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First aid kits

Specializes in General adult inpatient psychiatry.

Hi guys. I'm in charge of stocking our completely bare first aid kits. Any one care to share a list of recommended supplies with me? These kits will go to all of the group leaders and all will be trained in giving basic first aid. Kids should be provided basic care by their camp staff and then me if it's something more major. Here's what I've got so far:

First aid kit contents

Calamine lotion/spray

Alcohol

Green soap

Band aids

Sanitary napkins

Triangle band aid

Gauze pads

Kling/curlex gauze

Gloves

Needle

Sewing kit

Matches

Note pad

Aloe Vera

Medical tape

bsyrn, ASN, RN

Specializes in Peds, School Nurse, clinical instructor. Has 21 years experience.

hi,

we also include CPR face shield, tissues, hand sanitizer...we do not have calamine, aloe, matches,needles or alcohol in our kits. I am curious, what is the needle for? Hopefully not sliver removal....too much of an infection risk

CloudySue

Specializes in Pediatric Private Duty; Camp Nursing. Has 6 years experience.

Don't forget antibiotic ointment and cortazone!

pinkiepie_RN

Specializes in General adult inpatient psychiatry.

Don't forget antibiotic ointment and cortazone!

Added to the list as well as hand sanitizer.

We keep wet wipes, rather than alcohol, for cleaning minor wounds. I simplified the first aid kits a lot, because there was minimal stuff that was appropriate for the counselors to do--mostly band-aids and maxi pads. Our camp is small enough that it's easy for the nurse to get anywhere quickly or for the injured to come to the health center. The waterfront kits have a few more things (ice pack, butterfly bandages, cpr shield, emergency blanket), and the trip kits are more like what's described above. I decided to take out almost everything when I realized how hard it was to find what was actually needed (which was bandaids). The kits were stuffed, and year after year very few of the things were used.

pinkiepie_RN

Specializes in General adult inpatient psychiatry.

We keep wet wipes, rather than alcohol, for cleaning minor wounds. I simplified the first aid kits a lot, because there was minimal stuff that was appropriate for the counselors to do--mostly band-aids and maxi pads. Our camp is small enough that it's easy for the nurse to get anywhere quickly or for the injured to come to the health center. The waterfront kits have a few more things (ice pack, butterfly bandages, cpr shield, emergency blanket), and the trip kits are more like what's described above. I decided to take out almost everything when I realized how hard it was to find what was actually needed (which was bandaids). The kits were stuffed, and year after year very few of the things were used.
So far, these are the minimally stocked kits

Tape

Gauze

Band aids

Alcohol swabs

Calamine

Emergency blanket

Cotton balls

Mini notebook

Gloves

TheSquire, DNP, EMT-B, APN, NP

Specializes in Urgent Care NP, Emergency Nursing, Camp Nursing. Has 9 years experience.

Throw in some tampons for use as makeshift trauma dressings - though I doubt your average counselor will think to use them as such.

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