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Old 16th December 2017, 00:24   #16
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You have compiled a really important aspect related to driving/riding which is overlooked by most of us. I personally haven't used the first aid kit that came with my car but I religiously carry first aid kits and medicines while I am on a road trip. But this thread serves as a reminder to the fact that carrying first aid is equally important while driving in the city as well. Thanks!
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Very important thread Samba, I was thinking some time back on this, that there is no such thread on this topic on T-BHP.

A very important rescue item, which is missing in cars sold in India, is the rescue blanket (called Rettungsdecke in German). Can someone check in his / her German make car if this is provided in the first aid kit? As per law in Germany, this is a mandatory item.

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1. Helps to keep the body warm of accident victims when ambient temperatures are low. The silver side when wrapped around the body helps keep the body warm by reflecting heat.
2. In some situations (e.g. when snow lying all around) it helps the rescue team to easily identify the victims (e.g. air rescue)
3. In warm days it can be used as a shade for the victim.
4. Can be used as a blanket to lay down the victim when the ground below is wet or dirty.

Here is a video (in German), but the message is easily understood.



Note - This blanket is not suitable to keep the body warm for prolonged periods when it is cold, and the victim lying on the ground.

I forgot to mention 1 point, please DO NOT give CPR to a person if you do not see the symptoms mentioned by the guy in the video, instead of saving, you might kill them / injure them seriously.
I feel thankful that I came to Germany, these are among many life saving skills I learned here, which are not usually taught in India.

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Old 16th December 2017, 01:50   #18
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Very very informative post. It is of great use for any traveller. I knew that you are a great driver, an excellent photographer and an excellent writer as well ,but you have such an extensive medical knowledge was not known. Realy I must say you are a versatile genius brother. Keep posting and enlighting us with your views.
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A very important rescue item, which is missing in cars sold in India, is the rescue blanket (called Rettungsdecke in German). Can someone check in his / her German make car if this is provided in the first aid kit? As per law in Germany, this is a mandatory item.

Uses -

1. Helps to keep the body warm of accident victims when ambient temperatures are low. The silver side when wrapped around the body helps keep the body warm by reflecting heat.
2. In some situations (e.g. when snow lying all around) it helps the rescue team to easily identify the victims (e.g. air rescue)
3. In warm days it can be used as a shade for the victim.
4. Can be used as a blanket to lay down the victim when the ground below is wet or dirty.
What we carry on board ships is something similar and is called a TPA (Thermal Protective Aid).
https://www.google.com/search?q=Ther...0hZ8-vuP_YjoM:
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Samba, thank you. One of the most sensible and useful threads I have seen. Simple and sensible.
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I'm pretty sure that if you car is more than a couple of years old, some of the items will be expired. I'm going to start doing it as soon as I get home.
Exactly. Me too.
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It might be a good idea to add a poll to this thread with the question: Have you opened and checked, or even used, the first aid kit that came with your car?
+ 1 to that suggestion. A question/poll will cause many of us to wake up (I am wide awake now!)
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Excellent thread Samba, truly an awakening call for people who neglect this vital aspect. I carry an extensive medi kit during my outstation trips and regularly keep a check of the expiry dates of the medicines. These have been of immense use several times not only for me and my family, but others as well. But saying that, I don't usually carry any kit when I am in town as my daily drive is less than 10 kms. But after seeing this thread I am thinking of keeping one handy even in city as one can never predict when it might come to use.
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Excellent thread Samba
Pity CPR is not taught in India as widely as it is in developed countries.

Talking about basic first aid set,one can keep a wooden ruler/scale in the glove box along with a crepe bandage.In the unfortunate event of an accident and a suspicion of fracture of a limb,that can be made to act like a splint. Helps immensely in both immobilization of the affected limb as well as easing of pain

Also a list of emergency medicines should accompany the first aid kit
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