What's First Aid?

Injuries happen daily.  You should always have common knowledge of injuries when it comes to first aid.  First Aid is just giving the patient care when injured or ill, where the victim became injured or ill.  " First Aid " is like being the first responder.  First Aid is the initial care that's given to the victim before medically trained personnel arrive, or before the victim arrives at a health care center.  First you should pay more attention to the most critical problems, like opening of an airway, the presence of bleeding, and function of the heart.  Keep the patient as warm and as comfortable as possible.  If the victim is conscious, ask for details of their medical history, a known heart condition, or allergic reactions to drugs.  If the victim is unconscious, look for a medical identification card, bracelet, or a necklace.  Try not to move your victim.  But if you do move the victim, move them as little as possible, particularly if there is a possibility of broken bones.  If they're vomiting, just move their head so the vomit can exit easily out of their mouth so they don't breath in the vomit.  Hopefully by now, the victim is stable enough until professional personnel arrives.  There's more information in the Trauma Injury Article.  There are also guides you can find, or first aid kits you can buy that supply a first aid manual.  First responder first aid kits are the best auto first aid kits, just in case you need it for a huge emergency.  There are cheaper first aid bags or kits you can find for your vehicle.  But you can find any size first aid bag or first aid kit that fits your needs.  From travel first aid kits and home first aid kits, to sports first aid kits, business first aid kits, and marine first aid kits, there are dozens to choose from.  Or, find a bag or box and build your own first+aid+kit.  Try to remember a little something about injuries in case you need that information in the future, whether you're the victim or you're treating someone.

Travel Bag First Aid Unit

Travel Bag First Aid Unit
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The Travel Pak first aid bag allows the user to split the carry-on unit with its common problem and trauma modules from the back up unit. The carry-on has a fold out medication module for quick access to medications, while the back-up unit may be stored in regular luggage.

The contents:

Module #1 Common problems

3 Alcohol Preps
5 Antacid Tablets 2/pack
5 Aspirin 2/pk
15 Bandages Strips 1 x 3
3 Bandages Fingertip
3 Bandages Knuckle
6 BZK Antiseptic Towelettes
5 Cotton Swabs 2/pack
1 Eye Wash
2 Eye Pads
3 Insect Bite Relief Swabs
2 Sunscreen Towelettes

Module #2 Cuts & Splinters

15 Bandages Strips 1x3
10 Butterfly Enclosures
7 Gauze Pads 2x2 2/pack
2 Gauze Pads 4x4 2/pack
5 PAWS Towelettes
2 Roll Gauze 2"
1 Kit Scissors
2 Synthetic Gloves Non Sterile
6 Triple Antibiotic Ointment Packettes
1 Tweezers with Magnifier

Module #3 Sprains & Fractures

1 Adhesive Tape 1/2"
1 Elastic Bandage 3"
2 Instant Cold Packs
2 Splint Finger 1x 6
1 Ice Bag
1 Triangle Sling

Module #4 CPR / Burns

5 Burn Jel Packettes
1 CPR Face Shield
2 Synthetic Gloves Non Sterile

Module #5 Medications Module

Module with space to add personal medications and prescription drugs.

Travel Pak Manual

Color coded, waterproof manual with the patented "First Aid By The Numbers®" design.