Friday, February 3, 2012
Emergency First Aid Preparedness
Part of being prepared is having first Aid supplies in case of a medical emergency and you are unable to get medical help. I have compiled a list, I have researched this and hope I have all of what would be needed. I also plan on using herbs ( That I grow and gather myself ) and natural remedies.
I think everyone should take a basic first aid and CPR class .
You should also have a smaller kits in all of your vehicles.
Band-Aids of all sizes
Gauze- pads and rolls
Thermometer & fresh batteries
Antibiotics (if you can get these from your doc or look into fish antibiotics ) for each person; a
week’s worth; preferably not liquid form as it doesn’t last as long;
Hot water bottles (x2)
Plastic Inflatable splints for arms and legs
Benadryl (Liquid and pills)
Fever reducing medications such as Ibuprofen or acetaminophen
Triple Antibiotic Cream
Snake bite kit
Aluminum finger splints
Instant cold packs
Disposable synthetic gloves
Bulb syringe for flushing out wounds
Blood pressure cuff
Needle and thread
Saline eye wash
Ipecac- induces vomiting
Anti diarrhea meds
Cough drops / Cough syrup
Medicine cup or spoon
Super glue (when minor stitches are needed, but you can’t get them)
Burn care kit
Dental filling repair kit
Any prescription meds you currently take
Children’s/baby Tylenol and Motrin (if you will have kids with you)
IV and fluids (not sure where to get these?)
Recommended Books (ebay, paperbackswap.com, amazon):
Where There Is No Doctor
Where There Is No Dentist
The American Red Cross First Aid and Safety Handbook
Ship’s Medicine Chest and First Aid at Sea
US Army Special Forces Medical Handbook
The Physicians Desk Reference
The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy
In the vehicles you should have a cell phone
Cellular phones need to have enough battery power to turn on, but they don't need a contract with a service to call 9-1-1. Federal law mandates that cell phones must be able to reach 9-1-1 anytime the number is called, regardless of the service agreement. Take that old cell phone you don't use anymore and put it in your first aid kit for emergencies ( make sure to have a charger with it). If you don't have one, there are programs to unite old, unused cell phones with people who need them for emergencies.
I think it is wise to be prepared for any thing if you are unable to reach medical help. If we ever have an economic collapse or a natural disaster you will be glad to have these things. As I mentioned above I incorporate as much herbs and essential oils as I can.
If you can think of any thing else I would love to hear what they are.