Basic Medical Supplies for a First Aid Kit
By Meagan - August 04, 2014
Since I've become a mom, I've come to more fully understand the phrase "be prepared for anything". Whenever we leave the house, we can't be without spare diapers, wet bags, wipes, outfits, toys, and baby wearing gear- because we never know what we might need! We're looking at herbal first aid this month on the Bulk Herb Store blog, and the "be prepared for anything" philosophy is a great one to bring to our first aid kits! All of our writers this month will be sharing beautiful, useful herbal blends with you, but first- what basic medical supplies should you have on hand? Below is a list of things that are a great addition to any first aid kit. Some (like bandages) are much more necessary than others (like a magnifying glass) but each could come in handy in certain situations!
- Bandages of all shapes and sizes. Think tiny cuts or splinters to larger wounds, joint/knee/knuckle bandages, butterfly bandages, blister protectors, etc
- Gauze and muslin rolls, with silver attachment hooks. Great for steadying sprained joints and supporting affected limbs
- Tape, athletic and waterproof. Hold bandages together, waterproof is especially good for on-the-go kids
- Gauze pads. Can add extra padding and absorbency for deeper wounds or wounds in tough places (bottoms of feet, where pants or bras rubs, etc)
- Finger Splints. Steadies joints of fingers that may be dislocated or broken
- Scissors and pocket knife. Useful for cutting gauze or muslin wraps, or possibly trimming bandages. Can also be used to cut fabric to be used as a tourniquet.
- Tweezers. Great for splinter removal
- Disposable gloves. Especially important for handling open wounds, can also be useful if someone has a rash of some kind (like poison ivy exposure)
- Cotton balls and cotton swabs (q-tips). Can help clean wounds and apply healing agents
- Magnifying Glass. Helpful for seeing small splinters
- Thermometer. For taking temperatures, of course!
- Tissues. To dry little tears :) Also good to use to blot smaller bleeding wounds.
- Smelling Salts. For use if someone loses consciousness.
- Instant Ice Pack. Great for bruising, athletic injury, concussions, or bumps or any kind
- Emergency Blanket. Especially helpful in an inclement weather situation, or if someone is in shock
- CPR Mask. Acts as a barrier during CPR between giver and recipient