Build a first responder kit

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Checklist for building your first responder kit

Build a first responder kit:
If you want to build your own first responder kit, it's important
to take a look at what others have created. Start with the
first responder starter kit, pictured right.

Checklist for building a first responder kit:
The deluxe first responder kit, pictured below has a blood-borne
pathogen clean-up kit as well as AmpuSave, a medical transport
device for the storage and transportation of severed digits or
soft tissue. It also includes a First Aid Field Guide that provides
information on emergency protocols for over 30 emergencies,
best safety and clean-up practices, and Good Samaritan laws
and liability.

It's handy because it includes a general intake pad, a cardiac
intake pad, a stroke intake pad, as well as an inventory refill
checklist complete with expiration dates. It makes a great first
responder kit, but you can build your own.

What's in the kit?
Let's take a look at the contents of a well built first responder
kit. A typical bag might include the following:
  • Nylon jump bag
  • First Aid Field Guide
  • Blood borne pathogen clean-up kit with:  latex-free gloves
    red biohazard waste bag; pick-up scoop with scraper;
    cleaning disinfectant wipe; disposable dry absorbent
    towels (3); fluid control solidifier; antimicrobial hand wipe;
    twist tie
  • AmpuSave medical transport device with: storage
    compartments (2); cold compress with ammonium nitrate
    active ingredient; gauze pads (2); saline solution;
    instruction card
  • Saline solution; instruction card
  • (6) Abdominal bandages (ABD pads)
  • (20) Adhesive strips, 1" x 3"
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Assorted adhesive bandages
  • (10) Beaded nylon cable security seal
  • Bottle of chewable aspirin
  • Burn Dressing
  • (12) Burn gel
  • Cardiac intake pad
  • (4) Cold pack
  • (3) CPR mask
  • (3) Elastic bandage
  • Emergency blanket
  • Emesis bag
  • (4) Eye pads
  • Eye wash, 4 oz.
  • Finger splint
  • (92) Gauze pads, 4" x 4"
  • (2) Gauze pads, non-adhesive, 3" x 4"
  • (8) Gauze, stretch, 4"
  • General intake pad
  • Glucose for diabetic events
  • (6) Hand sanitizer
  • (5) Hydrocortisone ointment
  • (4) Mask with eye protection
  • (24 pair) Non-latex gloves
  • Package of wound closure strips
  • Penlight
  • Scissors, 7-1/4"
  • Stroke intake pad
  • Structural aluminum malleable (SAM) splint
  • (6) Tape, 1/2"x 2-1/5 yd.
  • Trauma bandage
  • Triangle bandage
  • Tweezers, 4-1/5"

At first glance, figuring out how to build your first aid kit may
be daunting. But really it just starts with a list and then from
there you can start adding contents and checking them off as
you go.

Anatomy of a Prepper first responder kit:

  1. ACE wraps
  2. adhesive bandages
  3. cloth tape
  4. compress dressings (5 x 9)
  5. gauze pads
  6. gauze roll bandage
  7. trauma pads
  8. Sling bandage

  1. Analgesics (pain relief), such as Lidocaine
  2. Antibacterials (infection protection) Povidone-iodine
    infection control wipes
  3. antibiotics (fish antibiotics, provided you understand the
  4. Antiseptics (cleansing)
  5. Anti-diarrheal, such as Immodium or generic equivalent is
  6. Antifungal ointment
  7. Aspirin, such as convenient Bayer Aspirin packets.
  8. Diphenhydramine (Benadryl). Beadryl is a must have for
    allergic reactions, such as bee stings.
  9. Heartburn relief, such as Alka Seltzer, Prilosec or Tums.
  10. Hydrocortisone
  11. Ibuprofin, such as Advil.

Other pharmaceuticals and medicinal herbals
  1. Activated charcoal tablets for poisoning emergencies.
  2. Alcohol swabs
  3. Ammonia inhalant
  4. Antibiotic ointment (polysporin and Neosporin)
  5. Antiseptic wipes
  6. Calumine lotion
  7. Instant glucose.
  8. Parasite relief. Try Fresh Green Black Walnut Wormwood
    Complex to treat parasites.
  9. Visine
  10. carrier oils
  11. cinnamon essential oil
  12. frankincense
  13. lavender essential oil
  14. lemon essential oil
  15. peppermint essential oil
  16. myrrh
  17. sweet orange essential oil
  18. tea tree oil
  19. thieves oil (essential oil blend)
  20. thyme essential oil

  1. EMT Trauma shears
  2. Tourniquet. A tourniquet has one purpose only: it's use is
    to stop uncontrollable arterial bleeding, it's not for snake
    bites. Repeat: A tourniquet is not for snake bites! Go to
    training so you know the proper use of a tourniquet as
    misuse of a tourniquet could result in loss of limb!
  3. thermometer
  4. Irrigation Syringe. For wound irrigation, a syringe of this
    type allows the flow of a solution across an open wound
    surface. The purpose of this wound hydration is to remove
    deeper debris to help prevent infection and to allow a
    better visual on the wound to assess.
  5. tongue depressors
  6. tweezers (splinter tweezers)
  7. Blankets: mylar blankets , wool blanket

  1. Burn kit. Piston Syringe, Burn spray or burn gel.
  2. Eyewash kit. Eyewash, sterile eye pads)
  3. Snake Bite and bee sting Kit. Sawyer extracter
  4. Electrolyte replacement. Pack Pedialyte or generic
    electrolyte drink for kids. Pack sports drinks for the adults.
  5. Glucose tabs. Instant glucose is available for your
    prepper's first aid kit to treat reactions caused by low
    blood glucose (or sugar). This is especially important  
    treatment for people with diabetes. Glucose is a
    monosaccharide simple sugar that works by raising the
    glucose level in the blood quickly.

Rememeber also diabetic supplies, EPI pens, inhalers and
prescription medicines.

Other supplies
  • bloodpressure cuff
  • biohazard bag
  • body substance isolation: exam gloves, mask, goggles
  • cold compress (instant)
  • flashlight
  • medical tape
  • seatbelt cutter
  • stethoscope
  • suction device
  • window punch
  • wrist watch with seconds hand

Happy endings...
A well stocked first aid responder kit will help ensure happy
endings for everyone in your group. Be sure to regularly check
inventory and have first aid kits dispersed in your bugout bag,
bugout location, get home bag, at the workplace, in your
vehicles and in your home.

We hope this article has helped you take a look at the contents
of a first aid kit. Now you can move on to other areas of first
aid to learn:

You don't need to be a doctor to respond in crisis!

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