First Aid Kit Essentials

What are the essential items to be kept in a first aid kit, and why? It is very important that you keep your first aid kit well stocked at all times.

What are the essential items to be kept in a first aid kit, and why? It is very important that you keep your first aid kit well stocked at all times. It doesn't have to be a large kit, but it should contain your basic first-aid essentials. A fishing tackle box can be used as your first aid kit. It has separate compartments so that you can find what you need quickly.

Post emergency numbers such as Police, EMS and Poison Control on the lid of your first-aid kit. Include your doctor's number and your local hospitals.

Read the instructions on your supplies when you first buy them. Don't wait until you need them. The first minutes are very important in an emergency. Don't waste them trying to figure out how to use the items.

Periodically check the expiration date of all items in your first aid kit.

List Of First Aid Kit Supplies

1.)A pair of latex gloves. Many diseases are transmitted by touching bodily fluids such as blood and urine.

2.)Band Aids. The most common injury you will treat are small cuts and scrapes.

3.)Four inch sterile gauze bandages for those slightly larger cuts and bloody noses.

4.)One roll of cloth adhesive tape for taping bandages, and minor splitting like broken fingers.

5.)Ipecac syrup for ingesting poisonous substances.

6.)Ammonia inhalants for fainting.

7.)Cotton roll sterile dressing for holding bandages on the bigger lacerations and abrasions and to put direct pressure on wounds to stop the bleeding.

8.)One pair of blunt scissors for cutting bandages, and removing clothing if needed.

9.)Eye wash to flush out an eye if water is not readily available.

10.)Tweezers for removing those splinters.

11.)Cold packs for bumps on the head, sprains, and heat exhaustion.

12.)One tube of antiseptic ointment to clean minor cuts.

13.)Cotton swabs to get particles out of the eye, ear and to apply ointment.

14.)Plastic Zip-Lock bags for a variety of purposes, including cleaning up hazardous material or storing cut-off fingers, etc.

15.)Disinfectant wipes to clean yourself after you've treated someone's wounds.

15.)Benadryl, to help reduce swelling at any time. This can be used for bug bites and allergic reactions.

16.)Goggles to prevent fluids and other objects from getting into your eyes.

17.)Flashlight in case someone is hurt in the dark or in a power outage situation. It would be wise to check the batteries frequently in the flashlight.

18.)Rescue Blanket; the reflective kind, that can also be used for keeping someone warm, keeping them cool, or signaling aircraft or someone using binoculars trying to

find you.

19.)If you're CPR-certified, carry around a CPR face shield. This will also help to prevent you from coming in contact with the injured party's bodily fluids and will help

prevent catching disease.

20.) A lollipop to calm a child that is afraid when injured.

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