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Forgotten First Aid Items

Accidents are a fact of life. 60,000 people will be admitted this year to the hospital just for cuts. If the cut is severe enough your body can suffer from blood loss and shock. Under the best circumstances, it takes eight minutes to arrive on the scene. But, that’s okay because you are one in 1.7 million people in the country that has a first aid kit! Perhaps you are also one of 9% that went to a first aid/CPR class. You’ve got your CPR masks, non-latex gloves, gauze of various sizes, and more band-aids you can handle. What could go wrong with your perfect first aid kit? Unfortunately, most first aid kits lack the basics. These five items are very critical and often left out to make room for more band-aids.

Braces

We all have sprained a body part at one tie on our lives. The most common type of sprains is in our ankles. A sprain happens when you pull or tear a ligament. One of the best ways to treat a sprain is by wrapping it up in an Ace bandage or using a brace. This gives the ligament time to heal without stressing it further and making the problem worse.

Flashlight

You’re going to need light to see the wound to provide proper treatment. Chances are there is going to be an ongoing blackout during the Z.A. For an added benefit get one with a built-in blue lens. Blue helps you detect blood better and find wounds faster.

Hot Chocolate

Not only is this a wonderful comfort food but chocolate has plenty of medical benefits. Hot chocolate can be used to bring up your internal body temperature if you are in the early stages of hypothermia. It can also be used to soothe an upset stomach and relieve cramping. The antioxidants found in hot chocolate and can alleviate heart disease and lowers the risk of muscular degeneration.

Hard Candies

Quite the soothing candy that has many health benefits. Peppermint soothes upset stomach and chest congestion. Butterscotch can be used as cough drops and can comfort sore throats. Cherry can reduce muscle pain and arthritis pain. The health benefits can go on forever just google your favorite flavor.

Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum jelly is a very versatile product. Often used to treat skin problems like dryness, rashes, and scapes. It can be used to moisten chapped lips. Relieves pain and helps heal wind or sunburned skin. Eases skin disorders like eczema.

M.L. Lewis

Written by M.L. Lewis

M.L. Lewis is not new to the world of writing. She has written various short stories and poems throughout the years and has won multiple awards in art and literature. The highest honor she received was Poet of the Year in 2000, and again in 2005. A poem she wrote in honor of law enforcement can be seen in the book, Everything You Wanted to Know about the Heroes in Blue. She was also featured in Encounter magazine for the volunteer work she did for the United States troops. In 2010 she won Resident of the Year in a local newspaper titled The South Hills Messanger. Today, she spends her time increasing her knowledge on disaster preparedness while working on her Ph. D. in Paranormal Studies.

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