You should make sure that you and your family are prepared to treat common symptoms, injuries, and emergencies. By planning ahead, you can create a well-stocked home first aid kit. Keep all of your supplies in one location so you know exactly where they are when you need them.
The following items are basic supplies. You can get most of them at a pharmacy or supermarket.
Bandages and dressings:
Home health equipment:
Medicine for cuts and injuries:
Be sure to check your kit regularly. Replace any supplies that are getting low or which have expired.
Other supplies may be included in a first aid kit. This depends on the area in which you plan to spend time.
Tonna, JE, Lewin, MR. Wilderness Preparation, Equipment, and Medical Supplies. In: Auerbach, PS. ed. Auerbach: Wilderness Medicine. 6th ed. Philadelphia, Pa. Mosby Elsevier;2011: chap 91.
Updated by: Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.
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