Every six months you should do an audit of your first aid kit supplies. The last thing you want is to find you don’t have what you need when you need it, especially when it’s an emergency. Real Mom, EMT-I, Emergency Departmental Lead Technician and Volunteer Fire Fighter, Andrea Scroggins breaks down what should be in your first aid kit at all times.
FIRST AID KITS: It’s ideal to have one for home and one for your car. When you are without one, be alert to where you can find access to one.
In your kit on a index card, write down all family member’s names, dates of birth, any medication and dosages they take, past medical history, names and phone numbers of doctors and hospital preference as well as emergency contacts.
Also include the number to Poison Contol: 1-800-222-1222 Place index card in plastic baggie, so it stays clean and dry.
DON’T FORGET! Every six months check supplies in your first aid kit to ensure that the items are not expired and medical information is updated.
Have a instructions booklet of First Aid /CPR
1 small scissors
2 triangular shaped cloth for sling
1 oral thermometer
2 large absorbent dressing pads
25 band aids in various sizes
1 roll of medical tape
5 packets of antibiotic ointment or tube of ointment
5 packs of antiseptic wipes
2 pairs of non latex gloves
2 packets or bottle of 81mg of Aspirin
1 breathing barrier or a one way valve that’s disposal after one use for airway
1 instant cold pack
2 packets of hydrocortisone cream or a tube
1 two inch ace bandage
1 four inch ace bandage
5 sterile 2x2 gauze pads
5 sterile 4x4 gauze pads
Sterile eye flush solution
If you or a family member has the need for an Epipen or a specific medical supply make sure you have a few extra, (diabetic syringes, inhaler for asthma etc.)
BE SAFE AND HAVE FUN! xoxo