First aid kit essentials

Richard Pass, RN Registered Nurse, shares advice for parents the essential materials that all families should have in their first aid kit
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First aid kit essentials

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First aid kits are essential for all families. We need to have first aid materials available and ready to go. The kits that I make myself and make available to the public include items such as bandage scissors, splinter forceps, chemical or instant ice packs, disinfectants for wounds, anti itching medicines, other kinds of disinfectants for the skin, certainly lots of gauze, both clean and sterile gauze, gloves – in case you’re dealing with blood that you don’t know about, a small bulb aspirator to remove material from the mouth and/or nose in emergency circumstances; certainly some orthopedic supplies such as an ice bandage, a triangular bandage for forming a sling and possibly even a small lightweight splint to be able to secure a fractured arm or, in a case of small child, a fractured leg. There are many other items that could go in these, including medications of various types. Certainly, if someone has a history of allergic reactions, then the use of adrenaline in the form of what we call an EpiPen would also be kept in that first aid kit. So these are just the highlights of what items should be on there. At my website, savealittlelife.com, you can check our first aid kits and see exactly what’s in those and go from there.

Richard Pass, RN Registered Nurse, shares advice for parents the essential materials that all families should have in their first aid kit

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Richard Pass, RN

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Richard Pass, RN, BS, was born in Los Angeles. He studied nursing in Portland, Oregon and has since practiced nursing for 35 years, including ICU, Emergency, and Cardiology nursing. Richard started his CPR & Family Safety educational company, Save a Little Life, Inc., in 1999. With Save a Little Life, Inc., Richard presents house calls and classes all over the Los Angeles area. He teaches medical-surgical nursing at California State University, and is married with two grown children and one grandchild.

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