First Aid Kit – Saving You In Times Of Crisis

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Having a first aid kit is a necessity for every medicine cabinet. So what is the need for this indispensable kit? That will depend on what it’s intended uses are. Not every item in the supply will be required for the proposed use.

There is typically a large inventory required for a first aid kit. However depending on where the kit will be kept not all these items are necessary. When packing be sure to plan ahead, think of what may be needed in an emergency situation. For example if you are planning to go on a camping trip, things such as bandages, antibiotic cream, calamine lotion, extra batteries for flashlights, and alcohol wipes would be good to pack. For the beach extra sunscreen, aloe vera or another type of lotion to help with sunburns and bandages would be good choices.

The first aid kit kept in homes would be best if you have everything. Including the items already listed above along with adhesive tape, hydrocortisone cream, plastic gloves, disposable instant cold packs, a thermometer and more.

An extensive list of items that are recommended can be found on the Red Cross website. Pre packed kits are available on sale at local drugstores and the Red Cross. Irrespective of whether it has been put together from the list that is available or if it is pre packed make sure to have an extra list of emergency numbers in any case. In the event that there is someone else at home watching over the kids, they can reference these numbers.

It is important that once this medical kit is obtained that it is kept in an easily accessible location. It should also be kept out of reach of children, who may mistake it for a toy. If there are any prescriptions that are included or any other medication that can cause an allergic reaction to any family member make sure to leave a note on the medicine to avoid poisoning. Also make certain from time to time that everything in the kit is well within the expiry date and is clean.

To learn the basics of first aid check with local colleges or community centers. There are many classes available on this subject through several different types of venues. It can never hurt to know the basics. A fine example is the basic treatment of a burn, which can happen at any time in the home. There are three different types of burns.

First degree is the least severe. Second degree, which is more serious and third degree, is the severest one. For a first degree burn, the area should be flushed with cool running water immediately. This should be followed by the application of a clean moist dressing and a loose bandage. The same treatment is done for 2nd and 3rd degree burns. A person should apply a dry dressing and bandage loosely. Do not use water it will only aggravate the injury further.

For chemical burns make sure to flush the affected area with plenty of water for a minimum of 15 to 30 minutes. If the chemicals have gotten onto clothing remove them. If a person has received a serious burn they must seek professional help immediately.

Having a proper first aid kit can make the difference between a minor accident and a major injury. Make sure it is well stocked and ready for use.

Summary:

Having a proper first aid kit can make the difference between a minor accident and a major injury. Make sure it is well stocked and ready for use. There is typically a large inventory required for a first aid kit from. However depending on where the first aid kit will be kept not all these items are necessary

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