As with the other advices of “Safety Dossiers” by I Love Ski, we encourage the skiers to be safe like always carrying a basic first aid
First aid kits will help manage small injuries (small cuts, slight joint traumas after a fall, identified discomfort …) and also help to handle a situation in which you’re waiting for help in the case of a more serious injurie.
The composition of a first aid kit can be very basic (some dressings stored in one of the pockets of the bag, an adhesive elastic band), or a more complete and varied one according to the medical skills, knowledge, experience and type of trip the skier went to.
In this article, we offer an example of the contents of a first aid kit for use on all mountain trips, an open and non-exhaustive list. Each one is free to complete with the elements that seem appropriate to their personal situation.
What to put in the first aid kit?
All items can be contained in a first aid kit with a dimension of 10X15 (see photo):
- A multifunction knife (leatherman type)
- One pair of disposable gloves (to avoid direct contact with wounds)
- Antiseptic (betadine type)
- A roll of adhesive elastic band (Width 3 cm)
- A flexible and non-sticky elastic bandage roll (Width 7 cm)
- A variety of dressings and sterile pads.
- Adhesive suture strips (Urgostrip type)
- Hydrocolloid dressings.
- Special plasters for blisters (Compeed type)
- Survival blanket
- A set of emergency medications (see NOTE) to be administered only after medical advice: analgesic (paracetamol, etc.), anti-inflammatory (ibuprofen), antispasmodic (loperamide, buscapina, etc.)
- Eye drops
NOTE: In case of discomfort, the medications may be in the first aid kit, but the administration to a third person is exclusive to a health professional, like a doctor. In the case of medical assistance, it is advisable to obtain the person’s consent and it is recommended to dial the emergency number (15,112) to contact a doctor. Then you should be specific about the elements of your emergency call, the origin of the discomfort, the victim’s medical history, possible treatments, the observed signs, the location of the pain …
In the case of having a known medical history, the treatment that the person may have in their possession must be done with their consent. However, contacting first with a doctor is highly recommended.
Once the medication has been administered, the victim’s progress should be monitored regularly.