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February 24, 2016 21 Comments

The most important thing you can do after you buy a First Aid Kit is to categorize your First Aid Supplies. This will help you to ensure you're including the right supplies in your Kit to handle any First Aid emergency with ease.

Let's take a look at the 9 categories the Experts at MyMedic have created to help you if you've not already created a system of your own:

hemorrhage - medical supplies - first aid supplies

airway - medical supplies - first aid supplies

burn - medical supplies - first aid supplies

sprain - fracture - medical supplies - first aid supplies

hydration - medical supplies - first aid supplies

topical - medical supplies - first aid supplies

medication - medical supplies - first aid supplies

adventure - survival - medical supplies - first aid supplies

specialty - medical supplies - first aid supplies

 

Now, let's take a look at one must-have item for your First Aid Kit from each one of these categories:

hemorrhage - medical supplies - first aid supplies

Tourniquets... You can bleed out and die in under 3-minutes and for that reason we love the RATS Tourniquet because of how fast and easy it is to use but as long as you are comfortable using what you have then that's what matters. Use what you know.

rats tourniquet

airway - medical supplies - first aid supplies

Nasopharyngeal Airways (NPA) are one of the easiest items to learn how to use but easily one of the least understood. If someone loses consciousness their tongue can obstruct their airway and prevent breathing, resulting in death. An NPA will keep the airway open and allow the person to breathe. Lube it up, slide it down, save a life! 

We also love love love decompression needles!!! these are definitely for the trained medic though.

decompression needle - ars

burn - medical supplies - first aid supplies

Not only does BurnJel this relieve the pain of a minor burn but it also protects against infection. Easy to apply, lightweight, and compact are a few things that make it hard not to include this in every First Aid Kit.

burn jel - water jel - burnjel - waterjel

sprain - fracture - medical supplies - first aid supplies

SensiWrap easily helps control joint movement and can be used in a pinch to hold a splint in place. Excellent product.

sensi wrap - my medic

hydration - medical supplies - first aid supplies

One category we don't think of very often as First Aid is Hydration. Most hydration products are preventative but in some cases they can be used when needed; an IV is a great example. One preventative Hydration product we love is Oral I.V., not to be confused with an actual IV. Oral IV helps support the hydration process and is best used prior to any physical activity. However, there is no substitute for water and as far as we can tell there never will be.

oral iv - oral i.v.

medication - medical supplies - first aid supplies

Ibuprofen is a must! It has an amazingly long shelf life and is perfect for managing pain.

ibuprofen - motrin - advil

topical - medical supplies - first aid supplies

Vaseline is a classic and has been around forever it seems like, over 150 years in fact. The uses are endless: lip guard, lube, cover burns and cuts, prevents infection, moisturize nostrils, prevent chafing, etc. 

vaseline - mymedic - my medic

adventure - survival - medical supplies - first aid supplies

Paracord! is there any question of our 'must have' in this category? If you guessed paracord you're right! We've written about this before, the uses are practically endless.

paracord - first aid

specialty - medical supplies - first aid supplies

EMT Shears are great for cutting through anything, especially clothing. We've even used them to cut through a penny!

emt shears - edc gear - my medic

We hope this has helped you. Now go out there and help someone!

Keep the conversation going and tell us what you think is a MUST HAVE in each category in the comments section.


21 Responses

Gio
Gio

February 29, 2016

Compression bandage, it can be used for any type of bleeding.

Nicki
Nicki

February 29, 2016

Gloves are a must in our first aid kits. And hand warmers, we live in Alaska and hand warmers come in handy in winter emergencies!

Kurtis
Kurtis

February 28, 2016

Quick clot, to stop the bleeding, EMT sheers, pocket mask,space blanket And absorbant chest pad or trauma pads.

Paul
Paul

February 28, 2016

I think one of the most important things to have is antibiotic/antiseptic. Many times we can improvise many of the items in our kit, but modern medicine has given us these items and they can save lives!

Brandon
Brandon

February 28, 2016

Items for protection against disease transmission… such as sterile Nitrile gloves, alcohol/peroxide or iodine for hand wash & topical wound cleaning, and a CPR face shield… are ALL so essential in my opinion!!

Eric
Eric

February 27, 2016

My personal favorite is the triangular bandage. Can be used for splinting, a bandage over a dressing, a tourniquet, as a tie to make a stretcher if needed, insulation to keep cold packs directly off skin, a wet compress, much more!!

Misti Houk
Misti Houk

February 27, 2016

Manual Blood pressure cuff, not only can you get a read on shock, or other problems, but it can be a tourniquet. Hot water bottle for aches and pains amoung other uses like an enema for severe constipation, epsom salt for sprains, strains, and bruising, as well as a great laxative. I love things that are dual purpose.

Daisy
Daisy

February 27, 2016

This probably isn’t regarded as a medical tool or item, but I would have to say duct tape. Duct tape is versatile. You can use it to help create a stint/ sling or to pull together an open wound.

J Mack
J Mack

February 27, 2016

Some items I use on every call: BP cuff, stethoscope, pulse oximeter. A few must haves: permanent marker, shears, OPA, NPA, quick clotting agent, pressure bandage, 4×4s, roller gauze, thermometer, splinting materials, pen light, aspirin, Vaseline gauze, sterile water. IMHO.

Bob Stead
Bob Stead

February 26, 2016

Betaine and alcohol swabs and a small bottle of hydrogen peroxide and cayenne pepper.

Brian
Brian

February 26, 2016

Benadryl for wasp nest accidents and bee sting reactions. Aspirin for heart attacks.

Jeffrey
Jeffrey

February 26, 2016

1. Hemostats & Celox
2. Same answer NPA
3. Buffered wash & Burn bandages
4. SAM Splint & Wraps
5. IV pack and IV bag in backpack or separate pouch.
6. Ibuprofen & 81mg Aspirin in the event of heart attack.
7. Vaseline, Neosporin, Triple Antibiotic if available.
8. Paracord, Zip Ties, high intensity glow sticks for dark locations.
9. Shears, mylar blanket, Stethoscope, sphig’ (Pressure cuff)

Angela
Angela

February 26, 2016

I also carry a suture kit, staple gun and a blood clotting powder. My kit though is designed for both humans and animals in thought.

Paul Kuhlman
Paul Kuhlman

February 24, 2016

TRAINING!
Even the best equipment won’t work unless you know how/when/where to use it!

John Zimmerman
John Zimmerman

February 24, 2016

As a former Paramedic & Army Combat Medic, I used to put a 1″ × 6″ piece of nylon tape on my right thigh to take notes of age, approx ht/wt (for drug calculations), blood pressure, pulse ox, times I started IVs, intubated, defibrilation levels, CPR started, medications given, etc. it came in handy when I got to the ER & gave my report to the MD. It also helped w/ my report writing later.

John Zimmerman
John Zimmerman

February 24, 2016

A portable, battery operated otoscope (the device MDs use to look in your ears). Not only is it good for checking ears & throats for infection, but also for checking in nostrils for lodged items kids put in them. It can also be used as an extra light source for treating in the dark or confined spaces.

John Zimmerman
John Zimmerman

February 24, 2016

Stethoscope. Not onky can you listen for lung sounds to determine if there is positive air exchange (normal breathing, NPA or intubation tube place) or fluid retention (ie: pneumonia, congestive heart failure, etc), it can be used to hear a baby’s heartbeat while still in the womb.

Chris
Chris

February 24, 2016

A bite and sting kit

Chris
Chris

February 24, 2016

Solar blanket for protection from shock

Joe
Joe

February 24, 2016

Going by the ABC’s, i have to say a Pocket CPR Mask, they can be used with a nasal airway and an ambu bag after ems arrives. They allow you to safely provide breathing to an unconscious person who may throw up and keeps you safe from it.
Joe
Joe

February 24, 2016

Going by the ABC’s, i have to say a Pocket CPR Mask, they can be used with a nasal airway and an ambu bag after ems arrives. They allow you to safely provide breathing to an unconscious person who may throw up and keeps you safe from it.

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