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I took an essential first aid course with SJA last week (before that I hadn't done any first aid training since being in the St John Cadets as a kid). After that I thought it wise to get a proper first aid kit. It arrived today.
The compartments are good and don't get in the way, it's laid out very easily. There's room to add extra things if you need - everything's not squashed in, which is really good. Sure it doesn't have finger splints and fancy equipment, but in a first aid situation what you really want is quick access to dressings, and boy does this kit have them! In fact it's pretty much just a big bag of dressings, but that's all you really need.
This kit will enable you to deal with any size of cut or break, and there are enough spares that it will last through several incidents without you having to replenish it (though of course you *should* always replenish the kit when you use something).
It's not a comprehensive kit. You have to weigh up comprehensiveness against simplicity, and this is a great simple kit for dealing with bleeding and breaks. And I would like to stress how nicely laid out it is, you unzip it and it falls open into two halves with everything accessible. No chance of it falling out all over the floor, as everything's either zipped up or in an elasticated pocket.
It's a great kit. If you want to make it comprehensive then add a resus face mask, a heat blanket, tweezers, nail scissors and some burn dressings to elevate it beyond just being able to deal with bleeding and breaks. But there is room in the kit to add those few items.
Other than that I guess it would be nice if the pouch had more reflective tape esp on the back, but it's really not an issue, I'm just fussy. Also the way the wipes were packaged in a plastic sealable bag made it a little difficult to get them out, so I just took them all out, rotated 90 degrees and put them back in. No problem.
One other great thing is that while the kit is supplied with 12 safety pins, each triangular *also* comes with two safety pins. Winning.
I'm really happy with it. Couple it with the SJA/DK First Aid Manual for a total cost of twenty-odd quid: Perfect.
edit after four months: Still very happy with it. Only bugbear is that I keep opening it upside down. The kit opens out landscape but the text on the front is portrait. Why didn't they put the text the right way up so you could see it was upside down before you open it?! Anyway that's the only thing I have to say against it. I've added a whistle, space blanket, pen and paper.