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Keep a first-aid kit handy, well stocked

Galveston County Daily News, Jan. 17, 2007 Guest Viewpoint by Drs. Sally Robinson and Keith Bly Many injuries are not threatening and do not require medical attention, but having a well-stocked first-aid kit can be important in an emergency situation. Knowing how to treat minor injuries and having the following basic supplies can make a difference. Some pre-packaged first-aid kits do not contain all that your family may need, so consider creating your own. Here’s what you will need: A container, such as a fishing tackle box or art supply box; first-aid manual; sterile gauze; adhesive tape; band-Aids (in various sizes); elastic bandages; tweezers; sharp scissors; safety pins; disposable gloves; cotton balls; cotton swabs; antiseptic wipes; hand cleaner or soap; antibiotic cream; antiseptic solution (such as hydrogen peroxide); hydrocortisone cream; acetaminophen and ibuprofen; disposable instant cold packs; heating pad; calamine lotion; petroleum jelly; anti-diarrhea medication; antacids; sunscreen; insect repellent; antihistamine; oral medication syringe (for small children) or dosing cup; alcohol wipes or ethyl alcohol; thermometer; small flashlight; mouthpiece for administering CPR (call your local Red Cross to get one); emergency contact numbers (your family doctor, Poison Control Center).

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