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December 2023:  First Aid Kit Recommendations

Further to a recent accident investigation within the district, one of the outcomes was that we should issue some guidance around First Aid Kits and their maintenance.

In a first aid kit, you should include:
A) Disposable non-latex protective gloves.
B) Individual wrapped moist cleaning wipes for the first aider’s hands
C) Individually wrapped sterile plasters or assorted sizes, including blue plasters for kitchen use
D) Medium-sized (approximately 12cm x 12cm) individually wrapped sterile un-medicated wound dressings
E) Large-sized (approximately 18cm x 18cm) individually wrapped sterile un-medicated wound dressings
F) Conforming bandages
G) Steripods (sealed sachets of normal saline)
H) Sterile eye pads
I) Individually wrapped triangular bandages, preferably sterile
J) Safety pins
K) Adhesive tape
L) Clothing cutters
M) Ice packs
N) Plastic bags for the disposal of soiled dressings
O) Guidance leaflet (a leaflet supplied with the kit or that you make yourself, which includes brief instructions
on emergency treatment).
P) An incident record book or a notebook, pencil and purple card

You might also like to include the following dependant upon the activities, location and age group:Resuscitation face shield
Tick removers
Burns dressings
Foil blankets
Tweezers
Period products, such as pads and tampons
Contents check list

Number and size of first aid kits required
This will be influenced by your risk assessments for HQ, camps and other outdoor activities.
You should consider the number of sections in a group. May they all need a first aid kit at the same time?
At camp, are activities spread over a wide area?
Do you need a first aid kit at each activity?
How many people does the kit need to support? Increase contents for larger events.
If it is a permitted activity, consider if additional specialist first aid equipment is required.

Maintaining or replacing contents of a first aid kit
Check your kit regularly. Camp First Aid Kits should be checked before each camp as a minimum. For HQ kits, they should be checked on a termly basis or earlier if there has been an incident that has required it to be used
Many items, particularly sterile ones, are marked with expiry dates. Replace expired items. Any items without an expiry date should be checked that they are still fit for purpose and replaced if necessary.

The above is based on the Scout Association advice, which can be found at the link here  and includes additional information

September 2023 : Kelly Kettles

Kelly kettles are a popular and interesting way to boil water using fire.   There are two models of Kelly Kettle; the more recent models supplied with a whistle for the spout, an older models with a cork bung, used to keep water in the kettle during transportation.

An accident occurred recently, where a leader familiar with the new model of kettle was running an activity with Scouts, but using the older model that had been loaned.
By mistake, the leader left the cork bung loosely fitted to the spout, in the same way you would with a whistle.
At a point that the kettle started to produce steam, the bung swelled and then shot out of the kettle, fortunately away from the spectators.    However, the noise startled the leader, who lost balance and tripped, knocking over the kettle in the process.    Again, spectators were a safe distance away but the incident did cause some minor splash scalds on one child’s foot.    Quick thinking and use of the nearby fire bucket meant that first aid could be quickly administered and further injury was prevented.

Learnings:

  • Always cross check safety instructions regardless of how well you think you know a piece of equipment.
  • Do not operate a Kelly Kettle with a bung fitted to the spout.   The manufacturer also recommends operating the newer model without the whistle fitted.
  • Keep spectators a safe distance from kettles and stoves to avoid risk of burns and scalds if something should become unstable
  • Having a fire bucket to hand containing water makes for a quick first aid resource in the event of a burn or scald in the absence of fast access to running water. If unsure how to use a Kelly Kettle – please refer to the link here
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