"What is a 'First Aid Kit'?"
|A "First Aid Kit" is collection of
supplies and equipment in a package or system that allows you to
provide or render emergency care to those who require medical
intervention before regular medical aid can be obtained.
Simply put, it's medical supplies in a container. The level of
organization, sophistication, needs of the projected
participants in an activity, and types of supplies should be
based on the application or intended arena in which the kit will
||Whether it's to keep in your
car, in your backpack, on your M.O.L.L.E. vest, or in your
office, or whether the kit is supposed to support students at a
primary school, onsite industrial employees, a scout troop in
the backwoods, or individuals or teams in a combat zone or
hostile environment, the kit needs to be built to the level of training
one has in the use of it's contents.
Kit Content: "Why the advanced stuff?"
There are a lot of companies that sell kits with contents
that are well out of the scope of training of the end user.
Items such as cervical collars, surgical kits, needle
decompression kits, even basic airways such as NPA's and OPA's
are being included in commercially available "TRAUMA KITS". Even
the administration of over the counter medications such as pain
relievers and even burn gels can be dangerous to the untrained
person. One must understand that lack of knowledge and presence
of equipment/supplies can be harmful, and maybe even deadly, to
a patient if used or applied incorrectly.
We offer the "advanced stuff" because there are trained
professionals out there who know how to use it. We make these
items available separately for them on the same page that the
kits are offered on. Usually, we offer several levels of "kit"
on the same page to meet the needs and training levels of the
end user. Some say it's complicated, we say it's responsible,
for both us and the end user.
Then why do we offer these products?
all, we stress TRAINING. There are several programs out there
that offer training in the use of these, and many other, items
within. Professional level certification programs such as
First Responder, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and
Paramedic programs exist to teach people live saving skills
while using these pieces of equipment. Certain overseeing
governmental agencies regulate the use and application of these
life saving tools on a legal level and you need to consider that
when buying these items.
Now, I understand that, for the most part, there is no
guarantee of how the items may be used after they leave the
warehouse and end up in the end user's possession. They may be
used as props for re-enactment, as display items, in training
programs, or they may even be used in real world applications as
they were intended to be used. We have to rely on the customer
that these items will be used in good faith, for the purposes
they were designed for, and by trained individuals that apply
them within the scope of their training.
We offer professional level supplies to professionals. Don't
exceed your scope of training. Essentially, it boils down to this;
"If you want to use the
stuff, get the training."