Safety First, No Matter Where You Are: How to Build Custom First Aid Kits

First Aid Kit

We’ve mentioned the importance of having a well-stocked First Aid Kit no matter the situation. Anything from a kit specifically for an Outdoor Hiking Trip to a kit that stays in the home, a First Aid Kit ensures a safer lifestyle. While some people prefer the convenience of purchasing a pre-packed kit (many of which we offer on our store) that caters to a specific need, some enjoy starting from scratch and stocking with supplies of their choosing. This can be an exciting and informational process that can teach you not only about supplies and Kit inventories, but also teach you new First Aid techniques. The process for building a custom kit takes time, but providing that extra assurance of safety is worth it.

Research. Researching common injuries that can occur in the environment that your Kit is going to serve can help you establish a list of products that you want to stock your kit with. This research stage can also teach you how to treat injuries that you may not already know how to treat, for example, if this kit is for your first Hiking Trip, you may not know how to treat a sprain or strain. This stage can also help you to decide the level of kit customization you want; our extensive selection of niche First Aid Kits caters to any event (Sports Kits, Auto kits, even Marine Kits!). For those who don’t want to commit to building a kit from the ground up, choosing a Kit in your niche and adding supplies to make it your own is a great place to start. Developing a general list and getting an idea of the quantity of supplies can help with…

Choosing a Case. Stocking numerous sizes of both Empty Bags and Boxes makes it easy to find a First Aid case that works for you. Our cloth bags are produced in-house and in many sizes, and a soft-sided bag is a good way to go if you are traveling light and don’t have space for a hard-sided plastic or metal case. However, if the kit is for a Home or car, a hard-sided case can keep supplies safe and is easily recognized and stored (and just-so-happens to fit conveniently under the seat of a car.) Another determining factor in case choice is the amount of supplies necessary. Stocking supplies for a camping trip in a Fanny pack is illogical, as you will likely need more supplies than that in case of emergency. The Kit Inventory selected during the research stage is going to be a determining factor in case choice. Once you’ve selected your case, you can…

Stock with Supplies. Shopping on a site such as e-firstaidsupplies.com is extremely beneficial to custom kit development. We’ve taken a lot of time categorizing our supplies to make it as easy as possible for you to find the supplies you are looking for, and we aim to provide helpful recommendations based on the supplies you are shopping. Tip: Stocking up on the general First Aid Supplies should be a priority (bandages, antisepticscold packs, and pain relief, to name a few) before shopping for specifics, such as camping equipment or sports medicine supplies.

Field Tests. Running through common injury scenarios and making sure that you and anyone else who may be using the kit are familiar with its contents and first aid practices can improve First Aid practices and help improve injury response time in the event of an actual injury.

Building and maintaining a Custom First Aid Kit is an exercise in First Aid knowledge and can help ensure safety in any given situation.

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Play Ball! Time to Stock up for Sports Season

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Instant Cold Pack 4 X 5 in (24/case)

Believe it or not, it’s time to start preparing for sports season. You never know when an accident could happen, and having First Aid Supplies on hand (or even better, a whole Kit!) is a great way to be ready for anything. Whether you’re a proactive athlete seeking personal protection, a cautious parent or sports-fan ready to help, or a prepared coach, we have the First Aid Supplies you need.

One of the most useful First Aid products to have on the sidelines of a sporting event is an Ice Pack.

Ice Packs are ideal for treating bumps, bruises, sprains, strains, and any swelling that can occur from most common sports injuries. Ice packs relieve any pain by not only numbing the injured area, but also by reducing the inflammation (and even the bleeding if the injury broke skin).

Instant Ice Packs are a good way to go for sporting events. In order to activate, all you have to do is pop the liquid bubble filled with water in the center of the pack and shake the ice pack to evenly distribute and mix the ingredients. This will cause an endothermic reaction between the water and the solid chemicals inside, which could be ammonium nitrate, calcium ammonium nitrate, or urea (these all produce a similar reaction). The pack will turn cold immediately and offer relief to the injured area for approximately 3-6 hours. The only downside to instant cold packs is that they are not reusable and cannot be re-frozen once used.

Reusable Cold Packs are another option for the sidelines this season. Reusable Cold Packs tend to be a better at home remedy due to the fact that they must be kept in the freezer in order to get cold enough to relieve pain. However, putting a reusable ice pack in a cooler filled with ice and cold water could keep it cool enough to last a game, and it can be refrozen regardless of whether or not it is being put to use.912-SPT999-open-062112

We have a large assortment of Sports First Aid Kits that are fully stocked with the must haves (some of them are stocked with enough for the whole team!): adhesive bandages, elastic bandages, towelettes, cold packs, splints, gloves, tweezers, gauze pads, and more First Aid necessities.

We recommend keeping a Sports First Aid Kit on the sidelines, especially one stocked with products to treat anything from a severe strain, to an insect bite, to cleaning up a cut or scrape. Our Sport Pak Soft First Aid Kit (pictured) is chock full of supplies that are conveniently separated into modules based on injury, including: Abrasions and Minor Skin Breaks, Soft Tissue Injuries and Sprains, and Cuts and Eye Injuries.

We have covered Sport-specific First Aid practices previously on our blog: Click here for Football Safety, Click here for Soccer Safety, Click here for Field Hockey Safety.

 

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Product Highlight: SOF Wide Tactical Tourniquet

922-99908_500x500We have previously covered why we believe every First Aid Kit should have a Tourniquet, and we now stock an SOF Wide Tactical Tourniquet that is compact enough to be included in any kit. While you may not feel it is necessary for your personal Home First Aid Kit, a tourniquet should definitely be part of any Outdoor Kit (ex: Hiking Kit, Wilderness Kit, etc.), or any First Responder Kits; The tourniquet is an essential life-saving tool that can truly mean the difference between life and death.

This tactical tourniquet has a 1-1/2inch constricting band for increased pressure to reduce blood loss and increased patient comfort. While the hook and belt is designed for easy tourniquet application even for beginners, the aluminum handle is durable, and its strong holding power is top of the line for tourniquets.

When to Use a Tourniquet

If you encounter someone bleeding and the bleeding won’t stop with applied pressure and gauze, a tourniquet may be needed. Prior to utilizing a tourniquet, be sure to apply other first aid methods to control bleeding; including applying pressure to the wound with gauze or towels. If the blood soaks through the gauze, add another layer. Do not take off the gauze since it can hinder the clotting process. If the bleeding persists and doesn’t decrease in severity, a tourniquet may be your best and only alternative.

Tips:

  • Always apply the tourniquet between the injury and the heart of the injured individual.
  • You’ll want to apply the tourniquet several inches above the injury on the injured arm or leg.
  • If the injury is below the elbow or knee, you’ll need to tie the tourniquet in a square knot above the joint.
  • After securing the tourniquet, medical attention must be immediately sought.

( “When To Use A Tourniquet” originally posted in our previous post How To Use A Tourniquet

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FDA Bans Production and Distribution of Powdered Gloves

FDA logoEffective January 19th, 2017, the FDA has banned medical supply manufacturers, salesmen, and distributors from producing and distributing powdered gloves of any material. This is due to evidence that using a powdered patient examination glove can pose a serious risk to the patient “including airway and wound inflammation, post-surgical adhesions and allergic reactions” (for more information, click here).

This is only the second medical device that the FDA has banned, the first ban occurring in 1983 when they banned prosthetic hair fibers.

For the safety of our customers, we have discontinued the following products:

922-00176 – Latex Exam Gloves Powdered Sterile (1 pr)

922-90542BX100 – Latex Gloves Powdered Small – Dynarex (100/box)

922-90544BX100 – Latex Gloves Powdered Medium – Dynarex (100/box)

922-90543BX100 – Latex Gloves Powdered Large – Dynarex (100/box)

922-90530BX100 – Vinyl Gloves Powdered Small – Dynarex (100/box)922-90539BX100-012312

922-90531BX100 – Vinyl Gloves Powdered Medium – Dynarex (100/box)

922-90532BX100 – Vinyl Gloves Powdered Large – Dynarex (100/box)

Click here to browse our selection of Powder-Free Medical Gloves.

Additional reading: Here is the official Final Rule Banning Powdered Gloves from the FDA presenting all evidence, benefits, oppositions, and further statements.

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Product Highlight: Sports First Aid Backpack

Our Product Highlight is one of our best-sellers: Our Sports First Aid Backpack (911-98585-19481). This product is fully stocked with enough products to take care of the whole team, as well as extra space for you to add extra First Aid products of your choice as well (though we recommend a tourniquet and CPR mask!!). Click the photo to see a complete list of the Backpack supplies.

We have redesigned this bag in house to make it optimal for transportation from sidelines to site, perfecting the weight distribution and upgrading the straps to make them comfortable and manageable, even when the backpack is full. This backpack is also portable enough to be taken along on hikes or any trip, and makes it simple to have basic First Aid supplies ready anywhere.

Sports injuries are common, and while most do not require serious medical attention, they may require First Aid. For more sport-specific advice, check out the Sports Safety section of our blog to read about treatment of different specified injuries. If you have our Sports First Aid Backpack alongside your team this season, any First Aid is manageable.

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