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Tiny but contains lots of essential emergency items
on 11 January 2013
Although the Product Dimensions are stated (albeit slightly incorrectly), I wasn't really prepared for how small this excellent kit would be. More accurate dimensions might be 12cm x 4cm x 8.5cm (around 4½ins x 1½ins x 3ins), but that's still tiny! It's less than a handful - take a look at my photo.
The kit's contents don't seem to be fully stated anywhere, so I've added a photo of them and here's a list of how much is in the little red pack:
- 1 x pair of large vinyl examination gloves
- 2 x hygienic cleansing wipes
- 1 x 5ml syringe
- 2 x 2ml syringes
- 1 x 19G 1½", 1.1 x 40mm hypodermic needle*
- 2 x 21G 1½" Nr.2, 0.8 x 40mm hypodermic needles*
- 2 x 23G 1¼" Nr.14, 0.6 x 30mm hypodermic needles*
- 1 x scalpel (with a thumb-sized handle)
*I've no idea what all numbers mean, but guess there are different uses and that a medical practitioner given the kit would know which one was needed.
All the above are in individual sterile packaging. Most have an expiry date on them - mine, received in January 2013, showed early-2017 dates so should be okay for the next four years at least. They're mostly made in Spain (the scalpel in India) and the outer packaging of some conveniently carries details of the contents in more than one language. There's also a little sterility information card and a primary care guide. The latter, in English and French, gives guidance on what you should do in an emergency - I suggest you and your travelling companions read it beforehand, just in case!
You should carry this kit on or about your person while abroad - it's small and light enough for your pocket, camera bag or handbag. Whatever you do, don't leave it in your hotel room!
Also, I'd strongly recommend that you don't put it in your cabin luggage on flights - it contains hypodermic needles and is likely to be confiscated by security staff.
My final recommendation: buy it - but hope you don't need to use it!