In an emergency, you or someone you know may get cut, burned or suffer other injuries. Many injuries are not life threatening and don’t need immediate medical attention. However, knowing how to treat minor injuries 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.
First Aid Kit Essentials
- Two pairs of Latex, or other sterile gloves (if you are allergic to Latex).
- Sterile dressings to stop bleeding.
- Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes to disinfect.
- Antibiotic ointment to prevent infection.
- Burn ointment to prevent infection.
- Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes.
- Nonstick Sterile Pads: these are soft, super-absorbent pads that provide a good environment for wound healing. These are recommended for bleeding and draining wounds, burns, infections.
- Eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as general decontaminant.
- Ice pack.
- Prescription medications you take every day such as insulin, heart medicine and asthma inhalers. You should periodically rotate medicines to account for expiration dates.
- Prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment and supplies or a nebulizer machine.
Things That May Be Good to Have
- Cell phone
- Tongue depressor blades
- Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
- Ready to eat food
- Battery-operated radio and extra batteries
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- CPR Mask
- Pain and fever reducers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen.
- Anti-itch medications, like Hydrocortizone cream.
- An antihistamine, like Benadryl, for allergic reactions.