First Aid / CPR /AED Certification

As the steward of Oakhurst, I have been trained in First Aid, CPR, and Bleeding Control, as have many of the other stewards and volunteers. As such, I have a first aid kit on-hand should it ever be required. While the District provides a small kit to all stewards, I have an expanded kit that is permenantly kept in my car. Since my family go camping each year, I keep the kit stocked with extra supplies and medicines.

First Aid Kit Supplies

Bleeding Control

No first aid kit is complete without items for dealing with cuts and bleeding - gloves, hand sanitizer, triple antibiotic cream, sterile gauze pad, tape, and adhesive bandages.

To dress minor cut, you first stop the bleeding using the gauze pads by applying pressure against the wound. Once bleeding has stopped, you then clean the wound using sterile wipes and treat with antibiotic cream to prevent infection.

Pain Medicine

I have stocked the first aid kit with over-the-counter medicine for dealing with pain and inflammation. This includes bottles of ibuprofen (Advil), acetaminophen (Tylenol) and aspirin. If you find yourself needing something during a workday, then please let the steward know.

In addition, the kit also contains benzocaine swabs for stings or bites. Benzocaine is a topical anesthetic that numbs the nerve endings and reduces swelling. I have been stung on few occasions while camping, so these a make a big difference.

Allergic Reactions

The first aid kit has medicine for dealing with any allergic reaction, including anti-histamine pills and 1% hydrocortisone cream. Since I occasionally suffer from allergies, I like having a supply in car in case I ever need it. The hydrocortisone cream can be used if you have a reaction to any plant, or need to relief the itch of a mosquito bite.

Poison Ivy

I current do not have any poison ivy cream, but plan to add some before the spring.

Additional Items

Tweezers, cold packs, hot packs, blanket, glucose, antacid, eyewash, burn dressing, Thermometer, masks