First Aid Checklist

You never know when an emergency strikes and first aids may become vital to keep yourself and your family safe. Thus, it is important to keep a first aid toolkit around. It is useful for your home or if you are planning any special outdoor activities such as camping and hiking.

This list is a great starting point if you want to have an emergency kit ready for any casualty or health problem that may arise. We will divide this checklist into 4 different categories and then recommend what you need to include if you’re planning to go outdoors.

Bandages and dressings

● Roller bandages and triangular bandages: There are two different types of bandages. Roller bandages are long and thin, made to support injuries in your limbs and keep wound dressings in place. Triangular bandages can cover a wider burn or wound or be used as a sling.
● Sterile dressings: They should be carried in their sterile pack because these are meant to keep direct contact with the wound. They are useful to control bleeding and prevent contamination.
● Clean cloth: It may come in handy to have a scarf or clean piece of cloth around to cover certain types of injuries or apply a tourniquet.

Gloves and masks

● Disposable masks: They are important in case of environmental contamination with aerosols and other materials.
● Disposable gloves: They reduce the chance of infection if you don’t know the identity or state of health of the victim.
● Pocket masks: They are especial masks to give rescue breaths and reduce the risk of infection.

Other items

● Adhesive tape: It comes in handy when trying to cover wounds and hold dressings and bandages in place.
● Bandage pins: Very useful to keep bandages tightened.
● Alcohol and disinfectant: To prevent infections and clean the area around the wound.
● Sterile soap: Especially thought for open wounds to reduce the chance of infection.
● Scissors: Always useful to carry around if you need to cut a piece of cloth, bandages, adhesive tape, and much more.

Important medications and tools

Lubricating eye drops: They are important when you’re facing an insult to the mucosa of the eye.
Oral rehydration salts: To treat cases of dehydration.
Glucose or sugar: To treat cases of hypoglycemia.
Painkillers and other medications: Including medications to treat diarrhea and aspirin to use in
case of stroke.
Thermometer: Very important and useful to measure high-temperature levels.

For outdoor activities

If you’re going to leave your home for any type of outdoor activity, you will have more sun exposure and will probably need to handle insects and certain environmental hazards. Thus, it is important to include in your first aid kit sunburn relief gel, sunblock, and topical creams or gels to treat insect bites. Be sure to include your prescription meds if you regularly take pills to control chronic conditions, and
don’t forget to take all of your first-aid tools in a waterproof bag or container.

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