You are the nominated “medic” on a voluntary project in Africa (There is no altitude or malarial risk for the group). Your group consists of 24 volunteers roughly split male/female aged between 18 and 63, everyone is in good health with no significant medical or surgical history. You are planning on spending a month on the project. Nearest small rural health centre is 2 days drive away, medivac is possible but would take 24 hours to arrange and get there. All the group have a small personal first aid kit so plenty of plasters, wound dressing and over the counter medication. You have the small medical bag as illustrated approx 35x10x20cm which can contain any equipment or medication you can fit in it. We will assume your competent to use whatever you pack.
What would you take ?
(Suggestions or complete kit list in comments please)
The author is a Registered Nurse who served with the RAMC, a Paramedic and Clinical Tutor with additional qualifications in Trauma and Remote Medicine. He has had a long term interest in remote medicine and is the Medical Advisor for several groups and runs courses in Outdoor First Aid, Expedition, Remote and Survival Medicine.