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First Aid Kits
Boater First Aid in a Bottle
From cleaning wounds and dressing blisters to
treating muscle aches, pains, and symptoms of
allergic reactions, the Boater packs a lot of first aid
in a little space. Portable, floating, waterproof bottle
keeps your first aid kit supplies dry, and can be
used as a drinking vessel or as a bailing device if the
situation requires. Whether in a rowboat, motorboat
or houseboat, this is your personal kit for single day
outings. Bottle lid has a loop so kit can hang from a
peg or key hook.
WMKIT# 0110-0010 ShWt 1
First Aid Kit with Carabiner
First aid is always close at hand with this waterproof
first aid kit. Contains the first aid basics-bandages,
dressings, antiseptic wipes and bite relief in a
durable plastic, floating, waterproof case. Small
enough to carry with you, and comes with a handy
carabiner to hang it from a key hook or backpack.
WMKIT# 0110-0005 ShWt .5
Mariner's Medic Kit
Basic first aid supplies for various types of inju-
ries, including blisters, stings, bites, cuts, scrapes,
sprains, splinters, hook removal, muscle aches and
headaches-all packed in a rugged, waterproof
pouch. Pouch measures 4 3/4"W x 5 1/4"H x 1/2"D.
WMKIT# 2062-0001 ShWt .1
Selecting a Boating Medical Kit
Boating is one of the last opportunities for a truly self-sufficient experience
in our always-connected world, and this includes the possibility of handling
medical problems. While medical attention may only be a few hours away, it
becomes the responsibility of someone onboard to administer appropriate first
aid. Boaters who face an onboard medical emergency need the appropriate
tools, not only because a medical or first aid kit could save a life (because it
could), but also to avoid an expensive visit to a hospital in a remote location.
A little preparation and planning could make all the difference.
First aid kits vs. medical kits:
Do you need a first aid kit that can treat the
basics like abrasions, sunburn, minor cuts and sprains? Should you invest
in a more elaborate collection that can help deal with significant illnesses or
injuries at sea? There's no standard medical kit that's right for every boat,
and we assist you by rating the kits in our catalog based on the length of
your trip and the number of people in the crew. For about $30 you can buy a
basic medical kit designed for four or fewer people on a two-day trip, and a
reasonably-equipped first aid kit for the same number of folks on a day trip
costs even less. Our most comprehensive Marine Series 3000 Medical Kit will
cover up to 14 people for a month on an offshore voyage, and costs about
$950. With many options in between, you can consider the following ques-
tions to help define your needs. The list could continue in even more detail,
and those planning for serious offshore cruising or racing need to explore all
these topics and more.
Your boating style:
Are you primarily an angler, a watersports junkie, day-
sailor, coastal cruiser, racer or long-distance voyager? How long are you likely
to be completely self-reliant? Hours? Days? Weeks? How about your crew?
Will there be children aboard? Do members of
your crew have specific health problems to consider, like heart problems or
diabetes? Does anyone regularly require prescription medicines? What are
their ages and general health status?
VHF radio, SSB, a satel-
lite phone, just a cell phone?
like first aid or CPR training
or a medical/nursing background?
Could you easily use lee boards and duct tape to
build a traction splint for a broken leg?
Custom-made vs. off-the-shelf kits:
Do you have the time, skills, energy
and interest to custom-build your own kit from scratch, or are you looking for
an "off-the-shelf" kit to meet your needs, perhaps with a little customization?
Medical guidebook and modular organization:
The guidebook is one of
the most basic items in your kit. Fortunately, our larger West Marine kits in-
Marine Medicine, a Comprehensive Guide, Vol. 2
by Eric A. Weiss, M.D. and
Michael E. Jacobs, M.D., a remarkably complete text on dealing with com-
mon medical problems. It's on the list of guidebooks endorsed by US Sailing,
and was called "a gem" by a reviewer in
magazine. The guide,
and our medical kits in general, are organized around common injuries or
problems that are likely to be encountered. Rather than sift through a hundred
bandages, you can find exactly what you need right away. An "inner-pack"
organization scheme compartmentalizes the kit into logical problem-solving
modules, with color-coded packets split up by ailment for easy identification.
You'll be able to find the supplies you need for a particular ailment fast with this
modular system. NOTE: first aid kits, such as the Coastal First Aid Kit, do not
utilize this modular system and are designed for day trip use only.
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