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Deep smallish cut on knuckle. Like deeeep paper cut. Stopped bleeding @1hr, alcoholed, bandaged but very bruised/tender today. Basic first aid enough?
Watch for signs: Was it a clean cut? Is tetanus up to date? Monitor for signs of infection. Keep clean with mild soap such as Cetaphil plain soap followed by light occlusive dressing such as petrolatum or Aquaphor or neosporin if not allergic. It should heal in 3-5 days if superficial. If getting worse, see MD ...Read more
My mom has diabetes and regularly takes insulin shots. She has a wound on her right toe. What first aid medication should I give her and her wound?
See a doctor: Forget the cream. See a doctor asap especially if wound is on the bottom of the toe. ...Read more
I want to know if there is any snake bit first aid drug that can be bought, kept at home and taken as first aid, before taken victim to hospital?
No.: Snake bite antivenin is extremely expensive and requires medical supervision to give it and to monitor for side effects. It is great that you are making up a first aid kit though! Everyone should do so. By the way: diphenhydramine (Benadryl), liquid and capsule forms, should be in everybody's medicine cabinet, to prevent potentially fatal allergic reactions which can occur without warning. ...Read more
Not emergent: More damage is done trying to lower BP quickly than from high bp. 140/100 is mildly elevated and is not harmful over the shortrun. High BP causes damage over many years. That said, the first line drug is hydrochlorothiazide which is dirt cheap, has only rare side effects, and has excellent outcome data. ...Read more
Opinion Question.: The best first aid kits are the ones that include the most variety of items you feel comfortable using. Usually first aid kits don't use brand name products in it. Having a first aid kit that has items you feel you will never feel comfortable using, would be a waste of money. This is an opinion question. ...Read more
Prevent aspiration: If a person is lying on their back, turn them on their side (to prevent aspiration of vomit). ...Read more
Red Cross or 4H: Most local red cross chapters and many 4h chaapters run regular baby-sitting training courses. Certification would demonstrate that you take the job seriously & will know how to avoid pitfalls as well as responsibly take care of any problems which might arise. More importantly, the child will be safer and you will have gained more self confidence. Good luck. ...Read more
Lots: In south florida kids are saved every day by by-stander cpr. ...Read more
Rest NSAIDS: If no medical help available, a short period of rest & activity restriction will help generally in a fetal position with the use of tylenol (acetaminophen) &/or non-steroidal anti inflammatory medication if no contraindications to its use. Local treatment with heat &/or ice may help as will time to heal for most. After a period of rest, guided exercise will help as well. ...Read more
Yes: Protect the person from harming themselves. It's not necessary to place anything in their mouth because that is too dangerous for them and for the first aid provider. Sometimes it's necessary to provide padding for their head and for arms in case they're flailing so they don't hurt themselves. ...Read more
RICE: Rest (limit activity, use of injured join), ice (ice pack over cloth 15 minutes or ice massage with an ice cube directly over the area of tenderness for 5 minutes), compression (ace wrap or compressive sleeve) and elevation of the injured part. If you don't note continued, adequate improvement be sure to seek a medical evaluation. ...Read more
Get BP down: How quickly to get a person's hbp down depends on two factors - how high the BP is and the clinical situation. If a person has neurological findings such as loss of vision, numbness or weakness in an arm or leg this is a hypertensive emergency and the BP must be brought down immediately. If the BP is very high but there are no neurological changes the BP can be brought down gradually over days. ...Read more
Lots of stuff:
Most basic first aid kits have ointment, bandages, gauze, ibuprofen, scissors, tape, instant cold pack, instant heat pack, alcohol rub.
You can of course personalize the kit for any medical ailments that you have such as asthma inhaler, Epinephrine pen for bee stings, etc. ...Read more
Immobilization in place until a trained medical professional is available. Check for a pulse or normal color of the furthest point from the dislocation and relay that to the personnel.
Compromised circulation may dictate your assistance as instructed by the professionals.
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Here's a list: Bandages, antibacterial ointment, instant heat pack, instant cold pack, gauze, alcohol wipes or bottle, aspiring, ibuprofen, q-tips, cotton balls, sunscreen, and any other things unique to your health needs such as an inhaler if you have asthma, Epinephrine pen if you are allergic to bee stings. ...Read more
Ice.: Ice the shoulder 20 minutes at a time, 3-5 times per day. Take an over the counter anti-inflammatory medication, if you can. Use a sling for comfort, if you feel that you need support. ...Read more