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A First Aid Kit Can Help You Be Prepared to Treat an Injury at Home

Many people are do-it-yourselfers who enjoy working around the house or who choose to complete chores themselves rather than pay someone else to do them. Unfortunately, accidents sometimes happen. Whether you are cleaning your gutters, washing windows, mowing the lawn, raking leaves, or doing other chores around the house, you never know when you will get a cut or scrape, fall, and possibly get a sprain or broken bone.

Be Ready to Treat Common Injuries with a First Aid Kit

You should always be prepared for an unexpected injury by having a fully-stocked first aid kit at home. This can enable you to treat many common minor injuries immediately so you will not need to visit the emergency room. If you suffer a more serious injury, having a first aid kit can allow you to receive temporary treatment until you are able to get to the hospital and receive formal care.

1st Aid Supplies offers a selection of first aid kits in a variety of sizes that are ideal for a home medicine cabinet. Our first aid kits can be used to treat many common injuries that you may suffer when doing work around the house, including cuts, scrapes, minor burns, and sprains.

Supplies Included in a First Aid Kit

Our first aid kits contain a variety of supplies, including an assortment of bandages in different sizes, antiseptic to clean wounds, antibiotic ointment to prevent infection, gauze pads to cover cuts, burn relief spray, ice packs for bumps and bruises, eyewash to remove contaminants from the eyes, tweezers to remove debris from wounds, butterfly bandages to close wounds, splinter removers, and other essential supplies. Many of our first aid kits also come with a first aid guide book that explains how to use the supplies included in the kit to treat common injuries.

Order a First Aid Kit for Your Home

A first aid kit is an essential item to have in your home. You never know when an accident will occur or what type of injury you may experience. Having a first aid kit on hand can help you get quick relief for your injury. Order a first aid kit for your home from 1st Aid Supplies today.


Participate in the Great ShakeOut to Prepare for an Earthquake

The Great ShakeOut will be held across the United States on October 20 in most locations. It is a way for people to practice what to do if their location experiences an earthquake. People across the country are registering to participate in earthquake drills where they will practice what to do if one occurs. Individuals, schools, businesses, and community organizations are getting involved.

How to Get Ready for the Great ShakeOut

To prepare for the Great ShakeOut, start to think about what would happen if an earthquake occurred in your area. Make plans now so you can protect yourself and your family in an emergency. You can download instructions from the Great ShakeOut’s website and talk to others who have participated in drills. You can also display posters and flyers in your school, workplace, or community.

How to Conduct an Earthquake Drill

At the time of the drill, practice what to do if an earthquake strikes. Drop to the ground, take cover under a large piece of furniture, such as a table or desk, to protect yourself from falling objects, and hold onto it for at least 60 seconds.

During the drill, look around you and imagine what objects might fall in a real earthquake. Think about what types of damage might result and what your life might be like in the aftermath.

Practice how you would communicate with your family, friends, and coworkers after an earthquake. You should text people before you try to make phone calls.

Check for Possible Sources of Injuries

The organizers of the Great Shakeout recommend doing a “hazard hunt” to look for items that might fall during an earthquake so you can secure them. Non-structural objects, such as bookshelves and equipment, could fall and cause injuries. You may need to move these items to make the environment safer.

Create a Plan to Deal with an Earthquake

Create a disaster preparedness plan for your family. Think about each family member’s specific needs, including pets. Make sure everyone in your household knows how to use a fire extinguisher. Create or check your emergency supply kit. It should have enough non-perishable food and water for each person for two or three days, as well as flashlights, first aid kits, a crank radio, and possibly a generator and fuel. You should also have emergency supplies in your car in case you are in it when an earthquake strikes. If you live in an area that tends to get a lot of earthquakes, you might want to consider earthquake insurance. If you run a business or organization, make sure to have a continuity plan in place.

Order Supplies for Your Emergency Kit

1st Aid Supplies has many of the supplies that you should include in your emergency kit, including first aid kits, flashlights, crank radios, and emergency food and water. Order supplies today so you will be prepared if an earthquake hits in your area.


Be Prepared to Treat Sudden Cardiac Arrest with an AED

October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month. Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly stops beating without warning. This causes blood flow to the brain and other vital organs to stop.

If the heart does not receive an electrical shock to cause it to start beating again, the patient usually dies in a matter of minutes. Sudden cardiac arrest causes over 350,000 deaths in the United States every year and is one of the most common causes of death, claiming a life every 90 seconds. About 95 percent of people who suffer SCA die because they do not receive immediate treatment.

Difference between Sudden Cardiac Arrest and a Heart Attack

Sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack. During sudden cardiac arrest, the heart stops beating and blood is not pumped to organs. This needs to be treated with an electrical shock to stimulate the heart to start beating again.

A myocardial infarction, typically referred to as a heart attack, is caused by a blockage in a blood vessel. This interrupts the flow of blood and causes part of the heart muscle to die. Blood gets backed up in the heart, and the blood vessel needs to be unclogged with medication or surgery so blood can flow throughout the rest of the body.

Both a heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest can result in serious problems and possibly even death. The difference is that a heart attack often has prior symptoms of heart disease, while sudden cardiac arrest occurs without warning. Two-thirds of patients who suffer from sudden cardiac arrest had no prior symptoms of heart disease.

An AED Can Save a Victim of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

An automated external defibrillator (AED) can produce an electrical shock that can restart the heart of someone suffering from sudden cardiac arrest. This life-saving device can be used to quickly provide treatment before paramedics arrive. It can be used in any location, including workplaces and schools, to provide quick, life-saving treatment.

1st Aid Supplies offers AEDs that can be used in any location to treat a victim of sudden cardiac arrest. Laypeople can be guided through the process of using the device so they can respond quickly to save a person’s life. An AED is an essential device for any business or school. Be prepared to act quickly by having an AED on hand. Order an AED from 1st Aid Supplies today.


Order Cots and Stretchers to Treat Injured Patients

If someone gets injured at work or at school, he or she may be able to get up and move to another location. It may be necessary to lie down and elevate the affected area to reduce pain and swelling. When someone is feeling ill, he or she may want to lie down in the infirmary or nurse’s office. In cases involving serious injuries, a patient should not be moved except by first responders.

Cots for Patients to Rest and Receive Treatment

A folding cot can be a safe and comfortable place for a person who is sick or injured to lie down and receive medical attention, or simply to rest. All medical facilities at schools and businesses should have a place where a patient can lie down when receiving treatment or resting.

1st Aid Supplies has many medical supplies that can be used to treat all types of injuries. We have cots and first aid lounges where an ill or injured person can lie down to rest or receive treatment, as long as he or she is able to move safely.

Supplies for Medical Professionals to Move Injured Patients

In some cases, a person may be seriously injured and unable to move, or it may not be safe to move him or her. Moving a seriously injured person can sometimes lead to even more severe injuries. If someone has a neck or back injury or a broken bone, it is better to wait for trained first responders to arrive, unless the person needs to be moved because of another serious threat to safety. First responders will have the necessary equipment and will know the best way to move the person to minimize the risk of further injury.

1st Aid Supplies offers supplies that first responders can use to move patients safely. We have backboards that can be used to stabilize a patient’s spine to prevent further injury to the head, neck, or back. We also have basket stretchers and emergency evacuation chairs that can be used to transport a patient out of a dangerous situation.

Order Cots, Stretchers, and Backboards from 1st Aid Supplies

1st Aid Supplies has cots where patients can lie down at school or at work and backboards, basket stretchers, and emergency evacuation chairs that first responders can use to transport patients safely so they can receive medical treatment. If you need supplies for your school, workplace, or ambulance, order them from 1st Aid Supplies today.


Hand Sanitizer Can Help Prevent Illness in the Fall and Winter

Cold and flu season is coming up. Viruses can be spread easily from person to person, but this can be reduced by using hand sanitizer. Many schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and workplaces have hand sanitizer available for employees, students, and visitors to use to help prevent the spread of illness. People often use hand sanitizer at home and keep some in their car or purse.

Several studies have found that using hand sanitizer can reduce the risk of spreading gastrointestinal and respiratory infections. Using hand sanitizer in classrooms can reduce the rate of absenteeism among students. Many children think it is fun to use hand sanitizer.

How Hand Sanitizer Can Reduce the Spread of Bacteria and Viruses

Hand sanitizer is a gel that contains a form of alcohol that kills bacteria and viruses on the skin. Not all hand sanitizers are the same. They may contain ethyl alcohol, ethanol, or isopropanol. Make sure the hand sanitizer you use has an alcohol concentration between 60 and 95 percent. An alcohol content below 60 percent will not be effective.  Since alcohol can dry out the skin, most hand sanitizers also contain a moisturizer.

Misconceptions about Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer is designed to be used after washing hands or if soap and water are not available. It is not meant to replace soap and water. It should be used in addition to washing your hands with soap and water.

Some people think that using hand sanitizer can create bacteria that are resistant to treatment, but that is not true. You are not more likely to contract super-bacteria if you use hand sanitizer.

How to Use Hand Sanitizer

In order for hand sanitizer to be effective, you should use an amount the size of your thumbnail. Put it on the palm of your hand and rub your hands together vigorously for 20 to 30 seconds. Make sure you get the sanitizer between your fingers, under your nails and jewelry, on your wrists, and on the backs of your hands.

If the gel is completely evaporated in less than 15 seconds, you need to use more. Do not rinse your hands with water or wipe them with a towel after you use hand sanitizer. This can counteract its effects.

The alcohol in hand sanitizer cannot cut through dirt and grime. If your hands are dirty, wash them before you use hand sanitizer.

Order Hand Sanitizer for Your Workplace, School, or Home

1st Aid Supplies offers a complete line of supplies that can help you create a healthy environment at work, home, or school. Using hand sanitizer can help people prevent the spread of illnesses. Make sure your workplace, school, or home has hand sanitizer available so everyone can use it often to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses. Stock up on hand sanitizer from 1st Aid Supplies today.