What you need in any kind of first aid survival kit depends upon your current location. If you live in a city, you may not need a location mirror but a folding knife with Leatherman’s tool kit may be easily carried around in a city as a basic survival kit, along with the ever present handkerchief or bandana.
Your car and home should both have very complete first aid survival kits as well as your office desk, since you are most likely to be in one of these three locations if an emergency such as an earthquake or tornado should hit.
The basics for good first aid survival are to start with preventative measures. Many incidences of disease, insect bites and infection could have been avoided by maintaining a healthy diet, practicing daily cleaning habits and wearing the appropriate clothing for the situation. That said, sometimes even with all the precautions we find we will still need some kind of first aid survival knowledge, especially in emergency situations.
If you have learned the basics, set up good complete first aid survival kits in all your primary locations, you should be able to weather the most severe emergency situation for the first critical 48 hours.
In this section we have two basic types of first aid survival booklets. The first type is the kind that you read for the information and then print and put with your first aid kit or post nearby such as our Basics to CPR. We also have a selection of specific injury first aid instructions you might want to download for your hard drive as a reference or print out and keep in a binder near the first aid kit, such as our instructions on what to do in the case of bee stings.
The other type of booklets we have are reference material that would be best kept on a hard drive for quick and easy reference, such as The Basic Guide to Military First Aid or the very good overview document The Handbook of Survival Medicine. Both of these would be a good reference, especially in cases of emergency situations if you have read them ahead of time to be familiar with the material they contain.
All of these first aid survival documents can help anyone in an emergency situation by giving solid information to handle all the basic first aid needs. They also can help to answer some basic first aid questions including:
- How to stop bleeding and protect a wound
- What the first thing is you need to do when bitten by an animal
- Food considerations for diabetics in an emergency
- How to improvise splints and slings
This very thorough 263 page manual was issued by the Army to cover every possible contingency and is the most complete manual on emergency first aid you will ever find anywhere.
Be sure to read through this well-versed burn first aid document to learn everything you need to know to treat burns when they happen, no matter where you are. This is information everyone should have handy for unforeseen emergencies.
This simple pamphlet will tell you basic animal bites first aid, the important things to watch for and how to prevent infection from spreading.
This simple one page bee sting first aid primer will be of great use when venturing out of doors or as a good piece of information to make part of your first aid kit in case of emergencies.
This simple to read one page document covers the basics of blister first aid. This information is handy for a first aid booklet or at home for any first aid situation where blisters should be taken care of properly.
This very thorough 9 page document on diabetes disaster preparedness gives you clear directions on what you can and should do if you are diabetic to be prepared for any emergency. It includes checklists, illustrations and good information about insulin storage and care.
This Army booklet’s 85 pages of directions are thorough and can provide information for just about any kind of injury care that requires bandaging and splinting.
This very complete and thorough 224 page booklet tells in detail everything you would need to know to give first aid in an emergency situation.
This simple and well illustrated 2 page pamphlet gives clear instructions in basic CPR first aid for adults and children. This should be in everyone’s first aid kit and posted in every workplace.
This 213 page book contains the basics of survival medicine to be prepared for a catastrophic event that will leave them without professional medical recourse for a long period of time.
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