Definition A first aid kit is a collection of supplies and materials that can be used as a first line of treatment for an injury or illness.
What is the information for this topic? First aid kits can either be purchased or made by an individual. Several items are listed below that can be used in a first aid kit. Certain activities are related to risk of certain injuries. People involved in special activities may want to include more of some items in their kits than people who are not involved in those activities. First aid kits can be bought at sporting goods stores, pharmacies and some department stores. The following materials can be useful in a first aid kit.
Bandages should include:
adhesive bandage strips or surgical tape in different sizes
elastic wraps for wrists, ankles, knees and elbows
sterile cotton balls, eye patches and gauze pads (10 x 10 cm and 5 x 5 cm)
adhesive gauze, wrapping and rolls
Equipment should include:
disposable instant ice bag
Medications should include:
Syrup of Ipecac, which should be used only as directed by a poison control centre
first aid manual
change for telephone calls
Author: James Broomfield, MD Reviewer: eknowhow Medical Review Panel Editor: Dr John Hearne Last Updated: 10/05/2005 Contributors Potential conflict of interest information for reviewers available on request
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