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First Aid (2009-03-11)

As we all know in the world Airsoft games we are more prone to injuries than other sports and hobbies. Whether they be minor, or serious (Gods Forbid) injuries it is best to have a trained first aider or a medic on site. But if neither of these is available to your group, then the next best solution is a medic pack stocked full of essential items. If possible you should purchase a prepackaged first aid kit from your local pharmacist or from an online source (i.e. Red Cross).

First we would like to mention that when stocking up on medical supplies, be sure to get them from your local pharmacist and make sure that the items are properly sterilized. To ensure that everyone knows that you are carrying a medic pack, your pack must be labeled with the standard medic cross or an equivalent symbol.

Airsoft Jenga! The most basic symbol for medical support, aka the British Red Cross.
Airsoft Jenga! Probably one of the most recognized symbols, the Caduceus is used as a symbol for the Medical Corps in the US Armed Forces

Secondly if you are trained as a medic, or hold some sort of a first aider's certificate, make sure everyone knows who you are and how to contact you in case something is to happen. Below you will find our recommended list of items to pack into your medic pack.

Basic Materials

  • Easily Identifiable First Aid Bag/Pouch (preferably watertight).
    Consider getting the Pantac A-III MOLLE Medical Pack as it is made from 1000D Cordura, it is highly water resistant.
  • Alternatively, you can consider the Pantac Molle SpecOps Medical Pouch for a much smaller carry-on-field pouch.
    Remember to label your bag with an easily identifiable tag.
  • 20 Adhesive dressings (Plasters) in assorted sizes.
    These are applied to small cuts and grazes and are best made of fabric or waterproof plastic. Waterproof types are best for hand wounds, and hypoallergic types for anyone who is allergic to the adhesive in normal ones.
  • 6x Medium sterile dressings.
  • 2x Large sterile dressings.
  • 2x Extra-large sterile dressings.
    Try to find sterile dressings consisting of a dressing pad attached to a roller bandage, and are sealed in a protective wrapping. They are easy to apply and so are ideal in an emergency.
  • 2x Sterile eye pads.
    Eye pads are dressings to protect injured eyes. Some eye pads gave bandages attached so that they can be secured to a casualty?s head.
  • 6x Triangular bandages.
    Made of cloth or strong paper, triangular bandages can be used as bandages and slings. If they are sterile and individually wrapped, they may also be used as dressings for large wounds and burns.
  • Several Capsules of Saline Solution.
  • 
You can find sterilized capsules/syringes of saline solution (water with a small salt content) at your local pharmacy, these are used to for flushing wounds to clean them, and are especially useful to clear your eyes.
  • 6x Safety Pins/Clips.
    Safety pins/clips are used to secure the ends of bandages to prevent them from flapping around when your casualty decides to continue to skirmish!
  • Several disposable gloves.
    If available, always wear gloves when dressing wounds or when you handle body fluids or other waste materials.
  • Sterile dressing pad attached to a roller bandage.
  • Sterile eye pads.
  • Disposable medical latex gloves.
  • Airsoft Jenga! Airsoft Jenga!
    Sterile dressing pad Disposable medical latex gloves

Useful Additions

  • 2x Crepe roller bandages.
    Roller bandages are used to give support to injured joints, restrict movement, secure dressings in place and maintaining pressure on them whilst limit swelling.
  • Safety scissors and Tweezers.
    Make sure the items you choose are blunt-ended so that they will not cause further injuries to your casualty.
  • A pack of cotton wool.
    Cotton wool can be used as padding or an absorbent layer over a dressing. Never place it directly on a wound.
  • Non-alcoholic wound cleansing wipes.
    Alcohol-free wipes can be used to clean skin around wounds, or to clean your hands if soap and water is not available.
  • Adhesive Tape.
    Use tape to secure dressings or the ends of bandages. Some people are allergic to the adhesive, so check first. Hypoallergenic tape is also available at a slightly higher price.
  • Plastic face shield or pocket face mask.
    Use a plastic face shield or a face mask to protect yourself from the casualty from infections when giving rescue breaths.
  • Aspirin and Paracetamol.
    Painkillers are always useful, just make sure your casualty is not allergic to them, and that you do not overdose them.
  • Notepad, pencil, and tags.
    Use these items to label casualties of major accidents.
  • Blanket, torch, survival bag, whistle/walkie-talkie.
    A blanket can protect a casualty from cold. A torch improves visibility, and a whistle can be used to attract attention and summon help (in case you run out of batteries for your walkie). Survival bags are wrapped around casualties to keep them warm and dry.
  • Where you should keep your basic materials constantly stocked, although not all of the useful additions are needed, they may come in handy depending on the location of your skirmish site. Remember, its always better to have a first aid kit around when you don't need it, than to not have a first aid kit when you need it!
The main wounds you'll be looking for are small abrasions, lacerations ect. Worst case you could have an eye injury which can be helped with moist gauze alone and nothing done in the field. However if you indeed encounter fractures, impalements and the like, the first thing you should do is to call for an ambulance. Provide as much info of the situation as possible; include the patients' details like Name, Age, Sex, and if possible blood type. If you are trained to do so, you should try and stabilize the patient, if not, then stay away and do NOT do anything other than to assure the patient that help is on its way.

Special thanks to Chris Cunningham, EMT.