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Leatherman wave silver for sale

Leatherman Wave – The Best Multi Tool for Daily Life

Leatherman multi-tools are not usually associated with first aid in the medical sense, but in this case, I had to write about it because it is such a useful little tool kit that has been making my life easier for years.

Gluture cyanoacrylate surgical glue

GLUture Skin Glue – Combining Dermabond with Vetbond Surgical Glue

GLUture surgical skin glue combines 60% Dermabond with 40% Vetbond, and as other skin glues, work best on thin cuts with smooth edges.

Electric Mobility Scooters for Sale

The Best Electric Mobility Scooters for Adults

Electric scooters can help limited-mobility adults reclaim parts of their lives that once seemed unreachable. We chose our favorite electric mobility scooters based on their superior range, comfort, ease of use, and customer support.

Hurricane preparedness

How to Prepare for a Natural Disaster

In natural disasters, anything can happen, but rescue efforts are usually only days away. A few simple items can help rescuers locate you and keep you alive until they arrive.

Soft t wide and cat tourniquet holder

The 3 Most Recommended Tourniquet Holders

Tourniquet holders are simple, but they are almost as important as the tourniquet itself.

Emergency or mylar blanket

How to Use Mylar Blankets to Stop Hypothermia

Mylar blankets can reflect up to 90% of body heat back to the wearer. These blankets are especially useful in a portable first aid kit because they take up almost no space.

CPR Dummy for First Aid Training

How to Choose a CPR Dummy or Manikin for CPR Training

Find the CPR dummy that's right to train your class with this in-depth buying guide for every type of dummy.

Ivarest cream for the personal aid kit

How to Use Ivarest Anti-Itch Cream

Ivarest is a cream that relieves the itching and dries out the boils caused by poison ivy, oak, and sumac.

CPR Pocket Masks for a First Aid Kit

The Benefits of Using a CPR Mask

Personal protective equipment should not be underestimated.

3M N95 Respirator

Do N95 Masks and Respirators Really Work

N95 masks trap pollution, dust, allergens, and other fine particles that cause respiratory problems. However, not all masks are the same.

3M Cavilon No String Barrier Film

The Benefits of Skin Protectants for Long-term Wound Care

Skin protectants used in long-term wound care prevent maceration caused by dressings and gels that speed wound healing.

Surgi-lock 2oc - A Dermabond Surgical Glue Equivalent

Surgi-Lock 2oc - A Dermabond Equivalent

Surgi-Lock 2oc is the veterinary equivalent of Dermabond surgical glue. Chemically it is exactly the same, but it is cheaper and comes in a reusable bottle.

Optifoam dressing for wounds

How to Use Optifoam Dressings for Wounds

Optifoam is an advanced wound dressing designed for wounds with heavy drainage.

Dermabond: Surgical Skin Glue for Emergency Stitches

How to Use Dermabond Surgical Skin Glue

Dermabond (2-octyl-cyanoacrylate) is one of the only surgical glues that is FDA approved for use on humans.

Vetbond: Surgical Skin Glue for Emergency Stitches

How to Use Vetbond Tissue Adhesive

Vetbond (n-butyl-cyanoacrylate) was developed to close surgical incisions after veterinary procedures. It is very similar to Dermabond, but at a fraction of the cost.

B&W Ointment to heal burns

B&W Ointment for Burn Treatment

Studies have shown B&W Ointment to be an effective treatment for burns and soft tissue injuries.

Performing CPR with a human dummy

How to Perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

This comprehensive guide explains everything you need to know about performing CPR or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.

T-Relief Ointment for Bruises and Sprains

T-Relief Ointment for Muscle and Joint Pain

T-Relief claims to be an alternative to Traumeel, and it has more concentrated ingredients and a wider range of natural anti-inflammatory ingredients.

Medihoney Gel for Wound Care

Medihoney Gel and How to Use it for Wounds

This tasty salve has been used to treat wounds and speed healing as far back as ancient Egypt.

Iodosorb Gel for Wounds

How to Use Iodosorb Gel Ointment to Heal Wounds

Iodosorb is used for infected wounds that are difficult to heal including venous stasis ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, pressure sores, and more.

Traumeel Ointment for Soft Tissue Injuries

Traumeel Ointment for Pain Relief

Traumeel stands apart from over-the-counter pain medications because it actually speeds wound healing in addition to pain relief.

Puracol Plus and Puracol Ag antimicrobial silver dressing

How to Use Puracol Wound Dressings

Although Puracol is one of the most expensive long-term wound care products on the market, it provides advantages not seen in other wound care products.

Traumeel Ointment, T-Relief, Iodosorb Gel, Medihoney Gel, and B&W Ointment for Wound Treatment and Pain Relief

The 5 Best Wound Care Ointments and Gels

We examine 5 of the best ointments and gels that speed healing and reduce pain in all kinds of soft tissue injuries.

First aid for burns

How to Treat Different Types of Burns

Learn how to treat, step by step, different types of burns, such as: thermal, chemical and electrical burns.

How to stop a cut from bleeding

How to Stop Bleeding

Did you know that hemostatic agents speed up the natural blood clotting process? Learn about hemostatic agents and other first aid items you can use to stop bleeding.

The best pills to treat pain, inflammation and fever

The 3 Best Pills to Treat Pain, Inflammation and Fever

Aspirin, Acetaminophen, and Ibuprofen are in every medicine cabinet, but each has unique uses, side effects, and contraindications.

The Best Scissors for a Portable First Aid Kit

The Best Scissors for a Portable First Aid Kit

Scissors are needed to cut gauze and SAM splints to the right shape and size, open packaging, cut clothing off patients, and cut medical tapes or wraps along with other normal uses.

Antiemetic drugs can control motion sickness

Different Types of Antiemetic Drugs for Motion Sickness

Antiemetic medications are small, easy to carry, and can relieve a lot of discomfort while traveling, learn about them in this article.

Zinc Lozenges for Colds

How to Use Zinc Lozenges to Prevent the Common Cold

Can zinc help prevent the common cold? When zinc lozenges are taken soon after noticing cold symptoms appear, the severity and length of the cold can be greatly reduced.

Automated External Portable Defibrillator or AED

The 4 Best Portable Defibrillators and Which to Buy

According to the American Red Cross, improved training and access to Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) could save 50,000 lives each year. Do you know how to use a portable defibrillator?

Nitrile Gloves: A First-Line Defense Against Infection

Nitrile Gloves vs Latex Gloves

Nitrile gloves are a latex free, disposable rubber glove that prevent disease transmission through blood or other body fluids.

Cyanoacrylate Surgical Skin Glue for First Aid

How to Use Cyanoacrylate Surgical Skin Glues for First Aid

Surgical glues can be used as easy, do-it-yourself stitches. Learn everything you need to know about surgical or skin glues in this article.

How to Choose Your Portable First Aid Kit Bag

How to Choose a First Aid Kit Bag

The first aid bag needs to meet a couple criteria: it should be just large enough to hold everything and it should be small enough to fit where you want to keep it. Learn more about first aid bags in this article.

Every Injury Has a Medical Tape

Different Types of Medical Tapes and How to Use Them

We put medical tapes to the test so you can choose the most suitable to your needs.

Sterile Gauze: A Fundamental Tool to Stop Bleeding and Prevent Infection

How to Use Sterile Gauze to Stop Bleeding and Prevent Infection

Sterile gauze is used to stop bleeding from small to medium cuts, burns, scrapes, and other wounds.

How to Make a Practical First Aid Kit for Both the Everyday and the Extreme

A Practical First Aid Kit for the Everyday and the Extreme

A comprehensive article with recommendations for building your own personalized first aid kit that is useful on a daily basis, not just during emergencies.

Povidone Iodine (Betadine): A Powerful Antiseptic and Water Purifier

How to Use Povidone Iodine (Betadine) as an Antiseptic

Besides being an antiseptic for wound care, povidone iodine can safely be used to purify water. Povidone Iodine comes as a liquid or a wipe.

Diphenhydramine or Benadryl - A Multipurpose Pill

How to Use Benadryl for Allergies, Cold and Flu

Diphenhydramine, also known as Benadryl, has several functions that are especially useful for traveling: it reduces the symptoms of allergies, cold, and flu.

How Chest Seals/Occlusive Dressings Can Save Your Life

How to Choose a Chest Seal and Occlusive Dressing

Chest seals and occlusive dressings are used to treat deep cuts and puncture wounds in the chest, abdomen, and neck.

What is an Israeli Bandage and How to Use It

How to Use an Israeli Bandage to Stop Bleeding

Israeli bandages are designed to quickly stop bleeding in emergency situations. Learn different ways of applying the Israeli bandage on different parts of the body and more.

Splinting Bone Fractures with a SAM Splint

How to Use a Sam Splint to Treat Bone Fractures

The SAM splint is a versatile, lightweight, portable, and reusable splint that can be used to treat broken bones, sprains, and soft tissue injuries.

CAT Tourniquet vs SOFT T Wide Tourniquet

SOFT T Tourniquet vs CAT Tourniquet

Tourniquets are used to stop uncontrollable bleeding in the arms or legs. If a major artery gets severed you can bleed out in less than a minute, so speed is everything.

Quikclot, Celox, and XGauze to Stop Bleeding

Hemostatic Agents - Quikclot, Celox, and XGauze

Hemostatic agents help control bleeding by speeding up the body's own natural clotting process, learn about the best hemostatic agents available today.

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