First Aid Kit

In any emergency, you or a family member may be cut, burned or suffer other injuries. If you have these basic supplies you are better prepared to help your loved ones when they are hurt. Remember, many injuries are not life-threatening and do not require immediate medical attention. Knowing how to treat minor injuries can make a difference in an emergency. Consider taking a first aid class. However, simply having the following things can help you stop bleeding, prevent infection and assist in decontamination.

Things you should have:

  • Two pairs of Latex or other sterile gloves (if you are allergic to Latex)
  • Sterile dressings to stop bleeding
  • Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes to disinfect
  • Antibiotic ointment to prevent infection
  • Burn ointment to prevent infection
  • Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes
  • Eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as a general decontaminant
  • Thermometer

Things it may be good to have:

  • Cell phone
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
  • Non-prescription drugs
    • Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
    • Anti-diarrhea medication
    • Antacid (for upset stomach)
    • Syrup of ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center)
    • Laxative
  • Activated charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center)

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