Everyone should own a first aid kit. It should be kept together in one place, and every member of the household should know where it is, as well as how to use each item in the kit. It is recommended that your first aid items be kept in a box or tote bag. It should be small enough for easy transportation, yet big enough to be visible wherever it is kept. Store the kit out of the reach of children and only use products that contain child safety caps.
The following items are necessary for handling medical emergencies and should be kept in your first aid kit at all times.
- Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, and Aspirin tablets: For headaches, pain, fever, and simple sprains or strains. Aspirin should not be used for relief of flu symptoms, and should not be given to children.
- Ipecac Syrup and Activated Charcoal: For treatment after ingestion of certain poisons (Use only on advice of a poison control center or the emergency department).
- Elastic Wraps: For wrapping wrist, ankle, knee, and elbow injuries.
- Triangular Bandages: For wrapping injuries and making an arm sling.
- Scissors with rounded tips
- Adhesive Tape: For dressing wounds.
- Disposable, instant ice bags: For icing injuries and treating high fevers.
- Bandages of assorted sizes: For covering minor cuts and scrapes.
- Antibiotic Ointment: For minor burns, cuts, and scrapes.
- Gauze in rolls and in 2" and 4" pads: For dressing wounds.
- Bandage Closures in 1/4" and 1": For taping cut edges together.
- Tweezers: To remove small splinters and ticks.
- Safety Pins: To fasten bandages
- Rubber Gloves: To protect yourself and reduce the risk of infection when treating open wounds.
- First Aid Manual
- List of emergency phone numbers
All of these items can be found at your local pharmacy.