4.10 Medical - First Aid
The First Aid Medic personnel should have EMT or Paramedic backgrounds.
The Medic should be on duty until the last search team of the
day has returned.
Medic / First Aid Duties
- Phone local pharmacies and grocery stores for donated medical
- Organize a First Aid room / area in the Recovery Center.
- Make certain that Briefers and Search Team leaders include First
Aid Kits, and drinking water in the check-lists for all searchers.
- Be available to searchers upon return - be prepared for:
- Scratches from rusty metal, barbed wire and thorns
- Raw sewage
- Snake bites.
- Allergic reactions
- Be aware of symptoms of exhaustion.
- Make arrangements with local doctor/clinic for free DPT (Tetanus)
shots and post this notice in the Recovery Center: Anyone who has
been through raw sewage or come in contact with rusty metal and has
not had a DPT vaccination within the last 5 years must see the Medic
Searcher First Aid Kit
First Aid Kits are of immediate priority for the Recovery Center.
They are to be sent out with every searcher in individual sized packaging.
- Insect repellent - for example, Skintastic
- Triple antibiotic first aid ointment
- Anti-Itch cream
- Antiseptic towelettes
- Sterile adhesive bandages/bandaids
- Tylenol or similar headache remedy
- Wet-wipes in individual ziplock bag
Put all items in sealable bags.
First Aid Center Supplies
The following items should be on hand at the First Aid Center:
- Examination gloves, synthetic vinyl, powder free, disposable.
- Gauze sponges, bandaids (knuckle, fingertip, etc) surgical tape.
- Steri-strip skin closure surgical tape strip.
- Tubes of hydrocortisone
- Sting-Eze, poison oak/poison ivy lotion. Absorbine Jr. Solarcaine
sun screen, Blistex, eye drops, Rolaids/Tums, Incodium, Maalox, Alka
- Tylenol (500 mg), Aspirin, Benadryl, Ibuprofin
- Needle, safety razor, scissors, knife, slings, rubber tubing
- Saline (.9% Sodium Chloride Irrigation). Hydrogen Peroxide,
- Surgical towels (cloth), clean socks, sun glasses
A mobile ambulance with crew would be an ideal resource for the
Recovery Center. The First Aid Medic could be in touch with the ambulance
crew by cell phone. When requested by a search team leader, the ambulance
could be dispatched to specific search areas in the field. Immediate
transportation to a hospital could be provided if needed.