Carolyn Almennigen | almennigen

How to make a Trauma Box

Sep 13th 2010 at 4:58 PM

My mom was a nurse, so I learned early that boo-boos happen. Trauma means a break in the skin, and I used to scare my teachers by yelling, “I’ve traumatized my epidermis!” which only means that I cut my skin, usually a paper cut. If you have kids, you should make a portable container to run out with (or run into the bathroom with if they already came home) when somebody falls and scrapes his or her knees. Use a recognizable container; I like yellow plastic containers, but as long as it’s different it’ll work.

Suggested contents:

· box of regular sized band-aids (3/4 by 3 or so; I like those with adhesive all around to keep dirt out)

· box of bigger non-stick pads (2x2 or so)

· box of huge non-stick pads (4x4 or 6x6)

· roll of gauze about 3 or 4 inches wide

· breathable adhesive tape

· scissors, blunt-nosed if you can find them

· bottle of hydrogen peroxide to pour over wounds to clean the dirt out

· bottle of water

· bottle of Tylenol (generic is fine) I wouldn’t suggest aspirin or ibuprofen because they can increase bleeding. Remember to ask if they’re allergic

· arm sling for sprained shoulders and such

· spray-on pain reliever or cream

· antibiotic ointment or cream

· pencil and paper for taking names and phone numbers

· tweezers for splinters

· ace bandage

· safety pins

· sewing needle and thread

· matches or lighter

· alcohol pads (or bottle with cotton pads)

· cold pack for sprains (the kind you activate anywhere)

· flashlight

· a couple plastic bags

· a couple sanitary pads (for messy boo-boos)


Optional stuff:

· cash for taxi if patient can’t wait

· cell phone with charger or change for pay phone if you can find one

· first-aid manual

· butterfly bandages (hold two sides of a bad cut together)

· eye wash solution like boric acid

· emetic (makes them throw up) like ipecac

· anti-diarrhea medicine like immodium

· antacids

· thermometer

· sterile gloves

· hot pack (activate anywhere)

· extra batteries for flashlight

· sharp knife

Please to comment
Sep 13th 2010 at 5:00 PM by TerriLPattioMLMmento
Cool this is information that every one needs. Thanks for sharing.

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