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First Aid Tips

Bleeding

• Apply pressure with a towel or gauze until the injured area stops bleeding.

• Minor cuts and scrapes should be treated Hydrogen Peroxide. Flush wound thoroughly to remove any debris.

• Sealing the wound band aid and antibiotic ointment can reduce the chance of infection.

Burns

• Minor burns can be treated with cool running water or a cold compress.

• Seek a medical professional if blistering occurs.

• Antiseptic spray can provide relief of sunburn or minor burns temporarily.

Sprains

• Apply a cold compress or ice immediately to help swelling off and on.

• Talk to a medical professional as soon as possible to prevent further damage.

• Elevate arms or legs to help swelling.

Bites and Stings

• Ice or cold compress should be applied immediately.

• Remove any stinger if at all possible.

• Antihistamine cream should be applied to the site.

• Benadryl should be administered to bite location.

• Elevate the location of the bite or sting.

• Seek a medical professional for treatment for any sideeffects such as shortness of breath or swelling.

Poison Plants and Rashes

• Wash contact area immediately, (take care to use gloves if at all possible, if not wash hands as soon as possible.)

• Antihistamine cream or hydrocortisone should be placed on the contact area.

• Take Benadryl by mouth to help reduce itching.

• If the site continues to decline in condition, seek a medical professional.

Vomiting

• Sips of ginger ale, crushed ice, and tea can be helpful every 510 min.

• Emetrol can ease nausea, follow instructions on the bottle.

• Add small amounts of food as conditions improve.

Examples:

·        Crackers

·        Toast

·        Fruit

·        Rice

·        Clear Soups

• Incrementally add more complex foods, avoiding fatty foods.

• If vomit persists or it is accompanied by a fever, seek a medical professional.

Diarrhea

• An over the counter antidiuretic will help most of the time. Ask a pharmacist for advice.

• Consume only liquid until the condition improves.

• Drink liquids often, dehydration can become an issue.

• Work up to bland foods and avoid fried, fat, or vegetables until the condition is better.

• Restore original diet.

• If condition persists, consult a medical professional.

Colds and Sore Throat

• Drink increased amounts of fluid.

• Over the counter cold medicine is sometimes a very effective treatment. Consult a pharmacist to find one that fits your symptoms well.

• Use throat lozenges if needed following the directions on the label.

• Hot tea or other such liquids can provide temporary relief.

• If fever or other symptoms persist or occur, consult a medical professional.


First Aid Kit

You should keep one in your car and a kit in your home.

  • Antiseptic
  • Scissors
  • Gauze pads
  • Adhesive tape
  • Ace bandage
  • Non latex gloves
  • Band-aids
  • Tweezers
  • Sting and bite ointment
  • Instant cold pack

Other items to keep on hand


  • Acetaminophen
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Antibiotic Ointment
  • Antiseptic Ointment
  • Antihistamine Tablets
  • Antihistamine Cream
  • Hydrocortisone Cream
  • Ibuprofen
  • Aspirin
  • Decongestant
  • Oral Medicine Syringe
  • Cough Suppressant
  • Bandage of assorted sizes
  • Gauze Pads
  • Adhesive Tapes
  • Sharp Scissors with protective tips
  • Benadryl
  • Throat Lozenges
  • Cotton Balls
  • Bandage Closures
  • Safety Pins
  • Tweezers
  • Bandaids
  • Elastic Bandages
  • Cold Packs
  • Calamine Lotion
  • Hot Packs
  • Thermometer