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May 25, 2017

6 Essential First Aid Items Every Gun Range Should Have


Every building should have a first aid kit in case the worst happens, but it’s more vital for a gun range than most. While a responsible shooter can avoid almost every accidents, not every shooters will be as responsible as they should be. Someday, an accident will happen, and in that case the range’s manager needs to be able to deal with it as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Rubbing Alcohol

Gunshot wounds are extremely rare, even at shooting ranges. Instead, most of the injuries will be minor cuts and scrapes, so the kit should have tools for treating them. Rubbing alcohol, or another sterilization tool, is the most important. Those injuries are only dangerous if they get infected, and quick sterilization is the best way to prevent that problem.

Gauze

Simple gauze bandages also deserve a place in your kit. They are also useful for treating minor injuries and keeping them clean, which will be their most common use. That having been said, they can also help to stop more significant wounds from bleeding, which increases the odds of the patient lasting long enough to get better medical attention.

Medical Tape

Bandages need to stay in place. In many cases, they also need to stay under pressure so that they can help to control bleeding. A little bit of medical tape can help to hold them in place while leaving you free to move on to other parts of the treatment or to get help. A single role will last a long time, and it can save a life, so you should be sure to include some in your first aid kit.

A Tourniquet

Nobody wants to use a tourniquet, but it can save a life. Applying the tourniquet will cut off blood flow to a limb, which can stop a patient from bleeding out if they are injured in a major vein or artery. The downside is that the process can damage the limb, but that’s a small price for staying alive. Keep one around, but only use it if the treatment is absolutely necessary.

Gloves

It’s important to wear gloves when performing a medical treatment. Bodily fluids, such as blood, can carry bacteria from the patient to the helper, while that helper’s hands often have bacteria that could infect a wound. Gloves don’t completely eliminate the risk of transmission, but they do greatly reduce it, and they’re very quick and easy to use.

A Phone

There are plenty of times when calling for help is the best way to deal with an accident. Most people who use a range will have a cell phone, but the range itself should always have one just in case they do not. That will make sure that you can always call an ambulance for people who sustain a dangerous injury.

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