First Aid

Field Organisers will attempt to ensure there is at least one member in each search group qualified in first aid (e.g. current St John or Red Cross First Aid Certificate or equivalent).  This person is responsible for all first aid administered by the group.

Bush Search and Rescue offers subsidies to members for completing appropriate first aid courses.

Patient care, training at Mt St Gwinear 2002
Patient care, training at Mt St Gwinear 2002

All searchers should carry a first aid kit capable of dealing with most first aid problems. Your kit should be more comprehensive than you may otherwise personally carry on a bushwalk. All items in the list below are mandatory for all searchers.

First aid kit

Disposable glovesTwo pairFor casualty and self-protection
Triangular bandagesTwo, safety pins attached Use as a sling, broad or narrow bandage to support injured part or to retain a dressing.
Elasticised roller bandage (heavyweight - pink)One 8 cm or 10 cm - safety pin attachedElasticised bandages for support and/or to control swelling of knee or ankle. With folded triangular bandage as a pad, used in treatment of snake bite.
Crepe roller bandages (lightweight- white)One 2.5 cm and one 5cm, each with safety pinCrepe bandages to retain dressings, bandage and support hand, arm or thumb.
Assorted adhesive dressing strips and tapeeg ‘Band-aids’ and ‘Handipore’For minor lacerations (cut to size). Include some tape that is hypoallergenic (i.e. does not cause skin irritations).
Prepared wound dressingOne medium sizeAbsorbent pad for large lacerations. Effectively controls haemorrhage when applied with an additional firm pad.
Semi permeable film dressingOne small packetHypoallergenic, breathable, sterile membrane for wounds, abrasions.
Non-stick sterile dressingsOne 8x10 cm, eg ‘Melolin’Useful on burns or other areas where skin is broken. Place the shiny surface towards the wound.
ScissorsOne fine pointed, good quality, sharp, smallCutting gauze, dead skin, etc
ThermometerUsed to monitor the condition of the casualty.
TweezersOne fine pointed, good quality, small For removing ticks, splinters, etc
Sewing needlesTwoFor pricking blisters, removing splinters, etc. Sterilise before use.
Disposable cloth towelOne small (Chux or similar)Use as washer and towel to clean around wound (adhesive tape will not slick to dirty or greasy skin). Washable.
Note-book and pencil To record items used and the condition of the casualty. 
Rubbish bin liner bagOne large bagFor use with hypothermic casualties.
Iodine based antisepticOne 25 ml container e.g. BetadineBacteriocidal/fungicidal gel for cuts, abrasions, Tinea. Use as a gargle when diluted.
Eyewash - ‘saline’ sachets 2 x 10 ml  To clean a dirty wound or wash out small foreign bodies trapped under eyelids e.g. grit or insects. Single use ampoules.
Paracetamol tablets 24 foil packed eg Panadol solubleOne or two tablets dissolved in half a cup of water every three to four hours for pain. Maximum 8 tablets per 24 hours - casualty to self administer with plenty of fluids.
Oral rehydration solutionFive sachets eg 'Gastrolyte'.Use according to sachet directions. For replacement of fluid and electrolytes in treatment of diarrhoea, bad burns or heat stress. Diabetics should obtain prior medical advice regarding emergency use of such products.

Updated 14 Sep 2017

Last Updated on February 17, 2021