Every home should have a fully-stocked first aid kit on hand.
No matter how careful you might be, household accidents are sometimes unavoidable. You may cut yourself cleaning up broken glass, or strain a muscle simply putting away boxes. When these injuries do occur, it’s essential you receive proper treatment right away. Otherwise, improperly treated injuries, especially wounds, can cause a host of other health conditions down the line.
If the injuries aren’t severe, you can treat them at home with a first-aid kit, an essential part of basic healthcare for all Americans. Despite that, 44 percent of U.S. homes don’t have a first-aid kit on hand, according to a 2012 poll from the Adelphi University Center for Health Innovation.
Here is everything you’ll need for a proper first-aid kit:
Painkillers: Choose age appropriate medications based on your physician recommendations.
Gauze dressings: Different injury types require varying sizes, so it’s a good idea to have small, medium and large dressings in each kit.
Thermometer: A digital version is usually best simply for accuracy’s sake, and also presents less risk of mercury contamination.
Blanket: Specifically, a space blanket, which is both low-weight and can help with reducing heat loss due to a number of injury types.
Adhesive bandages: Again, having a large assortment of different sizes will help treat wounds of varying width and depth.
Breathing barrier: This one-way valve is perfect for resuscitation, while also protecting the caregiver from the spread of certain bacteria.
Gloves: Not only should all gloves be non-latex, but you want several different sizes for each member of the family.
Cleaning products: That should include antibiotic ointment, soap and alcohol-free medical wipes.
Assorted tools: The must-have tools include tweezers, scissors, several sizes of safety pins, a medicine cup and a bulb-suction device (like a turkey baster) to clean out wounds.
Skin creams: Specifically, hydrocortisone for rashes and a separate spray for insect stings and bites.
It’s a good idea to keep your kit somewhere accessible to every family member, like a cabinet in the kitchen. Some families keep two kits around to ensure proper access.
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