Saturday, February 25, 2012

100 Items for Your First Aid Kit

While the basic first aid kit I always carry with me consists of not much more than aspirin, a couple of bandaids, and an alcohol wipe (which, BTW makes an excellent fire starter), the first aid kit I keep at home is far more extensive.  Here are the 100 items you should put in your first aid kit:
  1. A bottle of rubbing alcohol
  2. A bottle of hydrogen peroxide
  3. A box of bandaids (assorted sizes)
  4. A thermometer
  5. A bottle of Tylenol
  6. A bottle of baby aspirin
  7. A bottle of motrin
  8. Sudafed tablets
  9. Antiseptic wipes
  10. Antibiotic ointment
  11. Antibiotic powder
  12. Needles
  13. Thread
  14. Safety pins
  15. Tweezers
  16. Non-latex gloves
  17. A blood pressure cuff
  18. A stethoscope
  19. Scissors
  20. Sterile gauze pads (assorted sizes)
  21. Sterile rolled gauze
  22. Sterile wound dressing tape
  23. Hydrocortizone cream
  24. Benadryl tablets
  25. Acidophilous
  26. Instant cold packs
  27. Instant heat packs
  28. A small flashlight
  29. Space blankets
  30. Ace bandages (the elastic-roll type for setting sprains)
  31. Cotton balls
  32. Cotton swabs
  33. Instant hand sanitizer
  34. Suction bulb (the kind for babies noses)
  35. First aid manual
  36. Eye goggles
  37. Face masks
  38. Duct tape
  39. Sterile eye wash
  40. Triangular bandages
  41. Butterfly bandages
  42. Soap
  43. Sterile towels
  44. Ziploc bags
  45. Large, heavy duty plastic trash bags
  46. Burn cream
  47. Activated charcoal
  48. Imodium
  49. Vitamin C
  50. First aid manual
  51. Extra supply of prescription meds
  52. Epi-pen
  53. Nitroglycerin tablets
  54. Prescription pain killer tablets
  55. Prescription antibiotic tablets
  56. Blood sugar test kit
  57. A check off sheet of the contents of your first aid kit (review at least every six months)
  58. Sugar pills or paste
  59. Oral rehydration salts
  60. Amonia inhalent
  61. Antacid tablets
  62. Splints (assorted sizes)
  63. C-collar
  64. AED (if someone in the household has a history of heart problems)
  65. Adult diapers
  66. Suction syringe
  67. Super glue
  68. Moleskin
  69. Forceps
  70. Scalpel/extra blades
  71. Petroleum jelly
  72. Iodine (liquid)
  73. Iodine pills (for disinfecting water)
  74. Calamine lotion
  75. Aloe vera gel
  76. Eye drops
  77. Mineral oil
  78. Snake bite kit
  79. Oil of clove/dental kit
  80. Pregnancy test kit
  81. Yeast infection medication
  82. Tampons/feminine pads
  83. Tourniquet
  84. Advanced first aid equipment that you have been trained to use (ET kit, bone gun, quick clot, injectible medicines, needles and syringes, IV bags, etc)
  85. Pen and paper
  86. Urine test strips
  87. Magnifying glass
  88. Tea tree oil
  89. Herbs that you have been trained to use (chamomile, lavender, fox glove, etc)
  90. Plastic food wrap
  91. Sun block cream
  92. DEET bug repellent
  93. Standard disposable razor
  94. Large bandanna (for making a sling)
  95. Sterile water pouches
  96. Matches/lighter
  97. Small dental mirror
  98. Dental probe
  99. Teething gel
  100. A comprehensive first aid class (obviously this doesn't go in the kit but the materials from the class can)
Well that about covers every conceivable medical supply you could use in the field.  While it is a good idea to have as many of these items in your first aid kit as possible, the most important thing you can do in regards to medical emergencies is to take a hands-on first aid class.  Also, practice using these items.  Finally, just because an item is on this list, doesn't mean you should use it unless you know exactly when/where/how to use the item.  For example, and EpiPen can literally be a lifesaver but if it is not used properly, it can have the opposite affect.  Ditto for pescription medications and advanced life support items.

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