Motorcycle First Aid Kit
The other day I remembered the old saying that there are two types of bikers. The "ones that have gone down," and "the ones that will go down". With that in mind, we have put together a list of items for a first aid kit for your bike. You can make it as large or as small as you desire.
-The American Red Cross recommends direct pressure on any bleeding wound. And when the bandage is soaked with blood DO NOT TAKE IT OFF. Put a new one on top. Leave it on and put a new one over the top of the old one. The idea is to get the blood to coagulate.
-The American Red Cross has basically said: "if you don't know how to properly use a tourniquet, then DON'T! You may do more damage than good.
-Take a First Aid course that covers CPR - Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation – no one WANTS to use it, but you never know when that is going to be needed. Get your riding buddies to take a first aid class also!
-Remember, you can improvise. Improvising will save you space by eliminating the need to carry items that you can "create when needed", such as using a belt as a sling.
Here's the list:
-Aspirin (give to someone suspected of having a heart attack and then call 911)
-Tylenol / Ibuprofen (pain reliever)
-Bandages - Assorted sizes
-Benadryl non-drowsy (for insect bites)
-Burn ointment (Per my paramedic cousin: Hospitals use "Silverdyne")
-Carry an air splint for the arm or leg. These are plastic devices that fit over an arm or leg that once on you blow air into them. They help hold the bone in place.
-CPR mask (MicroShield) (if you know how to use one. If you don't you should learn)
-Dressings - Assorted sizes
-Eye drops (in case something gets in your eye and you want to wash it out)
-Irrigation syringe (For suction of vomitus or irrigation of wounds)
-Large safety pins
-Lavender Oil - (is antiseptic, anti bacterial, anti fungal, anti viral, excellent on any cuts or burns and fantastic on bee stings, good for headaches and migraines, insomnia, aches and pains etc. etc.)
-Moleskin for blisters
-Preparation H (riding sucks when there's a hemorrhoid between you and your Corbin)
-GOOD first aid book
-Telfa pads to cover road rash (they don't stick to wounds)
-Chemical (instant) heat and cold packs
-Anti-Diarrheal Medications: (i.e., Pepto-Bismol, Imodium A-D)
-Cavit, 6 gram tube (temporary filling material for lost fillings)
-Tweezers (pull out glass and other items imbedded in skin)
-Vitamin E caplets to put on cuts or scabs
-1 oz Ipecac Syrup (To cause vomiting in the case of poisoning)
-Small sewing kit (type you'd get in a hotel)
-Thermometer in hard case
-Watertight container to store everything in
-Wet dry towels for clean up
Survival items that you may want to add to your first aid kit:
-Cylume (light) stick
-Matches in waterproof container
-Water purifying tablets
-Disposable rain poncho
-Swiss army knife
One last thought:
-First aid kits need to be "updated" once a year. The Band-Aids, creams and lotions, etc. should be changed out for fresh ones.