Sometimes in life we have little emergencies, you or someone you know may get cut, burned or many other injuries. Many injuries are not life threatening and don’t need immediate medical attention. However, knowing how to treat a small cut can make a difference in an emergency. Consider taking a first aid class as well, but having the following things can help you stop bleeding and prevent infection.
Here are some personal recommendations that i keep at home at all times.
Band aids - Qty 20 (Yes but not just any) get the "TOUGH STRIPS" They are real durable and outlast a few hand washes but still seem breathable.
Anti-bacterial soap bar - Lasts longer then triple antibiotic cream and you will get more uses out of it.
2" or 4" gauze rolls Qty 10 GREAT multi-purpose: You can wrap or secure anything with these! Making slings, wrapping wounds, pressure dressings or splinting.
Emergency radio/flashlight combo that have hand crank chargers. I'll tell you why....most people in an emergency find that their flashlights don't work. Why? The batteries are dead! This way you won't have to check them on a regular basis and you are always good to go. Let's be honest, it's hard enough to keep up with checking smoke and CO alarms, who's going to remember to check the batteries in a first aid kit?!
Benadryl and Tagamet team!- a must have for allergic reactions. Especially with someone known to have severe allergies. Liquid is best for the benadryl, as it absorbs faster than pills and therefore acts more quickly.Tagamet is usually for heartburn but works on a different aspect of an allergic reaction as is beneficial in addition to the benadryl.. *Always check with an individual prior to administering any medications if they are allergic to the medication, if they have a medical condition that prohibits this type of medication or if they will have a medication interaction with the medicine they are currently on, NEVER put anything in someone's mouth that cannot swallow well on their own or someone who is unresponsive*
Rubbing alcohol and or peroxide (1 of either or) These have multiple cleaning uses for wounds and are a huge tool to prevent infections.
Painters stick Qty 4 Ok, let me explain this one. These make GREAT splints and can be easily combined for a longer need (leg fracture for example) or broken into smaller pieces for smaller parts (fingers for example) They are cheap if you don't have any laying around or you can even ask your local home improvement store to spare a few.
Duct Tape Qty 1 roll This one goes without explanation. At least I think..but in case you need some, here are suggestions. Splinting or wound bandaging to name a few.
Chewable Baby Aspirin 81mg, Qty 1 bottle In the event of a cardiac emergency, aspirin can be very helpful for a heart attack victim. Usually patients experiencing a cardiac emergency are instructed to chew 4 baby Aspirin *Please note that you would have to check with the person receiving Aspirin if they have an aspirin allergy, recent bleeding from the stomach, bleeding disorders or major surgery within one week of receiving Aspirin*
Tweezers Qty 1 Helpful in removing slivers or shards
Sterile Saline Qty 2 bottles Can be used to flush out eyes, cuts or you can place a broken tooth in this until you arrive at the dentist or hospital etc..
Scissors Qty 1
Vinyl Gloves Qty 4-6 pairs If you need to change these, you will want extra. Remember, if it's wet, sticky and not yours, do not touch it without gloves!
Blanket- Any is better than none. Even in the summer months if someone goes into shock we need to keep them warm. This also can be used to support an injury, elevate an extremity, splint a hip fracture, stabilize a pelvic injury or turned into a "horse collar" to extricate someone from a car or difficult to get to area.
Baking soda When mixed with a little water to create a paste, this is very effective at relieving the discomforts of bug bites (misquitos and bees mostly) * Some insects are poisonous and it is important to seek medical help if you are concerned about swelling of the local area, hives, trouble breathing or any other concerning symptoms after being bit or stung by an insect/animal
Hot packs- Hand warmers! Some of these hand warming products last for 8-12 hours. If you are in the cold with no available heat, these will work great and you can put them right in your shoes/boots to avoid frost bite.
Cold Packs- This is last because these can be helpful but for how long they last (5 minutes if you're lucky) You would be better off packing an injury with ice from a cooler/store or snow or running the area of concern under cold water.
*Please note that these are only our personal recommendations and remember to check into your family's medical history on what would be best for you and your kit. You may require additional or less equipment/supplies depending on your location or trip. Special training is strongly encouraged to recognize and treat life threats. In the event of an emergency always dial your emergency response number. Some of the over the counter medications listed below do not come with contraindications and special considerations. You should always seek advice from a physician when administering medications