Everyone, sometime in their life, will encounter an emergency situation necessitating first aid. Many of these injuries and sudden illnesses require supplies found in a good first-aid kit. Such kits should be located in homes, automobiles, offices and any other place people frequent. Pre-made kits are generally less versatile than one compiled by those anticipating using it.
First-aid supplies can be packed into a container such as a fishing tackle box or a plastic refrigerator box. The case or container should be durable in temperature extremes, water- and dust-tight, and sized to contain the desired supplies.Suggested contents:
Adhesive strip bandages, assorted sizes
Adhesive tape, 1- and 2-inch rolls
Alcohol, rubbing (70 percent)
Antibiotic skin ointment (mycin family or triple antibiotic)
Chemical ice pack
Chemical hot pack
Decongestant tablets and spray
Disposable gloves, latex or vinyl
Elastic bandages, 2-, 3-, and 4-inch widths
Face mask with one-way valve
National Safety Council's First Aid Guide:
Flashlight (small) and extra batteries
Gauze pads, 2x2 and 4x4 inches
Hydrocortisone cream (.5 percent)
Ice bag (plastic)
Measuring cup and spoons
Oil of cloves
Over-the-counter pain medication (aspirin and acetaminophen)
Paper and pencil
Paper drinking cups
Roller, self-adhering gauze, 3- and 4-inch widths
Safety pins, various sizes
Spenco (Sam Splint)
Syrup of ipecac
Thermometer - 1 oral, 1 rectal
Triangular bandages, 3 or 4
- CALL THE UTAH SAFETY COUNCIL at 533-5851 or 1-800-933-5943 if interested in taking a first-aid course. If you have an interest in becoming a first-aid training agency, contact either the Utah Safety Council or the National Safety Council in Chicago by calling 1-800-621-7619, ext. 7206.
For youth groups participating in summer camps and other activities, your group can qualify as a training agency and can use the state-of-the-art National Safety Council first-aid training program to prepare leaders and/or youths.
- Alton Thygerson is a professor of health sciences at Brigham Young University.