FIRST AID KITS
Last Updated : 6/1/2010
Dr. Ira Shah
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A Well-stocked

first-aid kit

. kept in the easy reach,is a necessity in every home.Having supplies gathered ahead of time will hellp you handle an emergency at a moment's notice. You should keep one first aid-kit in your home and one in each car. Be sure to bring first-aid kit on family vacations.

Choose containers for your kits that are roomy,durable,easy to carry,and simple to open. Plastic boxes or containers are ideal,since they are lightweight,have handles, and offer a lotof space.

Include the following in each of your first-aid kits:


- first-aid manual
- sterile gauze
- adhesive tape
- adhesive bandages in several sizes
- elastic bandage
- antiseptic wipes
- soap
- antibiotic cream
- antiseptic solution like savlon
- acetaminophen or paracetamol
- tweezers
- sharp scissors
- safety pins
- disposable instant cold packs
- calamine lotion
- alcohol wipes or ethyl alcohol
- thermometer
- plastic gloves (at least 2 pairs)
- flashlight and extra batteries
- mouthpiece for administering CPR (can be obtained from your local Red Cross)
- your list of emergency phone numbers
- blanket (stored nearby)

After you have stocked your first-aid kits:


- Read the entire first-aid manual so you'll understand how to use the contents of your kits.(If your children are old enough to understand, review with them as well.)
- Store first-aid kits in places that are out of children's reach but easily accessible for adults.
- Check the kits regularly. Replace missing items or those that may have become outdated.



Contributor Information and Disclosures

Dr. Ira Shah
Consultant Pediatrician, B J Wadia Hospital for Children, Mumbai, India


First Created : 1/3/2005

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