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Basic First Aid Supplies

By

Amy H. Kaji

, MD, PhD, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, David Geffen School of Medicine

Last full review/revision Jul 2022| Content last modified Jul 2022
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The medicine chest or first-aid kit should be kept well stocked and should be checked every 3 to 6 months, replacing any used or expired items. The following basic supplies are useful to have on hand:

The following can be given by lay (nonprofessional) rescuers and may be appropriate for some first aid kits:

Additionally, have the following readily available:

  • Phone numbers and contact information for your family doctor and/or pediatrician, emergency services, and regional poison control center (1-800-222-1222 in the United States)

  • List of drugs (both prescription and over-the-counter) that each family member takes

  • Medical history forms for each family member

Many people consider taking a first-aid course through the American Red Cross or some other agency. See the American Red Cross web site for more information. People may also need to prepare children for medical emergencies in age-appropriate ways and know when to call 911 or the local emergency service.

More Information

The following are some English-language resources that may be useful. Please note that THE MANUAL is not responsible for the content of the resources.

  • American Association of Poison Control Centers: Represents the US-based poison centers that provide free, confidential services (24/7) through the Poison Help Line (1-800-222-1222).

  • American Red Cross: Provides training opportunities and certification programs that help people to prepare for and prevent emergencies as well as respond to them when they do occur.

  • Stop the Bleed.org: An American College of Surgeons program that has trained over 1.9 million people worldwide to stop bleeding in the severely injured.

Drugs Mentioned In This Article

Generic Name Select Brand Names
BACIIM
No US brand name
TYLENOL
ADVIL, MOTRIN IB
DURLAZA
CORTEF, SOLU-CORTEF
ADRENALIN
EVZIO
OXYCONTIN
ACTIQ, DURAGESIC, SUBLIMAZE
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