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First Aid Travel Kit

Aka: First Aid Travel Kit, First Aid Wilderness Kit
  1. See Also
    1. First Aid Kit
    2. Winter Wilderness Survival
  2. Approach: General
    1. Items in addition to those included in First Aid Kit
    2. Prevent Gastrointestinal Illness
      1. Foodborne Illness Prevention
      2. Water Disinfection
      3. Consider Traveler's Diarrhea Prophylaxis
  3. Approach: Additional Wound Care Items
    1. Wound Cleansing
      1. Irrigating syringe (30 cc) with 18 gauge plastic tip
      2. Antiseptics (wound edges only)
        1. Povidone Iodine 10% (Betadine) diluted 1 ounce in one liter water for use
    2. Wound Closure
      1. Steri-strips or butterfly bandages
      2. Tincture of benzoin
  4. Preparations: Basic Trauma Care
    1. Gauze
    2. Ace wrap
    3. Sling
    4. Sam Splint
    5. Foot Blister pack ( Spenco second skin, Moleskin)
    6. Gloves
  5. Preparations: Advanced Trauma care (Hemorrhage risk)
    1. Combat Gauze or Israeli Bandages (elastic wrap with impregnated coagulant) or similar
    2. Tourniquet
    3. Chest Seal
    4. Trauma shears
    5. Knife
  6. Preparations: Additional Medications
    1. Pepto-Bismol or Imodium
    2. Sunscreen with high SPF
    3. Insect repellant with DEET
    4. Antacid (e.g. Tums, Mylanta)
  7. Preparations: Miscellaneous items
    1. Extra pair of prescription glasses
  8. Preparations: Items specific for a pregnant traveler
    1. General items
      1. Thermometer
      2. Oral rehydration salts
      3. Prenatal Vitamins
      4. Vaginal yeast preparation (e.g. monistat)
      5. Acetaminophen
    2. Third trimester of pregnancy (consider)
      1. Blood Pressure cuff
      2. Urine Dipsticks
  9. References
    1. Jacobson (1998) Emerg Med, p. 115-34 [PubMed]
    2. Weiss (1992) Wilderness and Travel Medicine, p. 90-105
    3. Forgey (1994) Wilderness Medicine, p. 201-15

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