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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Stock Up First Aid Supplies

When you are storing up items DO NOT FORGET ABOUT FIRST AID SUPPLIES!!

You can easily buy a first aid kit already put together(Johnson & Johnson First Aid Kit, Safe Travels (Pack of 2)), or you can make your own.

Here are some things that you should have in one:
Basic supplies

Adhesive tape
Antibiotic ointment
Antiseptic solution or towelettes
Ammex N95 Rated Face Masks - Protects From Flu, Sars and Other Fatal Deseases - 20 per Box - Niosh N95
Bandages, including a roll of elastic wrap (Ace, Coban, others) and bandage strips (Band-Aid, Curad, others) in assorted sizes
Instant cold packs
Cotton balls and cotton-tipped swabs
Disposable latex or synthetic gloves, at least two pairs
Duct tape
Gauze pads and roller gauze in assorted sizes
Eye goggles
First-aid manual
Petroleum jelly or other lubricant
Plastic bags for the disposal of contaminated materials
Safety pins in assorted sizes
EMT Tooth Saver or Save-A-Tooth storage device containing salt solution and a travel case
Scissors, tweezers and a needle
Soap or instant hand sanitizer
Sterile eyewash, such as a saline solution
Sterile gloves
Triangular bandage
Turkey baster or other bulb suction device for flushing out wounds

Activated charcoal (use only if instructed by your poison control center)
Aloe vera gel
Anti-diarrhea medication
Over-the-counter oral antihistamine (Benadryl, others)
Aspirin and nonaspirin pain relievers (never give aspirin to children)
Calamine lotion
Hydrogen Peroxide
Over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream
Personal medications that don't need refrigeration
If prescribed by your doctor, drugs to treat an allergic attack, such as an auto-injector of epinephrine (EpiPen)
Rubbing Aldohol
Syringe, medicine cup or spoon
Emergency items

Cell phone and recharger that uses the accessory plug in your car dash
Emergency phone numbers, including contact information for your family doctor and pediatrician, local emergency services, emergency road service providers and the regional poison control center
Medical consent forms for each family member
Medical history forms for each family member
Small, waterproof flashlight and extra batteries
Candles and matches for cold climates
Mylar emergency blanket
First-aid instruction manual

Always make sure to do these items like you do your food storage! Checking dates and using oldest first. If you have a good first aid kit than you should be able to handle things fine. Always go to the emergency room , though, when it is something that is not easily taken care of.

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