CINCINNATI - WCPO is introducing a new feature called, "Ask the Nurse." For the first item, we're checking in with a Cincinnati Children's RN for tips about getting your home first aid kit spring-ready.
We invite readers to submit their questions, so read on to find out how.
- Margot Daugherty, MSN, MEd, RN, CEN
- Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
- Specialty: Education Specialist II, Trauma Services
- Nursing School Attended: Bethesda Hospital School of Nursing and Xavier University
Experience: Daugherty has been a registered nurse for more than 30 years, concentrating in the field of emergency and trauma care. She also worked as a paramedic on a community life squad. Currently her efforts are directed at supporting a multi-disciplinary trauma team with their resuscitation efforts as well as many outreach and collaborative activities at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
Ask a Nurse: How can I put together a family first aid kit?
Daugherty: "With warmer weather approaching and outdoor activities on the rise, the risk for injury is greater. Injury prevention through the use of helmets, protective gear, proper car seat/seatbelt use, etc. will help minimize injury, but will not eliminate it. Assembling a first-aid kit will allow you to effectively manage common injuries."
Most common injury types:
- Lacerations / abrasions
- Sprains and strains
Daugherty advises that families keep their first aid kits simple and organized: Include multi-use items, check regularly and replace items immediately after using, and check expiration dates. She says you should consider having a kit at home and in your car.
Basic list of contents for first aid kits:
- Poison Control phone numbers: Local and national
- Contact numbers for your personal family physician
- First-aid instruction manual
- Disposable gloves (preferably non-latex); hand sanitizer; soap and water
- Antiseptic solution or towelettes (to clean simple wounds)
- Bandages (assorted sizes)
- Gauze pads; non-adhesive gauze pads to cover small burns; gauze wrap (to hold bandages in place)
- Moleskin (blister care)
- Elastic bandages various sizes for sprains or to hold gauze in place
- Antibiotic ointment and hydrocortisone cream
- Cotton tipped swab (to apply ointments or creams)
- Heavy duty zipper storage bags for ice or pre-packaged instant cold packs
- Saline solution (to rinse eyes)
- Contact lens case
- One-way valve breathing barrier for CPR
- Triangle bandages (for use as a sling, towel, tourniquet)
- Safety pins; tweezers; scissors
- Digital thermometer
- Small plastic garbage bag to dispose garbage
For the car kit, add the following:
- List of all personal medications including dosage
- Matches & candles for use as a backup light source
- Over-the-counter medications (packets) for car/travel kit: Aspirin (not for children); Acetaminophen for children; NSAIDS (ibuprofen); Antihistamine; Anti-diarrhea medication; Calamine lotion;
- Spoon or medicine cup
Daugherty: "First aid kits should be stored in an accessible location, yet out of the reach of younger children. You may also want to consider taking a first aid class."
- Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center website & Facebook page
- Children's Hospital Telephone: (513) 636-7865
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