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First Aid Kit

A first aid kit is a collection of supplies and materials that can be used as a first line of treatment for an injury or illness.

What is the information for this topic?

First aid kits can either be purchased or made by an individual. Several items are listed below that can be used in a first aid kit. Certain activities are related to risk of certain injuries. People involved in special activities may want to include more of some items in their kits than people who are not involved in those activities. First aid kits can be bought at sporting goods stores, pharmacies and some department stores. The following materials can be useful in a first aid kit.

Bandages should include:

  • adhesive bandage strips or surgical tape in different sizes
  • butterfly bandages (1/4 inch and 1 inch)
  • elastic wraps for wrists, ankles, knees and elbows
  • adhesive tape
  • sterile cotton balls, eye patches and gauze pads (4 x 4 inches and 2 x 2 inches)
  • absorbent cotton
  • adhesive gauze, wrapping and rolls
  • triangular bandage
  • Equipment should include:

  • scissors
  • tweezers
  • bulb syringe
  • cotton-tipped swabs
  • paper cups
  • blanket
  • thermometer
  • disposable instant ice bag
  • Medications should include:

  • Syrup of Ipecac, which should be used only as directed by a poison control center
  • acetaminophen
  • ibuprofen
  • antiseptic solution
  • antibiotic ointment
  • hydrocortisone cream
  • bee sting kit, if one has a known sensitivity to bee stings
  • Miscellaneous items should include:

  • first aid manual
  • change for telephone calls
  • flashlight
  • tissues
  • soap
  • safety pins
  • disposable gloves
  • Author: James Broomfield, MD
    Reviewer: Melissa Sanders, PharmD
    Date Reviewed: 09/11/01

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