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 have expired.
Other supplies may be included in a first aid kit. This depends on the area in which you plan to spend time.
American Academy of Family Physicians website. What do I need in my first aid kit? familydoctor.org/what-do-i-need-in-my-first-aid-kit/. Updated June 7, 2017. Accessed February 24, 2023.
American College of Emergency Physicians website. First aid kit. www.emergencyphysicians.org/article/health--safety-tips/first-aid-kit. Accessed February 24, 2023.
Auerbach PS. First-aid kits. In: Auerbach PS, ed. Medicine for the Outdoors: The Essential Guide to First-Aid and Medical Emergencies. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2016:415-420.BACK TO TOP
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