Saturday, August 20, 2011
First Aid Day
Well, the incident changed our day around and we spent the rest of the day messing with the revision of our first aid kit. It lives in the .50 caliber ammo can shown above at left. You wouldn't think revising a first aid kit could consume a whole day would you? Well it did. The time was spent mostly running around chasing down various items to replenish the kit as well as some new items we've never carried before. We also had to repackage everything and then pack and repack the box for efficiency, etc. We also researched online to find and print the latest guidance on CPR and response to a choking incident. Finally, we photographed everything and made an online slide show documenting the kit's contents. You can click here to see it.
It's been years since we put any time into our first aid kit. Back when we spent those four summers 90 minutes from medical care out at Bowery Guard Station, we put a lot of time into the first aid kit each year. We didn't want to get caught short out there in MOAN Country. Since we moved to the city four years ago, we have become very lax in maintenance and revision of our first aid kit. This is not a good thing. Likewise, we aren't as diligent about carrying the kit with us. This is also not a good thing.
Yesterday's mishap with Chuck luckily turned out OK but it was a real wake up call about both the condition and the location of our first aid kit. The kit now lives in a highly visible, easily accessible location. No longer will we have to call out, "Where's our first aid kit?" Likewise, the kit will go to the range on each and every visit from now on.
There's really only one way to prep a first aid kit and that's to devote 100% of your attention to it until it's finished precisely the way you wish it to be. It's not one of those things were you can peck away at it a little today and a little tomorrow and maybe a little next week or next month. What happens in that scenario is that the kit never gets finished up to snuff like it should be. There's always going to be something missing and it's usually what you need when something goes wrong. Nope, the only way to tackle prepping a first aid kit is to buckle down and "git 'er dun." Luckily, yesterday was a perfect day for doing just that and now the kit is in tip top shape once again.
(NOTE added at noon Saturday) Based on the great comments below by SB & GH, we've decided to switch to the larger box right away. It is shown beside the existing box for comparison. The extra space will allow us to add many (if not all) of the good ideas brought forth below. THANKS, SB & GH!
Have a great day & Many Cheers, jp
Posted by Johnny Montezuma at 8:46 AM