first aid kitAlthough we try our best to prevent or avoid them at all costs, accidents can still happen anytime and anywhere. Cuts, sprains, slips, falls, and burns are some of the most common types of injuries that can occur. For this reason, a well-stocked first aid kit is absolutely essential to always have on hand, whether at home or on the go. Perhaps you are considering making your very own first aid kit and are wondering about the types of medical supplies you should include in it. Here is a quick and simple guide from New Beginnings Family Practice to help you put together a basic but highly versatile first aid emergency kit.

Choosing a Suitable Container

Before you head out and start compiling your kit of medical supplies, you should first consider the type of container you will use and store them in. A suitable container should be made from a durable material such as plastic or nylon and should be easy to carry. The container of your choosing should not corrode, is resistant to water, and can withstand impact.

The Basics

When it comes to the bare essentials, a current emergency first aid manual and bandages of all types should be the first things to include in your kit. The five main types of bandages typically found in first aid kits are standard adhesive bandages of various sizes, gauze, compression, tubular, and triangular. Antiseptic wipe packets, alcohol wipes, disposal sterile gloves, scissors, tweezers, safety pins, adhesive tape, thermometer, and a mouthpiece for CPR are other basic medical supplies that you should include.

Medications, Ointments, Gels, and Creams

In addition to the basics, you should also consider including various types of medications suitable for both adults and children, like ibuprofen, acetaminophen, cough medicine, laxatives, and antihistamine or allergy tablets. For minor cuts, scrapes, and burns, triple antibiotic ointments and/or aloe vera gels are good to have to help keep the injury clean and to facilitate healing. Hydrocortisone and antihistamine creams are also essential to include for insect bites, allergies, and/or skin irritations.

Your Highly Versatile First Aid Emergency Kit

These are only the essentials you will need to make your own basic but highly versatile first aid emergency kit. Keep your kit well-stocked and regularly check expiration dates to replace any outdated or used supplies. Store your kit in a location that is easy to get to but out of reach of young children. Should an emergency arise, remember to stay calm and refer to your kit's emergency manual to effectively use the supplies you have compiled in your kit. If you have a life-threatening emergency, always call 911 for help. Remember that being prepared also means being prepared to ask for help! The team at New Beginnings Family Practice is here for you to help you with any questions you have about creating a useful, versatile first aid kit. During your next appointment, ask us for advice about the best way to create an emergency kit for your home. Schedule your next appointment at New Beginnings Pediatrics online or call us at (540) 739-3623!