How To Pack An Individual First Aid Kit – Aid Worker Version

Hello Internet, it’s Alistair at
Lazarus Training here, we’re just doing a quick video for you about contents of First Aid
Kits – reason being is that Claire and I are off to
AidEx in Brussels later this week and advance of that have been talking to a
variety of our contacts that work in the NGO and aid sector and just in general
chatting to some of them a question came up – that frequently comes up – and to do with
what first aid kit should people carry when they’re going into these kind of
settings and what would we recommend well we’ve done some stuff with in the
past of this nature to do with media to do with police we’ve even done what we
called the “Desert Island Discs” of first-aid kit so then if you could only have
a very limited bit of equipment I think it was five bits we suggested and in
fact there’s some YouTube videos of that on our channel if you have a little pry
around on there after this video but in the next few minutes I’m going to show
you a kit that we like and I recommend as an individual first aid kit which
would be appropriate for someone working in the aid sector partly because it’s
quite small so you can carry it around with you rather than leaving it back in the
accommodation or in your vehicle and because it’s quite small it comes with quite a
small budget as well we’re very conscious that budget is always
important in these sectors so let’s have a look at the kit here we’ve got a
regular basic first-aid kit bag why not open it up we haven’t got tons of items
in here but we can see we’ve got quite a good selection any of you that’ve done
a hostile environments course or like a first aid in hostile or remote locations type
of course this stuff will seem very very familiar I’m gonna go through it in structure
as well and that structure should seem quite familiar and the priority now that
I’ve got my hands in the bag is we’re gonna look at things for catastrophic bleeding. Now
working in the aid sector we’re very keen that things have more than one use
and that they’re of good value for money but there’s one thing that we can’t
really replace too much or expect too many other jobs from and that’s the
tourniquet, now this is one of the most popular types of tourniquet around in the world
it’s the combat application tourniquet it’s the one that we use in all our kits
and this kit indeed has actually come back from my recent
travels in Nigeria, Ethiopia and I’m off to Malaysia again in a few weeks time
this is the kit I take with me to those settings so a tourniquet to deal
with any massive catastrophic bleeds from arms and legs if it’s not on the
arm or leg well we can’t use a tourniquet perhaps so we’ve got clotting
agents here now we use Celox Gauze this is our favorite of the moment it
just so happens this kits got the roller version of it but there is also a
flat pack version z-fold and some of our kits have got that in
instead now there was some medical debate about whether it’s the clotting
agent that does all the magic word – magic work sorry – or if it’s the ramming
the dressing into the wound so just to cover all the bases you have a small bit
of packaging it’s just regular gauze that you could use to pack out a wound
possibly to multiple wounds so we’ll put those there so if that’s my sort of
catastrophic bleeding side of things I guess the next step instead we would move to
will be airway now we’re big fans of keeping things simple in our training
and the only airway kind of intervention perhaps that we have in here
are these here the nasopharyngeal tubes the little ones that go into the
nose as the name would suggest they’re in there at the moment a bit of a luxury
item probably if I had to be honest about the kit they do not create an
airway they can’t maintain an airway by themselves they just assist that’s why
we sometimes call them “Adjuncts” there just because of the passageway perhaps
give you a better flow of air through the person’s airway and are no replacement
for decent sort of manual methods or decent positioning of casualty i.e. perhaps
on their side or maybe even almost face down because they’re in there we’ve also
a little tube of lubricant in there as well so after airway the next step that’s done
is breathing and the main item you’ve got in here to do with breathing is a dressing
– the nightingale dressing – an occlusive dressing and it’s in there perhaps to
seal a chest wound that’s its main use but it can be cut up and you can see it
can be folded for storage which we think is a particularly useful idea and it can
be used on all sort of other wounds as well and in fact on a recent trip to
Nigeria I had a problem with my wrist I seemed to have some sort of allergic
reaction to the Fitbit that I was wearing at the time – not Fitbit’s fault I must say
that right here and now – probably something weird to do with my skin and humidity but a
small bit of this covered the wound kept it nice and clean and no problems with
infection so Nightingale dressings very good but it’s in here to do with breathing
after breathing perhaps move on to circulation need to check people over
for injuries so we’ve got decent pair of scissors in here tough cut scissors cut
through clothing any of you that’ve done training with ours first aid courses
that type of thing will know about the “best first date is naked first aid” so
there so we can cut the clothing off and then we’ve got a decent dressing here
our favourite at the moment is the OLAES dressing modular so a big dressing in
there more packing, a bit of plastic for covering exposed wounds, perhaps gut
wounds or even perhaps even try to seal the chest but it’s a decent dressing. About £5-6 a go, covers a whole bunch of
different things so from there from C for circulation we might go into other
assessments and checking of the casualty well maybe we end up trying to splint
any large wounds or any fractures and this is “inspired by” I think might be the
way to describe it SAM splints which are a bit of
aluminium covered in plastic and this is someone’s version of it taking
inspiration from that very useful for protecting items inside the kit
if you’ve got a bigger kit you can put them round the outside to provide some
protection they’re simply limited by your imagination and when it comes to
imagination of these people have done all sorts neck collars, arms and so
on but even using one of those and the combat application tourniquet we can
perhaps improvise a pelvic binder now if we’re talking about improvising there’s very few
problems in the world that can’t be solved by the application of
some gaffer tape or in this case gorilla tape if you’re more familiar with
that as a title we can now see that bit of the bag’s empty and the only thing that’s
left in here is one of these, a space blanket now they’re in first aid kits to help keep
people warm now the idea is you sort of wrap it around them and it will miraculously
keep them warm in reality it will reflect heat that they’re losing so
you’ve got to get it on them while they’re still warm but again it can have
some other uses we’ve looked at ways to improvise pelvic binders with these and
perhaps bearing in mind the other contents of this kit more usefully we’ve even managed to make some stretchers out of these in some cases – depends exactly on the
size of person, and then there’s only one other bit that I’ve missed out so far
and that is a decent pen other brands are available but sharpies
are our favorites write on pretty much everything and anything can include people’s skin we
tell the people that do our first aid in remote areas hostile areas and so-on
training that if you don’t write it down it didn’t happen because we need to get
some decent notes made about what’s happened to the casualty so that we can
hand them over to the medical staff with some accurate and useful information and
also so that we can kind of collate stuff we’re reporting back within
organizations all important features so there you go there’s an individual
first-aid kit that we think is suitable for many many different sectors but
particularly an eye towards the aid worker sector the NGO sector as we’re off
to AidEx later this week as mentioned now we have done some other videos that
“Desert Island Discs” of five items that’s on the YouTube channel we looked at some
other First Aid Kits we’ve looked at some improvisation as well for someone that
doesn’t have any budget to provide first aid kits to their staff so perhaps have a
little roll around on our Youtube channel and you’ll find much of that
content other than that stick a comment in the thing below any questions
queries or concerns and we’ll do everything we can
to address those for you but for the moment thanks for watching and if you
are at AidEx later this week we look forward to seeing you there if not just drop a comment and we
can get in touch via the YouTube channel anyway look forward to
hearing from you see you soon. Bye!