A comprehensive article with recommendations for building your own personalized first aid kit that is useful on a daily basis, not just during emergencies.
Whether you’re on a boat or reading in a car, motion sickness can ruin your day. Antiemetic medications are small, easy to carry, and can relieve a lot of discomfort while traveling.
Aspirin, Acetaminophen, and Ibuprofen are in every medicine cabinet, but each has unique uses, side effects, and contraindications.
B&W ointment uses all natural ingredients to help soft tissue heal faster. Studies have shown B&W Ointment to be an effective treatment for burns and soft tissue injuries.
Chest seals and occlusive dressings are used to treat deep cuts and puncture wounds in the chest, abdomen, and neck by making an airtight seal around the wound.
For many injuries, surgical glues can be used as easy, do-it-yourself stitches that are immediately available regardless of where you happen to be.
Dermabond (2-octyl-cyanoacrylate) is one of the only surgical glues that is FDA approved for use on humans. It comes in sterile, single-use applicators and is the glue of choice for surgeons closing incisions after an operation.
Diphenhydramine, also known as Benadryl, has several functions that are especially useful for traveling: it reduces the symptoms of allergies, cold, and flu.
The hemostatic agents Quikclot and Celox are tried and true when it comes to emergency wound care, but XGauze is a new product that may outstrip them both.
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.
Choosing a medical tape may seem simple, but different medical tapes are designed for different uses. We put medical tapes to the test so you can choose the most suitable to your needs.
N95 masks trap pollution, dust, allergens, and other fine particles that cause respiratory problems. However, not all masks are the same, and the way it's worn is important.
Nitrile gloves are a latex free, disposable rubber glove that prevent disease transmission through blood or other body fluids.
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?
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.
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.
The SAM splint is a versatile, lightweight, portable, and reusable splint that can be used to treat broken bones, sprains, and soft tissue injuries.
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.
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.
Sterile gauze is used to stop bleeding from small to medium cuts, burns, scrapes, and other wounds. It also protects the area from dirt and debris that can cause a wound to get infected.
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.