Think about packing a first aid kit along with those picnic baskets and beach chairs this summer. Buy a prepackaged first aid kit or you can make your own for use at home and when traveling in case of emergencies, being sure to include the following emergency supply items:
bandage supplies, including a roll of 3 inch wide gauze, individually packaged 4 inch sterile gauze pads, a roll of 1 inch bandage tape, butterfly bandage tape, and scissors.
sterile dressings or towels
pain reliever (acetaminophen or ibuprofen)
anti-inflammatory medicine (ibuprofen)
ipecac syrup (for use on advice of medical professional ONLY to induce vomiting)
skin creams, including hydrocortisone cream, calamine lotion and antibiotic creams
an antihistamine (diphenhydramine for allergic reactions)
tongue depressors (to be used as a finger splint)
rehydration fluids (such as Pedialyte or Infalyte)
aloe vera gel or Solarcaine, for sunburn
Be prepared by knowing your local poison center’s phone number and keep it posted with a list of emergency numbers by your phone and with your first aid kit.
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Note from TNCP : Make sure when you use an item in your first aid kit you replace it as soon as possible.
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