First Aid

First Aid Kit

Well-stocked first aid kit is a handy tool.


If a trip out occupies a week or more, take a Pocket Medicine Case and contents (sportman's size) together with the U S. Government's (adopted) First Aid Packet for wounds; the last mentioned weighing only 1 oz., and which can be tied to a belt when on a trip. These both would fill the bill for emergency medical supplies for many a different short trip or for quite a large party, at very small expense, either as to bulk, weight or cost. The medicines put up therein being of tablet form, in screw top phials, printed instructions with them, and which serve every purpose for the home or sportsman's camp; with such a case, seldom have any occasion for other medical service; and as a "life outdoors" usually by the change brings on petty disorders, it is nowadays a most valuable adjunct to the outfit, necessary for smoothing it.

Be prepared
- keep one one in home
- keep one in car
- carry with you
- know where you can find one (at work)

First aid implements and equipment

Make your own kit
- make sure it has all the items may need

Contents of first aid kits
Collection of medical supplies and equipment
- consult medical knowledge and experience based personel
- check area requirements
- check local legislation / regulations

Basic Kits
  • Personal home first aid kit
  • Auto First Aid Kits
  • Emergency Response Kits
  • Disaster and Survival Kits
  • Camping First Aid Kits
  • First Aid Cabinets
  • Contractor First Aid Kits
  • Eye Care Kits
  • CPR Kits
  • Pet First Aid Care

ISO graphical symbol for first aid (ISO 7010)
- white cross on a green background

Personal home first aid kit
It is recommended that all first aid kits for four people include the following:

  • first aid instruction booklet
  • 2 absorbent compress dressings (5" x 9")
  • 25 adhesive bandages (assorted)
  • 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yds x 1")
  • 5 antibiotic ointment packets (~ 1 g)
  • 5 antiseptic wipe packets
  • 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg)
  • 1 blanket (space blanket)
  • 1 breathing barrier (one-way valve)
  • 1 instant cold compress
  • 2 pair of nonlatex gloves (large)
  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (~1 g)
  • 1 roller bandage (3" wide)
  • 1 roller bandage (4" wide)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (3" x 3")
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (4" x 4")
  • 2 triangular bandages
  • oral thermometer (non-mercury/nonglass)
  • scissors
  • tweezers

Also include:
- eye wash solution
- petroleum jelly
- anti-diarrhea medication
- antacids (upset stomach)
- laxatives
- personal items
— flashlight (and rechargeable batteries)
— Cell phone with charger
- emergency phone numbers
- prescription medications
— blood pressure supplies
— insulin
— heart medicine
— asthma inhalers
— glucose

Check the kit regularly
- make sure the flashlight batteries work
- check expiration dates
- rotate medicines (replace used or out-of-date contents)

First Aid Skills

Emergency medical training
Initial care provisions for an illness or injury
- non-expert personal skill with minimal equipment

Series of simple, potentially life-saving, techniques
- undertake until medical treatment can be accessed
- can be performed on all animals

- CAB : Chest compressions, Airway, Breathing
- ABCD : Airway, Breathing, Circulation, and Defibrillation

General skills
- SFA : Standard First Aid
- CPR / AED - AC : CardioPulmonary Resuscitation / Automated External Defibrillator - Adult and Child
- Wilderness and Remote First Aid

Specialty skills
- Bloodborne Pathogens Training
- Dog/Cat First Aid
- Lifeguarding (Lifeguard training)

Professional Rescuer Training
- CPR, First Aid, and AED
- Lifeguard, EMT, and Nursing regulations
- Emergency Medical Technician (Ambulance Technician)

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