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How to prepare a first-aid kit (infographic)

March 8, 2016

Are you prepared for the next time you slice your finger while chopping vegetables for dinner? What will you do when one of the kids inevitably falls and scrapes a knee at the playground? Sharon Carlson, director of emergency preparedness for Sharp HealthCare, shares tips for making your own first-aid kit to treat common minor injuries.

Common minor injuries like sprains, cuts, bee stings and burns can happen at any time, whether you’re home or on the go. Learn how to create your own first-aid kit so that you’re prepared to treat them anytime, anywhere. “A first-aid kit can provide you with the items needed to respond to and treat minor injuries,” says Sharon L. Carlson, RN, Director of Emergency Preparedness at Sharp HealthCare. Here’s what you need: Bandages
Your first aid kit should contain a variety of bandages. This includes two compress dressings, one box of adhesive bandages, two roller bandages, one roll of adhesive cloth tape, 10 gauze pads of assorted sizes and two triangular bandages. Medicine. It is also important to include first-aid medicines. Your first-aid kit should have five antibiotic ointment packages, five antiseptic wipes, two aspirin packets and two hydrocortisone packets. Equipment. Equipment will make up the majority of your first-aid kit contents. Make sure you have an oral thermometer, CPR mask, tweezers, scissors, first-aid instruction booklet, flashlight and batteries, instant cold compress, thermal blanket and two pairs of non-latex gloves. Remember to also include any personal items you might need, such as prescription medications and devices like blood sugar monitors. Check your kit regularly and replace items that have been used or have expired. When life-or limb-threatening injuries occur – such as a head injury resulting in loss of consciousness or lacerations with uncontrolled bleeding – call 911 immediately.

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