BITE PHOTOS AND INFORMATION ** The following information was compiled from various medical and collegiate sources. It is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis of a medical professional. Some of the photos may be disturbing ** Identifying a Brown Recluse Spider Bite Bibliography If you see a mark on your skin that you think may resemble a spider bite, examine the bite very closely.
If it is a spider bite, there will be two separate "fang marks" about 1/16th of an inch apart. The next step is for the fang marks and surrounding tissue to eventually turn darker in color due to necrosis. The surrounding skin will be red in color. If there is only one puncture present, the bite was more likely made by a mosquito, deer fly, or other insect. It may also be a sting or a thorn puncture.
If you think you have a Brown Recluse bite, the only 100% sure way of knowing you have a bite is to catch the spider that bit you and have it identified by an expert. We offer a free spider identification service. Simply contact us with your photo(s) and we'll help to confirm whether or not it is a recluse spider. Effects of the bite - In a short period of time, the venom in a Brown Recluse spider bite has the ability to cause major tissue necrosis.
Necrosis is the death of living cells. The venom comes into contact with the living cells and they simply die. The result is a very painful and gruesome "flesh-rotting" open wound. Fatalities are rare, but are most common with children, the elderly, and those in poor physical condition. The severity of the bite wound can vary greatly with some bites going unnoticed while others (though rare) reach the size of dinner plates.
The amount of venom the spider injects can vary and tests indicate the spider is able to control the amount of venom injected. Source: NC State University Brown Recluse spider bites can be difficult to diagnose, even by physicians. Diagnostic tests to detect Brown Recluse venom in tissue are not readily available. Collection of the spider that bit you is considered the best possible chance for positive identification.
This presents a problem because Brown Recluse bites sometimes do not result in any initial pain (43% of cases in one study). Since the bite may not be immediately noticed, collection of the spider isn't seen as a necessity. As soon as 2 hours after the bite, or as long as a week, the area may become painful, itchy, hot, swollen, red and tender. An irregular ulcerous sore, caused by necrosis, will often appear that is from 1/4 inch to 10 inches in diameter.
Prompt attention is the best defense against preventing the necrosis. The wound is often described as being dark colored in the center, surrounded by a reddish area with a narrow whitish separation in between the red and the blue. This gives it the famous "bull's eye" pattern. Source: University of Nebraska If the wound is becoming necrotic, it will often begin to turn purple within 24 hours.
If the skin does turn purple, it is likely that necrosis is on the way and will then turn black as the cells die. Eventually, the necrotic core will fall off and leave a deep pit. A sinking blue-gray impression in the skin is the result. This is due to the lack of a good blood supply to the center of the wound. Source: Alabama A&M University Deep scarring can occur after healing. Scarring may look like a hole had been scooped out of the body.
In some cases, necrosis can reappear months or even years after being bitten. Sometimes necrosis will reappear on a yearly basis (See below). Necrosis takes a long time to heal with some victims experiencing pain for months and even years after being bitten. Our customers report that our First Aid Kit healed their necrotic wound, and that having a kit on hand prevents severe necrosis from ever appearing: Brown Recluse First Aid Kit Testimonial: "My husband showed me a spot on his side where he had just been bitten by "something", at first I thought it was a mosquito bite.
5 minutes later, he showed me again, this time the spot was raised and swelled to the size of a quarter, with a definite "target" area in the center. I circled the area with a black marker, a few minutes later, it doubled in size. I decided then to use my brown recluse first aid kit. I mixed up the contents and put it on him, wrapping it with plastic wrap and an ace bandage. Followed the directions and re-applied the mixture an hour later.
Within two hours the wound was gone. No sign of the bite. Although he didn't see the spider that bit him, we have struggled with brown recluse infestations since we moved into this house three years ago. We aren't willing to take any chances. The Brown Recluse First Aid Kit saved my husband many hours/days/months of pain and recovery time. THANKS!" Melinda B. - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma Click here to order your kit | Order Spider traps Systemic symptoms Those having the following symptoms are less likely to experience a necrotic wound.
The theory is that the venom circulates through the bloodstream rather than being localized in the skin. These symptoms are: Fever This victim saw the spider on her foot as she got out of the shower. She eventually had to have her leg amputated below the knee. Bathtubs and showers are common locations for these spiders because they get trapped within the smooth surfaces. Chills Sweating Nausea Vomiting Joint Pain Jaundice Blood in urine Seizures Coma Kidney Failure Hemolysis Not all bites will have the same effect.
There have been cases where deaths were attributed to Brown Recluse bites, but it is not common. Secondary infections can occur. The degree of severity depends on: How much, if any, venom was injected. The overall health of the victim and strength of the immune system. The age of the victim. Children under 7 are particularly susceptible to life threatening reactions. Potential allergic reaction to the bite.
Brown Recluse First Aid Kit Testimonial: "I was bitten on the back of my left hand. I was re-roofing a shed at the time. That night I noticed what I thought was a scratch on the back of my hand. The next day I noticed it was oozing something. The next few days it kept getting bigger and bigger. That's when I got on the computer and looked up "brown recluse .com". My son kept telling me he killed a brown recluse in the house and I always said it was just a spider, but I was wrong.
I ordered the kit, by that time my bite was the size of a dime. At work I showed the guys your website pictures and my bite. Freaked them out. Applied your solution per directions and within a week the results were remarkable. Everyone at work was amazed how quickly it went from a oozing sore to healed over in such a short time." Steven E. - Kansas City, Missouri Medical Treatment An antivenin has been developed but is mainly effective within 24 hours after the bite.
Since people typically only visit their doctor after the 24 hour window has expired, an antivenin has not been commercially available. Photo taken 3 months after skin graft Source: Alabama A&M University 11 days after 2002 Brown Recluse biteSource: Dale Losher(See video below for his story) A number of methods have been used by the medical community to fight the symptoms of a Brown Recluse spider bite.
Emergency room treatment often consists of local debridement (removal of dead tissue), elevation, and loose immobilization of the affected area. Antibiotics are usually the treatment of choice, though it only helps to keep the wound from getting infected. Cool compresses are also sometimes applied to help slow the activity of sphingomyelinase D, the protein thought to be responsible for tissue destruction.
If the wound continues to fester, additional visits to a doctor will involve cutting out the surrounding tissue, and possible scheduling for skin grafts. The photos on the left are that of Dale Losher, a Brown Recluse bite victim who was admitted to the hospital for treatment. Staph and Strep infections can occur due to the open wound, which can cause serious complications, and are a major reason for amputation.
If you are bitten, do not apply camphor, phenol, or other household disinfectants Also, never apply heat to a Brown Recluse bite wound. It will make it worse. Another Testimonial: For my background I am a retired pharmacist of 40 years. This was the second time (5 years apart) for my encounter with a brown recluse. The 1st time, I ended up in the hospital for 5 days, not knowing if my leg was going to continue to stay attached to me or not! And 5 years later, the scars and sign were still there and lucky for me, the leg is still attached.
... With my most recent "bite", I was able to recognize the situation, and with a doctor's appointment, a Rx was acquired for an antibiotic. The healing process was not that noticeable after 5 days, so I ordered the kit and that same day followed the directions and applied the mixture with a bandage. The very NEXT DAY, I saw an improvement, and by the 4th day of applying, there was no sign of a bite.
. Now, to-day, there is no scar or any sign. If I had to tell you where I was bitten, I could not point it out even to myself! It is gone !!!! So what do I think of the kit? It works well and with speed.. I would not be without it! I highly endorse and recommend ...Thanks for the follow up and checking on me! Tom Burgiss - Laurel Springs, North Carolina Click Here to Order a Kit | Order Spider traps Recurring bite wounds Brown Recluse bite wounds are known for returning even after it appears to have completely healed.
One possible trigger of the recurrence is a bruise, scratch or other lesion near the previously wounded area. The wound can erupt in the same location as the original bite or in another area. The wounds can recur on a yearly cycle near the time of the year when the original bite occurred. It is believed that wounds return because the venom is still underneath the skin. Below are photographs sent to us from Cora Rich of Scott County, TN.
She has a recurring bite wound in its 10th year of recurrence. The Brown Recluse First Aid Kit in 1999, a woman was bitten on the arm by a Brown Recluse spider and made a remarkable discovery. She and her husband tried various suggested remedies to help heal her horrible bite wound but nothing seemed to work. Rather, it was getting worse. They knew from other people's experiences that doctors were only going to prescribe antibiotics and that wasn't going to heal the wound.
Finally, after much prayer they discovered a combination of ingredients which they applied topically to the bite wound. Activated Carbon After applying, the wound quickly reversed course and healed up completely. They later learned that the Activated Carbon they applied to the wound is already given internally at hospitals to treat poison victims because Activated Carbon quickly adsorbs poisons.
Using the same substance to adsorb Brown Recluse venom externally on a Brown Recluse bite wound, along with some important herbs to support healing of the wound only made sense. So in 2003, they decided to partner up with others and begin developing a product that could be kept on hand in case someone is bitten AND also be used on older Brown Recluse spider bite wounds like hers. The result? Discovered and developed by a Brown Recluse spider bite victim.
For old and new Brown Recluse Bite wounds. Finally, a Very Effective, All Natural, Drug-Free Product For Brown Recluse Spider Bites. Why does the product work so well? The ingredients in this kit get to the root cause of the symptoms rather than treating symptoms. The root cause of the symptoms in a spider bite wound is the venom. It is the poisonous spider venom that kills the cells and causes such gruesome and painful sores.
Drawing out the venom is the most important factor for starting the healing process and this is exactly what the Brown Recluse First Aid kit was created to do. This First Aid Kit has 2 components. The all natural Advanced Adsorb Powder (containing high quality Activated carbon) is combined with The Brown Recluse Solution, a unique herbal solution, to produce a paste. This paste has a molecular attraction to the venom.
(See Ingredients)When the paste is applied to the spider bite wound, it works to draw out the venom and relieve the pain so that your body can heal itself. Excellent for immediate use when bitten by the spider. Excellent for existing bite wounds, no matter the age Works just as well on pets The results of this kit have been astounding! Since 2004, over 35,000 kits have been sold with a .001 return rate for ineffectiveness.
More Testimonials: "You have a great product! I was bit 4 months ago. The bite wound was about an inch and a quarter across. We were trying to treat it by cutting the worst part of it out. The Doctor put me on an antibiotic which helped with the infection.. but then the bite wound came back with a vengeance and even in another place I hadn't been bitten. That's when I really started to get nervous.
I went back on the medication and it went 10 days without even helping the infection. The infection eventually cleared up but the wound with the venom in it was still there. So I finally got on the computer and purchased your product. I put your paste on at night and the next morning it was only half as big. I applied it once again and now it is practically gone! You have a wonderful product, you really do.
" Cliff Newell, Lake Worth, FL "Thank you for your product. I have been bitten three times, the first time I went to a dermatologist who gave me antibiotics and creams. They did nothing and the scar looks like a bullet wound. The second and third times I used your product and the wound healed in a couple of weeks with no scar. I have no hesitation to recommend your product." Ted Donnelly - Houston, Texas Click here to read over 100 testimonials! .
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Shares 713 Our recommendations for best first aid kit for different skill levels, tips for first aid kit use and items missed in many kits. As part of our emergency preparedness preparations (and because my husband was a Boy Scout), we've been slowly beefing up our stash of emergency medical supplies. In this post we cover our recommendations for best first aid kit for different skill and preparedness levels.
These are suitable for car first aid kits, travel emergency kits or home and office. You should have at least one small Basic First Aid Kit for each vehicle, and one or more in your home. We do suggest adding certain items to the First Aid Kits, which are noted below the emergency kit lists. First Aid Kits are Not a Substitute for First Aid Training We recommend you get basic first aid and medical training.
Local organizations often offer basic first aid training, including programs targeted to teens who do babysitting. There are a lot of good videos on Youtube, such as those hosted by Dr, Bones and Nurse Amy. Get books such as First Aid Fundamentals for Survival or Where there is No Doctor. The more you know, the easier it is for your to respond to emergencies, big or small. Even with training, a fold out first aid guide is a good addition to your home first aid kit.
Some first aid kits include labeled pouches and step by step guides in the kit. These are great even for seasoned medical professionals, as the professional can hand the kit to a novice and get some level of assistance. The bad news is they don’t leave a lot of room for extra items, which we inevitably need. How Much will a First Aid Kit Cost? A basic first aid kit could cost as little as $20 band-aids, gauze and wraps.
If the kit can support a trauma it will cost more. We estimate the basic kits will be $80 to $250, a full kit will be in the $250-$500 range and you can easily spend over $1000 if you include oxygen, a good BP cuff and/or surgical kits and specialized secondary kits. When we purchased everything we needed for our first aid/trauma kit, the items cost about $250, without the case. If you can’t afford a quality pre-made first aid kit, you can build one, piece by piece as your finances permit.
You can also substitute items. A feminine napkin makes a very good trauma gauze – add some medical tape, super glue and duct tape and you have a makeshift trauma pack. It is cheaper to build your own rather than buy a pre-made one. But for many of us building our own kit is not practical due to time, lack of experience or training, so if you need a kit NOW – consider one or more of the kits below.
How do I choose an Emergency Med Kit and Supplies? There five factors that influence what kind of first aid items you will have in your first aid kits: Time – Time is life in a medical emergency. If you don't expect a paramedic to show up for an hour – your kit is going to look a lot different than a 15 minute bag. If you are planning on holding out 24 to 72 hours in an emergency, the kit needs far more supplies, and the kit needs even more items if you need to survive a hurricane or extended disaster or you are out in the middle of nowhere waiting on extraction.
Usage – Some people want a full surgery kit, others want enough to keep someone alive until help arrives. Do you have dangerous, snakes, ticks or spiders? Are you preparing supplies to be a midwife? Will you have trauma gear for a gunshot wound or sucking chest wound? Or gear for burns? Are you including dental supplies? Glasses repairs? What event(s) are you preparing for? Weight – Camping, hiking and other similar activities drive a focus on weight.
If this is the issue, tiny/lightweight multi-function items are your goal and you will probably be willing to pay more to get the lighter weight. Large comprehensive bags weigh a lot. Funds – It is easy to spend hundreds if not thousands on medical kits, so money can be a limit. Know your need and focus on training first. Skills – Even if you have answers to the four items above, you still may not have the skills to appropriately use and maintain supplies.
Training is a big part of a first aid kit. So if you can, you need an extra kit to train with. Based on this list, we suspect no one first aid kit will meet all your needs. That said, we identify a few of the better ones, plus a few higher quality empty bags, kits, backpacks and duffel bags that would be good if you want to build your own. You could also buy a backpack and build specialty kits, such as: an every day “boo-boo kit for nicks, cuts, and scratches; a bug/snake bit kit; a trauma kit; a burn kit; a CPR kit and so on.
For the more advanced responders, you could include a suture/surgery kit, an airway kit, and so on. Best Personal or Individual First Aid Kits (iFAK) Rescue Essentials Covert Carry Belt Worn Kit, 10.3 ounces, 5.7″ x 3.7″ x 2.2″. Excellent, fully stocked tiny, well designed trauma kit. Designed for police and EMT use, not a primary kit. Best for every day belt carry, or hunting. Northbound Train First Aid Kit Bi-Fold Kit, 11 ounces, 3″ x 5″ x 7″.
Best lightweight kit for short hikes or short trips, not a primary kit. Best Small Car/Travel/Home Kits Surviveware Small First Aid Kit Bi-Fold Kit, 13.6 ounces, 5.5” x 7.5” x 3.5”, up to 3 people. Well labeled. It has only a small amount of add on room. This is the best small kit for overnight camping and traveling light. This is a good first kit if you don't have one and need the smaller size for travel.
Survival Solutions Traveler First Aid Kit Tri-Fold, 2.2 pounds, 8.7″ x 7.1″ x 3.5″ (19.3 inches x 8.66 inches when open), supports up to 4 people. Well labeled mid-sized kit, includes a first aid guide. It is larger so it has room for add-on items. Good for car, travel, overnight camping, or a good starter home kit. This is a very good first kit if you don't have one. Best Mid Sized Kits for Home, Office, Travel or Car 12 Survivors First Aid Rollup Kit Rollout kit, 3+ pounds, 15″ x 33″.
Can be stocked to support a family. Labeled and easy to see everything – but needs add on items. Multi-day camping, medium car or home kit. It is too big to fly with but ok for cross county driving. It is not water proof. The weight varies with what you add. It is our favorite build your own kit and lives in our main bathroom as our home emergency kit. Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Series Fundamentals first aid kit Tri-Fold Kit, 2.
3 pounds, 9″ x 7″ x 5.5″. Very compact. Great quality, good labeling. Medium car kit, multi day camping, large travel kit, good starter home kit. Adventure Medical Mountain Series Expedition 6 fold kit, 3 pound, 11″ x 8.5″ x 7″. Very compact. Excellent quality, good labeling. Medium fold out car kit, multi day camping, large travel kit, excellent starter home kit. Best Large EMT Type Kits (first aid knowledge required) Lightning X First Aid Kit Bag Kit, 8 pounds, 17″ x 9″ x 11″.
Advanced kit, good home or camp kit. No labeling, no book, very well stocked, too big to travel Adventure Medical Professional Series Mountain Medic Expensive Large 2sided Bag, 7 pounds 12 ounces, 16″ x 10″ x 8″. Comprehensive large kit. Includes oral and nasal airways, scalpel, blood pressure cuff, stethoscope. Decent visibility. Kit for advanced home, camp or a disaster. Stomp First Aid Kit Expensive.
Very Large Backpack, 18 pounds, 19″ x 14″ x 10″. This backpack first aid kit, is fully stocked kit for a large group. This kit can support family traumas and simple emergencies. No Labeling. Large complicated, advanced home, base camp or disaster kit. Contents may vary:1 SOFTT-W Windlass Tourniquet, 1 QuikClot Combat Gauze LE, 1 H&H Compression Bandage, 1 Petrolatum Dressing (4″ x 4″), 1 Duct Tape (2″ x 36″)1 Nasopharyngeal Airway (28Fr) w/ lube, 1 Sharpie Marker, 2 Safety Pins, Large, 1 Rolled Pair, Nitrile Gloves (Lrg) Rescue Essentials Covert Carry is an individual trauma first aid kit (iFAK) designed to be belt warn.
It is 5.75″ x 3.75″ x 2.25″ (44 cu inch) and weighs 10.4 ounces. This excellent tiny trauma kit has everything you would need to handle a trauma or gunshot wound for one person. It was designed for police or Paramedic/EMT use. The duct tape doubles as bandage, and entry/exit wound seal. This kit has no room for add on items but doesnt really need them either. Excellent but expensive. You might be able to add a LUMINTOP Mini Worm LED flashlight.
Rescue essentials has one a bit smaller also, the Advanced Patrol Officers Trauma Kit. This kit is best for every day carry. Contents may vary:(1) 6″ Stainless Steel Shears, (1) Stainless Steel Tweezers, (1) Mylar Emergency Blanket, (1) Triangular Bandage, (4) PVC Protective Gloves, (1) Medical Tape, (1) Conforming PBT Bandage, (1) Large Adhesive Wound Dressing, (4) Large Gauze Pads, (4) Medium Gauze Pads, (4) Antiseptic Towelettes, (4) Alcohol Towelettes, (3) Sting Relief wipes, (2) Antibiotic Ointments, (10) Medium Adhesive Bandages, (5) Small Adhesive Bandages, (5) Butterfly Bandages, (5) Safety Pins, (2) Large Laminate Bags for Contents, (2) Medium Laminate Bags for Contents, (5) Poly bags for medicine Northbound Train First Aid Kit 3x5x7 inches (105 cubic inches) 11 ounces.
This is a good starter first aid kit but it has no labeling or guides. You will need to figure out your own labeling. It is well rated, is extremely small, and very lightweight. There are no separate internal pouches. This kit can support an individual trauma. It needs most of the Group 1 addon's – Best for Get Home or Bug Out Bag. Use this kit when weight and size are critical Recommended Add-on are Group 1 (see below) Contents may vary:6” Shears(1), 600D Polyester Bag(1), Alcohol Wipes(3), Antiseptic Wipes(4), Adhesive Bandages: Butterfly Closures(5), Butterfly(5), H-Shape(5), Large(2), Standard (20), Mini(5), Square Shape(5), Cotton Gauze Swab(3), Cotton Swabs(10), CPR Pouch with Instructions(1), CPR Breathing Mask(1), Crepe Bandage(1), Emergency Blanket(1), Eye Pads(2), Hypoallergenic Tape(1), Nitrile Gloves(1), Personal Medicine Laminate Bag(1), Personal Medicine Mini Bags(5), PBT Conforming Bandage(1), Safety Pins(4), Splinter Probes(2), Strip Wound Closures(3), Sting Relief Wipes(3), Tourniquet(1), Triangular Bandage(1),Tweezer(1), and Whistle(1).
Surviveware Small First Aid Kit clamshell, 5.5 x 7.5 x 3.5 inches (144 cubic inch) 13.6 oz Excellent little, organized kit, that is very well labeled which is a advantage in an emergency. It has a built in quick CPR guide sewn right into the resuscitation pouch that has the Adult rules on the front of the flap and Child rules on the back. It's bit small, so small it might not hold everything an intermediate responder might want.
Like the Survival solutions kit it would have trouble. This kit can support a single trauma and basic family emergencies. Good for a basic car first aid kit or short hikes, well stocked and labeled. It could also be a starter home emergency kit. An alternate for the Surviveware is the Survival Solutions Handy First Aid Kit this is similar to the SurviveWare but its weighs 2.2lbs and 7.1 inches x 3.
5 inches x 8.7 inches. Another excellent alternative is the Adventure Medical Kits Sportsman Series Whitetail First Aid Kit 7.5 x 5.5 x 3.5 inches (144 cubic inches) at 2 pounds it is a very complete kit and well rated. We recommend you add items from Group 1 (see below) to the SurviveWare, Suvival Solutions or Sportsman Series Whitetail kits. Our number one recommendation for a build your own kit is the 12 Survivors First Aid Rollup Kit.
It is a 15 inch wide kit that rolls out to 33 inches long for 450 to 550 cubic inches of storage. There are 12 labeled pockets, 10 smaller and 2 bigger. It has a carry handle, clips, and straps to allow it to connect to a backpack, and Velcro to keep it closed. This kit can be used to support an entire family for trauma and basic emergencies. This roll out kit gives you fast, visible access, is customize-able and still fairly small.
Contents may vary: 1 Emergency blanket, 1 Poncho, 8 PBT elastic bandages, 4 Sterile non woven gauze pads, 2 Wet cleaning wipes, 4 BZK antiseptic swabs, 4 Alcohol prep pads, 1 Pair of PVC gloves, 10 Adhesive band aids, 1 Breath mask for mouth to mouth, 1 Pair of tweezers, 1 Zinc oxide adhesive plaster (tape), 1 Pairs of scissors, 1 Pair of Shears, 1 Tourniquet band, and 1 Emergency dressing.
You can customize the velcro labels on each of the mesh pockets. Each mesh pocket has the zippers along the long side (not top narrow side) which gives wider, easier access to contents. The straps are adjustable, so you can add more items to the kit and it will still close. This is the best kit currently, if you want labeling AND customization. For the bad news: This is NOT a waterproof first aid kit.
If you want to protect items from rain everything will need to be in ziplock bags inside the kit. You may want to replace a couple of the items it comes with and you will very likely add a number of items. If there was a version of this kit that had the top row of zipper pouches smaller and bottom bigger, and one of the side pouches was slightly larger – it would be perfect. Laurie was impressed with how easy it was to find things inside it.
What we added. (Group 1, 2 & 3) Sharpie marker, Quik clot x2, 3mode LED flashlight, Pak-kit thermometer, pupil flashlight, knife, burn gel, lighter, Israel bandage, saline wash, tweezers, small Polysporin, fingernail clipper, non-prescription medicines in 2×3 baggies, and we purchase a First Aid Kit velcro sticker so the kits purpose was obvious. Best kit for a family, a camp, car or storm/disaster.
We added pretty much everything from Group 1 and Group 2 (see below) and we recommend you do too. Contents may vary:Adhesive dressing “Band-aids” – 50, Skin cleaning wipes – 4 – NOTE 1 is included inside the CPR kit, Bandage shears 19cm stainless – 1, Conforming cotton bandage 5cm x 1.8m – 3, Conforming cotton bandage 7.5cm x 1.8m – 3, Cotton gauze swabs – 2 packs of 3 – 6 swabs in total, Foil emergency blanket – 1, Eye pads – 2, Fever scan strips – 3, Hydrogel 3.
5ml sachet – 5, Hypo Allergenic tape – 1, Nitrile gloves – 2 – NOTE 1 is included inside CPR KIT, Non adherent wound pad 5cmx5cm – 3, Non adherent wound pad 7.5cmx10cm – 1, Pencil – 1, Plastic bags – 3, Crepe bandage 10cm x1.8m – 1, SMART snake bandage 10cm x2m – 1, CPR KIT – 1 – NOTE includes face resus shield plus one of the skin cleaning wipes and 1 of the nitrile gloves, Safety pins – 6, Saline 15ml – 4, Splinter probes – 1 pack of 5 – 5 units in total, Triangular bandage – 2, Tweezers – 1, Wound closure pack – 3 packs of 3 – 9, Wound dressing BPC No 14 – 1, and the Survival Emergency Solutions First aid in brief booklet.
Details: Survival Solutions Traveler First Aid Kit 3 fold, 8.7x 7.1x 3.5 (216 cubic inch). Compact organized kit. This one is in our van. Everything is labeled and color coded and and there is a first aid guide included. This kit can support a single trauma and basic family emergencies. Good car or minimum for a home first aid kit, well stocked for its size, well labeled, and leaves some room for other items Group 1 possibly Group 2.
If you need a larger kit for home, you might also consider the Dixie EMS First Responder it is 10 x 8 x 5 inches (400 cubic inches) and weighs 2.3 pounds. It is a much larger bag type kit. If you buy the Survival Solutions or Dixie kits, we recommend you add anything missing from Group 1 and Group 2 (see below) Contents may vary:(8) Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, 1″ x 3”, (5) Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, Knuckle, (2) Bandage, Conforming Gauze, 3″, (1) Bandage, Stockinette Tubular, 1″ x 4″, (2) Dressing, Gauze, Sterile, 2″ x 2″, Pkg.
/2, (3) Dressing, Gauze, Sterile, 4″ x 4″, Pkg./2, (3) Dressing, Non-Adherent, Sterile, 3″ x 4″, (2) Gloves, Nitrile (Pair), Hand Wipe, (1) Instructions, Easy Care Bleeding, (1) Trauma Pad, 5″ x 9″, (1) Trauma Pad, 8″ x 10″, (1) Aloe Vera Gel with Lidocaine, 1 oz., (2) GlacierGel (Small Rectangular), (1) Moleskin, Pre-Cut & Shaped (14 pieces), (1) CPR Face Shield, (1) Duct Tape, 2″ x 5 Yards, (1) Bandage, Elastic with Velcro, 3″, (1) Bandage, Triangular, (1) Instructions, Easy Care Fracture & Sprain, (1) C-Splint, 4″ x 36″, (1) EMT Shears, 4″, (1) Pencil, (3) Safety Pins, (1) Splinter Picker/Tick Remover Forceps, (1) Thermometer, Digital, (1) Comp.
Guide to Wilderness & Travel Medicine, (1) Patient Assessment Form, (4) Acetaminophen (500 mg), Pkg./2, (4) Antihistamine (Diphenhydramine 25 mg), (1) Aspirin (325 mg), Pkg./2, (4) Ibuprofen (200 mg), Pkg./2, (1) Instructions, Easy Care Medication, (2) Plastic Vial, Flip-top, Large, (6) Antiseptic Wipe (Benzalkonium Chloride), (2) Cotton Tip Applicator, Pkg./2, (1) Instructions, Easy Care Wound, (1) Povidone Iodine, 3/4 oz.
, (1) Syringe, Irrigation, 20 cc, 18 Gauge Tip, (1) Tape, 1″ x 10 Yards, (2) Skin Tac Adhesive, Wipes (Isopropyl Alcohol), (3) Triple Antibiotic Ointment, Single Use (Bacitracin Zinc, Neomycin Sulfate, Polymyxin B Sulfate), and Wound Closure Strips, 1/4″ x 4″, Pkg./10. Details: Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Series Fundamentals First Aid Kit 9 x 7 x 5.5 inches ; 2.3 pounds. Tri-fold kit. Well rated, well stocked and very organized kit.
It is reasonably waterproof also. It has labeling and an included first aid guide. (Note: the Amazon version is slightly different than Adventure Medical Website one). This kit can support family traumas and simple emergencies. This is a great car or a good home first aid kit, very well stocked and well labeled. If you buy this kit we recommend you add anything missing from Group 1 and Group 2 (see below) Contents may vary:Tweezers, Kelly Hemostats, Trauma Sheers, Bandage Shears, Penlight, Ammonia Ampules (10), Band-Aids (100), 4” x 4” Gauze Pads (50), 2” Roll Gauze (2), 3” Roll Gauze (2), 4” Roll Gauze (2), 2” Self-Adherent Bandage (2), 2” Elastic Ace Bandage (2)5” x 7” ABD Pad (2), 8” x 10” ABD Pad (2), 1” Roll Cloth Tape, Triple Antibiotic, Ointment 1/2 oz, Instant Cold Packs (2), Isopropyl Alcohol Wipes (10), Eye Pads (2)Triangle Bandage (2), Eye Wash Irrigation Solution, Exam Gloves (4), Universal SAM Finger Splint, Oral Glucose Gel, Sting & Bite Relief Pads (9), Sting & Bite Relief Pads (10), Adult Blood Pressure Cuff w/ Case, Sprague Stethoscope, CPR Mask, Oropharyngeal Airway Kit (6), and Iodine Wipes (10).
Details: Lightning X Small First Responder EMT/EMS Bag This duffel bag first aid kit is 17″ x 9″ x 11″ (1683 cubic inches). This is a very complete but disorganized kit, and you will probably still need to add things. There is no labeling, so you will need to label your own sub-kits. This is a First Responder/EMT type kit. Although much more complete, you need to know what you are doing to use it all.
This kit can support family traumas and simple emergencies. This is an advanced home or car kit, extremely well stocked but you need to know your way around. If you buy this kit we recommend you add anything missing from Group 1, 2 and 3 (see below) Contents may vary: 20 – Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, 1″ x 3″, 10 – Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, Knuckle, 2 – Bandage, Conforming Gauze, 3″, 8 – Dressing, Gauze, Sterile, 2″ x 2″, Pkg.
/2, 8 – Dressing, Gauze, Sterile, 4″ x 4″, Pkg./2, 4 – Dressing, Non-Adherent, Sterile, 3″ x 4″, 2 – Eye Pad, Sterile, 3 – Gloves, Nitrile (Pair), Hand Wipe (Intl), 1 – Trauma Pad, 5″ x 9″, 1 – Trauma Pad, 8″ x 10″, 1 – Aloe Vera Gel with Lidocaine, 2 oz, 2 – GlacierGel (Large Oval), 1 – Molefoam, 5″ x 6″, 2 – Moleskin, Pre-Cut & Shaped (14 pieces), 1 – CPR Face Shield, 1 – Temporary Cavity Filling Mixture, 1 – Duct Tape, 2″ x 5 Yards, 1 – Bandage, Elastic with Velcro, 2″, 1 – Bandage, Elastic with Velcro, 3″, 2 – Bandage, Triangular, 1 – C-Splint™, 4″ x 36″, 1 – EMT Shears, 4″, 1 – Pencil, 3 – Safety Pins, 1 – Splinter Picker/Tick Remover Forceps, 1 – Thermometer, Digital, 1 – Comp.
Guide to Wilderness & Travel Medicine, 1 – Patient Assessment Form, 20 – Acetaminophen (500 mg), Pkg./2, 4 – After Bite Wipe, 1 – Antacid, Pkg./12, 10 – Antihistamine (Diphenhydramine 25 mg), 5 – Aspirin (325 mg), Pkg./2, 14 – Cold Medicine, Medicidin-D, Pkg./2, 6 – Cortisone Cream 1%, 1/32 oz (.9 g), 8 – Diamode (Loperamide HCI 2 mg), Pkg./1, 1 – Glutose Paste (Glucose 15 g), 20 – Ibuprofen (200 mg), Pkg.
/2, 1 – Nasal Decongestant Spray, 1/2 fl oz, 6 – Oral Rehydration Salts, 3 – Plastic Vial, Flip-top, Large, 4 – Plastic Vial, Flip-top, Small, 1 – Water Disinfection Tablets (Bottle/50), 1 – Emergency Reflective Blanket, 56″ x 84″, 1 – Matches, Waterproof, 1 – Scalpel, Sterile, Disposable, #11 Blade, 13 – Antiseptic Wipe, 2 – Cotton Tip Applicator, Pkg./2, 3 – Povidone Iodine, 3/4 oz, 1 – Scrub Brush, Sterile, 1 – Syringe, Irrigation, 20 cc, 18 Gauge Tip, 2 – Tape, 1″ x 10 Yards, 3 – Skin Tac Adhesive Wipes, 10 – Triple Antibiotic Ointment, Single Use, 2 – Wound Closure Strips, 1/4″ x 4″, and Pkg.
/10. Details: First Aid Kit 16″ x 10″ x 8″ Weight: 4 lbs 15 oz. Comprehensive large tri-fold kit designed for a group of people. This kit can support family traumas and simple emergencies. This kit can support family traumas and simple emergencies. Large, organized, advanced home or car kit. Designed for teams or larger groups. If you buy this kit we recommend you add anything missing from Group 1, 2 and 3 (see below) Contents may vary: 1 16oz.
Skin flushing solution, 1 4oz. Eye wash, 1 Hand soap, 1 6oz. Calamine lotion, 2 Lip Treatment, 1 Burn spray, 1 Instant Glucose, 20 pain reliever, 20 Ammonia inhalants, 1 Blood clotting spray, 2 Sam/universal splint, 2 Field dressing 11″ sq., 4 Field dressing 7.5″x8″, 3 Triangular bandages, 1 Cervical collar, 2 4″x4yds. Gauze roll, 3 6″ Elastic bdge., 3 4″ Elastic bdge, 5 4″x4″ Sterile pads, 6 2×2 Gauze sponges, 10 5″x9″ Abdominal pads, 2 Blood stopper kits, 4 Eye pads, 100 Bandage strips 3″x1″, 20 Butterfly strip, 20 Bandage strips 2″x3″, 20 Knuckle bandages, 3 Instant ice pack, 3 Roll of 1″ tape, 1 Stethoscope, 1 Blood pressure kit, 2 EMT shears, 4 Hemostats, 1 SS tweezers, 1 SS probe, 1 Scalpel handle #3, 6 Scalpel blades, 1 Pen light, 1 First aid book, 6 Safety pins, 5 Pair latex gloves, 2 Irrigation syringe, 20 Triple antibiotic packages, 10 Burn aid packages, 25 Alcohol wipes, 100 Iodine PVP wipes, 25 Antiseptic BZK wipes, 9 After bite wipes, 3 CPR mask/face shield, 4 Airways, 5 Tongue depressor, and 5 Lab sponges Details: The Stomp kit is an excellent large backpack 10 x 14 x 19 inches (4522 cubic inches).
It weighs 17+ pounds. This is a huge kit in a good backpack. It opens completely in the front or back compartment, and has multiple mesh pockets. There is basically no labeling so you need to know what is where. It is probably the most fully stocked and complete kit short of EMT bags costing even more. Although this is an excellent kit, unless you have training this kit is probably overkill. For many people, the same investment will let you build your own kits to supply your car, your house and add most of the missing items in Group 1, 2 and 3.
This comprehensive kit can support everything from small injuries to multi-person traumas. There is an alternate Stomp Medical Kit. There is also a larger Stomp kit which is excellent the Stomp Medical Kit Bag With CAT Tourniquet Bundle. This is a massive, complicated, advanced home or car kit. This kit is stocked to support teams or larger groups. It would be a good kit if you: are a First Responder or EMT plan to provide care in extended disasters run a camp or large events or you are far from help If you buy the Stomp kit we recommend you add anything missing from Group 1, 2 and 3 (below) – and that you review the build your own first aid kit post.
Contents may vary: Deluxe Kit (the bag itself), Tweezers, Kelly Hemostats, Trauma Shears, Bandage Shears, Penlight, Am Ampules, Band-Aids (100), 4″ x 4″ Gauze Pads (50), 2″ Roll Gauze (2), 3″ Roll Gauze (2), 4″ Roll Gauze (2), 2″ Self-Adherent Bandage (2), 2″ Elastic Ace Bandage (2), 5″ x 7″ ABD Pad (2), 8″ x 10″ ABD Pad (2), 1″ Roll Cloth Tape, 2″ Roll Cloth Tape, Iodine Wipes (10), Isopropyl Alcohol Wipes (10), Triple Antibiotic Ointment 1/2 oz, Instant Cold Packs (2), Eye Pads (2), Triangle Bandage (2) , Eye Wash, Exam Gloves (4), Universal SAM Finger Splint, Glutose, Sting Pads (10), Adult BP Cuff, Sprague Stethoscope, Barrier Mask, OPA Kit, (6) 10″ x 30″ Trauma Dressing, NC Tubing (2), NRB Mask (2), BVM Bag, 4-1/4″ x 36″ Roll Splint, 4″ x 4″ Occl Seal, Adjustable C-Collar, 2oz Burn Spray, 2oz First Aid Spray, Emergency Blanket, Quick Stop Hemostatic Blood Stop Spray, Buckle Tourniquet, First Aid Guide Booklet, Vaseline Gauze Pads (2), and (4) Color Coded Removable Pouches w/ Clear Vinyl Window & Zipper.
Details: The Lightning X Extra Large Medic Bag is 20″(L) x 16″(W) x 10″(H) 12 pounds. This is a full EMT bag and is designed for trauma level emergencies. For the price this kit provides a lot of what are necessary items if you are out in the middle of nowhere. This is a fantastic kit if you want to be a first responder or EMT. Best to support multiple incidents a a severe incident. If you buy this kit, it still needs a few things from Groups 1, 2 and 3.
Contents may vary: 10 – Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, 1″ x 3″, 10 – Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, Knuckle, 4 – Bandage, Conforming Gauze, 3″, 16 – Dressing, Sterile, Non-Adherent, 3″ x 4″, 20 – Dressing, Gauze, Non-Sterile, 4″ x 4″, 2 – Eye Pad, Sterile, 6 – Gloves, Nitrile (Pair), Hand Wipe, 1 – Trauma Pad, 5″ x 9″, 1 – Trauma Pad, 8″ x 10″, 1 – Aloe Vera Gel with Lidocaine, 2 oz.
, 2 – Dressing, Burn, WaterJel, 4″ x 4″, 4 – GlacierGel (Large Oval), 6 – Moleskin, Pre-Cut & Shaped (14 pieces), 1 – CPR Pocket Mask, 1 – Temporary Cavity Filling Mixture, 1 – Bandage, Elastic with Velcro, 3″, 1 – Bandage, Elastic with Velcro, 4″, 2 – Bandage, Triangular, 1 – C-Splint™, 4″ x 36″, 1 – Airway, Nasal, 7.0 mm, 1 – Airway, Nasal, 7.5 mm, 1 – Airway, Oral, (Set of 6 sizes), 1 – Blood Pressure Cuff, 1 – EMT Shears, 4″, 1 – Pencil, 3 – Safety Pins, 1 – Splinter Picker/Tick Remover Forceps, 1 – Stethoscope, 1 – Thermometer, Digital, 1 – Comp.
Guide to Wilderness & Travel Medicine, 3 – Patient Assessment Form, 10 – Acetaminophen (500 mg), Pkg./2, 6 – After Bite Wipe, 7 – Antacid, Pkg./2, 20 – Antihistamine (Diphenhydramine 25 mg), 10 – Aspirin (325 mg), Pkg./2, 5 – Cold Medicine, Medicidin-D, Pkg./2, 10 – Diamode (Loperamide HCI 2 mg), Pkg./1, 5 – Diotame (Bismuth Subsalicylate), Pkg./2, 1 – Eye Wash, 2/3 oz, (20 ml), 1 – Glutose Paste (Glucose 15 g), 12 – Ibuprofen (200 mg), Pkg.
/2, 2 – Oral Rehydration Salts, 4 – Plastic Vial, Flip-top, Large, 1 – Sunscreen, SPF 40, 1 oz, 1 – Zinc Oxide, 1 oz. 1 – Emergency Reflective Blanket, 56″ x 84″, 1 – Mayo Heger Needle Holder, 5″, 4 – Scalpel, Sterile, Disposable, #11 Blade, 18 – Antiseptic Wipe, 3 – Cotton Tip Applicator, Pkg./2, 3 – Povidone Iodine, .75 oz., 1 – Scrub Brush, Sterile, 1 – Syringe, Irrigation, 20 cc, 18 Gauge Tip, 2 – Tape, 1″ x 10 Yards, 1 – Tincture of Benzoin Topical Adhesive, 2 oz.
, 8 – Triple Antibiotic Ointment, Single Use, 1 – Wound Closure Strips, 1/4″ x 4″, Pkg./10. Details: This is an excellent but expensive kit. It is 16″ x 10″ x 8″ and weighs 7 pounds 12 ounces. It can support a camping trip up to 30 days for 1-7 people. Best for long camping trips. Others physically larger kits are probably better for around the home use and disasters. Even though it is a great kit and costs $385+, you will still need to add items from Group 1, 2 and 3.
For example, it doesn't have duct tape, QuikClot gauze/sponge and a couple Sharpie pens. We would probably add more non-prescription meds also if it was for a 30 day trip. They don’t weigh a lot and it gives you options. If these kits don't meet your needs, consider other kits from: Rescue Essentials, North American Rescue, Survival Solutions, Dixiegear and Adventure Medical. Nearly every first aid kit is missing some items.
Before you purchase any of the items in this list, check the current contents of the kit (or kits) you are considering, so you don't end up buying duplicate items. Some of these items are more advanced, so only buy the ones you know how to use, or ones you plan to get training on. The items noted below in Group 1, 2 and 3 are the most common items from our full list in the Build Your Own First Aid Kit post.
GROUP 1: MUST HAVE ITEMS IN ANY FIRST AID KIT GROUP 2: OPTIONAL ITEMS FOR MEDIUM SIZE FIRST AID KITS Note these are Optional Items that we recommend for any first aid kit. Some of these items may not fit in the smallest of the first aid kits. GROUP 3: OPTIONAL ITEMS FOR LARGE FIRST AID KITS and HOME These items are more bulky and are likely to only fit in the larger medium, large and extra large kits.
Use First Aid Kits in Rotation Whether you buy your kit or build your own, keep a First Aid Kit at home. Use up the “house” kit(s) first. When the house kits need to be replenished, take one out of a vehicle and put the “fresh one” in the vehicle. Another rotation tip – refresh your kits when you change the batteries in your smoke detectors on daylight savings in spring and fall. Swap out batteries, check medications for expiration and replace missing items.
Alternately, update the kit when you swap out your summer and winter car kits. Random First Aid Related Tips We don't recommend loose anti-coagulant powder. It seems like it would be good, but it can blow around and seal your eyes shut. Instead, use a Quikclot gauze or sponge. Clean the wound and press until bleeding stops, then wrap with pretty much anything until the professionals arrive. Polysporin is better than Neosporin if you have concerns about allergies and skin irritation.
You might want to put some liquid skin or superglue in your kit. Superglue is multi-function and liquid skin and superglue are good fire starters. Sharpie markers can be used to label zip lock bags for sub-kits in your first aid kit. Sharpie markers can also be used to write critical information directly on the patient – to ensure other medical professionals get key information. Mark a spider or snake bite circle it and write date and time.
Snake Bite – DONT USE A KIT. Leave it alone but write date/time and location near your bite. Take a picture of the snake if you can (cellphone) Remove any rings, watches, tight clothing and anything else from the bitten limb, your limb will swell signifcantly. Duct Tape can be used as chest seal (if you burp it as needed). Use it as medical tape to keep gauze in place protect a wound. It can also go over Burn Gel pad or other wet application items.
It can be used to create or secure a splint. You can even make a makeshift sling with duct tape. The Brightly colored duct tape can color code the bags into groups, and you can use the Sharpie to label the bags. As mentioned, a feminine pad can be used as good substitute for a trauma gauze. Tear it open put it on the wound and tape or wrap it in place. When checking a child for extremity problems/mobility.
Get two pieces of chocolate or two popsicles (two of some type of treat). If both arms are operational, the child will grab one with one with one hand and the other with the 2nd. If they protect one hand/arm but still go for sweet, you can estimate where the injury is and help the child settle at the same time. This allows you to better assess if the crying is from fear or pain. We used this trick when our eldest broke his collar bone, and another time when a friend's child fell off a horse and broke an arm bone.
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It's up to us to be ready for trouble, big or small. Originally posted in 2011, updated in 2017. Get Homesteading 101 FREE, plus weekly updates and Subscribers Only information delivered to your inbox.