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Comparing First Aid Kits And Content Of Supplies

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First Aid Kit

Many injuries are not life threatening and do not require immediate medical attention. Knowing how to treat minor injuries can make a difference in an emergency. However, only knowing is not enough, having a First Aid Kit is a good and safe practice. First aid kits with good supplies help in a family emergency situation. Consider taking a first aid class, but simply having the following things can help you stop bleeding, prevent infection and assist in decontamination.

First Aid Kits help to better prepare to situations when a loved one is hurt. One should have a First Aid Kit in an office, house or when camping. There are various types of First Aid Kits, but here is the basic content and supplies that goes in.

Ready America lists the contents of what First Aid Kits should have.

It's goo if your First Aid Kit has two pairs of Latex, or other sterile gloves, sterile dressings to stop bleeding and cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes to disinfect. Antibiotic and burn ointments are necessary to prevent infection. Let your first aid kit also have adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes, eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as general decontaminant and a thermometer.

A personal First Aid Kit also should have prescription medications you take every day such as insulin, heart medicine and asthma inhalers. You should periodically rotate medicines to account for expiration dates. In the content also keep prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment and supplies.

Supplies it may be good to have in First Aid Kits:

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Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant

Non-prescription drugs to have in a First Aid Kit content:

Aspirin or nonaspirin pain reliever
Anti-diarrhea medication
Antacid (for upset stomach)

In comparing First Aid Kits as to what type of first aid supplies to keep it's important to keep in mind the purpose. Are you traveling? If yes then think about the place where you are going. Consider the climate and what you will be doing when you arrive there. However, if you are looking for First Aid Kits for your house or office they would contain slightly different supplies based. we recommend you to consult your doctor or the pharmacist about what types of supplies to keep in the content of your First Aid Kit.

CDC informs that commercial First Aidl kits are available for a wide range of circumstances, from basic first aid to advanced emergency life support. Many outdoor sporting goods stores sell their own basic first aid kits. For more adventurous travelers, a number of companies produce advanced medical kits and will even customize kits based on specific travel needs. In addition, specialty kits are available for managing diabetes, dealing with dental emergencies, and handling aquatic environments. If travelers choose to purchase a health kit rather than assemble their own, they should be certain to review the contents of the kit carefully to ensure that it has everything needed; additional items may be necessary.

A good First Aid kit is useful only if it is available. Therefore, the advice is to keep it with updated amount of supplies handy, in a place where you can access it when needed.

This page is updated on April 3, 2013.