Checklist for a First Aid Kit

Checklist for a First Aid Kit
It is always a good idea to have a first-aid kit handy in case of emergency. Tailor the kit to fit your family's specific needs and store it in a place where it can be easily accessed during an emergency situation. You may find it helpful to have a first-aid kit in your home and car, and make sure every family member is aware of its location.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Sturdy plastic box
  • First-aid supplies, as listed
 
Step 1
Designate a special container for your first-aid kit. A waterproof box that seals tightly is best, so you don't have to worry about your supplies getting wet.
Step 2
Purchase a supply of bandages for your kit. Your kit should include an assortment of adhesive bandages, a few compress dressings, sterile gauze pads and a couple roller bandages in different sizes. Include first-aid tape to affix compresses and gauze pads.
Step 3
Include antiseptic to clean and sterilize wounds before bandaging. You may use antiseptic wipes or a small tube of antibiotic gel. Also include hydrocortisone ointment. In case of injury, be sure to clean the wound thoroughly and apply ointment to avoid infection. Hand sanitizer should be included so the person administering the aid can can clean his hands prior to treatment. Non-latex gloves may also be used to ensure sterile conditions.
Step 4
Gather medications that family members might need in an emergency. Pack over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen or aspirin, along with prescription medications. Include Ipecac syrup in case of poison ingestion. Anti-diarrhea medication, laxatives and antacid could be helpful as well.
Step 5
Include an emergency contact information sheet in your kit. List your doctor, dentist and all insurance information, as well as the address and phone numbers of several personal contacts. A thorough list of medications, including the name of the pharmacy and the dosage, will be helpful.
Step 6
Remember to include a small assortment of other helpful items such as a thermometer, space blanket, disposable cold and hot compresses, scissors, nail clippers, tweezers and a first-aid guide. Some healthy, nonperishable snacks such as granola bars may come in handy in an emergency as well.
Step 7
Prepare in advance for emergencies. Make sure you are familiar with the contents of your first-aid kit, and become adept at applying bandages and administering basic first aid.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
Become certified in CPR and first-aid techniques. These skills may save a life. Check with the American Red Cross for more information regarding first aid and other safety topics.
 
Become certified in CPR and first-aid techniques. These skills may save a life.
 
Check with the American Red Cross for more information regarding first aid and other safety topics.

Resources

Article Written By Cate Rushton

Cate Rushton has been a freelance writer since 1999, specializing in wildlife and outdoor activities. Her published works also cover relationships, gardening and travel on various websites. Rushton holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Utah.

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