How to Create a First Aid Kit

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When making a first aid kit for the home or inside a car, be sure to include gauze pads, Band-Aids, dull-pointed scissors and hot or cold packs. Create a basic kits for minor emergencies with helpful information from a public safety chief in this free video on first aid.

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Hi, my name is Chip and I'm a paramedic instructor from the state of North Carolina. Today we're going to talk about how to create a basic first-aid kit for your home or your car. There's several options out there. Some you can just purchase already put together in boxes. Many vehicle nowadays come with there own kit. It's almost in a hip pack located in the trunk. There's some pros and cons about buying the pre-made kits. Everything is in these boxes and they look very similar except for color. Also you might end up paying a little bit more. But they have your bandages and things like that. They also have a pair of scissors, hopefully some kind of a dull point so you don't end up hurting someone by mistake. Some type of a CPR mask, which there's many versions out there that you can put in a pocket book, you can put on your key chain; again, many varieties out there, whatever is going to suit your needs as far as size goes. It's very very inexpensive, less than ten dollars. Some other things that you can get at any kind of Wal-mart, Kmart, Target any other kind of pharmacy type store such as that, is any kind of a gauze pad, buy a box, just a few dollars. You can have several of those in there. Have a couple of different sizes if you can. Band-aids, again just a couple of different sizes, preferably some that can hold up to water and sweat, and they won't come off when you start to sweat. Something that maybe you use to wrap your gauze pads in place once you apply them for cuts and such as that. The cheapest way to do it and most efficient is take some kind of zip lock type bag and you can just put all of your bandaging supplies in there together. It's not fancy, it's not expensive you can put it in your glove box if you wish. Also some type of glove, again you can buy these at any type pharmacy or those other three stores that I mentioned. Keep several pair in a zip lock bag as well so that you can make sure that you're not getting germs on the patient's cut and also so that you're not getting someone else's blood or body fluids on you. Some other things you could have depending on where you live and what you might be doing is a hot pack or a cold pack. These are both chemically activated. You squeeze them, it activates the chemicals together, makes it hot and makes it cold. These are very basic supplies for any first-aid kit. Thank you and have a good day.

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