The First Aid Kit

Jacqueline Todorov

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You can buy a fairly complete first-aid kit at a pharmacy or department store, but prepared kits tend to be expensive and usually aren't necessary. Your own medicine cabinet may already have most of the items you need. It is a good idea to always keep your supplies together in some kind of 'kit' or box, so you won't have to hunt for them in an emergency. Check them on a regular basis to see if they need to be replenished.

Never keep it locked because you don't want to be looking for a key in an emergency.[Editor's Note: Dangerous medications such as sedatives, or anti-depressants should be kept in a separate locked cabinet. See Teen Depression] You may want to store the supplies in a moisture proof container so they can be taken along on family outings. Better yet, keep a duplicate kit in the family car. There should be a kit at the cottage, on the boat, and recreational vehicle.

Stocking the First Aid Kit

A good basic first aid kit should contain the following items. The starred items are optional -suitable for a camping first aid kit when medical attention is more than an hour away.

Quantity Item
1 First-aid instruction book
20 Paper or plastic cups, for giving fluids.
1 Flashlight with extra batteries.
1 Blanket
1 * Ground sheet, to be used as a splint folded up or to protect a person on cold or wet ground.
1 * Thermometer
10 of each Individual adhesive bandages in 3 inch, 2 inch, 1 inch, and round spot sizes. (Band-Aids)
Box of 12 2x2-inch sterile first aid dressing, individually packaged.
Box of 12 4x4-inch sterile first aid dressing.
Box of 12 * Non-stick dressings
6 * Burn dressing - a sterile vaseline or burn ointment impregnated gauze
1 roll Roller gauze bandage, 1 inch by 5 yards.
1 roll Roller gauze bandage, 2-inch by 5 yards.
1 roll each Adhesive tape 1- and 2-inch widths.
1 tube Antibiotic ointment
1 tube * Opthalmic ointment
1 roll * Duct tape
6 Triangular bandages, for slings, as a bandage, or rolled up like a doughnut to support large implanted foreign objects
25 Q-tips, removing dust from eyes.
12 Safety pins, different sizes.
1 Mild white soap, or liquid soap, for cleaning wounds and scratches, and your hands.
4 pairs * 'Rubber' gloves
1 pair Bandage scissors (blunt tip scissors).
1 * Magnifying glass, for seeing splinters
1 pair Tweezers, for removing splinters.
1 * Dental floss
1 bottle Syrup of ipecac, for suspected poisoning.
1 bottle Rubbing alcohol.
1 pair Nail clippers
1 Soft nail brush, for cleaning hands and removing debris from wounds
1 bottle each Acetaminophen (one adult, one children's strength).
1 bottle Insect repellant
1 bottle Calamine lotion, for insect bites.
1 bottle Activated charcoal, for use in poisoning.
2 2-inch elastic bandage
1 Razor blade, single edge.
2 Boxes of waterproof matches.
3 Candles
6 Individually wrapped sanitary pads, can be used as sterile bandage.
1 * Cough syrup, cough drops
1 bottle Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
1 bottle Benetadine (iodine based cleaning agent)
12 Zip-lock bags, various sizes. Use for organizing your kit and other uses.
Individual Any prescribed medications.
In The Car

In addition to the first aid kit supplies listed above, you should also have in the car:

Quantity Item
1 Flare kit
1 Shovel
1 pair Traction pads
1 Basic tool kit: tire pressure gauge, jack, wrenches, screwdriver
1 set Jumper cables, and instructions on how to use them.
I jug each Water, Windshield washer fluid, Oil, Brake fluid,
Power steering fluid, Anti-freeze
1 Ice scraper, snow brush
  Non-perishable food, and water for 24 hours for full load of people
1 Call Police sign

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