If there is ever an emergency, the first thing you should do is call 9-1-1. However, having a first aid kit handy in the house is an easy way to help reduce the risk of injury and illnesses. There are many pre-made first aid kits readily available for purchase in stores; but you can also prepare one yourself at home tailored to your family’s needs. You should always keep a first aid kit in the home and one in the car. The important thing is to make sure your first aid kit is always properly stocked.
Here is a list of items as recommended by the American College of Emergency Physicians and Mayo Clinic:
First Aid booklet
Emergency Phone Numbers: this includes 9-1-1, the family physician or pediatrician, poison control center, and emergency family contacts
Medical History Forms: Each family member should have a form stating a list of allergies and a list of medications
Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen and Aspirin
Cough and Cold Medications.
Allergy Medicine (over-the-counter oral antihistamine)
Aloe Vera gel
Personal medications that don’t need refrigeration
Syringe, medicine cup or spoon
Bandages and Other Injury/Wound Care Supplies
Antiseptic solution or towelettes
Bandages, including a roll of elastic wrap and bandage strips in assorted sizes
Instant cold packs
Cotton balls and cotton-tipped swabs
Disposable latex or synthetic gloves, at least two pairs
Gauze pads and roller gauze in assorted sizes
Scissors, tweezers and a needle
Soap or instant hand sanitizer
Sterile eyewash, such as a saline solution
Make sure to check your kits regularly, once every three months. Make sure to throw out and replace any expired products. If you need any more resources, call the Mayor’s Health Line at 617-534-5050.
Located in Boston, the Mayor’s Health Line is a free and confidential, information and referral phone service open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. It is your one-stop-shop for your health insurance and health care needs. The Mayor's Health Line is part of the Boston Public Health Commission. please visit their site at www.bphc.org