Preparing a First Aid Kit for Home or Travel

W. Steven Pray, Ph.D., R.Ph., Professor of Nonprescription Products and Devices, School of Pharmacy, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford, OK

US Pharmacist. 2001;26(6) 

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Patients may find themselves in many types of situations requiring first aid or immediate intervention. Many of these conditions can safely be self-treated, hence the need for a fully stocked thoughtfully planned first aid kit in an accessible place. However, the patient should also understand that a visit to a competent professional can not always be avoided, and the patient should be urged to make an immediate appointment for conditions that are potentially serious.

A well-maintained first aid kit or medicine cabinet allows patients to self-treat a variety of conditions.


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