Providing with the right first aid to a victim can be life-saving at times. Timely administration of appropriate medicine also aids in speedy recovery but this is only possible if you have a ‘first aid kit‘.
Having a well-equipped professional first-aid box at home can make a world of difference, especially when you have kids, elders, and pets in the house and often go for camping or outings.
One realizes the importance of a handy medical kit in times of emergency, and not owning one can turn out to be a big mistake.
Your first-aid box must have all the solutions to handle and treat common ailments as well as major trauma or injury.
It is also essential to have some basic knowledge of medicines and usage of instrument mentioned in the below list to provide the best support in time of need.
Remember, keep checking and replacing expired First aid material from time to time.
First Aid Kit: Checklist of 33 Most Crucial Items
- Sterile Eye and Body Wash
- Antiseptic Lotion and Soap
- Any long-term medications for family or pets (make sure they are current)
- Large and Small Disposable Cold Packs
- Bandages: Assorted (Set of minimum 2)
- Medicated Bandages (Different shapes and sizes)
– Gauze Roll Bandage
– Wide Roll Bandage
– Surgical Bandage
– Blood Stopper Bandage
- Antimicrobial Cream, preferably Betadine
- Large Trauma/ Injury Dressing
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Safety Pins or Bandage Clips
- Medical Tapes (Big and Small)
- Sterilized Water
- A Pair of (Medical) Scissors
- Wet Wipes (Antiseptic)
- Rescue or Space Blanket (Optional)
- Roll of absorbent cotton – as padding for a splint and Cleaning Agent
- Spray Bottle
- Antihistamine and Anti-Itch Lotion for allergic skin reactions, insect bites and itching
- Eye drops
- Syrup of ipecac – to induce vomiting in case of poisoning (Be informed and careful about the dosage)
- Antibiotic Ointment and Powder
- Face masks – to protect against gases, smoke, dust or allergens
- Latex gloves – for protection against infection when providing emergency help to an injured individual
- Air Inflatable Pillow
- Diary containing Emergency phone numbers
- Pain reliever and Fever medication – such as aspirin, ibuprofen, Combiflam, etc.
- Antidiarrheal and Antacids medicines for Upset Stomach, Nausea, Acidity, and Heart Burn.
- Electrolyte Powder
- Manual Oxygen Pump
- Muscle Relaxant Ointment
After providing first aid to the patient, if required consult and report anything suspicious to your physician.
Before incorporating any medicine, instrument or First Aid material in your Kit, do read the labels and the manual beforehand so that you can act fast in time of contingency.