Building Your Own First Aid Kit

| Posted On Oct 31, 2022 | By:

You’re cooking dinner, and you nick yourself with the knife, or your child falls off their bike and scrapes their knee on the pavement. Cuts, bruises, stings, and other unexpected injuries happen every day. But are you prepared? A well-stocked first aid kit is a must for every home!

You can purchase a pre-made first aid kit in many retail stores and pharmacies or make your own. First off, find a container that will fit all of your supplies. A plastic storage container with a latch-top lid and handle or a plastic lunchbox will work. Make sure you clearly mark your container as a first aid kit.

What should be included in your first aid kit?

Over-the-counter medications (OTCs) are available at all Atrius Health pharmacies, and most are eligible for reimbursement by a flexible spending account (FSA). OTC medications can also be mailed to your home. Just give your closest Atrius Health pharmacy a call to place an order!

Consider keeping a first aid kit in your home and one in your car, and make sure all members of your household know where it is. Keep your kit where it’s easily accessible but out of the reach of young children. For older children, make sure they know the location of the kit, can safely reach it, and know what to do in the event of an accident or emergency.

Other things to consider when assembling your first aid kit

Age of those in your household. With young children, keeping lots of wound cleaning and bandaging supplies is especially important with all the cuts and scrapes! If elderly relatives live with you or visit often, having aspirin in your kit is important in case of a heart attack.

Medical history of members of your household. If anyone in your family has an anaphylactic allergy, keeping a spare epinephrine pen in your kit is essential. However, it should not be the ONLY pen in the house.

Keep your kit updated! Pick a date and make it an annual event to check the contents of your equipment and replace expired medications or items you have used throughout the year.

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About Joy Leotsakos, PharmD, BCACP

Joy Leotsakos, PharmD, BCACP, is a clinical pharmacist at the Atrius Health Medford location. She joined Atrius Health in 2007 and has worked with internal medicine clinicians and staff across multiple sites over the years. She is also the coordinator for the Academic Detailing Service, which provides education for our clinicians related to clinical pharmacy quality and cost-savings initiatives. Prior to joining Atrius Health, Joy was an Assistant Professor at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. Joy graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy and completed a residency in pharmacy practice at the University of Florida. Joy is the proud mother of one son and enjoys skiing and cycling with her family.