Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Do One Thing: Week 4

Week 4: FIRST AID KIT: alcohol, wipes, band aids, neosporin, moleskin, tweezers, nail clippers, medications, Rx meds. if you can, flashlight with batteries, sunscreen, bug repellent, sunglasses, etc.

Below is one example of a fully stocked kit from the
American Red Cross website:

First Aid Kit
Assemble a first aid kit for your home and one for each car.

  • (20) adhesive bandages, various sizes.
  • (1) 5" x 9" sterile dressing.
  • (1) conforming roller gauze bandage.
  • (2) triangular bandages.
  • (2) 3 x 3 sterile gauze pads.
  • (2) 4 x 4 sterile gauze pads.
  • (1) roll 3" cohesive bandage.
  • (2) germicidal hand wipes or waterless alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • (6) antiseptic wipes.
  • (2) pair large medical grade non-latex gloves.
  • Adhesive tape, 2" width.
  • Anti-bacterial ointment.
  • Cold pack.
  • Scissors (small, personal).
  • Tweezers.
  • CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield.

Non-Prescription Drugs

  • Aspirin or nonaspirin pain reliever
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Antacid (for stomach upset)
  • Syrup of Ipecac (use to induce vomiting if advised by the Poison Control Center)
  • Laxative
  • Activated charcoal (use if advised by the Poison Control Center)

add to sk*rt


Lisa M. said...

This is such a great list S'mee.

I love it. Thank you.

Do you have any ideas or suggestions for those who take prescription medications? On how to procure them? Keep them safe, and rotate them, with still keeping a good supply.

I have grave concerns about folks who are dependent on medications, not having a good supply.

What a great idea.

S'mee said...

Lisa, this can be tricky, you have to work with your health provider and hopefully they will acknowledge your desire to prepare.

My suggestion would be to explain to them why you want to prepare. For us (example) we live where in the event of an earthquake or haz mat situation , we would be land locked. There would be no way to acquire the meds we needed. Our drs. have given us one prescription ahead, to be rotated to keep the code fresh, and that's about it.

I think that most drs. will comply if they know you well. I am sure they will freak a bit if you're talking about certain drugs, however most life saving drugs or day to day type of meds would be fine.

Again, you would have to ask the dr. how they would want you to store them and what they feel would be an adequate supply to have on hand.

I also have a link with suggestions for those with disabilities, I'll get that up next Tuesday.

Thanks again for your question Lisa!

Rynell said...

Thanks for reminding me that I need to spiffy up my first aide kit. Always such good ideas here!

S'mee said...

ah Rynell...ALL of us! Heck every time I read these I think of one more thing I could add!