First Aid Kits are a Must for Families

Posted by Pharmacist on October 29, 2012

According to the American Red Cross, being ready for an emergency means you have the right tools and supplies on hand in the event you need them. You should have well-stocked and readily accessible first aid kits in your home, vehicle and workplace. While you can purchase ready-made kits in most drugstores you may need to customize your kit for sporting events, outdoor activities or to help treat a specific medical condition or allergy. Families with newborns or elderly members will also need additional supplies.

When putting together a first-aid kit for your home, the American Red Cross suggests you start with the following items:

• Absorbent compress dressings

• Adhesive cloth tape

• Antibiotic ointment

• Antiseptic wipes

• Aspirin

• Bandages: the adhesive type in different shapes and sizes as well as roller bandages

• Breathing barrier

• Instant cold compress

• Non-latex gloves

• Scissors and tweezers

• Sterile gauze pads

• Hydrocortisone ointment

• Non-mercury oral thermometer

• Space blanket

 

 

Be sure to include a first-aid instruction booklet with your home kit along with a week’s worth of the appropriate prescription medications (and any additional supplies the medications may require, such as syringes) for members of your household. Include an extra pair of eyeglasses or contact lens solution if you have prescription lenses. You’ll also want to keep a list of emergency phone numbers such as your family doctor, local poison control offices, fire and ambulance services and even the family veterinarian. Check expiration dates on a regular basis and keep your supplies current. Once you’ve prepared your first aid kits work with your ncy phone numbers such as your family doctor, local poison control offices, fire and ambulance services and even the family veterinarian. Check expiration dates on a regular basis and keep your supplies current.

Once you’ve prepared your first aid kits work with your family to create an emergency plan. Pick two locations to meet in the event of a fire or weather disaster. Make sure kids know where to go or who to call if a parent isn’t available, how to use basic first aid supplies if they’re old enough and consider first aid or CPR training as a family.

You can’t predict when an emergency will happen, but you can be ready; with the right supplies and information on hand you’ll be better equipped to minimize the impact.

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