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Best Recreational Boating First Aid Kit and Tourniquet 2018

Best Recreational Boating First Aid Kit and Tourniquet 2018

May 17, 2018 0 Comments

Best Recreational Boating First Aid Kit and Tourniquet 2018

According to the USCG, there are on average 700 deaths, 3550 injuries, and 5500 accidents each year that occur based on their recreational boating statistics. Injuries such as propeller lacerations, boat collisions, water skiing mishaps, and the like happen all too often, especially in Florida, which is typically responsible for about 10% of recreational boating incidents. 

 

DEATHS, INJURIES, & ACCIDENTS BY YEAR, 1997-2016 
Year  Deaths  Injuries  Accidents 
1997 821 4555 8047
1998 815 4612 8061
1999 734 4315 7931
2000 701 4355 7740
                        2001  681 4274 6419
2002 750 4062 5705
2003 703 3888 5438
2004 676 3363 4904
2005 697 3451 4969
2006 710 3474 4967
2007 685 3673 5191
2008 709 3331 4789
2009 736 3358 4730
2010 672 3153 4604
2011 758 3081 4588
2012 651 3000 4515
2013 560 2620 4062
2014 610 2678 4064
2015 626 2613 4158
2016 701 2903 4463

 

 

The best thing you can do is be prepared by always carrying trauma supplies to control bleeding. Most first aid kits you find at West Marine might be good for scrapes, and scratches, but they don’t have trauma equipment.  There are several options you should consider:

 

  1. Frontline Freediving - Waterman Trauma Kit these first aid kits are the most comprehensive first aid kit for recreational boating. They contain everything for minor injuries to traumatic bleeding control devices.

  1. OMNA Tourniquets – most tourniquets are cumbersome to carry, get lost, and aren’t made to take the abuse of saltwater, and UV rays. OMNA tourniquets are different; they are specifically made for the water, and feature innovative marine materials and design features. Best of all they are  low cost, and wearable. You can comfortably and conveniently attach this tourniquet to a limb, belt, or part of your boat, and not worry about it disappearing.