Cuts, scrapes, burns. People often think little about first aid kits until they wish one was nearby. Not only does a well-stocked first aid kit mean you can respond quickly to unexpected accidents, you’ll also have peace of mind knowing you’re prepared to help your family or others with small emergencies – or as you wait for trained medical professionals to arrive.
The American Red Cross offers a first aid kit or you can build your own.
Supplies for Treating Injuries
- elastic wrap bandages
- sterile gauze pads (3x3 inch and 4x4 inch)
- roller gauze
- adhesive cloth tape
- adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
- triangular bandages
- super glue
- instant cold packs
- disposable non-latex examination gloves
- duct tape
- petroleum jelly
- plastic bags
- safety pins
- hand sanitizer
- aloe vera gel
- antiseptic wipe packets
- antibiotic ointment packets
- hydrocortisone ointment packets
- first-aid manual
- oral thermometer
- breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
- aspirin (81 mg)
- anti-diarrhea medication
- diphenhydramine (antihistamine)
- pain relievers like Tylenol and Advil
- personal medications
You should also keep emergency phone numbers like your family physician and poison help line (800-222-1222), medical history forms and medical consent forms for each family member. A small waterproof flashlight with extra batters, waterproof matches, an emergency blanket, sunscreen and insect repellant are great to have on hand. Check your supplies regularly to be sure supplies haven’t expired and the flashlight batteries work.
Do you have a primary care physician you trust? Sarah Baker, M.D. is welcoming new patients. To schedule an appointment at CHI Memorial Chattanooga Internal Medicine Group at (423) 495-2690.