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A Bloody Lesson About First Aid Kits

As one of my hobbies I am a baseball umpire, which is entertaining enough as is. But today I had a fun experience that taught me a bit of a lesson.

While I was getting ready for a high school game this afternoon, I managed to slice my finger up pretty good. I didn’t notice until I saw my hand all bloody. Turns out I cut a pretty good chunk out of my knuckle.

Well, I grabbed my first aid kit and went to grab a bandage to patch it up. No dice.

The first aid kit had all sorts of good stuff, but no BandAids were left.

That kit was practically useless at that point … all the alcohol swabs, butterfly bandages, and gauze pads were useless.

I ended up having to use a (clean) rag to stop the bleeding. Definitely suboptimal. A half hour later it was mostly stopped.

Lesson learned? Check the first aid kits more often. Right now we look every year or so, and that obviously needs to move up to every couple months.

When was the last time you checked your first aid kits? Do you check often enough?

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5 Responses to A Bloody Lesson About First Aid Kits

  1. Like other things in self preservation and preparedness, 1 is none, 2 is 1 and so on. I have also had this occur to me. right now I have 3 f/a kits that are more like minor trauma kits scattered throughout the house, I carry a small boo boo kit in my pocket everywhere I wear trousers and have gauze pads adhesive bandages and tape in the medicine cabinets and kitchen too. I have a habit of checking them every couple weeks, because my grand daughter loves band aids. Go figure. Keep your powder dry and your F/A kits close!

    Best wishes

  2. I bet it didn’t even hurt that much until you saw how bad it really was? I always wondered why that is? I’ve been cut and didn’t worry about it unless the blood was getting in my way when measuring something and when getting ready to treat it realized how bad it really hurt.

  3. Following the rule “one is none, two is one,” I try to have at least two to three of each item, in this case, boxes of bandaids, when one box is empty, put it one the list and buy a new box. Of course, still check the first aid kit one or twice a year but a high use item such as bandaids could have a separate circumstance. Or at least, a refill box handy once the first aid kit runs low or out, then buy more once the fresh box of bandaids are used to refill the first aid kit. I’m sure you’ll work out a system for yourself though.

  4. I, being a mechanic, stopped using band aids years ago. I use super glue.
    The trick is get it dry with, in this case, knuckle curled, so skin is stretched, then apply and let dry then reapply.
    It allows me to get back to work for the rest of the day with few reopens and I don’t get blood on the mercedes or bmw

  5. No duct tape???

    I got so tired of buying band-aids all the time that I finally just bought a roll of gauze…

    I cut up the gauze as needed and secure it with the tape. Sure, duct tape doesn’t breath like a band-aid and your skin can get kind of clammy under it and duct tape will rip out your body hair in a “more efficient manner” when you remove it, but it has never failed me and I bash my knuckles dang near every four days.

    I guess I could give up chopping, sawing, lifting and all the other types of activities, but then I would not have the preps in place and I would be like the rest of the un-prepared population…

    One is none, two is one… I keep a dozen or so rolls of tape with me all the time. The only thing duct tape can’t fix in my opinion is a broken heart…