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UER Forum > Rookie Forum > First Aid Kit and Injuries? (Viewed 136 times)
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First Aid Kit and Injuries?
< on 7/5/2018 9:06 AM >
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Hey all! So I was wondering, has anyone gotten a serious enough injury enough to send them to the ER or need a first aid kit while exploring? If not do ya'll have a personal first aid kit you have created to take with you on explorations? I'm thinking of making one for myself and was curious what others might have to say or any advice you might have. Thank you for the help!






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< Reply # 1 on 7/5/2018 1:39 PM >
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I haven't gotten around to making one yet, but I'd recommend carrying a small first aid kit inside of an Altoids mints tin. It doesn't need to be big, just enough to deal with minor injuries. I'd recommend filling it with the following supplies:

- Bandaids of various sizes
- Tube of antiseptic cream
- Antihistamine of some sort (for bee stings)
- Roll of bandages
- Gauze pads
- Wet wipes
- Tweezers (for splinters)

A first aid kit containing these items should be enough to deal with most minor injuries, and can be carried around in your back pocket. Anything that can't be handled with a kit like this should probably cause you to stop exploring for the day, and maybe see a doctor.



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< Reply # 2 on 7/5/2018 11:20 PM >
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I'm actually working on an idea for a custom bag for my explores that will have a permanent section for first aid.

It'll have all the typical stuff for cleaning dressing wounds as well as stuff for bug bites and so on. 👍🖒




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Thank you so much for the advice Aran, I do appreciate the feedback. Definitely would go to a hospital if anything were more serious than a minor injury. I guess I was just thinking more on freak accidents and things like that. I know I want to get a tourniquet. I have my first aid and safety license, but it doesn't hurt to be prepared.




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My worst injury was when I was 10 feet down a shaft and dislodged a softball sized rock that was right at the top. The rock grazed my helmet, ricocheted off my shoulder, and took a chunk out of my arm. Good thing it didn't knock me out because I would have tumbled about 200' down a 45 degree incline.

It was actually a pretty serious situation since my left arm didn't work very well and I had to climb back out. The rim of the mine was badly deteriorated and would be a challenge to traverse. My exploring partner was up top but there wasn't anything to rig an anchor to in order to create a rescue pulley system. I put 100% of my focus on getting out so I wouldn't have to be rescued. With much encouragement from my partner I was able to get out. My arm was bleeding but not serious. My shoulder was the real problem. The rock had just missed the clavicle and hit the acromion bone. That was actually a blessing since I think the rock would have shattered the clavicle. Still, my arm was out of service.

We headed the 25 miles across the desert on a dirt road to the nearest town and a regional medical center. I figured that I could get it x-rayed. By the time we got into town I knew that my shoulder wasn't fractured. We bought a couple of bags of ice and headed back into camp. For the next couple of days I kept ice on it pretty regularly.

I still have a scar on my forearm where the rock took out a chunk of skin. After a couple of months the shoulder healed completely and hasn't given me any further trouble. I'm not sure that the knock on the helmet made me any crazier than I already am. We have never been able to find the official name of the mine so for now it's the "Killer Mine".

I keep a reasonable first aid kit in my truck when I head out. It's not a trauma kit, but has enough to stop serious bleeding along with minor cuts and such. The one thing I plan to add is instant cold packs. They provide a lot of pain relief and help reduce swelling.


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The one thing I plan to add is instant cold packs. They provide a lot of pain relief and help reduce swelling.



That's a wonderful idea, and I plan to add a tourniquet to my first aid kit, or backpack. Since you said you had bleeding, but not major, think of if it did and it would be a handy little tool to keep. Thank you so much for sharing your story! It brings wonderful perspective and helpful advice!



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