Critical Care

Wound Care Products to Have on Hand

There are many wound care products that you should have on hand for those emergencies that happen around the home, at the office, in the car, or while you are boating. These are all places that should have a first aid kit ready to access at a moment’s notice. The following wound care products should be in all of these supply kits.

You should always have a good supply of 2 x 2 gauze pads, 4 x 4 gauze pads, tape to adhere bandages, band aids, antibiotic cream, aloe Vera gel for burns, creams containing Lidocaine, butterfly bandages, plastic gloves, a solar blanket, a cool gel pack, and Tylenol and ibuprofen. It is also a good idea to have regular baby aspirin on hand, peroxide, alcohol, witch hazel, scissors, and tweezers.

You can buy first aid kits that come pre-assembled with wound care products, or you can make your own first aid kit according to the most frequently seen injury types at your work place or home. If you decide to make your own kit does not forget to pack a small amount of things for the injuries you rarely see. You want to be well prepared in the event of a real emergency.

An ace bandage wrap for sprains and strains is handy, especially in the work place, and having some dental adhesive like people use on their dentures will allow you to secure a loose cap back on a tooth until the person can get to the dentist. Cotton balls and cotton swabs are also very handy to have close by for the purpose of cleaning wounds and applying ointments and creams.

Aspirin is something that most people do not take. Buffered aspirin will help with pain and will not cause the stomach distress that un-buffered aspirin can cause. You want to have some regular aspirin on hand in case you think someone is having a heart attack. The aspirin will help to thin the blood of the person and can sometimes prevent them from dying of a heart attack before they can be gotten to a doctor.

Remember to have pain relievers that are age appropriate to the people you treat the most often. If you rarely have children around then make certain the pain relievers and antihistamines that you keep in your first aid kit can be given to children. If you rarely see a child then you will want to make certain that you have adult appropriate medications.

Antacids are also something that you can keep in a first aid kit. Heartburn and indigestion can be very troublesome and keeping a treatment for these ailments can keep someone from unnecessary pain. You can also keep antihistamines on hand to treat people when they are having a severe allergic reaction to bug bites or a severe allergy attack.

Keep the number to poison control handy is case someone ingests a toxic substance. You also want to have all emergency information that you can have about the possible victim.

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