The summer travel season kicks off with Memorial Day weekend, and Prisma Health encourages everyone to create travel first aid kits before they go because even small injuries, if left untreated, can can derail a vacation.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 44% of Americans do not have first aid kits, although having a well-stocked and maintained kit is essential to preparing for accidents.
“We all like to think nothing bad is going to happen to us, but injuries can happen anywhere, anytime, to anyone,” said Dr. Nathaniel Mann, an emergency physician with Prisma Health who also trained in wild medicine. . “Being properly prepared by having all vital medical supplies in one accessible location can reduce the severity of an injury, save your vacation or even help save a life.”
He suggested people create their own kits instead of buying pre-packaged kits. Complete your kit with items specific to you and your family’s needs.
Mann recommended starting with these essentials:
- Stop-the-Bleed Kitto include pressure dressings or a tourniquet that you have learned to use
- Even if you don’t have severe allergies to bees or wasps, consider packing a EpiPen. Familiarize yourself with its use in advance.
- To understand something sweet like glucose tablets or even gummy candies to treat hypoglycemic episodes
- Adhesive bandages in assorted sizes to cover minor cuts and scrapes
- Sterile gauze pads of different sizes
- medical adhesive tape to attach gauze pads to the skin around wounds
- Antiseptic wipes disinfect wounds
- Latex-free gloves
- Painkillers: ibuprofen (Advil), acetaminophen (Tylenol), and aspirin
- Antihistamines to relieve allergies or itching
- Dramamine or an anti-nausea drug for motion sickness
- Consider a antibiotic ointment to prevent infection of open wounds
- Calamine lotion/hydrocortisone cream for insect bites or poison ivy
- A list of family members’ emergency phone numbers and allergies
“The further you plan to go, the more prepared you need to be to manage minor injuries yourself. transportation in a car, but Dramamine might alleviate dizziness or lightheadedness from an unexpected sinus infection,” Mann said.
Not all illnesses or injuries can or should be treated at home, Mann said. “Get as much training as possible, but trust your instincts and know when to ask for help.”
Prisma Health offers on-demand video visits for 24-hour emergency care for everything from suspected strains, minor burns and cuts, dizziness, fever, and minor head injuries. Learn more about PrismaHealth.org/VirtualCare.
For a complete list of American Red Cross recommended first aid kit supplies, visit https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/anatomy-of-a-first-aid-kit.html..