Basic 1st Aid Kit List

First Aid KitI work at a free clinic that specializes in integrated, urgent care medicine. I have been asked many times what to stock in a first aid kit. I promised to publish a list.

First Aid kits can be housed in a variety of containers: tackle boxes, cosmetic bags, over-sized purses and plastic bead boxes all work wonderfully. It doesn’t have to be an official Red Cross box. Be creative.  As long as you can distinguish it easily in a crisis.

  • Gauze
  • Scissors
  • Surgical Gloves
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Thermometer and Probe Covers + extra batteries for Thermometer
  • Eye Drops
  • Chamomile Tea Bags
  • Cinnamon Sticks and Sugar Packets for Blood Glucose Levels
  • Aspirin (Don’t mix aspirin and ibuprofen; You may mix aspirin and Tylenol.)
  • Non-Aspirin Pain Reliever (Tylenol, Ibuprofen)
  • Wound Cleaner Wipes
  • Wound Cleaner (squeeze bottle)
  • Topical Antibiotic
  • Bandages
  • Safety Pins
  • Antacids or Ginger-based Tummy Medicine
  • Dixie Cups
  • Non-stick Pads and Squares (for larger wounds)
  • Medical Tape
  • Monthly Moon Pads (In a pinch, these can be used to absorb large amounts of blood from a wound as well.)
  • Ear Protection
  • Cotton Swabs, Cotton Balls and Hankies
  • Witch Hazel
  • Lavender Essential Oil
  • Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • Burn Ointment
  • Calendula-based Salve
  • Bug Repellent
  • Tweezers
  • Berberine-rich Tincture (Oregon Grape, Coptis, Goldenseal)
  • Yarrow Tincture
  • Topical Antibiotic
  • Homeopathic Poison Oak Tabs
  • Flashlight
  • Ziplock Baggies

This is my basic list which I change depending on the situation and the crowd that I am going to be with. I do not prefer conventional medicine but I stock it because it is unwise to try to talk someone into medicine that they are uncomfortable with in an emergency situation. Remember that our job as healers, as humans, is to help, not to convert.

 

 

 

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2 Responses to Basic 1st Aid Kit List

  1. Heather Shelton says:

    I am an herbalist and nurse and my family is planning to move back to Eugene in summer 2015. My husband and I lived there until 2000 and have spent the last 13 years in rural Vermont. I work in an ER here and hope for something more integrative when I get back out west. How does your clinic work? Would you be willing to talk with me about options you think could work for me in Eugene? Thanks.

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