Assembling Your First Aid Kit

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Assembling Your First Aid Kit

Author: Michelle Bery

The first aid kit may seem like an old-fashioned concept but the truth is that today - just as always - an appropriately assembled, comprehensive first aid kit can save the most amount of time when treating injuries. Also, in the event of an emergency, a well-placed first aid kit can administer front line care until emergency services can arrive. A thoroughly stocked first aid kit should always be kept in your home as well as in each of your cars. Additionally, you should always keep a travel first aid kit handy to take with you on vacations, family outings, etc. The properly assembled first aid kit should include a number of important things. First and foremost, a first aid kit should include those items necessary for treating wounds; bandages of all sizes, gauze, tape, and small scissors, alcohol or other antiseptic to clean the wound, bottled water, clean, dry cloths, and antibacterial cream or spray. Those administering the first aid should also have sterile gloves and antibacterial wipes for clean up afterwards. In addition to these important items, your first aid kit should also include a variety of medicines - pain relievers, aspirin, anti-diarrhea medicines, a fast-acting allergy medication such as Benadryl, and extras of any medications you or your family take on a regular basis. In the event of accidental poisoning, contact poison control immediately - keep the number handy in your first aid kit - and be prepared to administer Syrup of Ipecac if necessary. There are small containers of this important medicine available in most stores that will fit nicely into a first aid kit. Also keep numbers of your doctors, pharmacy information, and pertinent health insurance information readily available in your first aid kit. This will save you quite a bit of time should you need information quickly. You can purchase pre-assembled first aid kits at most drug stores. These are convenient and compact and usually include most of what you need. But in order to assemble the most comprehensive first aid kit it is best to do it yourself. You can find a number of small kits available in drug stores. Make several first aid kits at a time and store then in the appropriate places. Being prepared can arm you with power. A comprehensive and well thought out first aid kit can be your insurance against sickness and injury no matter where you are.

About the Author: For easy to understand, in depth information about first aid visit our ezGuide 2 First Aid.

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