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First Aid Supplies

Author: Cindy
March 29, 2012

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.



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