I just saw a short comment in another group giving a link to a site
to purchase first aid kits. Here are the two sites given:http://www.first-aid-product.com/industrial/520-fr.htmhttp://www.alpinesurvival.com/emergency-medical-kits-supplies.html
I have seen some of these links posted and continue to wonder why
one would not simply create their own first aid kits. Most of the
sites list the components (eg bandages, antiseptics etc) so you
could do it yourself. Simply going to your local Wallyworld or
other sporting goods store can land you a good soft-sided fishing
tackle box that you can fill as needed. Ive made two of these kits
for my own family and it was CONSIDERABLY less than $200+. Using
the ready made kits as a base, you can build a very usable kit.
Also these ready made kits do not include any medications (tylenol,
anti-diareahal, sinus medication etc).
By building your own kit:
1) you familiarize yourself with where the items are kept in the kit.
2) you leave out any unnecessary items and or add ones not included.
that pertain to your particular needs (eg snake bite kit).
3) you can add your own necessary medications (eg. prescriptions).
4) you can CREATE a larger kit or two smaller kits for less money
than you can by buying one.
5) for those with families with children, its a handy bag to run out
to take care of emergencies in the back yard with supplies the kids
are used to seeing (eg the winnie the pooh bandages). Plus, Mom or
Dad patching them up is less stressful and faster than a response
Remember, medications, ointments, and some other items require
rotation based on expiration dates. While these dates should be
observed, it is noted that most items will still work after said
date, but not necessarily at their full potency. By keeping a
record of the contents of your kit, as well as the exipry date, you
can keep your kit rotated as you would your food and water supply.
When compiling my own kits I used a very valuable web site that was
written by a doctor. I do not remember if I got the link from one
of the survivalist groups or if it was found via Usenet. In any
event here is the link:http://www.avweb.com/news/aeromed/181890-1.html
As has been said NUMEROUS times in these groups, depend on YOURSELF
not others. By building your own kits you ensure its usefulness,
the quality, and the durability. Good luck in building your own
first aid kits, and I pray none of you ever need to use them.
*2 thermometers (plain regular, not the fancy electronic ones)
*1 blood pressure kit, just plain no fancy, with regular-large cuff
and an additional large-extra large cuff.
*2 boxes bandaids, different sizes.
*2 boxes of absorbant pads (for wounds)
*4 elastic bandages for sprains, you CAN cut each in half or even
fourths to use for splints or to hold bandages, self adhering.
*Several rolls of medical adhesive tape
*two bottles alcohol
*one bottle of hydrogen pyroxide which likely isn't really useful
*sunscreen, preferable oil-free
*about 10-15 chapsticks
*Several of those one-use cold packs
2 small bottles of Visine or generic
* 1 bottle liquid children's benadryl, (liquid is faster acting)
*1 bottle of a different antihistamine, some people are allergic to
benadryl, I like C-Maleate preparations
*Aspirin and tylenol and Advil and Aleve
*Alka-selzter cold medicine and alka-seltzer regular, they are really
*Some 'dixie-like' cups and 2-3, 6 oz or 8 oz (I forget which)bottles
of water for all the medicines
*Small bag of hard or semi-soft candies (for low blood sugar)
*Several hair combs (for glass or debris in hair)
*Nail scissors and file and clippers.
* a package of pony-tail holders (for keeping hair out of patient and
attendants faces or keeping hair away from injuries and
medicines/bandages)and a few hair clips
*Medical gloves. these can go bad fast in a med kit for some reason.
*small trash bags (a few of the plastic grocery bags work too).
*several markers to mark your opened bottles, or bandages.
*several bicycle reflectors (to be replaced with something beter someday)
*two space warming foil thingies (for shock and hypothermia)
*Paper pad and pens for jotting down contact info, vital signs, what
the patient TOOK (not what 'you GAVE')
*popsicle sticks--for finger/toe splint
*bandage scissors which for me never work really well.
*Pack of sewing Needles these last two, for removing splinters I can
never get tweezers to work.
*large knife for cutting through denim or leather. Be aware of laws
regarding blade sizes blah blah
*Women's Tampax. and sanitary pads --work for heavy bleeding wounds too.
*Small flashlight and exra batteries (watch your dates)
*small am-fm radio
*penlight for pupil reactions, mine break all the time or the
batteries die because they 'come on' by themselves in the med kit.
*small box of zip-type sandwhich bags ( meds 'for the road' or to hold
teeth or small body parts ugh--you just never know)
What I need to add someday:
Glucose monitoring kit
*paper bags to throw up in (for patient AND good samaritan hah)
*castille soap--supposed to be good for getting pepper spray off skin
*Those luminous triangle folding thingies in case someone is hurt at
night. Put them on the med kit itself too. They make stickers that
work real well and don't take up much space.
*bee sting kit (these last two usually need docters prescription)
*heart-resetting kit, can't remember the name of it--ach
*splints--haven't even seen any to buy anywhere
*shavegrass horsetail..natural antibiotic that has never failed me
*anti-diarheal preparation, I keep forgetting this
*two small FSR-type walkie-talkies in case you have to leave the
injured to get help, you can stay in touch for a while. These can
'turn themselves on' and the batteries die too.
I would like to add, that I recommend against 'giving out' any kinds
of meds such as the aspirin, benadryl etc. For legal reasons, set the
bottles down and have the person do it themselves. You can probably
help them open things. Be aware that a really good med kit will
'empty' itself over time even if never used for emergencies so you do
have to check it and restock it. Aspirin is my first med of choice as
it's an anti-inflammatory, but bleeding wounds will bleed more
(sometimes a lot more)and brusies will get darker. For sprains or bone
breaks, tylenol type might be better at first, best to check I forget
its been so long. All your bottles and preparations should have
expiration dates (and check them and cycle/replace them) or date them
with a marker and throw out after a year.
I'm sure there's more, that's all I can think of right now. I don't
think a med kit like this CAN be bought, you have to make it. And
don't forget to maintain it.