Ocean Potion. This stuff is a godsend on pretty much everything, contains aloe vera, tea tree extract and lidocaine, that lidocaine is wonderfull. This stuff is great for sunburns, scrapes, posion plants, insect bites, pretty much any minor skin irritations you run into.
Hydrogen Peroxide for sterilizing small scrapes and other minor lacerations.
90% iso alcohol -same reason as the hydrogen peroxide.(though i perfer the HP)
Triple Antibiotic ointment - contains polymyxin b sulfate. bacitracin zinc neomycin base and pramoxine To be used after sterlizing and before bandage. for minor scrapes, burns and small cuts.
Bandaids. to protect the wound from infections.
Medical skin tape -works like bandaids but cheap and on a roll. also good for sprains. (WARNING: be very carefull on some of the skintapes. i have used some that litteraly ripped off some of my skin. ill show you the scar sometime. get the kind thats purpose is to be a bandaid)
Icyhot/Active-on. contains. /methyl salicylate, menthol.for muscle pains, cramps, sprains and bruises.
Mercuroclear - its like antibiotic and the ocean potion. it contains ALOT more lidocaine (2.5% compared to .5%) and also contains benzalkonium chloride. mostly use this for severe insect stings, like wasps.
Other things i carry, not a first aid, more of preventive measure are sunblock and deet (insect repellent).
things i reccomend NOT carrying are any asprins. anyone can have an alergy to anything, even some of the simple things i listed like neosporin(triple antibotic ointment) but its rarer, and the person you are treating should know if there alergic or not, however asprin alot more people have alergic reactions to and you should not give them to someone less your positive they are not alergic to it. also they may be fine with some but have a severe reaction to another. for instance they may be fine taking tylenol but cannot take advil. so just leave that at home
Im sure your thinking. this is all basic stuff, anyone can get these OTC at the counter. well thats the point, to have simple first aid things, anything worse than a few simple cuts and scrapes and posionous plants or insects your not going to be able to treat on the feild anyways and need to call the ambulance. i cant tell you how to fix a broken leg over the internet and thats not something you want to do on the feild
but thankfully most injurys are minor like this and any idiot can fix em. so there you go. hope that helps in building your own first aid kit. accidents do happen. mine is still growing and open to suggestions on what to put in mine. (you can add a snakebite kit to yours if you want but in all honestly there basicly a marketing gimmic)
non-latex gloves (2 pair) simply a must if you have to touch a bloody wound; A MUST!!!
4x4" gauze pads (4-6)
2" rolled gauze (2) both of these; cause sometimes a bandaid just won't cut it.
scissors; to cut the gauze
alcohol wipes are also nice for cleaning the area around a wound, if need be.
coflex; it's a strechy self sticking medical tape. Becareful if you use this as you can cut off circulation if it is wrapped too tightly. I use it to completely cover a dressing. it create an additional barrier from dirt, as well as helps keep the dressing in place. I bring (3) 2" rolls, and have gone trough them all in a day, great stuff I love it.
I agree completly, except i would bring more than 2 pair of gloves, i reccomend a full box since you cant really buy it by the pair. gloves are extremely important and if you dont have them your just putting yourself at risk
I would also suggest that anyone playing an extreme sport contact the Red Cross and get a basic certification in first aid and CPR. Hopefully you will never need it but just in case it is better to have it than wait for the EMT's. It will help in all aspects of your life not just on the field.
For allergies such as bee stings (I have an severe anaphylactic reation meaning I will stop breathing if I don't get an injection) make sure you tell someone that you have such a reaction and if you have an epi pen. Incase you need it someone will be able to give it to you. For minor reactions always have some oral benadryl on hand. Also the benadryl creme is great for bites and stings.
If you have allergies write them down and carry it with you! Also give a copy to a friend in case you are unconcious. That way the EMTs will know and so will anyone treating you. Same with allergies to medications, always have it written down and on you someplace.
Again please if you can take the basic first aid and CPR classes at the Red Cross! They are cheap and someday you can save a life!
yes, if you have medical problems that could result in an emergency on the feild like an alergic reaction to certain stings, asthma, heart conditions or any other medical conditions that can be worsened by exposure to outside (like insects) or extreme physical activity make sure you tell someone whom is at the feild with you about the condition, a buddy, a ref, team captain. anyone and make sure you bring your medicine and they know what to do if you have an episode, if you collapse from a heart condition and you need a nitro tablet to save your life you cant tell a ref after your allredy passed out on the ground, nor will they know where it is and how many to give you unless you tell them beforehand
This post has been edited by Tessaract: 17 May 2007 - 09:14 AM