are correct according to today’s paramedics. The Red Cross website (www.redcross.org) now advocates a hands-only technique that does not use the mouth-to-mouth method at all. (Whew what a relief, if you’ve ever tried mouth-to-mouth you can agree with me it is no fun!) Go to a class and as you update your skills, you will update your confidence level as well. I should add that full CPR training is available upon request, but learning the hands-only method can be done online by watching a video at the Red Cross website.