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LDS Emergency Resources – First Aid Actions

LDS - Emergency Preparedness

The lecture is on Emergency First Aid. One of the things that happens in almost any first aid or emergency situation is that the people who we mostly rely on to take care of us, namely the EMT’s, doctors and nurses, probably will not be available during an emergency. If any of us remember Katrina or the after-effects of that, or if any major earthquakes that we had – the one thing that we noticed is that there are lots and lots of needs, but very few resources that go around. So one of the things we need to know is how to take care of ourselves and others in the event of an emergency.

About 5 years ago or so, when I first became professionally involved in this field, I went to work for a company called Vector First Aid. And they sold first aid equipment items and those kinds of things and one of the things that I was kind of stunned to find out, when I was in charge of selling first aid equipment was that there’s no such thing as a standard first aid kit. There’s no such thing as a standard first aid kit. There are recommendations by different organizations: the Coast Guard or the American National Safety Institute (ANSI) or other places like that. But almost anywhere you go, any company you go to, there’s a wide, varying range of first aid kits and what is in them.

And one of the other things I found out when I was trying to sell this as a professional – that people would often say “Well, what kind of first aid would I need?” Well, there’s a darn good question. But I had to ask another question, and that is “What do you do, where do you go and what level of training do you have?” By that I mean, if you have a big, huge first aid kit, something like this – you can hang on the wall with lots of things – are you the kind of person that if someone starts to bleed, you’re gonna run over and help them, or are you going to run away? If you’re the group that are going to run away, then you won’t need a big trauma first aid kit because you’re not gonna help anybody who’s in trauma, especially if you don’t have any training that way.

One of the first things I do is SPR and first aid training. If you don’t have some sort of training like me or someone else, I suggest you go get some. It’s really good information to know for yourself and those around you. So, the first aid kit is as diverse as who you are, what you do and what your knowledge base is. If you work in an office, that’s where you work all the time and you don’t work around construction sites, most of what you’ll need is small bandages. I mean, how many times do you put a bandage on a blister on your food because your shoe doesn’t fit very well, as opposed facing someone who has a screwdriver sticking out of their neck? I mean, obviously, one happens more often than the other. In fact, most of the first aid I ever done is putting bandages on my daughter’s feet because they wore shoes that were too tight.

So the type of the first aid kit that you have varies to what you do, what you work – if you’re a person that loves the outdoor stuff and rides motorcycles, let’s say – then you’re probably going to have some line of band aids with little bumps and scrapes or that kind of things, but your probably also want a first aid kit that includes some kind of splint. Now, if you’re working in an office, you probably won’t need splints. There are no tragic stapling accidents that require splints. It could happen – but I’ve never seen one.

So what you do, where you go, probably is gonna determine what kind of first aid kit you get. Those types of first aid kits – by the way, you’ll always hear the first aid kits have 500 pieces – Well, yeah, 500 is 490 band aids. That’s fine if you’d use a lot of band aids for that purpose, but you’d want to get one and customize it. The best first aid kit you can get – it’s like any other kit you can get – 72 hour kit or emergency preparedness kit. Go buy one from some company and use that as a starting block to fill it with the kinds of things that you need. All of my first aid kits – most of them, the ones I carry around with me – almost all of them have feminine hygiene products in them. I have a wife and daughters and they need those kinds of products. A, B – those are really, really good for trauma events. They are perfect for that endeavor, for a matter of fact. A lot of the combat veterans in Afghanistan, Iraq – are commenting that those are the things that they use. Because they serve a very good purpose that way.

So, get one of them and expand it to what you need it for. I brought along a couple of ones that I carry with me. I have this one in an old backpack that I carry around with me. This one, is obviously not gonna carry very much stuff. I have another one too that has mostly just band aids there. This one is just medicines: aspirin and ibuprofen and some burn cream and other kinds of things like that. Pair of gloves here as well. So obviously, this is not gonna carry a lot but you can put an amazing amount of stuff in something like this. Having something like this in a glove compartment or your purse or someone close to you to have as a first aid backup is a good thing.

This is actually the trauma kit that goes underneath the seat of my car. This is the one that I have on me all the time. This one has all kinds of things that are folded up – it folds out and, as you can see, there’s pockets for bandages and scissors. I have tongue depressors, I have cold packs, bandages, a thermometer and those kinds of things, I have trauma packs. I have a splint that comes with the package, burn packages as well as trauma pads. So this is obviously more for trauma and made for life’s big booboo’s, rather than life’s little booboo’s. But, there’s some feminine hygiene products in here and gloves and other things like that to use. Emergency blanket for people who are in shock and those kind of things.

So, this is more designed for major events. But, all the things that are in there are not all that came in with the kit. I actually put a lot of stuff in there: a lot of the burn stuff, I added in a lot of the other things that you can get in addition to just a standard kit because those are the kind of things that I want to have around because I’m a first aid instructor trainer. And so, invariably, if I go out camping or whatever, everybody brings the injured people to me. And so, if I don’t have a first aid kit or something to take care of them, people look to me strangely. Happens to me all the time.

I was out on a drive site the other day, on the radio I hear this “Hey – someone injured over here, can you run to the other side, bring over a first aid kit?” Yes. So I went over and took care of them. So I need those kinds of things because I have it happen to me all the time. This particular first aid kit actually sits inside of my garage. On the wall of my garage, it’s part of my kits made for a major disaster or something like that. I need to come to the church, I need to go someplace, I take that off the wall as well as the bag that has trauma pads and sea collars and a bunch of other stuff that I have – that I can run out and take anywhere else. But this also has, you know, aspirin and everything else in between.

So what choices do you have for a first aid kit? It ranges from having a little $4.95, $5 kit that you can keep with you, to up to $100 worth or more. I mean, you can really spend a lot of money, trust me of first aid equipment and everything else that goes around. But you should have the basic things to take care of trauma.

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