Here at ZEE Medical, first aid and safety are of the utmost importance. Don’t get caught without proper first aid.
Having a balanced first aid kit is important because it can save you an expensive trip to the emergency room or hospital. You should keep a first aid kit in both the home and your vehicle.
Of course, you want to start with a good supply of items for many types of minor injuries:
- Non-latex is the best to avoid any allergies – strips, fingertip, knuckle and small strip bandages
- Dressings, gauze and tape and an elastic bandage for a sprain
- Antibiotic ointment for cuts and a good burn jel or spray
- Pair of gloves
- Instant ice pack
- Scissors and tweezers
- Alcohol swabs and hand sanitizer
- Some non-drowsy pain medication, nasal decongestant, antacid and antihistamine.
- Eye wash – sterile
- An anti-itch cream; hydrocortisone
- Emergency guide
- CPR mask
When you are traveling, you want to have items to care for your patient, remember that you will not have access to a ‘drug store’. And know that you need to recheck your kit every six months. Making sure that depleted pieces are replaced and that the items have not expired.
Most home injuries happen in the kitchen, so it’s best to keep your kit there. The bathroom has too much humidity and can shorten the life of some of the items.
You should also have important phone numbers in your kit. Doctors and Poison Control.
Also consider, if you have room in your kit or bag, to add other types of emergency items inside:
- Small flashlight, LED preferred and extra batteries
- Waterproof matches
- Blanket, disposables are available
- Solar charger for cell phones
- Insect Repellant
- Notepad and writing tool