What should be in a field First Aid Kit?

Most injuries in the field do not require medical care.

A first aid kit’s supplies should be customised to include the items that are most likely to be used on a regular basis.

It is important all items kept are in date. Out of date medicines loose their effect, and dressings can fall to bits (contaminating the wound). It is important to familiarise yourself with the contents of you kit, so you know where everything is in an emergency.

Some of the items in this kit may be prescription items, and are intended for use by qualified persons. Some of the items on this list are not recommended on our courses, or in First Aid books for the UK workplace.

Alcohol hand sanitiser
Antibiotic ointment
Aloe vera gell
Blister bandage
Irrigation syringe
Plasters
Sterile gauze pads
Roller bandage
Micropore tape
Duct tape
Safety pins
Elasticated bandage
Anti inflammatory medication (Ibuprofen)
Decongestants
Antihistamine
Hydrocortisone
Calamine lotion
Isotopic drinks
Sunscreen lotion
Lip balm
Insect repellent
Antacid tablets
Antidiarrheal medication
Anticonstipation medication
Scissors
Tweezers
Thermometer
SAM splint
Examination gloves
Face shield
Space blanket
Notebook & pencil

This should all be kept in a specially assigned bag – marked as a First Aid kit. Depending on the situation and risk, military field dressings, and Asherman chest seals may be required, as well as IV kits, fluids, antimalarial tablets and so on.