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11-29-2016 01:07 AM

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I just finished cutting some more 6” HVAC metal ducting for a redesign and blast gates. Of course, I nick places on my fingers pretty badly, but not hospital badly. I do not have a first aid kit in my shop. I had to scramble upstairs to the bathroom to find some band aids. I used to have a first aid kit I bought somewhere cheap…but the dang things just fell apart and no good for medical applications. I took a gander thru the forums topic search posts about first aid, not too much to go on. And the technology of band-aids (waterproof, quality, does the job, etc) or other medical applications I’m not too upto date with. This also may help others who are considering a new first aid kit in their shop, new folks coming into the fold, or a friendly reminded to stock up or toss out the old material.
So my question is… what practical items would you have in a wood working first aid kit? I do not plan on delivering a baby, or doing brain surgery, nor liver transplant in my wood shop. The dreaded non-sawstop accident comes to mind, working with hand chisels and hand planes come to mind, etc.
Do bandaids have a shelf life? Can anyone recommend a brand that really wraps around your finger so you can keep working? That stretches? Doesn’t have a unicorn on it? I assume alcohol and hydrogen peroxide and wraps would be in order as well. Ointments and anti-bacterial salves?

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter

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#1 posted 11-29-2016 01:19 AM

My kit has aspirin, Benadryl,triple antibiotic ointment, med tape,different sized gauze and now the fun stuff tweezers flat and pointed, full suture kit, scissors, scalpels and bandaids. I prefer the cloth bandaids but I have some reactions to the adhesives they use. I also have some water proof 3M bandaids. Oh peroxide and rubbing alcohol.

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#2 posted 11-29-2016 01:22 AM

full suture kit? If it comes to needed a suture kit, wouldn’t it be better at hospital?

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter

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#3 posted 11-29-2016 01:22 AM

I don’t have a kit per say and have thought about it a few times but then I think my shop is 25 feet from the house and anything more serious than a little nick/cut likely going to head inside as I have no running water in my shop to rinse. I keep super glue and band aid cloth tape in the shop and that pretty much covers everything that doesn’t mean me heading to the ER or urgent care. I did get a pair of lighted tweezers but that hasn’t made it out there yet.

As far as longevity of band aids hit and miss. For the price we usually just chuck it all at the end of the year and buy new as seams someone is always selling cheap first aid kits for some school fundraiser.

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#4 posted 11-29-2016 01:23 AM

travis…super glue for a cut? does those chemicals hurt the wound or body? I remember seeing the Blade movie where they used some toothpaste goop to fill the wound.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter

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#5 posted 11-29-2016 01:30 AM

I was in my buddies shop. We were working on an old truck of his. I cut my hand pretty bad. I went to the first aid kit on the wall, opened it, and just about died laughing. Instead of bandages, ointments, and the like, it was ful of a variety of airplane sized liquor bottles.
He claimed to have no idea that they were in there, and we later found out his mom had stopped by and replaced the first aid kit on the sly for reasons unknown.
I know this doesn’t answer your question, just an amusing anecdote.

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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#6 posted 11-29-2016 01:55 AM

I like the Band-Aid brand Sport Strips. Very flexable, and stick like crazy. Those and some Iodine is what I have.

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#7 posted 11-29-2016 01:56 AM

I use super glue all the time for small cuts. It does a great job. Takes a while to dry though.
I don’t keep a kit in my shop, but I do have some stuff in my truck. Gauze rolls, tape, etc. the main thing we have to worry about is controlling bleeding to get to a hospital while we wait for help to arrive. You could get yourself a commercially available tourniquet if you’re really worried about something severe. They can be put on with one hand.
The most important thing to have may be a phone to dial 911.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#8 posted 11-29-2016 02:03 AM

I use super glue a lot for little cuts. Typically stop the bleeding then just add a drop or two and press, good to go.
Just keeps it from reopening or snagging on things.

The medical grade versions (2 octyl or n butyl cynanoacrylate) are preferred as they are generally more flexible. Other benefits also are over stated in my opinion as far as heat generation and off gassing of super glue as we are talking about a drop maybe two not squirting a bottle into an open wound.

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#9 posted 11-29-2016 02:17 AM

I have one of the johnson and johnson metal ones that hangs on the wall. Have one in every car including the kids. I know it will stand up. comes complete I added the j&j liquid band-aid. Quick and seals minor cuts

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#10 posted 11-29-2016 02:32 AM

I suggest having the little things mentioned above: super glue, band aids, plus heavy duty antiseptic (I like Iodine), something to stop heavy blood loss like certain powders or large sealing bandages (Israeli bandages if you are into military stuff), a phone nearby is also a good idea. Nice set of tweezers. Smelling salts. eye patches. I keep a tourniquet also, though the risk of amputation is extremely rare in my shop, cutting or severing an artery is a possibility. Hate like hell to bleed out in my own shop. And you ain’t fixing that with super glue. I also have other military style bandages that can be tied which will help keep the bandage secure for the ride to the ER. I have some advanced stuff like sutures, Novocaine and syringe, and a couple of scalpels, but I live close enough to an ER that I won’t need to stitch myself. I had that stuff for when I outfitted my boat.

Being safe in everything that you do will keep you out of that first aid kit.

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#11 posted 11-29-2016 02:53 AM

I am a retired sheet metal worker. I used to say” if I did not get cut it was Sunday” Pretty near true. I have a first aid kit in my shop . I see some similar to mine at harbor freight I think. I have added to my kit some liquid Band-Aid called NewSkin for very small scratches. I have found the best way to bandage a finger tip is to get, cloth , not plastic, bandages that are shaped like the letter “H”. after applying this bandage over the finger tip I then put another band aid around the finger on top of the “H” bandage to keep it in place. Another trick is to cut the finger tip from a disposable glove and put it over the bandaged finger tip. I ware this bandage for the first 24 hours then take it off each night and re-apply in the morning.

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#12 posted 11-29-2016 02:54 AM

A zip lock baggie could be of use at some time.

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#13 posted 11-29-2016 03:23 AM

super glue
Bandaids for small cuts, various sizes
gauze pads for large cuts
Saline for cleaning cuts
Coach tape

Eye wash

If you deal with exotic woods, liquid benadryl. In the rare chance that you have anaphylaxis, it can help you breathe while you seek help. Had a friend with bad nut allergies and benadryl saved his life one time.

-- Barry,

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#14 posted 11-29-2016 04:19 AM

Don’t work alone.

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#15 posted 11-29-2016 04:56 AM

Latex tubing, NO quick clot, bandages , opiates, iodine , ibuprofen, eye wash is a must in my shop,

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