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Basic First Aid and Street Medics
Your First Aid Kit

Everyone should have a well-stocked first aid kit handy at home, in the car and in the workplace. The contents of your kit will vary depending upon the number of people it is designed to protect as well as special circumstances where it will be used.

For example, a first aid kit in a factory where there may be danger of flying debris getting into the eye should certainly have a sterile eyewash solution in its kit. If a family member is a known diabetic, your kit at home should have a glucose or sugar solution. When assembling your first aid kit, whether for use in the home, car or at work, you should consider possible injuries you are likely to encounter and then select kit contents to treat those conditions.

It's also important to check your kit periodically to restock items that have been used and to replace items that are out-of-date.

It's also advisable at home and at work to have both a stationary kit, stored in a cabinet or drawer, as well as a compact portable kit that can be taken quickly to the site of an emergency.

Recommended Contents for a First Aid Kit

[Modify to suit your particular needs]

    Activated Charcoal (for poisoning emergencies)

    Adhesive strip bandages - assorted sizes

    Adhesive tape

    Alcohol - rubbing 70%

    Alcohol wipes


    Antibiotic ointment

    Baking soda

    Calamine lotion

    Chemical ice packs

    Chemical hot packs

    Cotton balls

    Cotton swabs

    Decongestant tablets & spray

    Diarrhea medication

    Disposable latex or vinyl gloves

    Elastic bandages

    Face mask for CPR

    First aid guide


    Gauze pads - various sizes

    Hot-water bottle

    Household ammonia

    Hydrocortisone cream .5%

    Hydrogen Peroxide

    Hypoallergenic tape

    Ice bag

    Insect repellent

    Insect sting swabs


    Meat tenderizer (for insect bites)



    Non-adhering dressings [Telfa]

    Oil of Cloves

    Over-the-counter pain medication [aspirin]

    Paper & pencil

    Paper drinking cups

    Roller gauze - self adhering

    Safety pins




    Space blanket

    Sam splint

    Sugar or glucose solution

    Syrup of Ipecac

    Thermometer - oral & rectal

    Tongue blades

    Triangular bandages


    Waterproof tape

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