It is always a good idea to have a first aid kit on hand for you or a family member to use. In any emergency, someone may be cut, burned, or suffer other injuries. If you have basic first aid supplies, you are better prepared to help yourself and your loved ones when accidents occur. Many injuries are not life-threatening and do not require immediate medical attention. But simply having basic first aid supplies ready can help you stop bleeding, prevent infection and assist in decontamination.
Recommended First Aid Kit Essentials
Sterile dressings to stop bleeding
Cleansing agent/soap, antibiotic towelettes to disinfect
Antibiotic ointment to prevent infection
Burn ointment to prevent infection
Adhesive bandages in various sizes
Two pairs of latex or other sterile gloves
Eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as a general decontaminant
Prescription medications such as insulin, heart medicine, and asthma inhalers
Scissors, tweezers, and a needle
You can purchase a ready-made first aid kit of different sizes at your local drug store. Feel free to expand and personalize your kit for your own family needs. You may also purchase a Red Cross first aid kit and other emergency supplies through the Red Cross store website at www.redcrossstore.org.
In addition to preparing a first aid kit, it's also encouraged to take a class in basic first aid and CPR.