Emergency Medicine Book


First Aid Kit

Aka: First Aid Kit, Emergency Kit
  1. Preparations: Protective equipment
    1. Mouth to mouth Resuscitation mask (e.g. Microshield)
    2. Non-sterile examination gloves
    3. Eye shield or glasses
  2. Preparations: Wounds
    1. Individual antiseptic towelettes
    2. Bacitracin
    3. Elastic bandages in assorted sizes (band-aids)
    4. Non-adherent bandage (e.g. Telfa)
    5. Gauze (4x4)
    6. Elastic bandage (ACE Wrap)
    7. Roller gauze (e.g. Kerlix or Kling)
    8. Adhesive tape
    9. SAM Splints
    10. Blister kits (second skin or mole skin)
    11. Israeli Bandages (elastic wrap with impregnated coagulant) or similar
    12. CAT-Tourniquet
  3. Preparations: Medications
    1. Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
    2. Ibuprofen (Motrin)
    3. Hydrocortisone 1%
    4. Clotrimazole 1%
    5. Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
    6. Epinephrine self injectable pen (epi-pen or Anakit)
    7. Glucose tablets
    8. Ondansetron (Zofran)
    9. Consider antibiotics for extended trips (Doxycycline, Cephalexin, Azithromycin)
  4. Preparations: Tools
    1. Bandage scissors
    2. Trauma Shears (e.g. Foldable Leatherman "Raptor")
    3. Forceps (tweezers or Pick-ups)
    4. Gallon zip lock bags
    5. Safety pins
    6. Scalpel
  5. Preparations: Trauma Items (Consider carrying in car)
    1. Nasal Airways or trumpets (adult and pediatric)
    2. Cervical Collar (or Towel roll with tape)
  6. References
    1. Jacobson (1998) Emerg Med, p. 115-34 [PubMed]
    2. Weiss (1992) Wilderness and Travel Medicine, p. 90-105
    3. Forgey (1994) Wilderness Medicine, p. 201-15

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