Medical Supplies for your Home

Here is a list of First Aid supplies for your home, but remember the best first aid kit is only as good as the person using it.  Take at least the Red Cross Advanced First Aid and CPR courses.  Get good reference books. (I will post a review of some in the near future).

Remember in a serious injury you will use more dressings that you ever expect.  Don’t short change yourself on supplies.

Find a good box or bag to store the supplies in.  Inspect your kit yearly, things like adhesive tape have a shelf life as well as the over the counter medicines.

Abdominal pad 5″ x 9″,  to stop or control bleeding
Absorbent gauze pads 2×2, 4×4, to stop or control bleeding and dress wounds
Ace™-type roll compression bandage – for sprains and strains.
Adhesive tape (1/2”, 1” and 2”) to dress wounds
Airway, pharyngeal, plastic, adult, and child sizes for maintaining airways
Antiseptic, such as Betadine
Assorted Band-aids, various types and sizes – to dress minor wounds
Bandage roller, assorted sizes, to dress wounds
Blade, surgical knife, sizes 10, 11 and 15, one-half dozen each
Blood stopper kit, Quik Clot or Celox
Burn Dressings by Burnfree
Butterfly bandages, various sizes to close wounds
Cotton, absorbent, sterile, for cleaning wounds, applying salves and ointments
Cotton tipped swabs, for cleaning wounds, applying salves and ointments
CPR mask, to protect against disease transmission
Ear syringe, clean debris from ear canals
Eye pads, to dress eye injuries
Handle, scalpel #3, for detachable surgical knife blades
Hemostats/Forceps,  for closing major blood vessels or aid in suturing
Gloves, disposable vinyl, nitrile or latex gloves, to protect against contamination and pathogens minimum of one box
Multi Trauma dressing, 12″ x 30″, to dress wounds
Petroleum jelly
First aid book, Red Cross Advanced First Aid Manual or better
Roller gauze 1” and 2”, to dress wounds
Respirators, minimum level of respiratory protection is a surgical mask or preferably an N95
respirator
Safety pins, for use with triangular bandage
Scissors, bandage and straight, to remove clothing or cut dressings
Sphygmomanometer, aneroid (blood pressure cuff)
Splints two 36″ SAM Splints plus two 4″ rolls of cohesive wrap
Sponges 4″ X 4″ Sterile, minimum 10 to dress wounds
Stethoscope, to hear chest or heart sounds
Surgical soap, for cleaning wounds and hands after treatment
Syringes 60cc, no needle, for irrigating wounds
Sutures, assorted, to close wounds, should only be used by experienced medical personnel.
Suture holder
Thermometer, old style mercury thermometers, both oral and rectal
Tongue depressors, used to examine throat or splint fingers
Tourniquet, to stop bleeding
Triangular bandage 40″ x 40″ x 56” for immobilization of dislocations and fractures
Tweezers, remove splinters

Non-prescription medication
Alcohol, rubbing
Antacid
Anti-diarrhea medication
Aspirin, Tylenol or Excedrin
Baking soda,  to make re-hydration mixtures
Calamine lotion, poison ivory or oak
Eyewash, clean objects from eye
Gatorade powder, used for re-dehydration
Hydrocortisone ointment, for itching, stings and other irritations
Hydrogen peroxide, to clean wounds
First Aid cream
Laxative such as Senekot
Multi-vitamin and vitamin C
Salt to make re-hydration mixtures
Sunscreen
Prescription medications as needed. Consult your own doctor or pharmacist.

If you prefer to purchase a ready made first aid kit Freezedryguy has some good trauma kits.  These kits are a very good place to start and from there you can customize them.

Howard

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