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Eighteen Items That Your First-Aid Kit Should Have

Eighteen Items That Your First-Aid Kit Should Have

There is a good chance that you own a small first-aid kit and it is laying around someplace. Maybe you bought it at the pharmacy, thinking it might be something handy to have. But have you looked inside to see what’s actually in the first-aid kit? Many pre-made kits don’t contain a lot that is very helpful beyond a scraped knee.

Having a good first-aid kit is actually a crucial piece of equipment for you to have in case an emergency situation arises. Medical service providers will be overwhelmed during an emergency. Even if you are able to get an ambulance out to your house, or go to the hospital, you may need to wait for many hours before getting the services you really need.

Having a first-aid kit that is well-stocked can mean the difference – literally – between living and dying; particularly in a crisis when medical service providers are all overwhelmed. Being able to care for your own minor injuries from home is a necessity for every family.

Items That Should Be In Your First-Aid Kit

1 – A Collection of Adhesive Bandages. Probably this is the most basic of all first aid supplies. Adhesive bandages are very helpful for all kinds of minor scrapes and cuts. The fabric kind is a lot better since they stick better to your skin and are more flexible. They are worth the extra expense.

2 – Large Bandages. There are some injuries that need more than just a basic adhesive strip. Be prepared for major injuries also, like tool wounds, knife wounds and gunshot wounds. For large wounds, sanitary napkins make great bandages, and compared to large gauze pads are less expensive.

3 – Blood Clotting Agent. Individuals with serious injuries can end up bleeding to death. A blood clotting agent, like Celox, can help wounds to clot more quickly, which reduces the total amount of blood that is lost.

4 – Medical Tape. A majority of large bandages don’t have adhesive strips. Therefore, medical tape needs to be used to keep them in place. There are a number of different kinds of medical tape that are available. However, the best kind is cohesive bandages that are made out of a stretchy material that sticks together. They are multi-functional and no pain is caused when the dressing is removed.

5 – Antiseptic. Prior to putting on a bandage, the wound needs to be cleaned first, and something applied to kill any bacteria that may have entered via the broken skin. Hydrogen peroxide and alcohol are used to clean the wound, and then you should apply an antiseptic.

6 – Adhesive Sutures. Large cuts must be closed up in order for them to heal, and also be bandaged. If you went to the hospital the wound would be closed with stitches. Unless you have specifically been trained in how that is done, it’s better for you to use adhesive sutures. You just need to ensure that your skin is dry and clean in the area where you will be attaching the suture.

7 – CPR Mask. A mask is used in modern CPR technique between the unconscious individual and the person attempting to revive them. The reason for this is so that direct contact is avoided with bodily fluids (mainly saliva) since this is the quickest way to transmit a virus.

8 – Glucosameter. These are commonly used by diabetics. They are small electronic devices which measure blood sugar levels. Although a majority of diabetics have long-term problems caused by high blood sugar, low blood sugar may also cause a number of short-term issues. Low blood sugar can cause loss of mental clarity, dizziness, loss of strength or even unconsciousness.

9 – Blood Pressure Cuff. Low and high blood pressure may also cause many problems. It is a key vital sign used by medical personnel in determining the overall medical condition of a patient.

10 – Ear Thermometer. Temperature is another sign looked at by medical personnel. Although an oral thermometer does work, all-in-the-ear models are more accurate and faster.

11 – Aluminum Splint. It is important to immobilize broken bones. Although you can use almost anything to splint them, the universal is aluminum splint material. It is an aluminum strip that is coated with a foam rubber layer on one side. You can form it by hand into the right configuration and size, which makes it very convenient and fast to use.

 12 – Elastic Bandage. Whenever a joint needs to be supported due to it being sprained, an elastic bandage is the best thing to use. Another thing they are useful for is to hold aluminum splints in place. They are available in a wide variety of widths for accommodating different sized joints. A variety of sizes should be kept on hand, ranging from 2 inches up to 6 inches.

13 – A Magnifying Glass and Tweezers. Splinters can get infected and be painful. It is easy to remove them if you have a magnifying glass and a pair of tweezers.

14 – Saline and Eye Cup. The best way of getting something out of your eye, like dust or chemicals, is flushing it out with water. You can do this by filling an eye cup with a saline solution and use it for flushing the eye out.

15 – Syrup of Ipecac. If you swallow something potentially poisonous, inducing vomiting is the best thing to do. Syrup of Ipecac is specially used for this purpose, particularly with children.

16 – Instant Cold Pack. With many injuries, like a sprained wrist or twisted ankle, placing something cold on it may reduce pain and the swelling. However, it needs to be done right away before there is a chance for it to swell. The ideal way to do this is to use cold packs, especially when ice is unavailable.

17 – Rubber gloves. Similar to the CPR mask protecting the caregiver from getting infected via contact, rubber gloves are necessary for protecting from picking up viruses and bacteria via touch.

18 – Pain Reliever. Aspirin might not seem to be really obvious for our list. However, for any first aid kit, it’s a very important ingredient. A majority of the time when somebody is injured, it is necessary to use pain relievers, they also help to prevent welling and inflammation. For many kinds of injuries this is very important.


Of course it won’t do you much good to have all these things inside your first aid kit if you don’t know how to use them. Applying adhesive bandages is something most people know how to do. However, beyond that most people don’t know much more when it comes to treating injuries. You should take the time and learn.

There are many great videos online that cover basic first aid care. Set aside some time to watch instructional videos and practice how to use the things contained in your kit. There are times when even seconds count. When you know how to use the items in your first aid kit, it could make a huge difference in the life of a loved one.


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