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Trauma First Aid Kit

Why Do You Need a First Aid Kit?

 

Emergencies happen. What are the most common reasons for calling for an ambulance (source):

1. Traumatic Injury – 21.4% – Sudden and severe injuries that develop as a result of acute force. Crashes, falls, and bleeding are classified as traumatic injuries. 

2. Abdominal Pain 12.3% –  Gallbladder attacks, appendicitis or an abdominal obstruction. 

3. Respiratory Distress – 12.2% –  From an asthma attack to an overdose causing impaired breathing.

4. Chest Pain – 10.1% – Chest pain is a common symptom associated with a heart attack.

5. Behavioral Disorder 7.8% – If a person is acting erratically or nonsensically. 

6. Loss of Consciousness 7.7% – We also handle a lot of calls about someone who has lost consciousness or fainted.

7. Altered Level of Consciousness – 6.9% – An altered level of consciousness can sometimes be difficult to spot. 

8. Seizure – 4.7% 

9. Poisoning or Drug Ingestion – 3.5% 

10. Diabetic Symptoms – 2.5% 

 

Create Your Own Trauma EDC (Everyday Carry) First Aid Kit

  1. Include what YOU actually need. Most kits are comprised of mostly worthless products that do you no good in an emergency. Think of supplies for bleeding, burns, broken bones, shock, heat, cold. If you are an employer, what do your Work Comp statistics show as the most common injuries? Then, prepare as necessary.

  2. Include the best quality components. Plastic scissors? No, proper trauma shears. Cheap band-aids that do not stick? No, proper fabric bandages that stay on. You get the idea.

  3. Learn how to use each component in the kit. There is no point in purchasing a kit if you do not know how to use each component of the kit. We provide training so you know how and why to use each component in the kit.

  4. Determine how many kits do I need? Think about your daily life. Home, Work, Your Car, Bug Out Bag? How many members are in your family? How many people do you need to treat? 

  5. Custom Kits. As per #4, think about the specific needs and size of your family and/or organization.

    1. What kind of bag works best for you? Backpack style, fanny pack style, toiletry bag style (rolls out with pouches), tool bag style?  

    2. What are the most likely injuries you will encounter? Bleeding, Burns, Broken Bones, Shock, Heat, Cold - what do you need for each situation and how many of each component?

    3. How many people might you need to treat? Is it better to have one large kit or multiple smaller kits? For example, does your church have a security team? Would it be better to have one central location for the first aid kit or would it be better for several members of the security team to have a kit on their person?

    4. What is the response time for your location? This really matters. You are bridging the gap between when the injury occurs and when help arrives. 

EDC (Every Day Carry) TRAUMA, WORKPLACE, SPORTS, FIRST AID KIT

1 Extra-durable Kit Bag - (can be carried as a fanny pack, shoulder pack, chest sling, handle)

2 Vented Chest Seal

2 Tourniquets (Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care Recommended)

2 Emergency Trauma "Israeli" Bandages

2 Hemostatic Gauze Packs (Quickclot)

1 Finger Cut Kit

1 Tube of Rapid Seal Wound Gel

2 BleedStop Packs

24 SteriStrips

2 Rolls Packing Gauze 4.5" x 4.1 yds

20 Sterile Gauze Pads 4” x 4” 

4  Gauze Rolls 4” x 4 yd

30Fabric Adhesive Bandages 3/4” x 3”

4 Fabric Adhesive Bandages 2” x 4”

2 Fabric Adhesive Bandages 3” x 4”

2 Self Adhesive Tape Rolls

4 Blister Bandages

3 Burn Gel Dressings 4" x 4"

1 Trauma shears

1 Penlight

4 pairs Nitrile Gloves, Large

20 Antibiotic ointment packets

20 Iodine Prep pads

20 Alcohol Prep Pads

1 Tweezers

20 Stainless steel lancets (splinter remover)

10 Safety Pins

50 Q-tips

4 Rescue Blankets

1 Fire Blanket

1 Splint 4.25” x 24"

8 Wipes - Individually wrapped antiseptic 

 Eye Wash

1 30 cc Syringe

4 Vomit Bags

2 Instant Cold Packs

2 Instant Hot Packs

2 Mesh Pockets

2 Fine Tip Permanent Markers

1 Black Ball Point Pen​​

 

NOTE: Medications: Include what YOU (your family, staff, etc.) in your kit which may include your prescription medication and any OTC products you typically use. Ask your doctor what he/she thinks may be best to include.

 

Child Care Centers per Texas Health and Human Services

Title 26, Part 1, Chapter 746, §746.4003. What items must each first-aid kit contain?

(a) Each first-aid kit must contain the following supplies:

(1) A guide to first aid and emergency care;

(2) Adhesive tape;

(3) Antiseptic solution or wipes;

(4) Cotton balls;

(5) Multi-size adhesive bandages;

(6) Scissors;

(7) Sterile gauze pads;

(8) Thermometer, preferably non-glass;

(9) Tweezers; and

(10) Waterproof, disposable gloves.

(b) The first-aid supplies must not have expired.

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