12 October 2009

What Items Should be Included In Each First Aid Kit

Posted by Jody under: First Aid .

A First Aid Kit should be available in every home. If you have the correct supplies, you will be able to take care of just about any minor medical problem. Plus, should a serious medical problem arise, you may be able to maintain control of the situation until trained medical assistance arrived if you have a First Aid Kit.

So what kind of things should be kept in a basic First Aid Kit?

Be sure that you have the following supplies:

•Bandages: Band aids of various sizes should be included. You should have tiny bandages, middle-sized bandages and even the big square ones. Large gauze bandages in various shapes and sizes should be included in your kit as well, as should a roll of gauze bandaging.

•Medical tape: Since it is made for use on skin, medical tape works very well when attaching gauze bandages to skin. It’s also useful when you have to tape together a fast finger splint.

•Antibiotic ointment: Normally these come in a tube, but sometimes they come in individual-sized packets. This ointment keeps germs out of the wound before application of the bandage. •Antibiotic ointment: Normally these come in a tube, but sometimes they come in individual-sized packets. This ointment keeps germs out of the wound before application of the bandage.

•Medical scissors: Normally these have dull tips so they can be used against skin without puncturing it, which is useful when you cut off a bandage. These will be helpful when cutting medical tape or bandages to the correct sizes.

•Alcohol wipes: It is possible to purchase these in individual packages. If wounds, scrapes or scratches need to be sterilized, these can be used for that purpose.

•Rubber gloves: It is always wise to play it safe. In case you have to handle bodily fluids, you should keep at least one pair of rubber gloves in your First Aid Kit.

•Tweezers: If thorns or splinters need removal, a good pair of tweezers is very helpful. A metal pair is preferable to a plastic pair.

•Sterile cotton pads: These normally come in individual packages. They are very helpful when wounds need to be cleaned.

•Instant cold pack: These can be purchased at any drugstore or pharmacy. Just use your fingers to snap them with or press them with your palm, and within seconds these plastic packages become a makeshift cold pack to help treat sprains and other injuries.

Pain relievers: Keep a variety of these in your kit so that you have the right one when you need it. Include such things as aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen.

•First Aid manual: Even if you have training in first-aid or some other medical background, a manual should still be part of your First Aid Kit for possible use by a person without training.

Those are the items that should be included in each First Aid Kit. You may also want to include burn ointment, a flashlight and batteries, a CPR mask, safety pins, syringe, various little splints, Ace bandage, charcoal for toxins, bug bite treatment, blanket and thermometer.

Keep all your supplies in some type of vessel that is clearly labeled: “First Aid.” A well-stocked First Aid Kit should be kept in you home as well as in each vehicle that you utilize.

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