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First Aid Kit Essentials

Life on planet earth is hazardous to your health. Every breathing human being knows almost from the beginning that there will be owies big and small. So we begin with the sure knowledge that it is only a matter of time before we are going to need something from the first aid kit. Of course time has no respect for place or activity so we need to be always prepared. That’s one thing the Boy Scouts got right. Being prepared means having a kit that is close buy and stocked with the stuff you are going to need when the event does occur. We recommend that you have a kit for your home, vehicles and or portable kits that can be taken with you into the great outdoors should you be so inclined.

Essential First Aid Kit Items

The list of items that you could put in or find in a first aid kit is potentially endless so you need to focus on the basics and then build on that for life style variations and personal needs.
We are happy to say that there are many quality first aid kits on the market that will more than do the job, there are also a lot of stuff out there that is, well junk from overseas.

So here’s what we suggest. Basic everyday first aid is based on the clean, treat and cover method. That covers the large part of everyday first aid, things like cuts and scrapes, abrasions, bumps and minor burns. The items you need to treat these common ailments are:

• Antiseptics( Clean): This could include our favorite the antiseptic wipe, a first aid spray or hydrogen peroxide at no time should you use alcohol as an antiseptic.

• Topicals(Treat): For cuts and scrapes you want to have some antibiotic ointment or first aid cream to put on the wound after it is cleaned. In the case of a minor burn you are going to want to treat them with a hydrogel burn gel.

• Bandage(Cover): Once you’ve cleaned and treated your wound now is the time to cover. Most cuts and scrapes can be covered with an assortment of adhesive bandages. (see our list below for some really exciting recommendations) Abrasions, larger injuries and burns need special attention so you are going to want to have on hand a good selection of gauze or non-stick sterile pads, rolled gauze bandages of various sizes, ace bandages or our preference Coban because it sticks to itself and you won’t need adhesive tape and of course several sized of the hydrogel burn dressings.

Beyond Basics

We hope that the vast majority of your first aid needs are handled by the basics but you need to give some thought about the possibility of a serious emergency. As this is a discussion about first aid we need to make sure that the definition is clear.

My Funk & Wagnall’s standard dictionary defines it this way. First aid “Treatment given in an emergency before full medical care can be obtained.”

And that’s what we’re going to talk about beyond the basics. There is no substitute for professional help when one is seriously hurt but there are things that you can and should do before the cavalry arrives. So you call or have someone else call 911.

• Number one is stopping the bleeding. The most common method is to apply pressure. You can do that with your hand if you need to but we would recommend that you have a selection of sterile gauze compresses that come in a variety of shapes and sizes. You can also use pressure point and elevation to slow down the bleeding. More serious or arterial bleeding may need the use of a tourniquet which can be made out of a belt, rope, garment or whatever else comes to hand. (There are new products on the market that address serious bleeding and we recommend them for your kits if you can reasonably expect that type of injury, see our list below for some good recommendations.
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A first aid kit is a collection of supplies and equipment for use in giving first aid. There is a wide variation in the contents of first aid supplies based on the knowledge and experience. It is recommended that all basic first aid kits are in a clean, waterproof container to keep the contents safe, aseptic.
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