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 has several functions that are especially useful for traveling. It reduces the symptoms of allergies, cold, and flu. Beyond that it can also act as a sleep aid, especially in higher doses, and an antiemetic for motion sickness.
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 by putting pressure directly on the wound. Bandages are individually wrapped in a sterile, vacuum-sealed package, but if it’s your first time using one open it and try it out.
Choosing medical tape may seem simple, but medical tapes are designed for a plethora of uses throughout medicine. We put medical tapes to the test so you can purchase the product most suitable to your needs.
Nitrile gloves are a latex free, disposable rubber glove that prevent disease transmission through blood or other body fluids. Nitrile gloves are less elastic than latex gloves, but they are hypoallergenic unlike latex.
Sudden cardiac arrest kills more people than traffic accidents, handguns, house fires, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and AIDs combined, about 350,000 per year. According to the American Red Cross, improved training and access to Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) could save 50,000 lives each year.
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. Before picking the first aid bag, decide what you want to put inside, and where it will be.
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. For a compact first aid kit I recommend using the wipes as they are small and conveniently shaped.
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. Tourniquets should be applied as soon as possible to stop unnecessary blood loss. 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. Combined with medical transpore tape it makes a versatile bandage for wounds of all shapes, sizes, and locations.
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.