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First Aid Supplies

Author: Cindy
March 29, 2010

Accidents often happen when we least expect them. Sometimes specific, certain, unexpected, unusual and unintended accidents occur without any clear or conscious cause resulting in deep emotional and physical injury. It generally leads to negative consequences which may have been controlled or made less acute, had the circumstances leading to the mishap been recognized and worked upon before it actually occurred. Sometimes we regret being incompetent in controlling a situation from being worse. Don’t overlook the importance of a first aid kit in your day to day activity.

Acquiring a first aid kit with a few extra supplies does not cost a fortune. You can easily spend a minimal amount of money in buying something which is highly necessary to evade any minor or major casualty in your life. Although no first aid kit can have supplies to handle all major medical troubles that occurs suddenly; a properly accumulated first aid kit can handle all emergency situations, or enable the victim to survive till expert medicare arrives.

What are the basic contents of an ideal first aid kit is a matter of choice. The content selection should always depend on the possible severity of a situation and the type of injury. It also depends on when and where the supplies are to be used. Like putting together a basic first aid kit for travel purpose differs from the one to be used at home. Outdoor and indoor first aid kits with all emergency preparedness supplies are readily available in market. Below is a simple list of first aid supplies required in every first aid kit:

At the onset every first aid kit should have bandages, first aid tape, surgical razor, sterile pads, tweezers, disinfectant pads, aspirin and oxy-tetracycline tablets. Any material in the kit that surpasses the expiry date should immediately be disposed off from the first aid kit, and should be duly replaced.

Insect Repellents (advantageous during outdoor trips especially in village areas)

Feminine hygiene products

Antibiotic cream

Salt and Soap

Hand Sanitizer

Toilet paper

Epinephrine and antihistamines for allergy

Hydrogen peroxide

Sunscreen with high SPF factor at least 30 is recommended.

Rubbing alcohol

Suture Kit

CPR Mouth Piece

Vinyl Gloves

Generally the small first aid kits with limited emergency are sufficient for minor injuries where cuts and injuries only need to be cleansed or bandaged. Some advanced forms of trauma kits contain emergency supplies to control serious issues like defibrillator machines used for life threatening emergencies as heart attack. Defibrillator machines often save a life before the victim is treated by any medical expert. It is especially helpful in remote locations where medical support is not easily available. These custom made medical kits can also contain smelling salts to regain consciousness to those who are unconscious, burn ointment, poison control for accidental inhalation, thermometer to detect body temperature, eye wash solution, and an ice packs.

Although it is difficult to cover up the damage that comes after a disaster a well stocked medical kit with good emergency supplies can successfully prevent a situation becoming worse. So take some time from your busy schedule and assemble your first aid kit and first aid supplies as nothing costs more than the loss of life.

Place Emergency Supply Kits in Secure Locations

You will never know when an accident will occur at home so you should always be prepared.  Every home should have a good first aid kit or medical emergency kit that they can use in case of small emergencies.  These kits should be placed in an area that can be accesses to immediately.  You don’t want to waste precious minutes just searching for your emergency kit.

These medical emergency kits usually contain bandages, gauze pads, finger splints, cotton tip applicators and tape.  They have medicines like ibuprofen, antacids, aspirin, antibiotic ointment and burn ointment.  Some even have a basic first aid guide in them.  And make sure that you check your supplies regularly so you will know if some supplies need to be replenished.  

March 20, 2010

Emergency Kit Buying or acquiring Emergency Kits from various online portals is easy if you can invest at least a small amount. However, choosing the ideal one while trying to prepare yourself for an impending disaster is the trickiest part pf the procedure. There are several types of emergency kits available, and making the right choice can often draw the line between survival and death.  Listed below are some types of emergency preparedness supply kits:

Pocket Survival Kit – A pocket survival kit is small enough to be fit into the pocket of an individual. It is extensively used by people who spend their time outdoors, either pursuing adventure sports or camping. Hikers, campers, hunters, cyclists on a cross-country race, etc are best suited to use such a kit. It contains all the basic tools required to survive and nothing more – rescue whistles, flashlights, fishing cords, duct tape, knife, compass, etc.

  • Fanny Pack Survival Kit – The adventure freaks mentioned above can also carry a fanny pack survival kit if it is presumed that they would be left without help or back-up for at least a maximum of 3outdoors. It is larger than a pocket survival kit but smaller than a backpack full of emergency supplies. It generally comprises a basic form of shelter, canned food and water, compass, rescue signal equipment, flint stones and others.
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    • Backpack Survival Kit – A backpack emergency supply kit is for those who fear a possibility of getting lost or missing for three days or more in the wilderness. It contains the usual basic survival supplies that a fanny pack survival kit contains and more. This includes first aid, proper shelter equipment, compass, emergency food supplies, etc. The backpack emergency preparedness supplies can also double up as a disaster kit while trying to withstand a natural disaster such as a hurricane or earthquake.

     

    • Water Survival Kit – A lot of situations may force you to survive over water or in conditions where water (or rains) is a major interruptive factor. These are usually carried by pilots, people who live on houseboats, fishermen, as well as people living in hurricane-prone areas. The contents usually include emergency food and water supplies, water canteen, blankets, compass, strobe lights, glares, bandannas or handkerchiefs, sunscreen, waterproof fire starter equipment, fishing kit, floats and similar items.

     NOTE:  While different types of medical emergency kits or disaster supplies may vary from a vendor to vendor, the basic contents and equipment are almost alike.

Emergency Stretcher

Author: Sam
March 16, 2010
Having a medical emergency kit and/or a first aid kit is a great way to be prepared during an
emergency.  It is often the case however that these kits do not come with a emergency 
stretcher.  One reason for this is that it is possible to do long term damage to a person by
putting them on a stretcher incorrectly, or dealing with them incorrectly once they are on.
You do need to try to contact a medical professional for their consultation if possible.
Emergency Stretcher
Nevertheless, let’s consider the thousands of accidents that happen each year when people
are off-road, doing sport, outdoor activities, and involved in job site injuries,  etc…  when a roll up stretcher can really
make a difference.   That’s why we think sports and outdoor teams, schools, offices, and job sites should have
access to an emergency roll up stretcher.    

March 13, 2010

As a veterinarian I would suggest that you have someone in mind who will care for your pets in an emergency.  You should talk to at least two responsible people who will agree to take care of your pets in an emergency.  Both of these people should live outside of your neighborhood, in case you need to evacuate the area.  Make sure you can bring the pets to them and/or they should be willing to come to your house if you have to leave your pets in an emergency.  They should have keys to your house, the name and phone number for your veterinarian, and the information about the care, feeding, and health of your pet.  Make sure the people you choose to care for your pet is someone who your pet knows well and likes. 

If you ever have to leave your pets at home it is a good idea to post emergency stickers or notices on your doors or windows specifying how many pets you have so emergency personel can look for them in a serious emergency. 

Its also a good idea to keep a card in your wallet listing the names and contact information of your pets caregivers and your veterinatian.  

I would also suggest that you drawing up a up a document like a will or trust, possible with an attorney, to provide for the care and ownership of your pet while you are away.  Basically, just make sure the people you choose to take care of your pet have your pet’s best interest at heart. 

Finally, get a pet emergency kit in case of an emergency, disaster, or emergency evacuation.

 Pet Emergency Kit

I still believe that you do provide the best care for your pet and its still best to take your pets with you, along with your pet emergency kit .   

In closing your “Plan A” should be that you provide for your pets emergency care yourself and your “Plan B” would be your default plan to have others take care of your pet.

March 7, 2010

When we talk about first aid kit the first thing that comes into our mind is the collection of supplies that are used to give emergency support. A first aid kit differs in its contents depending on the purpose of its use. The more advanced version of a first aid kit used by the emergency responders is called a trauma kit. Trauma kits generally contain advanced emergency support materials such as supplies to control bleeding, breathing barriers for performing CPR and should also contain some medicines.

All kits are assembled in different types of containers depending on whether they are commercially produced or assembled by an individual. The advanced first aid kits often come in durable plastic boxes, thick fabric pouches or even in wall mounted cabinets. Both natural and man made disaster leave physical injury and emotional distress. Some accidents often make us feel guilty when we realize that the disaster could not have been as destructive if the emergency supplies would have been available. This is why first aid kits and trauma kits with complete emergency supplies should be made accessible.

A first aid kit is a means of providing initial care to certain self controlled illness or injuries where advanced medical care may not always be required. The trauma kits on the other hand are more advanced medical kits, also called as trauma bags or a first responder bag. Deciding on what kind of first aid kit would be appropriate for your needs might be confusing. The selection of kits should depend on the purpose of use.

Here’s a list of different types of first aid kits to determine what types would best be used depending on circumstances:

Traditional: commonly available in kit style in the market. These are the best first responders usually kept in home or at work centers. – Unitized First Aid Kits: especially to be carried on boats, in tool boxes, at job sites, buses and swimming pools. The contents kept in this type of box are categorized into first aid and trauma aid elements. Unitized kits are great to be used in messy or wet regions.

Dispensing: these are small cabinet kits mounted on walls. The contents are well packed in special boxes with perforations the top. It usually holds a large number of items compared to most other kits.

First Responder: these are not necessarily meant for medical experts. The content to be kept in these types of kits depends on the intended use of it. The first responder first aid kits are custom made to be carried quickly to the wounded.

Specialized – Custom Kits: first aid kits are often available with various emergency supplies all made to fit a unique situation. First aid kits and trauma kits require efficiency and knowledge about the casualty that may arise and should contain a first aid book or you may need to add one.

Purchasing first aid kits and trauma kits online with emergency preparedness supplies companies is easy nowadays and just a few clicks away. 

Emergency snow shovel

Author: iceqube
March 1, 2010

If you live in the winter wonder land add a portable snow shovel to you cars auto emergency kit.  A folding shovel can stay in your car year round, in the back of the trunk with the rest of your auto emergency gear.

emergency snow shovel

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