First Aid Kits etc

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You need more than one First Aid Kit. They need to be accessible - and must NOT be kept locked away, although simple plastic security tags are readily available to help prevent pilfering (especially of tape and plasters). The other advantage of using a security tag on the First Aid Kit is that checking the contents are intact is a simple matter of looking at the security tag. This will save your Safety Adviser a LOT of work.

Decide whether or not you think your club First Aid Kits are for emergency use only (which I strongly recommend), or whether you're happy for club members to use their contents to tape up their blistered hands. My view is that blisters are an occupational hazard, not a First Aid emergency, and all oarsmen should be expected to provide their own plasters and tape for these running repairs.

Contents

This is my view of what should be included in (and excluded from) a First Aid Kit for rowing clubs. It's based on recommendations in the 8th Edition of the First Aid Manual.

You can get complete First Aid Kits (e.g. the St John sports kit) together with replacement bits and pieces from St John Supplies (you don't have to be a member to order from them), or lots of High Street stores. Why not put in a big order for your club and any club members who would like to upgrade their own domestic First Aid Kits, and take advantage of bulk discounts?

Things NOT to have in a First Aid Kit

First Aid Training

OK, you've got a well-stocked, accessible First Aid Kit, ideally more than one. But do you know how to use it? It's not really much use if you don't. Find out if any club members already have First Aid qualifications, and make a list. If you haven't got any, then get some. Contact your local St John Ambulance or British Red Cross (check the local phone book for contact details) about courses. Maybe if you can get sufficient interest in the club (and neighbouring clubs too), you could persuade them to run a course specifically for you. Or find out from your employers if they need any First Aiders at work - then you might get lucky and have them pay for the training! The more qualified and proficient First Aiders there are, the more likely one will be on hand when you need one.