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Help!  I’m hurt! 

Injuries can happen in a split second. Do you have a first aid kit handy?  Everyone should have one at home and in the car, at least, and also at work, school, church or wherever you or your kids spend time.  Be responsible. Make sure you have well-stocked first aid kits in easy-to-locate places. 

There are several types of first aid kits, designed and pre-packed to contain everything you’ll need to handle certain types of emergencies in different areas such as home, business office or vehicle.   

Types of First Aid Kits

HOME FIRST AID KITS

Invacare Basic First Aid Kit Basic First Aid Kit for Home – This super organized, inexpensive 67-piece first aid kit contains medical supplies used for common injuries such as cuts, sprains, minor burns, insect bites or splinters.  It even has a first aid instruction card.  Keep this case in an easy-to-find location out of reach of small children.  Let older children know what it is, where it is and how it is used.  Buy as many as you need to cover your bases.

CAR and TRAVEL FIRST AID KITS

Emergency First Aid Auto Kit Emergency First Aid Auto Kit - This first aid kit contains  emergency aid for your car and emergency aid for minor injuries – all in one.  It comes in a durable case and contains bandages, non-stick pads, first aid cream, wipes, alka selzer, pain relievers, tape, tire puncture sealer and a flare.  See also the Car First Aid Kit in a Black Nylon Bag

Compact First Aid Kit for Travel Compact First Aid Kit for Travel – Small and durable, this compact first aid kit is perfect for your boat, backpack, camping gear, vehicle or office.  It contains adhesive bandages, tape, various wipes, gauze pads, burn cream and aspirin.  Take it with you!

 

OFFICE FIRST AID KITS

25 Person First Aid Kit 25 Person First Aid Kits - Every office should have at least one first aid kit to cover occasional cuts and abrasions, or for emergencies affecting more individuals at once.  Choose from a plastic case or steel case.  Kits contain bandages, first aid cream, cold pack, tape, plastic forceps, gloves, pads, gauze, ammonia and more.

50 Person First Aid Kit 50 Person First Aid Kits - First Aid coverage for a mid-sized office.  Choose from plastic case or steel case.  Each kit varies slightly but basically contain a variety of bandages, pads, gauze, various wipes, ammonia, cold packs, eye wash, plastic forceps, gloves, scissors, tape and first aid guidelines.

100 - 150 Person First Aid Kit 100-150 Person First Aid Kit – First Aid coverage for a larger area or emergency preparedness.  Durable steel case is portable or can be mounted on the wall.  Contains adhesive strips, stretch bandages, gauze pads, wound dressing, adhesive tape, site bandages, iodine, cold packs, ammonia, eye pads, antiseptic, first aid creams, cotton, alcohol, peroxide, aspirin, burn spray, antacids, scissors, tweezers, gloves, tongue depressors, antibiotic, eye wash, sting relief and poison ivy relief.

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Do you know what to do if someone cuts themselves?  Read First Aid for Cuts and be ready to do the right thing!

How do you know when a cut, puncture or scrape needs advanced medical assistance? Although minor injuries rarely require a trip to the emergency room, assessing the danger and reacting appropriately can save wounds from infection or other complications.

Step-by-Step First Aid for Cuts 

Tips for Simple Wound Care summarized from Mayo Clinic Guidelines

1.  Stop the bleeding.  Apply gentle pressure with a clean bandage or cloth (or your hand if you have nothing else).  Elevate if possible and hold pressure continuously for 20 to 30 minutes.  If  the bleeding doesn’t stop, seek assistance.  Don’t try to shut off all blood flow (thus oxygen) by using a tourniquet.  They are used only for very severe injuries!  

2.  Clean the wound.  Rinse with clear water.  Keep soap out of the actual wound because it can irritate it.  If there is still dirt or debris in the wound after washing, use tweezers cleaned with alcohol to remove the particles.  If debris remains, see your doctor.  Cleaning around the wound with soap and water, plus cleaning the wound thoroughly with water reduces the risk of infection and tetanus.  No need for hydrogen peroxide, iodine or an iodine-containing cleanser.

3.  Apply an antibiotic.  After cleaning the wound, apply a thin layer of antibiotic cream or ointment to keep the wound moist.  These products discourage infection and help your body’s natural healing process, but don’t actually speed up healing per se.  Use sparingly and follow package directions carefully. If a rash appears, stop using the ointment.  Do not use on serious injuries before asking your doctor.  

4.  Cover the wound.  Bandages help keep the wound clean and the bacteria out.  After you’re out of the woods for infection, exposure to the air will speed wound healing.

5.  Change the dressing.  Change the wound dressing at least daily or whenever wet or dirty.  If you’re allergic to the adhesive bandages, switch to adhesive-free dressings or sterile gauze pads held in place with paper tape, gauze roll or a loosely applied elastic bandage.

6.  Get stitches for deep wounds.  A wound that is more than 1/4-inch deep or is gaping or jagged edged and has fat or muscle protruding usually requires stiches.  Adhesive strips or butterfly closures may hold a minor cut, but if you can’t easily close the wound, see your doctor as soon as possible to reduce the risk of infection.

7.  Watch for signs of infection.  See your doctor if the wound isn’t healing or you notice any redness, increasing pain, drainage, warmth or swelling.

8.  Get a tetanus shot.  Docs recommend you get a tetnus shot every 10 years. If your wound is dirty or deep and you haven’t had a shot for more than 5 years, you may need a tetanus booster.

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Do you have a well-stocked first aid kit?  Read Best First Aid Kits for Home, Office and Car

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