First Aid Kit for the Car

Friday, April 10, 2015

Between work, school, practices and vacations you probably spend a considerable amount of time on the road. What happens if you have a minor medical situation while youre in your car? Dr. Edward Hill discusses first aid kits for automobiles in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

First aid kits are a necessity in cars. Not only are they useful for minor sports injuries with your children but they can be crucial for more serious wounds sustained in a car accident.

When packing a first-aid kit for the car, its a good idea to try to anticipate a wide range of emergencies. Pack an information card for each person in the car so that you know who to call in an emergency, what medications that person is taking and any other pertinent facts. Heres a list of first-aid supplies to carry in the car:

Aspirin

Acetaminophen in child and adult strengths

Bandages in assorted sizes

Triple antibiotic ointment

Antihistamine cream for bug bites

Antihistamine in child and adult strengths in case of allergic reactions

Alcohol pads to clean wounds

Bandage pads for places that bandages dont fit

Gauze

First-aid tape to hold bandage pads and gauze in place

Scissors

Cotton swabs

Aloe vera gel for stings and burns

Tweezers, and

Calamine lotion

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.