ATS First Aid Kit Ideas
Many different web sites and vendors outline what makes up a "good" first aid kit. The underlying principal behind these "kits" isto have a portable medicine cabinet at your side during an emergency so that afterwards you'll be able to bandage everybody up. You would think this a fairly easy thing to outline, but it isn't. Having sterile gloves in your kit doesn't help if you don't have the training to use them. Having the training doesn't help if you don't have the kit in hand. In that respect, you really need to know HOW to help (and not harm) yourself and others in such events.

Given that you have taken the classes, here are a few items that should probably be in a "well stocked" first aid kit:

  • Wound clean up
    • Proidone/Iodine wipe (Antiseptic Germicide)
    • Antiseptic Wipes
    • Alcohol Pads
    • Tampon (useful for sopping up blood)
  • Wound care
    • Sting Care Wipes (especially if you are allergic)
    • Tube of Antibiotic Ointment
    • Non-Adherent Sterile Pads (at least 2"x3")
    • Mini-Bandages
    • Knuckle Bandages
    • Fingertip Bandages
    • "Moleskin" for blisters
    • Canvas triangular bandages (can be used as slings)
  • Over the counter medicines (remember, if you are Red Cross certified, you cannot give these out...also they have a limited shelf life)
    • Ibuprofen Tablets
    • Acetaminophen Tablets
    • Decongestant Tablets
    • Anti-acid Tablets
    • Anti-diahrea Tablets
  • Other essential items
    • Tweezers
    • Safety Pins
    • Resealable Pouch (Zip lock will do in a pinch)
    • Pack of Rubber Gloves
    • Breathing shield (for CPR)
    • FIRST AID BOOK (the Red Cross sells an inexpensive one).

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On the web
Below is a summary of various first aid kit suggestions from the web. They are broken out into actual content lists, so you may more easily compare and contrast them.

Kit Number Kit Source
1 Revolution Health
2 Kids Health
3 The Boy Scouts of America
4 The Survival Center
5 The American Red Cross

YYYYYAdhesive tape
Y--Y-Aluminum finger splints
YY-YYAntibiotic ointment
YYY-YAntiseptic solution or towelettes
YYYYYBandages, roll of elastic wrap (Ace, Coban, others)
YYYYYBandages, strips (Band-Aid, Curad, others) in assorted sizes
YYYYYInstant cold packs
Y-YY-Cotton balls and cotton-tipped swabs
YYYYYDisposable latex or synthetic gloves, at least two pair
YYYYYGauze pads and roller gauze in assorted sizes
Y-Y--Eye goggles
YY-YYFirst-aid manual
Y----Petroleum jelly or other lubricant
Y----Plastic bags for the disposal of contaminated materials
YYYY-Safety pins in assorted sizes
Y----Save-A-Tooth storage device containing salt solution and a travel case
Y-YY-A needle
YYYY-Soap or instant hand sanitizer
Y----Sterile eyewash, such as a saline solution
Y-YYYTriangular bandage
Y----Turkey baster or other bulb suction device for flushing out wounds
Y--Y-Activated charcoal (use only if instructed by Poison Control Center)
Y--Y-Anti-diarrhea medication
Y--Y-Over-the-counter oral antihistamine (Benadryl, others)
YY-YYAspirin and nonaspirin pain relievers (never give aspirin to children)
YYYY-Calamine lotion
YY-YYOver-the-counter hydrocortisone cream
-Y-Y-Alcohol wipes or ethyl alcohol
---Y-Sugar or glucose solution
YY---Personal medications
YY---If prescribed by your doctor, drugs to treat an allergic attack, such as an auto-injector of epinephrine (EpiPen)
Y----Syringe, medicine cup or spoon
--Y--Water purification tablets
Y----Cell phone and recharger that utilizes the accessory plug in your car dash
YY---Emergency phone numbers, including contact information for your family doctor and pediatrician, local emergency services, emergency road service providers and the regional Poison Control Center
YYYY-Small, waterproof flashlight and extra batteries
Y--Y-Candles and matches for cold climates
-YYYYMouthpiece for administering CPR
YY-YYMylar emergency blanket
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