The 3 levels of first aid kits.
In this episode Lisa and I talk about 3 different levels of first aid kits, beginner kits, intermediate kits and advanced first aid supplies. Keep in mind if you are at the point of having an advanced first you should probably take a CMT class or a first aid class to be able to use the first aid equipment before you spend the money on it.
Lisa had me make a PDF of the notes below for everyone to print off, you can download that here.
Important: this article is not medical advice, If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.
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1. Simple First Aid Kit
(Good Starting point great for cars, or a travel kit in a car as well)
4×4 gauze (in sterile 2 piece packs) (12)
Rubbing alcohol (16oz)
Vet wrap (2 rolls) (Coban)
Cling gauze (3”)
Ace waps (3”, and 6”)
A pair of bandage scissors
1 roll of tape (medical)
1 box of nitrile gloves (ladies medium, men, large or ex large)
Tongue Depressors (Make great splints for fingers!)
Instant cold packs
A container to store everything in
2. Intermediate First Aid Kit
(This is a build-up on the basic kit) You can find out more information on this website.
And We also wrote a post about what some of these supplies are. You can read that article here.
Increase the count of all the items for your simple kit, starting by increasing each item by at least 1-2
2 x 2 sterile gauze pads
Non sterile 4 x 4 gauze (200 per bag)
Hypafix adhesive tape
Mepilex foam pads (4×4) (box of 5)
Mepitel pads (2)
Aquacel AG dressing
Israeli Bandage Battle Dressing (trauma dressing)
Betadine sticks (q-tips)
ABD pads (2)
Surgical masks (5)
Headlamp, or flash light
Suture removal kit
Chucks Pads (blue pads that are very absorbent)
Butterflies, or steri-strips in different sizes
Mastisol (for keeping steri strips in place.-or Benzoin)
Saline Solution (even contact solution-just plain saline)
Apple Cider Vinegar
Diaper Rash Ointment
And every day medicines, such as:
Benadryl, both liquid and pill form
Antacid (Tums-Calcium Carbonate)
Vicks Vapor Rub
A Larger container will be needed for this kit, and if you have compartments that you can keep things separated and easily visible it will make it even better.
3. Advanced First Aid Kit
You will need to keep adding items to your kit from the simple kit and the intermediate size kit, plus these are some extra items to have. They may be some expensive additions, but will be worth it in case you need to use them. But before you spend a lot of money on the more advanced stuff, maybe consider taking an EMT class, and learning about trauma, and injuries where these items will be useful.
HALO Chest Seal – High Performance Occlusive Dressing for Trauma wounds
Medihoney dressing (2 x 2 size and 4 x 4 size)
Suture kit/Staple kit
IV start kits
Liter bags of normal saline
Blood Pressure Kit (sphygmomanometer)
Nice stethoscope (Littman is very nice, I like the cardiology 3 one, you can hear REALLY well)
Be Prepared For Everything
I also talked about my book that was just published to Amazon and has been very well received. You can find the book here. As I wrote in the description of the book it is not all about doomsday and as the title says we should be prepared to face anything. Here is part of that article…
“Preparedness should be a mindset, not a fad. To become a seasoned prepper we need to start from ground zero and work our way up, and we need to do it in a way that doesn’t put us in the poor house. Preparing is also very personalized, there is no one way to build your food storage and no one way to build your bug out bag. All of our situations are different and we need to plan accordingly.”
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