Tip Sheet: What to Keep in Your First Aid Kit
If you are preparing to stock your first aid kit, keep these tips in mind.
Reviewed By Michael Smith
The home first aid kit tends to be the bathroom cabinet. The official ones, such as those recommended by the Red Cross and the Department of Homeland Security, are leaning toward the apocalyptic, containing flares and everything but a gurney and a paper gown.
The American College of Emergency Physicians, supplemented by other lists, recommends you have the following on hand or in your car.
If you are going to the outback far from medical help, ask your doctor about packing some prescription drugs. If anyone is allergic to insect bites, an Epi-Pen is recommended. Again, your doctor can advise you.
If this seems daunting, Richard O'Brien, MD, spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians, says there are commercial kits that would hold a family in good stead under average circumstances.
Published June 13, 2005.
SOURCES: American College of Emergency Physicians. Richard O'Brien, MD, spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians and emergency physician, Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton, Pa.
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