Jeff Yurek, BScPhm, RPh

You can’t live a full life without a few bumps and bruises along the way. Meeting those injuries head-on as the family first responder means assembling a well-stocked kit for your home and a travel kit for your car.

Your home first aid kit should include:

  • Emergency contact numbers (your doctor and local poison control centre)
  • An assortment of adhesive bandages (including butterfly wound closure strips)
  • Medical ointments (antibiotic, aloe vera gel, and calamine lotion)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Antiseptic solution and wipes
  • Gauze dressings
  • Rolled compression bandages (e.g., Tensor)
  • Triangular bandages (can double as a sling)
  • Safety pins, scissors, and tweezers
  • Medical or adhesive tape
  • Instant ice packs
  • Non-latex gloves
  • Emergency blanket
  • Thermometer
  • Pain medication
  • Antihistamines
  • Blood thinners (like Aspirin)

**Emergency medications like epi-pens or puffers should always be with or near the person who might need them.

Your emergency travel kit should contain:

  • A flashlight (extra batteries) and roadside flares
  • Jumper cables
  • A can of aerosol tire inflator/sealant
  • Power bank or portable charger (for your phone)
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Jug of water
  • Waterproof matches and an emergency candle
  • A compact shovel
  • Blanket

The staff at Yurek Pharmacy would be happy to help you assemble the perfect first aid kit for your home. Remember, basic first aid courses are never a bad idea and having a working knowledge of CPR could save someone’s life!

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