Home First-Aid Supplies
Being properly prepared with first aid supplies will make it easier and less stressful to deal with an emergency. These supplies should include medicines, bandages, and other items described below.
Also, make sure the members of your family know how to respond safely and quickly if there is an emergency. Contact your local Red Cross office H about getting first aid and CPR training for your family.
What medicines should I have on hand?
It is helpful to have the following medicines readily available:
· pain relievers such as acetaminophen, aspirin, and ibuprofen (make sure you include infant’s or children’s forms of these medicines if there are children in your home)
· antiseptic wipes
· antihistamine, such as Benadryl
· calamine lotion for stings or skin irritants
· medicine to treat diarrhea
· antibiotic ointment or cream
· hydrocortisone cream, ointment, or lotion
· cough suppressant medicine
· decongestant medicine, such as Sudafed
· petroleum jelly
What other items should I include in a kit or in the cabinet? Other first aid supplies should include:
· sterile 2-by-2 and 4-by-4-inch gauze pads, and a roll of gauze
· various sizes of adhesive bandages
· an elastic bandage
· cotton swabs
· nonallergenic adhesive tape
· scissors and tweezers
· a thermometer
· safety pins
· an oral medicine syringe or spoon for children in the home
· fluids for oral rehydration if children are in the home
· liquid soap for cleaning wounds
· disposable gloves
· small flashlight and extra batteries
· disposable instant cold packs
· triangular bandage
· first aid manual
· emergency phone numbers
· completed medical consent forms, and
· a list of allergies and medicines for each person living in the home
Where should I store the kit or supplies?
Store your first aid supplies in an area that is easy to get to in case of an emergency but is out of the reach of children. Try to always keep them in the same place so they are easy to find.
Check your supplies regularly. Replace any used items or items that are out of date.
For more information and training in first aid, contact your local chapter of the Canadian Red Cross or visit their web site at: http://www.redcross.ca/
For more information:
Heart and Stroke Foundation http://www.heartandstroke.com/site/c.ikIQLcMWJtE/b.6301495/k.940B/CPRguidelines.htm
St. John’s Ambulance