This post is slightly off topic from my usual house-decor-paint theme but it’s important none-the-less. I looked far and wide for a first aid kit list that made sense but I couldn’t find anything like what I was looking for. So, i decided to make my own list and kit. I started by making a list of all the possible ailments that could befall us and what all we would need to take core of them.
- Butterfly bandages
- Medical tape
- Wet wipes
- Saline Cleaning solution
- Bottled Water
- Ace style bandage
- Cold pack
- Ibuprofen (advil/motrin)
- Naproxen (Aleve)
- Triangle bandages (splint type)
- Benadryl cream
- Benadryl pills (chewable for kids)
- Calamine Lotion
- Benadryl cream
- Clear nail polish (stops the itch)
- Small jar for capturing bug if possible
- Matches (not a lighter…DAD!)
Food poisoning type issues
- Poison Control Numbers
- Paper cup (for stabilizing the impaled object… I learned that in machine shop safety training in college.)
- Gauze wrap
- Rubber gloves
- Aspirin (for the non-allergic)
- CPR mask – although now I think you’re only supposed to do chest compressions and no breathing.. right?
- AED –know where the nearest one is which in our case is probably the fire station. It would be cool to have one but they require maintenance and cost more than $1000. Most/all schools should have one and most/all office building type places are required to have one. Look around and find out if there is one within running distance. If you have kids, make sure they know where it is since they may be the one running for it.
- Scissors for removing clothing from chest
- Detailed list of medical stuff – prescriptions, allergies, etc for each person in the house
- Waiting-room Entertainment – books, stuff for kids,
- Contact info list
Something in Eye
- Eye wash cup
- Saline or eye-wash solution
Burn (sun or otherwise)
- Burn Gel or Spray
- Pocket knife
- Baking Soda
- Rubbing alcohol
- Trash bag (for removing clothing)
- Oversized sleep-shirt (for covering up after removing all clothes..)
- Toothbrush (for scrubbing oil out from under fingernails)
General Non-family member injury
- List of questions to ask in case of emergency
Now, this list doesn’t fully cover all the over the counter medicines I like to have on hand but it does cover the emergency stuff.
I cut my hand fairly badly at about midnight when we first started working on the house. None of the local pharmacies were open and it was a good thing than the First Aid kit in Stefan’s car had a butterfly bandage. Having a first aid kit is a good idea especially if you’re going to be a DIYer!
I hope this list gives you a starting point for creating your own custom First Aid kit.
P.S. If you have never been trained on AED use, I recommend taking a minute to look at a training video. This one is appropriately boring but you’ll get the general idea. The big thing to know is that you stick the pads on and then don’t touch the body until the machine tells you it is safe to do so. Also, make sure the body is clear of water or other liquids. You can imagine that a big electric shock in a puddle is no good.