If you ride with a regular group, or even by yourself, does someone in your party carry first aid items? The reason I ask is I was given a new space blanket today and it is so small and light, about the same size as my 'Jersey Bin' storage thing. The benefits of carrying one in your group outweigh the negatives.
My colleague who gave it to me had a member of his group have terrible accident on the weekend. I won't go into details but it was the cyclists own error and it took two ambulances and and hour and a half to move him. He is now stable but will take a lot of time for him to get back to normal.
What was noted by the ambos was the benefits of a space blanket to keep the patient warm when in shock, or dry if raining or just to keep a wound clean.
He went off today to a medical supplies place in Stepney and bought this stack of stuff. $25 gets you 10 space blankets. Other items he is going to carry is some small medi wipes, a non advesive patch, band-aids, and small bandage. All can be folded really small and is quite light.
He shopped at Adelaide Safety Supplies in Stepney and he said they offer discounts to groups. Perhaps I might see if I can get a discount for AC riding groups.
Don't forget the space blankets. Very important when someone is in shock, to keep them warm as body temp drops rapidly.
Are the space blankest individually wrapped?
If I was to spend $25 would I get something I would but in a pannier and still have something useful in 3 months time?
It seems that the 9 spares could be sold to someone.
Don, tried to find a space blanket at the chemist but noone had one, maybe should have tried a camping store. Have found them on ebay for a few dollars....
Industrial safety places often stock them. There's one I use out at Mount Barker......its in the industrial estate off Wellington Road.
The space blanket that Pete put on me yesterday has been in his first aid kit for ~20 years he said and had never been used. I was exceptionally grateful for it and it was in perfect condition.
Juz, what happened?
jeez Juz! just read what happened, =( hope you, Andrew, Pete and co are all good..