Common First Aid Kit Contents

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Contents of your first aid kits are important. But you have to be careful with the contents as well, particularly if there are children involved. You should not leave medicines or medical devices in the kit. And, of course, do not leave other items that can be potentially dangerous. Here are some things you should know about first aid kits and their contents.

One of the contents of your first aid kit is adhesive tape. If a person has been cut by a needle or pierced by a needle puncture, the tape will help to absorb the blood so it doesn’t go to the lungs and cause death. The adhesive tape may also be used to repair minor wounds. What you need to be careful about is the color of the adhesive tape. There are some colors that will cause more skin problems than others. For example, the white tape is hazardous for people with pale skin and dark-colored tape is hazardous for people with tans or freckles.

First Aid Kit Contents

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Another first aid kit contents item is the antibacterial liquid. If someone has been stung by a bee or wasp, these insects have venom injected into their body. Some of these may cause severe allergic reactions, so these antiseptic wipes can help to get rid of the venom. These wipes are also used to treat wounds and to contain bacteria on the skin.

Your first aid kit also contains medications. These may be antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medications, pain relief medications, and other medications that can help heal the wounds quickly and stop bleeding. The availability of an emergency bandage is important. As with the adhesive tape, these bands are available in many colors and are readily available at many pharmacies.

The other main component of a home first aid kit contents is the items that cannot be taken with you. For example, if a person has been swimming and has gotten a wound, they may not want to throw the towel in and risk swimming in water that contains chlorine. They need to use their own towels or soak a jumpsuit in bleach to remove the chlorine. Also, if a person is allergic to bees or other stinging insects, they should not take medication containing or designed to prevent the effects of insect stings. These could cause swelling and anaphylactic shock.

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Other first aid kit contents include sterile dressings and bandages. Sterile gloves are the best way to prevent infections of any kind, but many people do not wear these at all because they think that since it is a “medicine”, they can not get hurt. However, if a person is allergic to latex, using these gloves will provide them with the protection that they need.

Other contents for first aid kits also include antiseptic creams, aerosol, scissors and tweezers, eye masks, antibacterial ointment, iodine therapy, pain relievers, pain killers such as acetaminophen, aspirin, narcotics, and others. Sterile gauze is also used in these kits, which may contain polyester or spandex. If the victim is allergic to bees, a bee sting contains the same contents as a sting from mosquitoes. A needle, syringe, or insulin can be included in the contents of some first aid kits, but if one is allergic to medications containing antiseptics, this is not something that they should purchase.

Bottom Line

Other important contents of first aid kits include adhesive bandages, alcohol swabs, sterile gauze pads, hydrogen peroxide solutions, red crosses, bandage tourniquets, sterile gauze pads, needle and thread, eye protection, and CPR neck bandages. The adhesive bandages are used to cover the wounds without adding additional pain to the patient. Alcohol swabs can be used on minor wounds and can remove the infection without putting the patient at risk of scarring. Hydrogen peroxide solutions can be used to treat mild to moderate blisters and will make the red cross easier to identify and remove. CPR neck bandages can help maintain circulation and keep the injured person still.

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