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BUT FIRST, AID!

Updated: Dec 6, 2021

Words by Josh Leonard
Images by AdventureIntel

FIRST AID FOR ADVENTURERS


It’s no secret, we’re the most accident prone off-roaders in the industry. You name it, we’ve broken it. Twice. When the team at Survival First Aid heard about almost every adventure of ours ending in a trip to the Emergency Room they sent us out some of their first aid kits and suggested we don’t head bush without them. Smart.


Since their inception in 1988 Survival have been a well known and trusted brand within the industry.

Spurred on by their own personal tragedy, innovators Jerry and Tim Tyrrell made providing quality emergency first aid solutions to Aussie’s their mission.

Usually, when you’ve got to open your first aid kit it’s because something has gone wrong. Your heart rate is accelerating faster than a highway patrol unit that’s just seen a modified GQ Patrol with P-Plates cable-tied to it, there’s blood everywhere and the band aids are at the very bottom of the first aid kit. Every damn time. However, that’s not the case with the Survival kits, you’d swear they were designed with adventurers like us in mind - everything is marked clearly and laid out in a modular format that means you can treat a broken arm as easily as you can a splinter.


Survival have looked after us adventurers and offer their kits in a range of cases from Pelican-style tough cases to canvas cases that feature molle capabilities. We tested out the Outdoor Bundle which includes both the Family First Aid Kit and the Snake Bite Kit.


We tried really hard to convince one of the AdventureIntel guys that in order to live up to our promise of providing transparent and honest advice to our readers, they really should try to find a snake and induce it to bite them. Oddly enough, even though we looked in all the right locations and stuck our arms in a range of different holes and under many logs - there wasn’t a snake to be found. There were no takers when we tried to stage a real life chainsaw accident either. We decided to take a look at the contents of the kits and consult some health care professionals instead.

We chatted to an Intensive Care Paramedic who loved what the kit had on offer saying “This kit is comprehensive and simple at the same time. The only thing it doesn’t offer that the victim of a snake bite may need is a shot of adrenaline and some antibiotics - but, everything in this (Snake Bite) kit when used correctly will give the patient the best chance of getting to a hospital or ambulance where that medication can be administered.”


When taking a look at the Family First Aid Kit they said “the layout and labelling of the kit means patients will be given a fighting chance in most emergency situations when the person administering first aid begins to experience a loss of fine motor-control, tunnel vision and audio-exclusion as the adrenaline and stress of the situation begins to take effect. They’ve managed to fit a lot into a small package and have still been able to include some necessities that a lot of other kits lack such as medical shears and fever scan strips.” It goes without saying that everyone, no matter who they are or what they’re doing should be carrying at least one comprehensive first aid kit with them when they head off on their adventure and it’s hard to find a kit more comprehensive than those offered by Survival.

CEO Mike Tyrrell, a survivor of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami in Thailand understands that you never really know what’s waiting for you around the corner and it’s clear that Survival have worked tirelessly to create kits that can be utilised in all eventualities. Mike said experiencing those tragic events in 2004 is what drove him to carry on his family’s vision of providing high-quality safety products to individuals and families across the globe.


When we pulled the old kit out of the Ranger to replace it with the Outdoor Bundle we were stoked to see that both kits took up less space than the bulky kit we were running before, while offering up at least twice as much gear to use in case of an emergency.

“‘The layout and labelling of the kit means patients will be given a fighting chance in most emergency situations when the person administering first aid begins to experience a loss of fine motor-control, tunnel vision and audio-exclusion as the adrenaline and stress of the situation begins to take effect.’”

The kits include some clever equipment, like the revolutionary “SMART Bandage” which uses a pictogram to demonstrate how to achieve correct tension when applying a pressure immobilisation bandage (a critical factor in snake and funnel-web spider bite first aid). The “SMART Bandage” helps you keep calm and focused during an emergency, with the rectangle pictogram becoming a square to let you know when optimal tension has been achieved.


The price is good too, we reckon our readers would be hard pressed to find kits that offer more versatility than these for less.

While AdventureIntel recommends that everyone takes part in at least a basic first aid course, we understand that this isn’t always the case and the person giving you treatment when it really matters may have no previous formal training. The Survival kits offer cheat sheets that show you how to treat a range of injuries. The information provided with the Snake Bite Kit is particularly useful and ensures that patients are receiving the correct care no matter who’s treating them.

THE VERDICT

It’s 2021 and first aid kits have never been more accessible. It’s not really our style but let’s have some real talk here for a moment: it’s downright irresponsible to be heading out bush these days without a first aid kit, especially in Australia.

There’s a reason we permanently swapped out the kit we used to run and chose to stick with the ones Survival sent us. It’s because we know when we really need them, the kits from Survival are going to keep our loved ones safe and our adventures continuing.


All Survival kits have been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration, they’re also compliant with the Australian Standards and the Work Health and Safety Act. That means you can feel comfortable knowing you’ve got the right kit and it’s been vetted by more than just some blokes who think playing in mud puddles and trying to get bitten by a snake is fun.

The kits are easily identifiable and both fit in a backpack so you can take them with you once you’ve parked up. The inclusion of items like emergency blankets and splints make both kits a worthy addition to any hiking trip pack-out.


Let’s face it, a “we’ll wing it” attitude is all well and good until you’re hurt and it’s your best mate winging your critical care. Survival took the guesswork out of deciding what kit to run and provided their products at a modest price. That makes our verdict easy and succinct: these mighty first aid kits could well save your life or the life of someone you love. So get kitted up.


WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE KITS WE TESTED

Components - Family First Aid Kit


  • 50 x Adhesive dressings, sterile, individually wrapped

  • Antiseptic/Wound Care - saline, sterile, 30ml x2

  • 1 x Bandage shears, 19cm stainless steel

  • 1 x Combine dressing, sterile, 10cm x 20cm

  • 3 x Conforming bandage, 7.5cm x 1.8m unstretched

  • 3 x Conforming bandage, 5cm x 1.8m unstretched

  • 5 x Cotton gauze swabs, (3 per pack), sterile, 7.5cm x 7.5cm

  • 1 x CPR Card

  • 1 x Emergency blanket, 2.1m x 1.6m in zip lock bag

  • 4 x Eye pads, sterile

  • 3 x Fever scan strip

  • 1 x First Aid Booklet

  • 5 x Hydro gel, sterile 3.5ml sachets

  • 1 x Hypo allergenic adhesive tape, 25mm wide roll

  • 1 x Ice Pack (instant). One use only.

  • 5 x Nitrile gloves (1 pair in CPR KIT)

  • 6 x Non-adherent wound dressing, sterile, 5cm x 5cm

  • 3 x Non-adherent wound dressing, sterile, 7.5cm x 10cm

  • 1 x Non-adherent wound dressing, sterile, 10cm x 10cm

  • Note pad (located at the back of the First Aid Booklet) & pencil

  • 3 x Plastic bags (3 sizes)

  • 2 x Pressure bandage - 1 SMART Bandage, heavy duty, 10cm x 2m; 1 medium weight, 10cm x 1.8m

  • 1 x Resuscitation shield, disposable, incl 1 pair gloves & 1 skin cleaning wipe (in CPR KIT)

  • 6 x Safety pins

  • 4 x Saline, sterile, 30ml

  • 10 x Skin cleaning wipes, with cetrimide (1 with CPR KIT)

  • 10 x Splinter probes, 5 per pack, sterile

  • 2 x Triangular bandage, 96cm x 96cm x 136cm

  • 1 x Tweezers, rust resistant with tip guard, stainless steel

  • 3 x Wound closures (3 per pack), sterile

  • 1 x Wound dressings, No 14 medium, sterile

  • 1 x Wound dressings, No 15 large, sterile


Components - Snake Bite Kit