grawp wrote:Are you cleared to add ketamine to your kit?
It can make bone-setting and other such situations where pain control and management are crucial, a whole lot easier.
Ozymandias wrote:Hello All,
Two weeks to go until I'm in the middle of nowhere in Angola, kayaking down the Kwanza River. Any medical professionals / field medics on the board care to take a look at our expedition first aid kit list, and comment? We have a helicopter casevac plan in place, but it will still be a long wait for help on certain stretches of the river. Main risks are: water & mozzie-bourne disease, fungal infections, trauma from crashing kayak, heatstroke, drowning, landmines, animal bites (as in scorpions, snakes) plus (very unlikely) animal attack: crocs, hippos and there's even a confirmed man-eating lion along one stretch!
List is based on suggestions here as well as past experience in the bush: http://www.expeditionmedicine.co.uk/ind ... r-003.html. We are both first aid trained, and as you can see from the list, have access to some gear you definitely couldn't buy in the West without a doctor's license!
Anything missing or redundant? As always, weight is a big factor so no suggestions of defibrillators etc.!
zinc oxide tape
Malaria testing kit
Praziquantel (Biltricide) for bilharzia (Schistosomiasis)
Gauze dressing- simple dressings
Compeed blister pads
zinc oxide tape
Lotions and potions
antihistamine (Cetirazine and Anthisan) - Eurax cream for bites
steroid (1% Hydrocortisone)
Daktarin (miconazole) for feet.
Dressings and Wound Closure
Simple dressings impregnated with betadine
Some dry dressings
Crepe bandages (a large one to use as a sling)
Steristrips & Superglue
Ethicon Mersilk suture kit and an injectible anaesthetic
Celox RAPID Z-Folded Gauze – 1.5m, for serious bleeds
Celox or Quick Clot or any other hemostatic granules
Treatment for anaphylaxis: adrenaline (Epinephrine), chlorpheniramine and hydrocortisone.
Tourniquet capable of doing a leg
IV Access and fluids
IV Fluids (keeping this basic due to weight considerations)
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