With summer activities just about in full swing, there seems to always be a few more bumps and bruises than during other times of the year. Having a first aid kit filled with the necessary first aid supplies is a must at this time of the year.
Different situations call for different equipment and materials. You can’t always predict what type of injury will occur, when it will occur, or where. Total preparation means having a well-stocked first aid kit (preferably multiple kits), and having a kit available when an emergency strikes. This assurance will allow you to work, play, and travel with more confidence, knowing that you’re prepared.
Stocking Your First Aid Kit
Putting your first aid kit together is easy and affordable and all necessary items can be found in your local grocery or drug store. Here’s an initial list recommended items to stock your first aid kit with.
- Bandages of assorted sizes
- Cough suppressants
- Elastic wraps
- Decongestant tablets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and aspirin
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Activated charcoal and syrup of ipecac
- Rubber gloves
- Calamine lotion
- Safety pins
- Chemical cold pack
- Bottled water
- Hydrocortisone cream
Rounding Out Your Kit
Remember to always place important emergency phone numbers in your first aid kit. It’s also wise to place personal medical information in your kit, such as allergies or certain medical conditions you or any members of your family might have. This information could come in handy if someone uses your first aid kit to treat you or one of your loved ones.
Putting Your First Aid Kit To Use
Here are the details for putting your first aid kit into action for three common mishaps.
Treating Cuts, Scrapes, And Punctures
- Clean the wound - Remove any objects from the wound (as long as it’s not a serious injury to the head, neck, or abdomen). Wash the wound with warm, soapy water.
- Stop the bleeding - Apply direct pressure to the wound with a bandage for 15 minutes.
- Follow up - Apply antibiotic ointment and a sterile bandage at least once a day.
- Cool the affected area - Cool water or a cool sterile bandage will reduce pain and swelling.
- Apply a dry dressing - A dressing can be applied to avoid infection.
- Follow up - Use aloe vera on burns to avoid infection and promote healing.
Treating Sprains And Strains
- Elevate - Raise the injured area above the heart to reduce swelling.
- Ice - Use a chemical cold pack on the injured area to reduce pain and swelling.
- Follow up - Use an elastic wrap to help stabilize and support the injured area.