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blossom's Suggestions for a First Aid Kit

by blossom

Go through to a local medical supply store...there are many things that can be purchased by anyone there without a perscription that are useful in one way or another...I'm going to take this time to describe my first aid kit which resides in a fishing tackle box (one of the ones with a see-through upper lid and then another lid to a larger compartment with a lift-out tray)...these things are handy when you're playing and contain a surprising number of toys...how many can you find?

First layer (eg transparent lid...easiest to access):

    bandaids...plain, cloth, fingertip, knuckle, in
    various
    sizes
    butterfly bandages (holds together a straight cut)
    ammonia inhalant (in case someone faints)
    themometer & covers
    kling gauze
    2x2, 3x3 gauze pads...some non-stick
    emergency scissors & small scissors for cutting pads
    & tape
    hemostats
    twizers
    pen light w/locking on/off so you can hold it in
    your mouth
    eye pad & tape
    forehead themometer
    pen (writing)
    tongue depressors
    long cotton tipped applicators
    small sewing kit
    gloves
    2" offset compress bandage
    lanolin tube
    triple antibiotic tube
    zinc oxide tube
    assorted types of tape (except my favorite :-( which
    I'm
    missing)
    alcohol swabs
    microbicidal swabs
    antiseptic wipes
    premoistened towelettes
    glucose tablets (have a diabetic friend)

Inside the lift-up tray:

    tylanol
    ibuprofen
    decongestant
    tiger balm (topical pain relief w/camphor etc)
    hydrocortisone
    water purification tabs (don't ask me, I don't know
    either)
    salt tablets (Kent's on lithium)
    afrin (spray decongestant)
    anti-nausea liquid
    pepto-bismol caplets (stomach upset)
    naproxen
    immodium (anti-diarrheal)
    matches
    interdental cleaners
    condoms
    clear nail polish
    sore throat lozenges
    waterless antibaterial hand cleaner
    peppermint oil
    children's tylanol & motrin
    stick of cocoa butter
    ipecac syrup
    eye wash
    Merthiolate (topical antiseptic tincture)
    Benedryl itch relief spray
    royal jelly lip balm (used for slight burns)
    lip balm
    tea tree oil
    sleep tabs (same ingrediant as a popular
    antihistimine)
    goldenseal powder
    antiseptic anesthetic pump spray
    contact lens remover & case
    hand lotion

Large compartment:

    elastic bandages in 3", 4" & 6" widths
    another waterless hand cleaner
    arm sling
    muslin bandage
    safety glasses
    tube-bandage
    5x9 & 8x10 absorbant pads
    3 cold packs
    heat pack (need more of these!)
    stethescope
    K-Y jelly
    finger splint
    wire insta-splint 4" wide
    3" tape
    tourniquet (velcros!)
    cpr pocket mask
    2 patrolatum dressings
    4x4 cover sponges (need some more...only have two)
    very, very big sterile dressing
    11-3/4" dressing
    collapsible cup
    off skintastic bug repellant spray
    surgical scrub brush
    tampons
    eye dressing
    small notebook
    medicated plaster (gets hot)
    finger splint material
    calamine lotion
    universal splint

Obviously I'm missing stuff...like burn cream, my favorite tape (it's called something like duropore...I know it when I see it!), cough syrup for kids as well as some type of decongestant for them, potassium, L-lysine & my lip balm with allicin in it for incipiant cold sores, cotton balls....<grin> going to a medical supply store is like a candy store for me!

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