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Updated First Aid Kit List
« on: January 17, 2011, 11:25:43 AM »
After watching some of the Patriot Nurse You Tube Videos, I decided to add to my first aid list many of her drug/OTC suggestions.  While we rarely use the pharmaceuticals at our house (herbs work just as well or better in most cases), I think it is important for each of us to stock what you are comfortable and familiar with using.  And in a first aid situation you are more likely to grab what is familiar rather than try something new.  I'd encourage everyone to get familiar with the herbs - cause they really do work, but also have on hand your old stand by.

First Aid Kit List
A list to get you started
 
It is important that each of us has access to a good first aid kit and that you know how to use it. Assemble your kit now, before you need it.  Get a box or plastic tote and begin throwing things in.  You will be surprised how much you can find around the house before you need to make a run to the drug store. Tailor the contents to fit your family’s particular needs and lifestyle. Assemble them in a backpack or tool chest. Any bottle or container that is not labeled should be discarded.  “If in doubt, throw it out.” Check your kit periodically to update and restock.  Start using it now for any of your health needs.
 
Tools
1. Tweezers and splinter removers– for removal of splinters or debris from skin or tissues.
2. Scissors – to cut bandages, cloth, etc.
3. Thermometer – for taking temperatures.
4. Tongue Depressors – for finger splints and for sad or depressed tongues.
5. Snake Bite Kit – in addition to snake bites, use for spider or insect bites.  A portable suction extractor devise is good to have on hand.
6. Cotton Applicator (Q-tips) – to apply herbs in small areas or to scrub and clean tissue.
7. Cotton balls
8. Instant Ice Pack – for sprains, strains, contusions when a freezer and ice is not available.  The “I” in R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate)
9. Chemical hot packs
10. Epi-Pen – epinephrine injection, if there is a history of severe allergic reactions.
11. Otoscope – this tool can be purchased inexpensively to view the ear canal.
12. Stethoscope & Blood Pressure Cuff – to monitor blood pressure and to listen to the heart/lungs.
13. Nail Clippers – specialized tool for nails (ingrown toenails)
14. Bulb Syringe – to forcefully rinse wounds, for small enemas, to extract mucus. Sterilize after every use.
15. Hot Water Bottle/Enema/Douche.
16. Dental Emergency Kit (includes mirror, probe – to view and examine mouth and teeth.)
17. Paper & pencil
18. Needles and thread
19. Burn Gel
20. Safety pins
21. Paper drinking cups
22. Dust masks/mirco filter masks (95N) – also to be used for protection from H1N1 or other viruses.
23. Knee Brace
24. Wrist Brace
25. Ankle Brace
26. Cool-Down Bandana – absorbs water and used to wrap around head or neck to cool fever
27. Surgical tool kit
28. String
29. Eye cup (to rinse eye)
 
 


 
Bandages
1. 16-36 each Band-Aids – 1/2” x 3”, 3/4” x 4”, knuckles
2. Ace Bandages - 2”, 3” and 6”
3. Flannel – 11” x 14” – an old nightgown or shirt
4. Gauze – many sizes of both pads and rolls
5. Waterproof tape and Hypoallergenic tape
6. Vinyl examination gloves – one box to 1,000 gloves – multiple sizes if necessary for your family.
7. Feminine Napkins – Maxi-pads– for gun shot wounds & severe bleeding (not just female issues)
8. Moleskin AND Molefoam– for blisters or to protect skin from wear.
9. SAM Splint or some other splinting material– use for arms, legs, ankle or neck immobilization.
10. Aluminum finger splints
11. Butterfly bandages, Steri-Strips and Super Glue for wound closure.
12. Triangular bandages to make a sling or wrap.
13. Bandaging strips – cut or tear an old clean sheet into 4” strips that can be used for gauze, to wrap or bind injuries.
14. Non-adhering dressings [Telfa]
15.  Duct tape – great to remove warts – better than OTC treatments
16. Stick-It – (helps bandages to adhere to the skin)
17. Adhesive remover (like Goof-off)
 
 Miscellaneous
1. Sea Salt – for mineral replacement in dehydration (Celtic Sea Salt, Redmond Real Salt)
2. Epsom Salt or Dead Sea Salt  – used to draw out toxins and radiation.          Used 1 –2 cups per bath.
3. Soap – liquid anti-bacterial or castile soap – to clean wounds and skin. I like Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soaps.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar – for arthritis (internally) and to wash the skin.
5. Baking Soda – used to neutralize acids burns, for re-hydration, and insect bites.
6. Hard Candy or Taffy to bring blood sugar up.  Its got to have real sugar in it.  No diabetic sugar-free candy.
7. Miso Soup – used nutritionally to ward off the effects of radiation.  Made into a soup/broth.
8. Rubbing Alcohol or alcohol preps – used to clean around wounds.
9. Potassium Iodide or Potassium Iodate – for thyroid protection against radiation – use as directed for dosage amounts.
 
 
For those of us who have discovered the effectiveness and safety of Natural Healthcare and Herbal Products, as follows are what we use which can be purchased from Western Botanicals.  It is important to stock in your first aid kit items that you are familiar using.  We encourage you to become accustom to the wonderful benefits of herbal medicine so that health concerns may be treated effectively early rather than becoming true emergencies.
 
 Herbal Formulas to consider
1. Immune Boost – used for infectious illness, feverish illness or a general immune system boost.
2. Colon Cleanse – an excellent herbal laxative that assists with elimination while building tone and strengthening the colon.
3. Colon Detox – used to deeply cleanse the colon, for diarrhea, used as a drawing poultice, for stings and bites.  Use internally for food poisoning.
4. Digestion Aid Formula – for indigestion, upset stomach or gastritis.
5. CTR Ointment (Complete Tissue Repair Ointment) – use to speed the healing of cuts, wounds, abrasions, bruises.  Any type of wound healing.
6. Lungs Plus formula – for asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis, any respiratory problem.
7. Deep Heat oil or ointment – for sprains, strains and muscular pain.  Also relieves earache (only use if eardrum is NOT ruptured).
8. CTR Syrup – used internally to speed the healing of any injury where tissue has been disrupted or damaged.
9. Earth Nutrition and/or Bountiful Blend – for concentrated whole food nutrition.  Improves health, energy and vitality.  Use daily to avoid illness while improving health.
10. Kidney-Bladder Formula – for urinary tract infection, incontinence, general edema (swelling) or kidney and bladder concerns.
11. Liver-Gallbladder Formula – for any liver condition (infectious or toxic), for digestive complaints.
12. Nerve Calm Formula – for nervous tension, irritation, insomnia or panic attacks.
13. Herbal Anti-Septic Formula – to cleanse and disinfect wounds.
14. Herbal Tooth Powder – for any teeth or gum infection or weakness.  Tightens loose teeth.
15. Herbal Ear Drops – used for earaches inside the ears as well massaged down the neck to milk congestion from the lymphatics.  Used also for external glandular swelling or cysts.
16. Herbal Mouthwash – for gingivitis, pyorrhea, and mouth sores.
17. Female Balance Formula – for any hormonally related female condition.
18. Anti-Plague Syrup – for any infectious condition that can result in death (the plague).  Use to boost and stimulate the immune system.
19. Herbal Snuff – for sinus congestion
20. Herbal Eyewash – cleans and disinfects (use a few drops in eyecup of pure water)
 
Single Herbs to consider
1. Cayenne tincture – used to stop bleeding, for shock and to increase circulation
2. Cayenne powder – for bleeding, shock and circulation
3. Milk Thistle powder – for liver protection against poisoning (Tylenol, mushrooms, etc.)
4. Lobelia tincture – relaxant, anti-spasmodic, for asthma (bronchial dilator), an emetic.
5. Peppermint essential oil – for digestion, opens the lungs and sinuses.
6. Tea Tree essential oil – topical anti-fungal, anti-bacterial
7. Oregano infused oil – sublingually used for anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, immune builder.
8. Clove essential oil – topical pain reliever for teeth or mouth sores.
9. Lavender essential oil – topical anti-bacterial, for insect bites.
10. Garlic infused oil – for ear infections, topical anti-bacterial, anti-fungal.
11. Slippery Elm bark powder – soothes digestive upsets, for colitis and irritable bowel.
12. Castor oil – used topically as a fomentation to relieve and reduce pain, inflammation, growths and swellings.
13. Shepherd’s Purse tincture – stops excessive bleeding, especially menstrual or related to childbirth.
14. Crystalized Ginger or Ginger capsules – used for motion sickness, dizziness, nausea, indigestion or taken for cold hands and feet.
15. Yarrow tincture – for fevers
16. Plantain tincture – for bites, stings, or skin irritations
17. Mullein tincture – calms and soothes digestion
18. Fennel tincture – for gas or bloating.
 
Non-Herbal Supplements to consider
1. Calcium
2. Magnesium – for electrolyte imbalances
3. Omega 3 oil
4. Vitamin C
5. Vitamin D3
6. Melatonin – for sleep
7. Air Borne – for immune system boost
 
OTC (Over-the-Counter) from the Drug Store to consider for those not yet secure with herbal medicine.  In an emergency, you need to have what you are accustomed to using.
1. Triple Antibiotic ointment
2. Anti-fungal cream
3. Nystatin
4. Butt Paste – this stuff is great and not just for Butts – highest amount of zinc oxide
5. Lotion and sunscreen– for dry skin, sun protection (don’t forget your hat)
6. Petroleum jelly – to help seal exit wounds
7. Insect repellant – to ward of disease carrying mosquitos
8. Baby powder or corn starch (avoid talc as it can cause other problems)
9. Gold Bond Foot Powder
10. Dermoplast
11. Aloe Gel
12. Pregnancy tests
13. Condoms (not just for their intended use – they’re sterile)
14. Tummy relief – peptobismal tablets
15. Cough Drops – Halls or Ricola – get lots
16. Vics Vapor Rub
17. Benedryl cream
18. Generic Benedryl – DiPhenhydramine hydrochloride – for general sedating –esp. for children
19. Mucinex or Mucus relief – to clear lungs of congestion to prevent pneumonia
20. Electrolyte replacement (powdered Gatorade or similar product, or Sea Salt)
21. Saline solution – for eye rinse or wound cleansing
22. Carmax lip balm or chapstick
23. Mouthwash rinse
24. Dental Wax – for anyone with braces
25. Dental Floss
26. Floss threader for those with braces, bridges or hardware in their mouth
27. Iodine – for cleaning and prepping the skin
28. Antacid (Tums, Rolaids, etc.)
29. Baking soda
30. Calamine lotion
31. Decongestant tablets & spray
32. Diarrhea medication (to stop it, not give it to you)
33. Household ammonia
34. Hydrocortisone cream .5% to 1%
35. Hydrogen Peroxide – to cleanse wounds and disinfect
36. Alcohol – spirits – whiskey (use as a disinfectant wash)
37. Insect sting swabs or Meat Tenderizer (for insect bites) (Tea Tree oil works very good)
38. Oil of Cloves – for dental pain (aka Clove Essential Oil)
39. Aspirin – NSAID
40. Aleve/Naprosyn (naproxen) NSAID
41. Advil – Ibuprofen NSAID
42. Tylenol/Acetaminophen – Very hard on the liver – be cautious with use alternate with NSAIDs
43. Antibiotics and Prescription medications (hang on to what you’ve got “just in case”)  Observe expiration dates.
44. Sugar or glucose solution (or sugar candy)
45. Syrup of Ipecac – to induce vomiting (purge the stomach)
46. Tiger Balm or use Western Botanicals Deep Heat Oil or Ointment
47. Book: Nurses Drug Guide
 
Emergency and Other Items to Consider
1. Cell phone and charger that utilizes the accessory plug in your car dash
2. Emergency phone numbers of all family, friends and contact information for your family doctor and pediatrician, local emergency services, emergency road service providers and the regional poison control center
3. Small, waterproof flashlight and extra batteries
4. Candles and matches for cold climates – when making a fire ignite it from a candle not a match.
5. Flint and Steel fire-starter.  Always have a backup method to start a fire.
6. Mylar emergency blanket
7. First-aid instruction manual - such as Herbal First Aid and Health Care, by Christensen - personally I have several that cover many different aspects of health and first aid.
8. Plastic bags and large garbage bags for the disposal of contaminated materials
9. Safety pins in assorted sizes
10. Paracord – 50 to 300 feet. Or other strong cord or rope.
11. Water purifying - chlorine bleach and/or hand water filter
12. Copies of important family documents
13. Whistle
14. Ear plugs
15. A good hat for everyone
16. Maps of the area and a compass
17. Clear Plastic sheeting to cover windows (if they break in an earthquake) and extra Duct tape
18. Tarps/stakes/twine/nails/rope/spikes
19. Good multipurpose knife and Scissors
20. Siphon & hand pumps
21. Boy Scout Handbook – use an old one that you don’t need to use –it’s a good reference book with lots of information
22. Work Gloves
23. Glue – Gorilla glue, wood glue and Super Glue
24. Extra Contacts, Glasses and Reading Glasses
25. Repair tools – screwdrivers, wrenches, vice grips, etc.
26. Wrenches/pliers to turn of water and gas to home
27. Sewing Awl
28. Bug Out Bag – 72 Hour Kit for each member of your household.  Don’t forget to keep on in your car so that emergency essentials are always on hand wherever you are.
29. Etc. – the list can go on forever.
 
What did I miss?  Of course, we could list the whole hospital, but suggest any obvious item we can add.
 
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases, or replaces the services of a competent health care provider.  This program has not been evaluate or approved by the FDA.  By all means listen to your body and use common sense.
 
Compiled and Revised by Dr. Kyle Christensen, January 2011

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Re: Updated First Aid Kit List
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2011, 11:32:16 AM »
Quite a list. Thanks for the post.

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Re: Updated First Aid Kit List
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2011, 01:48:59 PM »
I may have missed these on your list:

1. Monistat (or other feminine yeast infection cream)
2. Witch Hazel or Prep H
3. Visine Regular Eye Drops
4. Visine Allergy Eye Drops
5. OraJel
6. Aamens Itch Powder
7. Flexible Drinking Straws
8. Eye Dropper
9. Sunglasses
10. Safety Glasses
11. Extra Rx Eye Glasses
12. Eye Glass Repair Kit
13. List of Medicine Allergies/Reactions
14. Medical History (blood type, current maintenance medication(s), immunizations, etc)


And for the little ones:

1. Children's Tylenol/Motrin
2. Diaper Rash Cream or Corn Starch
3. Children's Decongestant
4. Children's Cough Meds
5. Pedialite

After DH's recent heart surgery, we kept the elastic stockings, betadine, deep breathing apparatus (to help prevent pneumonia) and kidney shaped 'throw up' pan.

We also have a list of foods that contain little or no Vitamin K, in case DH's blood thinner is not available.

Does anyone know the name of the drops they have now for babies with colic or gas? That stuff is worth it weight in gold.
« Last Edit: January 17, 2011, 02:16:06 PM by soccer grannie »

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Re: Updated First Aid Kit List
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2011, 04:47:40 PM »
Thanks for the additions.  Gripe Water may be what you were thinking of.  I wish we knew about that with our first baby!  The others were more fortunate (but also not so colicky).  We also used a lot of homeopathic teething tablets that can be miraculous.  I have found that homeopathy either works miracles or not at all.

I will remodify my list with your suggestions.

Blessings to you.

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Re: Updated First Aid Kit List
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2011, 04:59:07 PM »
I called our daughter about the OTC drops for babies, it's Mylicon.

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Re: Updated First Aid Kit List
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2011, 01:57:19 PM »
Thank you for posting such a comprehensive list.

Sarey