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#1 User is offline   Octavious 

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 09:51 AM

One of the interesting things that came up when playing paintball was an injury (Yes it happens all the time). We had a med kit on scene to handle the situation. However, it wasn't near-by, by any means..

To give a little information on the background of the field. (Privately owned, and the owner was playing with us) It once was a small gravel pit, Covering about 10 square acres or so, so its fairly decent size but not overly large. Some of the walls are step, some are at a nice gradual decline. Any real step sides of the pit are roped off so no one where go near them, or climb them etc etc. One of the players was traversing his way down the inclined hill (I'd say about 20 or 30 degrees) (Its sand, and Clay mind you), and he happened to slip and fall, and tumble quite a ways down. The Hill is roughly, I'd say about 150ft long or so, and he probably fell halfway down it.

Upon landing at the bottom, he had 2 large gashes, one on his arm, one on his leg.. (Mind you this is a sand / gravel pit), so they were pretty well coated with sand and dirt on both coats. I don't consider the cuts to have been life threatening, but they were bleeding pretty steadily. Now since we had a med kit on sight, no worries, no problem correct? Well, we're in a pit, our vehicles are parked on the edge of it, so it was roughly, from where we were standing, atleat a good 1/4 to 1/2 mile away. And a bit of a climb to get up hill..

Well in the mean-time, we used the best looking clean article of clothing to wrap the wounds....So from now on, I carry a Pod Pack, usually containing just 2 pods (which contain a first aid kit, burn kit (sunburn), thermal blanket). It all fits nicely and securely within 2 pods... and just to go a bit "Overboard" but just keeping things safe, I also carry a Pocket Mask for CPR... That attaches to my belt loop, or sometimes I stuff in one of the empty pod holders.

So, I just figure, as ref as well as enforcing the rules to keep players safe, I choose to carry a first aid kit, burn kit, and a CPR breathing barrier on me, just incase another incident happens where a kit is needed right then and there. I'm also, CPR, FIRST AID, AED Certified (No AED on sight, but still certified).

So, I guess my point is, if you're going to ref consistantly, or hell even go to games, its generally a good idea to make sure atleast someone is CPR certified, beause you never know when you will have to give chest compressions to someone.. Just my recommendation, is that anyone who refs, should get CPR/First Aid Certified..and does anyone else carry a med pack on them or no?

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This post has been edited by Octavious: 13 February 2007 - 01:36 PM

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Posted 13 February 2007 - 05:57 PM

I have one in my truck, but I dont carry one on my persons. I will once we get some big games underway at the field(really new).

I'm CPR certified, but I'm really rusty.

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Posted 25 February 2007 - 07:39 PM

I carry a first aid kit in my car, usually don't need it on the field.
I can do CPR I'm not certified though, ladies beware..Just kidding.
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Posted 27 February 2007 - 02:17 AM

i dont have a first aid kit though i want to have one. just havent gotten round to it, money is too tight to play anyways so cant worry bout one right now anyways.

though i like the idea bout the pod first aid kit. a small bottle of alcohol and some gauze would be great. actualy i got a flask, i guess i could fill that up with iso alcohol and if anything happens some semi-clean clothing will work till an ambulance arrives.
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Posted 27 February 2007 - 04:19 AM

Octavious- I don't think you're overboard, at all. I have carried a firstaid fanny pack since I first started refereeing. Our field issues them to all new hires. I also carry a small cpr mask, EMT shears, and lots of nitrile gloves. For big games I keep a M-3 kit nearby. In my five years at the field I've treated many open gashes, puncture wounds, broken bones, bumps/bruises, insect bites/stings, heat exhaustion, dehydration, and one diabetic going through insulin shock. Your idea of carrying stuff in pods is a good one. I've done it, and have recommended it to others. Also, you can pack lens cleaning in the pods and it will stay clean and dry. In your pod pack, you can carry a bottle of water (with a sport top), for cleaning wounds on site. In the future, try to avoid using clothing, as it is not clean. Do Not use alcohol of any kind for cleaning wounds. Benzalconium Chloride works best. Alcohol will damage the healthy tissue surrounding the wound, and burn the injured person unneccesarily. Coleman camping gear also makes a soap container that allows you to carry stuff watertight and paintproof. Remember - Do Not issue any kind of meds, even Tylenol or Aspirin. You might want to thing about adding some butterflies strips, gauze, and Coban to your kit (just a thought), as I find I go through quite a few. Keep it up and good luck.
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Post icon  Posted 27 February 2007 - 04:25 PM

As soon as I get my vest order straightened out, I'm going to put together a First aid kit of my own.

I like your idea about the pods, I'd do it too, if I wasn't going to be wearing a vest.
I'm thinking about getting the Spec Ops 'dump pouch' and using that.
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Posted 27 February 2007 - 04:34 PM

I definitly don't leave without it. Gauze, some clean water, bandages, everything you'd see in one of those tin blue Red cross tins that were around in the day (they still around?) I also carry a lighter, tweezers, and a pocket knife. Tweezers, ok, knife, ok...lighter?

Yes a lighter. Tics can b a pest. So, to get them off, I heat the like mothers up. It's fun to impale them with the knife...

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