Thursday, January 26, 2017

Preparedness: First Aid Supplies

In our disaster preparedness class we're preparing first aid supplies and this is what we've come up with so far ...

Band aides
Feminine pads for bandaging wounds
Antibiotic cream
Vetwrap for those who are allergic to adhesive tape or paper tape
Adhesive/surgical tape
Paper tape
Cortisone cream
Benadryl cream
Matches to disinfect any instrument you may have to use such as tweezers
Liquid benadryl
Benadryl tablets or pills
pepto bismol
Medicinal salves
Medicinal oils 
Latex gloves (non-latex gloves for those who are allergic to latex)
Raw honey or manuka honey
Aloe vera plant for burns, sunburn, and general skin care
Witch hazel
Magnesium oil
Elderberry and clove syrup 
Camomile tea for calming frazzled nerves
Mint tea for upset stomachs and ginger for nausea

What can you add?

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  1. Asthma medications and spacers
    Splinter removers
    Saline tubes for washing out wounds and eyes
    Small trays to hold saline
    Small syringe to help wash out wounds, ears, eyes

    1. Jane, Good additions! I'm going to add those to my personal list! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I keep a couple packs of Dollar Tree off-brand anti-diarrheal and Mucinex to ward of dehydration or pneumonia.....I have older parents. Although the pack are small, if they are not used, its not a huge loss when they date expire. I've had to take both meds over to the folks' house.....she doesn't keep the stock I do. lol

    I also keep a pack each of the off-brand day and night-time "quil" pills. Again, not very many in the pack, but it will certainly get you started until you an get out.

    This type of stocking up started for me when stores around here were not open on Sunday and the nearest bigger box was not open 24 hours and is a 35 mile round trip. I find the Dollar Tree very helpful in tucking away this sort of stuff.

    1. mdoe37, I love the way you think and the way you look out for your older parents. God bless you!

  3. Lavender essential oil because-
    Lavender is considered the most versatile of all essential oils. It is one of the preferred oils for winding down before bedtime, yet has the balancing properties that make it just as beneficial for boosting stamina and energy. Therapeutic-quality lavender is highly regarded for skin care. It may be used to cleanse cuts, bruises and skin irritations. The French scientist Rene Gattefosse documented these properties when he severely burned his hands in a laboratory explosion. Using lavender oil, he experienced a remarkable healing.

    Lavender essential oil is antiseptic, analgesic, antitumoral, anticonvulsant, sedative, anti-inflammatory. Lavender is beneficial for cleansing cuts and wounds and is ideal for skin care, since it prevents the build up of excess sebum, a skin oil that bacteria feed on. Lavender has also been clinically evaluated for its relaxing effects. Lavender essential oil is known to be very effective to treat burns (cell renewal), sunburns (including lips), dandruff, hair loss, allergies, convulsions, herpes, headaches, indigestion, insomnia, high blood pressure, menopausal conditions, nausea, phlebitis, tumors, premenstrual conditions, scarring (minimizes), skin conditions (acne, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, and rashes) and stretch marks. It may be used to cleanse cuts, bruises, and skin irritations. It is a natural anti-histamine.

    Lavender is a universal oil with many different applications. It may help arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, convulsions, depression, earaches, heart palpitations, high blood pressure, hives (urticaria), insect bites, laryngitis, nervous tension, respiratory infections, rheumatism, and throat infections.

    Therapeutic grade lavender is not cheap but you will find the best price here-

    1. Thank you Lana, that is alot of good information!

  4. Is the word "Gauges" supposed to be "Gauze"? If not, what are Gauges, exactly? Thanks!

    1. TikiKrissy, it's suppose to be gauze. Thanks for catching it!

  5. Thanks for this list- and for the comment above about going to the Dollar Tree. So helpful to be frugal and prepared at the same time!

    1. Vickie, I agree ... I agree, being frugal gives us more to prepare with!

  6. I would also add an Ace bandage, tongue depressors,cloth triangle for a sling, any object that can be used to tighten a tourniquet, alcohol wipes, one of those little sticks (whose name I can't remember now) that men who use razors for shaving can stop a cut from bleeding. Cookie

  7. Surgical face masks, telfa pads (these are a non-stick pad used for severe burns), a really good antiseptic burn cream, some medical clamps (suture clamp, and some sort of tissue clamp), curved suture needle and suture material (I know enough about suturing to use this if desperate), activated charcoal (for treating accidental poisoning), sugar packets/glucose pills (for insulin dependent diabetic), pedialyte and Gravol.

  8. I know I'm late on this discussion but Epson salts which can be beneficial for body aches, hemorrhoids, used as a laxative etc. Also consider a product called Pro Silver. My doctor recommended to me as a spray for cuts but then went on to tell me it's also got some antibiotic qualities. He told me to spray in my throat when it felt sore (two times a day), soak a cotton swab with it to dab in a sore dry nose, use on those infected mosquito bites, etc. I gave away my spray bottle and am left with a bottle with a dropper. This week I put some on a cotton ball and packed next to a sore gum and was right as rain in a day. I don't know if it expires but gosh it's got a lot of good uses.


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