First Aid KitBoo-boos happen when you least expect them and sometimes more than once a day. A First Aid kit contains items to help “fix” the boo-boos or at least provide a first response until professional help can be obtained. To be prepared for emergencies, have a first aid kit in your home, in your car, in your 72 hour kit, and know where to find one where you work.

They can be purchased in all sizes from the American Red Cross, your local drug store, big box stores and even online. Every family should have at least one. When you get one, be sure to open it, review the contents and decide if you need to add additional items to personalize it, for example, if you have a bee sting allergy, you will want to include an epi-pen. Add a card with emergency phone numbers for your health-care providers. When you use an item, be sure to replace it. Make sure to include a first aid instruction book.

Give your first aid kits a regular six month check-up. Adhesive tape on bandages and pain relievers, etc. lose their usefulness over time. Replace them regularly. Add prescription medication to your 72 hour kit, too. Rotate it out and use it before it expires. If you include a flashlight in your kit, store the batteries separately in a plastic bag. Your First Aid Kit should contain the following items:

  • Adhesive tape
  • Allergy tablets, antihistamine (Benadryl)
  • Antacid, water purification tablets
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Antiseptic solution or towelettes (alcohol wipes)
  • Aspirin and non-aspirin pain relievers, thermometer
  • Bandages, including rolled elastic wrap and Band-Aids in assorted sizes, compression bandage
  • Burn ointment, sunscreen
  • Cotton balls and cotton-tipped swabs
  • CPR Mask Rescue Breather with one-way valve
  • Cold compress, triangular bandage
  • Tourniquet
  • Disposable latex or synthetic gloves, 2 pair minimum
  • Dust or filter mask
  • Fingernail clippers, Safety pins
  • First aid instruction manual
  • Gauze pads and rolled gauze in assorted sizes
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Petroleum jelly (for lubrication)
  • Plastic bags to contain contaminated materials
  • Scissors, tweezers, a needle & matches
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sterile eye wash
  • Prescriptions

More Items to Include

Billie Nicholson, editor
August 2016

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