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May 09, 2011

St. Luke’s Offers Advice for Summer Health

St. Luke’s Community Emergency Centers® offered some advice about first-aid supplies to keep on hand in your home.


“Be ready for those minor mishaps that can occur anywhere, anytime, by keeping an all-purpose first-aid kit at home or at the office,” said St. Luke’s Director of Emergency Services Frank Redmond, MD, PhD.


Dr. Redmond also recommended keeping such kits both at home and in the car.  “You should also find out the location of a first aid kit in your office,” he added.


First aid kits are available from a drug store or you can make your own kit, using the list above.  Other kits are designed for special activities such as hiking, camping or boating. 


“Include any personal items,” said Dr. Redmond, “such as medications and emergency phone numbers, or other items your physician may suggest. Check the kit regularly. Make sure the flashlight batteries work. Check expiration dates and replace any used or out-of-date contents.”


Keep first aid kits away from children. The contents of a first aid kit can be dangerous in the hands of young children. Store your first aid kit in a secure place out of the reach of young children.


Items to include in your home first aid kit:


  • antibiotic ointment, tube or packets
  • non-aspirin tablets extra-strength 
  • aspirin tablets
  • alcohol, with cotton balls or cleansing pads 
  • antiseptic cleansing wipes (sting-free) 
  • adhesive plastic bandages, recommended size  10 ¾ x 3
  • adhesive plastic bandages, 5 3/8 x 1 ½ junior size 
  • One 2 x 4 elbow-and-knew plastic bandage 
  • One large butterfly wound closure 
  • One knuckle fabric bandage 
  • One large fingertip fabric bandage 
  • One medium safety pin 
  • One carrying case or bag for all items


To find one of the 9 St. Luke’s emergency locations, maps and other information about St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital Emergency Services, visit the web site at .