First Aid Kits

All offices and vehicles should be supplied with fully stocked first aid kits. Kits should be packed in a transportable and organized durable container.

Procurement location:  Whenever possible procure these items locally. If international purchasing is necessary, see http://www.redcrossstore.org. The following guidance is according to Safe & Sound, Chapter 6.

Contents of kit a basic first aid kit with no medical or first aid trained personnel:

  • Ace bandages
  • Latex gloves
  • Various sizes of gauzes, tape and bandages
  • Scissors
  • Matches and needles
  • Antibiotic ointment (topical)
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol or ibuprofen)
  • Water purifying tablets (and water container)
  • Oral rehydration salts
  • Normal Saline (sterile)
  • Hydrogen Peroxide

If you have some personnel with first aid training, the following should be added to the first aid kit:

  • Tourniquet
  • Syrup of ipecac
  • Epinephrine and syringe
  • Snake bit kit and razor blades
  • Choloroquine and fansidar

If you have medically trained personnel available, you may want to add:

  • IV fluids and equipment

First Aid Supplies

It is highly recommended that CRS staff contact other medical NGO staff working near by or in country, the U.S. embassy medical officer or local medical personnel for a list of their recommended essential first aid supplies. For example, they may be able to appraise whether sutures or plasma should be on hand to bring to the local hospital in case of an emergency. The hospital may have qualified personnel but no supplies.