The Comprehensive Medical Kit includes everything a camper on an extended trip would ever need. The kit includes materials for stopping bleeding, cleaning and dressing wounds; splints and triangular bandage for immobilizing broken bones; medications for treating pain, heart attack symptoms and diarrhea; allergic reactions; as well as medication for treating symptoms associated with diabetic shock.
The key to the kit is its system of organization — called Easy Care. Designed a by an ER doctor to mimic the trays used in an emergency room setting, the Easy Care system groups all hospital quality components into clearly marked pockets (wound care, burn, blister, bleeding, etc.) — so it’s easy to find the exact materials you need in a hurry, which matters if the person you’re treating is in critical condition.
Each pocket also comes with an illustrated bilingual instructional card, which guides users — even novices without first aid training — on how to confidently provide treatment for a specific injury or ailment. The kit also comes with an easy-to-read first aid book, called A Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness & Travel Medicine, written by Eric A. Weiss, M.D., associate director of trauma at Stanford University Medical Hospital, that expands on the information contained in the cards.
The kit is also suitable for consumers’ 72-hour disaster supply kits. The Comprehensive Kit is available for $190 at www.adventuremedicalkits.com or www.rei.com.
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