Why is it so important?
Almost everyone will need to use a first aid kit at some time. Take the time to prepare a kit to have available for home and travel. First aid kits may be basic or comprehensive. What you need depends on your medical training and how far you are from professional medical help. Ready-made first aid kits are commercially available from chain stores or outdoor retailers. But you can make a simple and inexpensive first aid kit yourself.
Home and Travel First Aid Kits
Home first aid kits are usually used for treating these types of minor traumatic injuries:
First aid kits for travel need to be more comprehensive because a drug store may or may not be accessible. In addition to personal medical items, the kit should contain items to help alleviate the common symptoms of viral respiratory infections such as these:
It should also contain items to treat these ailments:
How to Make a First Aid Kit
Try to keep your first aid kit small and simple. Stock it with multi-use items. Almost anything that provides good visibility of contents can be used for a household first aid kit.
•If your kit will be on the move, a water-resistant, drop-proof container is best.
•Inexpensive nylon bags, personal kits, fanny packs, or make-up cases serve very well.
•You do not need to spend a lot of money on a fancy "medical bag". Use resealable sandwich or oven bags to group and compartmentalize items.
•Put wound supplies in one bag and medications in another.
How to Use a First Aid Kit
Make sure you know how to properly use all of the items in your kit, especially the medications. Train others in your family to use the kit. You may be the one who needs first aid! Pack and use barrier items such as latex gloves to protect you from bodily fluids of others. Check the kit twice a year and replace expired medications.
By: Zookeeper - 2007-06-03 00:36:03