Do you have a first aid kit? Are you prepared for any mishap at home, on the go or in the great outdoors? Make sure you have these first aid kit items handy. Most are all readily available in pharmacies, grocery stores, outdoor gear and camping stores and many other retailers. Remember, if there is a serious medical problem, call 911. If you don’t have the time to put a first aid kit together, then consider purchasing one.
Medical ID information card: Besides your name and medical number, doctor, this card should include emergency contact, blood type, medications and allergies(one for each family member). If you are unresponsive, this information, could save your life. Make sure this is in your first aid kit and a copy on the refrigerator or your family message board.
Hand sanitizer: Have clean hands ready to treat any injury.
Antiseptic wipes: Great for cleaning scrapes when there is no soap and water.
Sterile eyewash: Don’t rub those eyes that have sand or dust or other irritants, flush them out with this!
Tweezers: Good for removing splinters, glass and ticks
Antihistamine tablets: You might need these even if you thought you had no allergies, and lo and behold you start sneezing, coughing and all the other signs of an allergy to something outdoors.
Adhesive bandages: Good protection for a paper cut or a puncture wound.
Moleskin: Stronger and better for staying on blisters while you are hiking.
Nonstick 3-by-3 inch and or 4-by-4 inch gauze pads, scissors and adhesive tape for larger wounds.
5-by 9-inch absorbent compress dressings: These help stop bleeding.
Elastic wrap bandage: It sticks to itself and provides a joint with stable pressure.
Triangle bandage: Use it to wrap a head wound or as a sling.
Instant cold compress: Not near a freezer? This will help to reduce swelling and numb an injury.
Non latex gloves: Best to avoid contact w/bodily fluids and for those who have latex allergies.
Antibiotic ointment: If you’re not near soap and water, this will help protect the cut or sores from germs.
Aloe vera gel: Welcome sunburn relief, if the label indicates 100% aloe vera.
Hydrocortisone cream: This is good for swelling and itching skin relief.
Ibuprofen: Use a safe dose to alleviate pain, swelling and fever for someone injured.
Aspirin: If someone is showing signs of a heart attack, a call to 911 and a 325-milligram tablet can be lifesavers.
Thermometer: The most practical to have on hand is the oral digital type.
The best time to prepare for an emergency or disaster is before it happens.