THE EMERGENCY KIT
By ARTHUR W. STEVENS
Last spring when offered the Standard Tackle Box as an inducement for the renewal of subscriptions, I immediately decided that I wanted one. My subscription had not expired, and I didnít need any inducement to renew when I did. Also, I must confess, I am not much of a fisherman, so you might be interested in knowing the use to which the box was put.
My work of surveying keeps me, sometimes, several months out of reach of a doctor, and it be hooves one in such a position to equip himself with some sort of an emergency medical and surgical outfit. None of the prepared outfits on the market appealed to me as the right thing; but the tackle box, with its numerous compartments, seemed to offer a possibility of making up an outfit to suit my own needs. It has proved so successful that others might wish to profit by my experience.
The contents of the box are as follows:
Two-inch gauze bandage. Small roll of absorbent cotton. Adhesive tape. Phial of iodine in small box to prevent breakage; used as antiseptic. Potassium permanganate crystals, for rattlesnake bites and antiseptic. Compound cathartic pills. Cascarets. Potassium chlorate tablets, for sore throat. Carbolated vaseline, best salve for cracked lips. Three-grain quinine capsules. Silver tweezers. Short-handled manicure scissors. The curved shape of these scissors gives them an advantage over ordinary surgical scissors in cutting away loose skin and such minor surgical operations as one will ordinarily be called upon to perform.
The large compartment in the upper part of the box contains: One package of picric gauze, for burns. . Two U. S. army first-aid packets. This list is given merely as a suggestion. The really practical part of it is that the contents may be made up to suit individual needs. I might add that just a few simple home remedies that we all know how to use are all I have ever found use for in the mountains. The more complicated outfits recommended by medical and surgical men are all right for the skilled man; but we, in our ignorance, are apt to get our wires crossed and do the wrong thing; therefore, I feel safer without them.
For a reference book, the First Aid Text Book, published by the American Red Cross, Washington, D. C., is about as good as can be obtained.
Katz, Harry N. Kinks A Book of 250 Helpful Hints for Hunters, Anglers and Outers. Chicago: Outers, 1917. Print.
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