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A First Aid Kit Can Be a Lifesaver

In an emergency, you or a family member could be injured. Burns, cuts, and scrapes are common minor injuries that can be treated properly if you have the right supplies available. Consider taking a first aid class. Have a first aid kit as part of your supplies to stop bleeding, prevent infection, and assist in decontamination.

Creating an Emergency First Aid Kit

  • Two pairs of Latex, or other sterile gloves if you are allergic to Latex

  • Sterile dressings to stop bleeding

  • Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes to disinfect

  • Antibiotic ointment to prevent infection

  • Burn ointment to prevent infection

  • Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes

  • Eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as general decontaminant

  • Thermometer (Read more: Biological Threat)

  • Medical supplies like those required for glucose and blood pressure monitoring, if needed

  • Daily medications such as insulin, heart medicine, and asthma inhalers.
    (You should periodically rotate medicines to account for expiration dates)

  • Cell phone

  • Scissors

  • Tweezers

  • Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant

  • Aspirin or nonaspirin pain reliever

  • Antacid (for upset stomach)

  • Laxatives (for constipation)

  • Anti-diarrheal

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