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<big><center>[[First-Aid Kit]] resources include [[First-Aid Skills]] instruction showing how to use each item.</center></big> <br>
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== How to make a First Aid Kit. ==
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1.Adhesive tape
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2.Aluminum finger splints
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3.Antibiotic ointment
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== Boy Scout Personal First-Aid Kit ==
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4.Antiseptic solution or towelettes
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::''From the 13th edition of the [[Boy Scout Handbook]]''
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5.Bandages, including a roll of elastic wrap (Ace, Coban, others) and bandage strips (Band-Aid, Curad, others) in assorted sizes
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{{quote|Carry a personal first-aid kit on hikes and campouts. Fit everything in a resealable plastic bag and take it with you whenever you set out on a Scout adventure.}}
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6.Instant cold packs
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:{| border="1" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1" align="left"
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|-
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| | '''Item'''
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| | '''Qty'''
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| | '''Use'''
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| | Latex-free Adhesive bandages
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| | 6
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| | ''Simple cuts and scrapes'' - p. 125
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| | Sterile gauze pads, 3-by-3-inch
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| | 2
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| | ''Larger wounds'' - p. 119-120
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| | Latex-free Adhesive tape
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| | 1 small roll
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| | ''Hold pad in place''
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| | Moleskin, 3-by-6 inch
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| | 1
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| | ''Blisters'' - p. 125
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| | Soap (or hand-sanitizing gel (see below))
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| | 1 small bar
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| | ''Wash skin'' - p. 125
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| | Alcohol-based hand-sanitizing gel (or soap (see above))
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| | 1 small bottle
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| | ''Wash skin'' - p. 125
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| | Triple antibiotic ointment* (optional)
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| | 1 small tube
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| | ''Sterilize exposed skin'' - p. 125
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| | Hydrocortisone cream* (optional)
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| | 1 small tube
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| | ''Allergic skin reactions'' - p. 127
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| | Scissors
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| | 1 pair
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| | ''Cut gauze or tape'' - p. 125
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| | Disposable latex-free gloves
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| | 1 pair
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| | ''For bleeding or wound care'' - p. 120, 125
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| | CPR breathing barrier
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| | 1
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| | ''Rescue breathing or CPR'' - p. 116-119
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|-
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| | Pencil and paper
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| | 1 each
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| | ''Log treatments & details'' - p. 151
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|}
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7.Cotton balls and cotton-tipped swabs
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:<nowiki>*</nowiki> Some people are allergic to antibiotics and hydrocortisone creams. Be sure to ask permission before applying either of these ointments for first aid.<br>
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8.Disposable latex or synthetic gloves, at least two pair
 
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9.Gauze pads and roller gauze in assorted sizes
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;See also:
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* <span class="plainlinks">[http://bsahandbook.org/PDFs/FirstAid_PersonalKit.pdf Personal First-Aid Kit checklist {{PDF}}]</span> (from older 12th Ed. ''Boy Scout Handbook'') &mdash; BSAHandbook.org<br>
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:Note well: the 12th Edition of the ''Boy Scout Handbook'' does not designate "triple antibiotic ointment" as "optional" and does not include "hydrocortisone cream."
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* The [http://www.scoutshop.org/bsa-first-aid-kit-612921.html BSA First-Aid Kit (SKU: 612921)] ($19.99) available at [[Scout Shop]]s conforms to the personal first-aid kit requirements.
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# no hydrocortisone cream (which is optional in the 13th edition of the ''Boy Scout Handbook''
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# six "wash up towelettes" instead of soap or hand-sanitizing gel for washing skin
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# nylon zippered pouch
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* The [http://www.scoutshop.org/bsa-first-aid-roll-kit-639149.html BSA® First-Aid Roll Kit (SKU: 639149)] ($29.99) available at [[Scout Shop]]s conforms to the personal first-aid kit requirements.
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# six single-use packets of triple antibiotic ointment instead of one small tube
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# six single-use packets of hydrocortisone instead of one small tube
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# 12 assorted bandages rather than just six
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# roll-up expandable waterproof pouch
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* The [https://www.scoutshop.org/adventure-medical-kits-first-aid-ultralight-3-612751.html Adventure Medical Kits® First Aid Ultralight .3] ($9.99) available at [[Scout Shop]]s does ''not'' conform to the personal first-aid kit requirements, but does contain other components not specified in the requirements.
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* The [https://www.restockyourkit.com/Boy-Scout-First-Aid-Kit-Personal-p/210-0920.htm Boy Scout First-Aid Kit] ($14.99) from RestockYourKit.com conforms to the personal first-aid kit requirements.
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# moleskin sheet is 3" x 4" instead of 3" x 6"
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# two pairs of latex-free gloves instead of just one
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# trauma sheers instead of scissors
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# four antiseptic towelettes instead of soap or hand-sanitizing gel
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# two single use triple anti-biotic ointment packets instead a small tube (optional)
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# two single use hydrocortisone packets instead of a small tube (optional)
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# includes a first-aid instruction wallet card
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# no pencil but includes two SOAP notes*
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# does not include a pouch
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10.Eye goggles
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<nowiki>*</nowiki> SOAP note (an acronym for ''subjective'', ''objective'', ''assessment'', and ''plan'') is a method of documenting a patient encounter.<br>
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11.First-aid manual
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As you can see, you can make adjustments and substitutions in items (e.g., single-use packets versus small tube of ointments or creams; soap, hand-sanitizer, or anti-septic towelettes) as long as you are satisfying the need.<br>
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12.Petroleum jelly or other lubricant
 
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13.Plastic bags for the disposal of contaminated materials
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== Webelos First-Aid Kit ==
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14.Safety pins in assorted sizes
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:''From the [[Webelos Scout Handbook]] pp. 388-9
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First-Aid Kits
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Every home and car should have a first-aid kit. Then first-aid supplies will be there if they are
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needed.
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Check your family's home or car first-aid kit. For requirement 12, you'll explain how the items should be used. If you don't know, ask your Webelos den leader or den chief to show you. Things that should be in a first-aid kit are listed below.
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15.Save-A-Tooth storage device containing salt solution and a travel case
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:{| border="1" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1" align="left"
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| | '''Use'''
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| | Tweezers
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| | ''Remove splinters''
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| | Box of adhesive bandages (different sizes)
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| | ''Keep wound clean''
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| | Twelve each of 3-by-3-inch and 4-by-4-inch sterile pads
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| | ''Larger wounds''
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| | Roll of I-inch and roll of 2-inch adhesive tape
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| | ''Hold pad in place''
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|-
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| | Scissors
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| | ''Cut gauze or tape''
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| | Safety pins
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| | ''Secure triangular bandages''
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| | Two 1-inch roller bandages
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| | ''Hold pads in place''
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|-
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| | Two 2-inch roller bandages
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| | ''Hold pads in place''
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| | Three triangular bandages
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| | ''Hold pads in place''
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| | Three cravat bandages (a cravat bandage is made<br>by folding a triangular bandage or Scout neckerchief)
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| | ''Sling or to hold pad in place''
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| | Two 17-inch splints of thin board
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| | ''Immobilize break or sprain''
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| | Two 30-inch splints
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| | ''Immobilize break or sprain''
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| | Calamine lotion
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| | ''Minor skin rash''
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| | Latex gloves
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| | ''For bleeding or wound care''
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| | Mouth-barrier device
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| | ''Rescue breathing or CPR''
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|}
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16.Scissors, tweezers and a needle
 
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17.Soap or instant hand sanitizer
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For a first-aid kit in a car, also include a small flashlight and spare batteries, hand cleaner in packets, a white handkerchief (to attach to the car so you can attract attention if the car is disabled), a blanket, and a large red and white sign that can be placed in the front or rear window that reads "Send Help!"
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18.Sterile eyewash, such as a saline solution
 
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19.Thermometer
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== Home or Patrol/Troop First-Aid Kit ==
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20.Triangular bandage
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::''From the 13th edition of the [[Boy Scout Handbook]]''
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{{quote-source|Preparing a large first-aid kit for your patrol or troop can be useful in treating many injuries and illnesses. Everyone should know who is carrying the kit or where it is stored so that it can be located quickly.|''[[Boy Scout Handbook]]'', 13th edition, "First Aid" chapter}}
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21.Turkey baster or other bulb suction device for flushing out wounds
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A more comprehensive group first-aid kit can contain the following items ('''bolded items''' indicate a change from the previous version of this list in the 12th Edition of the ''Boy Scout Handbook''):
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Medications
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:____ A 2-inch roller bandage
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:____ 2 1-inch roller bandages
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:____ 4 '''40-inch''' triangular bandages
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:____ A roll of 1-inch '''latex-free''' adhesive tape
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:____ 2 packets of gel pads for blisters and burns
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:____ 2 3-inch wide elastic bandages
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:____ 12 sterile, 3-by-3-inch gauze pads
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:____ 4 3-by-6-inch pieces of moleskin
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:____ 24 alcohol swabs
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:____ A tube of triple antibiotic ointment<sup>*</sup> <nowiki>[</nowiki>optional<nowiki>]</nowiki>
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:____ '''A tube of hydrocortisone cream<sup>*</sup> <nowiki>[</nowiki>optional<nowiki>]</nowiki>'''
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:____ A box of assorted '''latex-free''' adhesive bandages
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:____ A small bar of soap or a travel-sized bottle of alcohol-based hand-sanitizing gel
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:____ Scissors
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:____ Tweezers
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:____ 12 safety pins
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:____ 6 pairs of latex-free disposable gloves
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:____ Protective goggles / safety glasses
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:____ CPR breathing barrier
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:____ Pencil and paper
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These optional items are recommended:<br>
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:____ An instant cold compress
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:____ A space blanket
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:____ A SAM® splint
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:____ '''Duct tape'''
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:____ '''Plastic garbage bags'''
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:____ '''Resealable plastic bags (gallon size)'''
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22.Activated charcoal (use only if instructed by Poison Control Center)
 
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23.Anti-diarrhea medication
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<nowiki>*</nowiki> Some people are allergic to antibiotics and hydrocortisone creams. Be sure to ask permission before applying either of these ointments for first aid.<br>
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24.Over-the-counter oral antihistamine (Benadryl, others)
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;See also:
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* <span class="plainlinks">[http://bsahandbook.org/PDFs/FirstAid_TroopKit.pdf Home or Patrol/Troop First-Aid Kit checklist {{PDF}}]</span> (from older 12th Ed. ''Boy Scout Handbook'') &mdash; BSAHandbook.org
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25.Aspirin and nonaspirin pain relievers (never give aspirin to children)
 
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26.Calamine lotion
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== Sea Scout First-Aid Kit ==
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27.Over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream
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:''From [[Sea Scout Manual|Sea Scout Manual, No. 33239, SKU: 620543 (12th Edition, 2017 Printing)]]
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28.Personal medications
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:A complete first-aid kit is necessary. It should contain the following:
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29.If prescribed by your doctor, drugs to treat an allergic attack, such as an auto-injector of epinephrine (EpiPen)
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:{| border="1" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1" align="left"
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|- style="vertical-align: top;"
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| | '''Wound Care'''<br>Sterile absorbent cotton<br>Small adhesive bandages<br>Sterile gauze squares, various sizes<br>Elastic bandages, various widths<br>Waterproof adhesive tape<br>Gauze roller bandages<br>Cotton-tipped swabs<br>Sterile eye pads<br>Alcohol swabs
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| | '''Medication'''<br>Antiseasickness pills<br>Antihistamine pills<br>Pain-relieving tablets<br>Toothache remedy (oil of cloves)<br>Laxative (mild)<br>Bicarbonate of soda<br>Throat lozenges<br>Throat spray<br>Antidiarrheal<br>Hydrogen peroxide<br>Meat tenderizer
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|- style="vertical-align: top;"
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| | '''Ointments and Lotions'''<br>Sunscreen (8–15 range)<br>Sunburn lotion<br>Zinc oxide ointment<br>Liquid soap<br>Burn ointment or petroleum jelly<br>Aromatic spirit of ammonia<br>Tube of boric acid ophthalmic ointment
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| | '''Tools'''<br>Safety pins, assorted<br>Small scissors<br>Tongue depressors<br>Clinical thermometer<br>Rust-resistant needles<br>Tweezers or thumb forceps<br>Snakebite kit (inland)<br>Instant ice bags<br>Small flashlight<br>Disposable latex gloves or plastic wrap<br>Mouth-barrier device<br>Plastic safety goggles
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|}
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30.Syringe, medicine cup or spoon
 
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== Emergency items ==
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== High Adventure First-Aid Kits ==
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=== Northern Tier ===
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1.Cell phone and recharger that utilizes the accessory plug in your car dash
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::''From [https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/NorthernTier/pdf/FirstAidKit.pdf Northern Tier First-Aid Kit] (2012 Printing) &mdash; Scouting.org''
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2.Emergency phone numbers, including contact information for your family doctor and pediatrician, local emergency services, emergency road service providers and the regional
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For [[Northern Tier]], all BSA crews traveling with a BSA National [[Tour and Activity Plan]] should carry a first-aid kit. The kit can be personalized to meet the demands of the crew. The following items are recommended by the BSA [[National Health and Safety Committee]] to be used by Scouting and [[Venturing]] [[unit]]s doing [[high adventure]] activities. The crew’s first-aid kit should be stored in a waterproof container for use en route as well as at [[Northern Tier]] and should contain the following items:
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3.Poison Control Center
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:___ Adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
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:___ Knuckle and fingertip bandages
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:___ Steri strips
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:___ Moleskin/molefoam
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:___ Second skin
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:___ Gauze pads—3” x 3”
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:___ Adhesive tape—1” x 15’
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:___ 1” or 2” roll of gauze
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:___ 4” elastic bandage
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:___ Oval eye patch
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:___ Antibiotic ointment
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:___ Disposable alcohol wipes
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:___ Triangular bandage
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:___ Acetaminophen
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:___ Ibuprofen tablets
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:___ Cold caplets
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:___ Antacids
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:___ Antihistamines
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:___ Steroid cream
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:___ Anaphylaxis kit (if needed)
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:___ Throat lozenges
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:___ Small bar soap
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:___ Lip balm
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:___ Thermometer
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:___ Scissors
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:___ Tweezers
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:___ Safety pins
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:___ Side cutters
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:___ Nitrile or latex gloves
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:___ Barrier device for resuscitation
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:___ Sunscreen
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:___ First-aid manual
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4.Small, waterproof flashlight and extra batteries
 
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5.Candles and matches for cold climates
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<nowiki>*</nowiki> '''BE SURE''' to share this list with all crew members, advisors and parents prior to departure for Northern Tier. <br>
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'''** CHECK''' all [[medical form]]s prior to departure for Northern Tier, noting allergies and other special considerations.<br>
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'''*** ANY PERSON REQUIRING''' prescribed medication should personally carry the medication with a back-up supply in the kit, controlled by the adult advisor(s)<br>
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6.Sunscreen
 
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7.Mylar emergency blanket
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=== Philmont Scout Ranch ===
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:''From [http://philmontscoutranch.org/filestore/philmont/pdf/GuidebookToAdventure.pdf Philmont Guide to Adventure] (2018 Printing) pg. 46 &mdash; PhilmontScoutRanch.org
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For the [[Philmont Scout Ranch]] These items are recommended for a first-aid kit to be used by a crew en route to, during, and returning home from a Philmont trek.<br>
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:____ 25 assorted Band-aids
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:____ 10 gauze pads-4x4
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:____ 1 tape 1”x 5 yards
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:____ 1 elastic bandage-4”
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:____ Hydrocortisone cream
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:____ Tylenol
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:____ Ibuprofen
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:____ Antacids
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:____ Medicated foot powder
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:____ Non latex gloves
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:____ Blister Kit (moleskin/second skin)
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:____ Antihistamine (Benadryl)
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:____ Disposable alcohol wipes
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:____ Triple antibiotic ointment
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:____ CPR barrier device
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:____ Triangular bandage
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:____ Small scissors
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:____ Throat lozenges/cough drops
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:____ Tweezers
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:____ Ziploc bag or small biohazard bag
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=== Florida Sea Base ===
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:''From [http://bsaseabase.org/filestore/seabase/pdf/2018/2018Sailing-Part.Manual.pdf Sea Base Sailing Participant's Manual] (2017 Printing) &mdash; BSASeaBase.org
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For [[Florida Sea Base]], each crew must provide a Sea Base specific First-Aid Kit. A Sea Base specific first-aid kit is comprised of a standard first-aid kit as well as the following items, which are available in the Ship Store (except as noted):<br>
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:#____ SPF 35 or greater biodegradable, reef safe sunscreen.
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:#____ Vinegar, small plastic bottle. (not in ship store)
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:#____ Sea Sickness Medication &ndash; Bonine®.
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:#____ SPF 35 or greater lip balm.
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:#____ Non-aerosol, non-spray insect repellent.
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:#____ Swimmers Ear Drops.
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:#____ Benadryl®
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=== The Summit Bechtel Reserve ===
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The [[The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve|Summit]] does not publish a unique list of contents for a first-aid kit. It only specifies that each crew must bring their own first-aid kit. Presumably the Patrol/Troop First-Aid Kit specified in the ''[[Boy Scout Handbook]]'' (and listed above) would suffice for that crew first-aid kit.
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== Dog Owner's First-Aid Kit ==
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<!-- :''From [https://www.scoutshop.org/dog-care-merit-badge-pamphlet-635914.html ''Dog Care'' merit badge pamphlet, SKU: 635914] (2016 Printing) &mdash; ScoutShop.org -->
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[[Dog Care]] merit badge requirement #7f says "List the things needed in every dog owner's first-aid kit."<br>
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;See also:
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* [http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/pet_first_aid_kit.html ''What You Should Have in Your Pet's First-Aid Kit''] &mdash; HumaneSociety.org
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== Bloodborne pathogens ==
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::''The following text is from a superceded version of the [[Guide to Safe Scouting]]. The May 2018 version of the guide deleted the section dealing with precautions for blood.''<br>
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Treat all blood as if it were contaminated with bloodborne viruses. Do not use bare hands to stop bleeding; always use a protective barrier. Always wash exposed skin area with hot water and soap immediately after treating the victim. The following equipment is to be included in all first-aid kits and used when rendering first-aid to those in need:
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:___ Latex or vinyl gloves, to be used when stopping bleeding or dressing wounds
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:___ A mouth-barrier device for rendering rescue breathing or CPR
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:___ Plastic goggles or other eye protection to prevent a victim's blood from getting into the rescuer's eyes in the event of serious arterial bleeding
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:___ Antiseptic, for sterilizing or cleaning exposed skin area, particularly if there is no soap or water available.
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;See also:
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<span style="border: 2px outset;"><small>►</small></span>&nbsp; [https://www.probloodborne.com/training?id=1 Healthcare Bloodborne Pathogens Training Videos]<br>
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== See also ==
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;First Aid Links
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{{First Aid Links}}
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;[[Essentials for the Outdoors|Camping Checklist]]
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* Boy Scout [[Camping|Camping Merit Badge]]
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* Webelos [[Outdoorsman|Webelos Outdoorsman]]
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;[[First-Aid Kit]]
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* Boy Scout [[First Aid|First Aid Merit Badge]]
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* Webelos [[Readyman|Webelos Readyman]]
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;[[Emergency Kit]]
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* Boy Scout [[Emergency Preparedness|Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge]]
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== External links ==
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* [http://boyslife.org/video-audio/4937/first-aid-kit-buying-guide/ How to Build Your Own First-Aid Kit] &mdash; ''Boy's Life'' magazine article &mdash; BoysLife.org
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:Includes a video on what you need in a first-aid kit.
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* <span class="plainlinks">[http://bsahandbook.org/PDFs/FirstAid_PersonalKit.pdf Personal First-Aid Kit checklist {{PDF}}]</span> (from older 12th Ed. ''Boy Scout Handbook'') &mdash; BSAHandbook.org<br>
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:Note well: the 13th Edition of the ''Boy Scout Handbook'' designates "triple antibiotic ointment" as "optional" and adds "a small tube of hydrocortisone cream" as an "optional" component.
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* <span class="plainlinks">[http://bsahandbook.org/PDFs/FirstAid_TroopKit.pdf Home or Patrol/Troop First-Aid Kit checklist {{PDF}}]</span> (from older 12th Ed. ''Boy Scout Handbook'') &mdash; BSAHandbook.org
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* [http://www.scoutshop.org/bsa-first-aid-kit-612921.html Scout Shop: BSA First-Aid Kit, SKU: 612921] &mdash; ScoutShop.org
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* [http://www.scoutshop.org/bsa-first-aid-roll-kit-639149.html Scout Shop: BSA First-Aid Roll Kit, SKU: 639149] &mdash; ScoutShop.org
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* [http://www.scoutshop.org/adventure-medical-kits-first-aid-ultralight-3-612751.html Scout Shop: Adventure Medical Kits ® First-Aid Ultralight.3, SKU: 612751] &mdash; ScoutShop.org
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* [https://www.redcross.org/store/first-aid-supplies Red Cross: First-Aid Supplies] &mdash; RedCross.org
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* [https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/firstaid-kits.html REI: How to Choose First-Aid Kits] &mdash; REI.com
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* [https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/first-aid-checklist.html REI: First-Aid Checklist] &mdash; REI.com
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* [https://www.rei.com/search.html?q=backpacking+first+aid&origin=web&ir=q%3Abackpacking+first+aid&page=1 REI: Backpacking First-Aid items] &mdash; REI.com
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* [https://www.mayoclinic.org/first-aid/first-aid-kits/basics/art-20056673 Mayo Clinic: First-aid kits: Stock supplies that can save lives] &mdash; MayoClinic.org
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* [https://www.health.harvard.edu/family-health-guide/emergencies-and-first-aid-a-well-stocked-first-aid-kit Harvard Medical School: Emergencies and First Aid - A well-stocked first-aid kit] &mdash; Harvard.edu<br>
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[[Category:Advice]]

Current revision

First-Aid Kit resources include First-Aid Skills instruction showing how to use each item.

Contents


Boy Scout Personal First-Aid Kit

From the 13th edition of the Boy Scout Handbook
Carry a personal first-aid kit on hikes and campouts. Fit everything in a resealable plastic bag and take it with you whenever you set out on a Scout adventure.


Item Qty Use
Latex-free Adhesive bandages 6 Simple cuts and scrapes - p. 125
Sterile gauze pads, 3-by-3-inch 2 Larger wounds - p. 119-120
Latex-free Adhesive tape 1 small roll Hold pad in place
Moleskin, 3-by-6 inch 1 Blisters - p. 125
Soap (or hand-sanitizing gel (see below)) 1 small bar Wash skin - p. 125
Alcohol-based hand-sanitizing gel (or soap (see above)) 1 small bottle Wash skin - p. 125
Triple antibiotic ointment* (optional) 1 small tube Sterilize exposed skin - p. 125
Hydrocortisone cream* (optional) 1 small tube Allergic skin reactions - p. 127
Scissors 1 pair Cut gauze or tape - p. 125
Disposable latex-free gloves 1 pair For bleeding or wound care - p. 120, 125
CPR breathing barrier 1 Rescue breathing or CPR - p. 116-119
Pencil and paper 1 each Log treatments & details - p. 151


* Some people are allergic to antibiotics and hydrocortisone creams. Be sure to ask permission before applying either of these ointments for first aid.


See also
Note well: the 12th Edition of the Boy Scout Handbook does not designate "triple antibiotic ointment" as "optional" and does not include "hydrocortisone cream."
  1. no hydrocortisone cream (which is optional in the 13th edition of the Boy Scout Handbook
  2. six "wash up towelettes" instead of soap or hand-sanitizing gel for washing skin
  3. nylon zippered pouch
  1. six single-use packets of triple antibiotic ointment instead of one small tube
  2. six single-use packets of hydrocortisone instead of one small tube
  3. 12 assorted bandages rather than just six
  4. roll-up expandable waterproof pouch
  1. moleskin sheet is 3" x 4" instead of 3" x 6"
  2. two pairs of latex-free gloves instead of just one
  3. trauma sheers instead of scissors
  4. four antiseptic towelettes instead of soap or hand-sanitizing gel
  5. two single use triple anti-biotic ointment packets instead a small tube (optional)
  6. two single use hydrocortisone packets instead of a small tube (optional)
  7. includes a first-aid instruction wallet card
  8. no pencil but includes two SOAP notes*
  9. does not include a pouch

* SOAP note (an acronym for subjective, objective, assessment, and plan) is a method of documenting a patient encounter.

As you can see, you can make adjustments and substitutions in items (e.g., single-use packets versus small tube of ointments or creams; soap, hand-sanitizer, or anti-septic towelettes) as long as you are satisfying the need.


Webelos First-Aid Kit

From the Webelos Scout Handbook pp. 388-9

First-Aid Kits Every home and car should have a first-aid kit. Then first-aid supplies will be there if they are needed. Check your family's home or car first-aid kit. For requirement 12, you'll explain how the items should be used. If you don't know, ask your Webelos den leader or den chief to show you. Things that should be in a first-aid kit are listed below.

Item Use
Tweezers Remove splinters
Box of adhesive bandages (different sizes) Keep wound clean
Twelve each of 3-by-3-inch and 4-by-4-inch sterile pads Larger wounds
Roll of I-inch and roll of 2-inch adhesive tape Hold pad in place
Scissors Cut gauze or tape
Safety pins Secure triangular bandages
Two 1-inch roller bandages Hold pads in place
Two 2-inch roller bandages Hold pads in place
Three triangular bandages Hold pads in place
Three cravat bandages (a cravat bandage is made
by folding a triangular bandage or Scout neckerchief)
Sling or to hold pad in place
Two 17-inch splints of thin board Immobilize break or sprain
Two 30-inch splints Immobilize break or sprain
Calamine lotion Minor skin rash
Latex gloves For bleeding or wound care
Mouth-barrier device Rescue breathing or CPR


For a first-aid kit in a car, also include a small flashlight and spare batteries, hand cleaner in packets, a white handkerchief (to attach to the car so you can attract attention if the car is disabled), a blanket, and a large red and white sign that can be placed in the front or rear window that reads "Send Help!"


Home or Patrol/Troop First-Aid Kit

From the 13th edition of the Boy Scout Handbook
Preparing a large first-aid kit for your patrol or troop can be useful in treating many injuries and illnesses. Everyone should know who is carrying the kit or where it is stored so that it can be located quickly.
Boy Scout Handbook, 13th edition, "First Aid" chapter

A more comprehensive group first-aid kit can contain the following items (bolded items indicate a change from the previous version of this list in the 12th Edition of the Boy Scout Handbook):

____ A 2-inch roller bandage
____ 2 1-inch roller bandages
____ 4 40-inch triangular bandages
____ A roll of 1-inch latex-free adhesive tape
____ 2 packets of gel pads for blisters and burns
____ 2 3-inch wide elastic bandages
____ 12 sterile, 3-by-3-inch gauze pads
____ 4 3-by-6-inch pieces of moleskin
____ 24 alcohol swabs
____ A tube of triple antibiotic ointment* [optional]
____ A tube of hydrocortisone cream* [optional]
____ A box of assorted latex-free adhesive bandages
____ A small bar of soap or a travel-sized bottle of alcohol-based hand-sanitizing gel
____ Scissors
____ Tweezers
____ 12 safety pins
____ 6 pairs of latex-free disposable gloves
____ Protective goggles / safety glasses
____ CPR breathing barrier
____ Pencil and paper


These optional items are recommended:

____ An instant cold compress
____ A space blanket
____ A SAM® splint
____ Duct tape
____ Plastic garbage bags
____ Resealable plastic bags (gallon size)


* Some people are allergic to antibiotics and hydrocortisone creams. Be sure to ask permission before applying either of these ointments for first aid.

See also


Sea Scout First-Aid Kit

From Sea Scout Manual, No. 33239, SKU: 620543 (12th Edition, 2017 Printing)
A complete first-aid kit is necessary. It should contain the following:
Wound Care
Sterile absorbent cotton
Small adhesive bandages
Sterile gauze squares, various sizes
Elastic bandages, various widths
Waterproof adhesive tape
Gauze roller bandages
Cotton-tipped swabs
Sterile eye pads
Alcohol swabs
Medication
Antiseasickness pills
Antihistamine pills
Pain-relieving tablets
Toothache remedy (oil of cloves)
Laxative (mild)
Bicarbonate of soda
Throat lozenges
Throat spray
Antidiarrheal
Hydrogen peroxide
Meat tenderizer
Ointments and Lotions
Sunscreen (8–15 range)
Sunburn lotion
Zinc oxide ointment
Liquid soap
Burn ointment or petroleum jelly
Aromatic spirit of ammonia
Tube of boric acid ophthalmic ointment
Tools
Safety pins, assorted
Small scissors
Tongue depressors
Clinical thermometer
Rust-resistant needles
Tweezers or thumb forceps
Snakebite kit (inland)
Instant ice bags
Small flashlight
Disposable latex gloves or plastic wrap
Mouth-barrier device
Plastic safety goggles



High Adventure First-Aid Kits

Northern Tier

From Northern Tier First-Aid Kit (2012 Printing) — Scouting.org

For Northern Tier, all BSA crews traveling with a BSA National Tour and Activity Plan should carry a first-aid kit. The kit can be personalized to meet the demands of the crew. The following items are recommended by the BSA National Health and Safety Committee to be used by Scouting and Venturing units doing high adventure activities. The crew’s first-aid kit should be stored in a waterproof container for use en route as well as at Northern Tier and should contain the following items:

___ Adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
___ Knuckle and fingertip bandages
___ Steri strips
___ Moleskin/molefoam
___ Second skin
___ Gauze pads—3” x 3”
___ Adhesive tape—1” x 15’
___ 1” or 2” roll of gauze
___ 4” elastic bandage
___ Oval eye patch
___ Antibiotic ointment
___ Disposable alcohol wipes
___ Triangular bandage
___ Acetaminophen
___ Ibuprofen tablets
___ Cold caplets
___ Antacids
___ Antihistamines
___ Steroid cream
___ Anaphylaxis kit (if needed)
___ Throat lozenges
___ Small bar soap
___ Lip balm
___ Thermometer
___ Scissors
___ Tweezers
___ Safety pins
___ Side cutters
___ Nitrile or latex gloves
___ Barrier device for resuscitation
___ Sunscreen
___ First-aid manual


* BE SURE to share this list with all crew members, advisors and parents prior to departure for Northern Tier.
** CHECK all medical forms prior to departure for Northern Tier, noting allergies and other special considerations.
*** ANY PERSON REQUIRING prescribed medication should personally carry the medication with a back-up supply in the kit, controlled by the adult advisor(s)


Philmont Scout Ranch

From Philmont Guide to Adventure (2018 Printing) pg. 46 — PhilmontScoutRanch.org

For the Philmont Scout Ranch These items are recommended for a first-aid kit to be used by a crew en route to, during, and returning home from a Philmont trek.

____ 25 assorted Band-aids
____ 10 gauze pads-4x4
____ 1 tape 1”x 5 yards
____ 1 elastic bandage-4”
____ Hydrocortisone cream
____ Tylenol
____ Ibuprofen
____ Antacids
____ Medicated foot powder
____ Non latex gloves
____ Blister Kit (moleskin/second skin)
____ Antihistamine (Benadryl)
____ Disposable alcohol wipes
____ Triple antibiotic ointment
____ CPR barrier device
____ Triangular bandage
____ Small scissors
____ Throat lozenges/cough drops
____ Tweezers
____ Ziploc bag or small biohazard bag


Florida Sea Base

From Sea Base Sailing Participant's Manual (2017 Printing) — BSASeaBase.org

For Florida Sea Base, each crew must provide a Sea Base specific First-Aid Kit. A Sea Base specific first-aid kit is comprised of a standard first-aid kit as well as the following items, which are available in the Ship Store (except as noted):

  1. ____ SPF 35 or greater biodegradable, reef safe sunscreen.
  2. ____ Vinegar, small plastic bottle. (not in ship store)
  3. ____ Sea Sickness Medication – Bonine®.
  4. ____ SPF 35 or greater lip balm.
  5. ____ Non-aerosol, non-spray insect repellent.
  6. ____ Swimmers Ear Drops.
  7. ____ Benadryl®


The Summit Bechtel Reserve

The Summit does not publish a unique list of contents for a first-aid kit. It only specifies that each crew must bring their own first-aid kit. Presumably the Patrol/Troop First-Aid Kit specified in the Boy Scout Handbook (and listed above) would suffice for that crew first-aid kit.


Dog Owner's First-Aid Kit

Dog Care merit badge requirement #7f says "List the things needed in every dog owner's first-aid kit."

See also


Bloodborne pathogens

The following text is from a superceded version of the Guide to Safe Scouting. The May 2018 version of the guide deleted the section dealing with precautions for blood.

Treat all blood as if it were contaminated with bloodborne viruses. Do not use bare hands to stop bleeding; always use a protective barrier. Always wash exposed skin area with hot water and soap immediately after treating the victim. The following equipment is to be included in all first-aid kits and used when rendering first-aid to those in need:

___ Latex or vinyl gloves, to be used when stopping bleeding or dressing wounds
___ A mouth-barrier device for rendering rescue breathing or CPR
___ Plastic goggles or other eye protection to prevent a victim's blood from getting into the rescuer's eyes in the event of serious arterial bleeding
___ Antiseptic, for sterilizing or cleaning exposed skin area, particularly if there is no soap or water available.
See also

  Healthcare Bloodborne Pathogens Training Videos


See also

First Aid Links
Camping Checklist
First-Aid Kit
Emergency Kit


External links

Includes a video on what you need in a first-aid kit.
Note well: the 13th Edition of the Boy Scout Handbook designates "triple antibiotic ointment" as "optional" and adds "a small tube of hydrocortisone cream" as an "optional" component.
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