When ever we go into the Big City to see family or do some shopping I am always concerned that my kids are going to get hurt. Why? Because there are things in the city that their cousins do that we don’t do since we live on a ranch.
Things like biking around the neighborhood, swimming, crossing busy streets, skateboarding, playing at the park these are all things that are so mysterious to my kids. Those activities that city kids do everyday also makes me FREAK OUT because they could get hurt doing those things!! Which is hilarious. Really. I mean come on, we live on a RANCH. It’s not exactly a mecca of gentle, bubble wrapped activities out here.
Dealing with large animals, welding, fencing, cacti, insects, weather, and everything else that comes with ranching we are constantly getting injured. A lot of these injuries are pretty minor. Scraped and bruises.
And while, thankfully, most of those injuries are pretty minor, there have been some pretty harsh ranch wrecks.
Recently a whole bunch of injuries from sickness to cuts to broken bones to bug bites cleaned out my first aid kit. (Have you ever seen a caterpillar bite? Not pretty!) As a result of these injuries, it was time to restock.
Where to start? Here are the Basic Supplies
The American Red Cross recommends these items be included in your first aid kit:
- 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
- 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
- 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
- 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)
- 5 antiseptic wipe packets
- 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
- 1 blanket (space blanket)
- 1 instant cold compress
- 2 pair of nonlatex gloves (size: large)
- 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
- 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
- 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
- 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
- 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
- 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
- Oral thermometer (non-mercury/nonglass)
- 2 triangular bandages
- First aid instruction booklet
Finally, the end of the list! Holy Cow, that is a lot of stuff to try and gather up! There is an easy way to get all of these items pretty easily.
Most of these items come in a basic first aid kit. Like this one from First Aid Only. This is the one that I keep in my house to use on the scrapes and minor injuries that my family comes home with. It sits in the plastic tub with all of the allergy, cold medicine and Benadryl cream. The only thing missing from this kit is athletic tape and an ace bandage.
Since we live in a pretty remote location and working conditions are rough, each work truck has one of these kits in it. Everything you need to treat a wound is in this kit. The only thing I add to these kit is a roll of duck tape. (It helps keep those bandages on!)
While this may seem like a really big first aid kit, there have been times when we have been grateful we have had the extra items in this kit. The best idea is to find a kit that has the basics, then decide is you need to get a larger kit or just add a few items to the kit you already have.
Just remember to add things that your family needs. Medicines, epi pens, inhalers, anything that you or someone in your family may need should be added to your first aid kit.
Know how to use your first aid kit!
Once you have your first aid kit all set up, you need to know how to use it! Opening your kit and looking through everything while someone is bleeding is not the best way to learn. This is painful for whoever is waiting for treatment and could lead to some mistakes on your part.
Most college offer a first aid class as part of their EMT or nursing programs. I highly recommend taking this class! You really learn a lot which can help those around you.
If a full semester class is not for you look into community classes offered through the community center, library or fire station. Some fire stations offer CPR training and will come to you!
Just remember to keep your self current on your first aid training. Due to things are always changing in the medical field you need to keep current.
Always go to the Hospital if the injury seems life threatening or is something you don’t understand.
Have you ever been around a cowboy? If you have you have probably noticed how tough they are. Extremely tough.
I’ve seen cowboys and cowgirls get bucked off of horses, run over by cows, kicked in the face, horns punching through a hand, you get the point. And here is what they all say, “I’m fine, just clean me up and I’ll be fine. No need to fuss.”
Sometimes they are right, a bandage is all they need. But sometimes though, they are wrong. They need help. Like when the grinder my husband was using exploded sending chunks of shrapnel into his hand. Did I take him home and just pull those pieces out like he wanted?
No. I did not. No matter how much he insisted I did so. That was something that needed treatment that I could not give. Because I don’t do things like permanent stitches and physical therapy. Not duck tape and time.
Know when injuries can be treated at home and when to go to the hospital is important.
Hopefully you never have to worry about performing first aid but hopefully now you will be a little more prepared.
(Please note: I am not a medical professional. This post is to help you be be more prepared but ALWAYS consult with a medical professional if you have any questions or concerns.