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Standard First Aid Kit for Cancer Patients: Prescription Medications

February 21st, 2014 | Posted by finzy in First Aid Programs - (Comments Off on Standard First Aid Kit for Cancer Patients: Prescription Medications)

Aside from ensuring that none of the particulates are expired, the key to preparing the right standard first aid kit for cancer patients rely on its actual contents since cancer patients need specialized items in order to manage the symptoms or adverse effects of cancer or chemotherapy. Here are some of these items.

Anti-anxiety Medications

Epinephrine Injector

Epinephrine Injector

In a study that was presented to the Clinical Oncological Society during the Australia’s Annual Scientific Meeting back in 2010, it was revealed by Dr. Jane Fletcher that 25% of cancer patients exhibit the telltale signs of an anxiety disorder. However, a large portion of this population remain undiagnosed since many healthcare professionals do not recognize anxiety as an actual disorder that should be treated separately from the cancer. This is why it is a good idea for guardians of cancer patients to go to a psychologist in order to determine of anti-anxiety medications should be included in the first aid kit.

Antidiarrheal medicine

Bouts of diarrhea are common adverse effects for patients who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy. This medical condition can last for more than three weeks after these therapies. It is also a common problem for patients who are suffering from colon or pancreatic cancer. When left untreated, diarrhea can cause dehydration which can put the life of the patient in danger. It can also inhibit the individual from participating in common daily activities which can be beneficial or can even be a part of the rehabilitate treatment for patients. This is why having antidiarrheal medicine on standby is very important and useful.


Hyperacidity is common for patients who have stomach cancer or patients who have disrupted eating patterns. When left untreated, hyperacidity can cause other medical problems such as indigestion, constipation and acid reflux. These can be severely discomforting to patients who are already suffering from other aches and pains. By having an antacid nearby, this stomach upset can be immediately relieved.

When it comes to using the contents of these kits, standard first aid training is still necessary to ensure that they are used properly. It is wise to remember that cancer patients have more sensitive body systems which makes them bruise more easily or more susceptible to other medical conditions which can be directly or indirectly caused by taking prescription medications improperly. This is why it is imperative to know how to use these items correctly before they are actually bought or assembled.

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Standard First Aid Kit for Cancer Patients: Non-prescription Items

February 21st, 2014 | Posted by finzy in Being Prepared - (Comments Off on Standard First Aid Kit for Cancer Patients: Non-prescription Items)

Aside from sterile gauze and bandages, the standard first aid kit for cancer patients should include other items which can help guardians or caregivers manage the other adverse effects of the disease or the treatments. Here are some of the non-prescription items that should be included in the first aid kits for cancer patients.

Water Purification Tablets

Temperature monitoring is vital for fever

Temperature monitoring is vital when a person has fever.

These tablets can come in handy during situations wherein a bottle of purified drinking water is not available due to many mitigating circumstances. One of the well-documented side effects of chemotherapy is the increased susceptibility of cancer patients to infections, may it be internal or external. External infections can be avoided through proper wound dressing and hygiene while internal infections can be prevented by avoiding contaminated food and water. Cancer can also weaken the immune system which means that these tablets are still a must for patients who are not going through chemotherapy.

Laxatives and Oral Rehydration Solution Packets

Two of the other, more common side effects of chemotherapy are diarrhea and constipation. During the course of the therapy or the illness itself, patients may experience bouts of diarrhea for a couple of weeks and then suffer from bouts of constipation afterwards. These conditions can inhibit them from enjoying many outdoor activities or accomplishing simple daily chores or tasks. By having laxatives and oral rehydration solutions at hand, these conditions can be managed. Having oral rehydration solutions also ensures that electrolyte imbalance, a condition where in there is an imbalance in the important minerals inside the body, can be managed.

Hand Wipes

Alcohol and other types of disinfectants cannot be used to clean the hands or other parts of the body of cancer patients on a regular basis due to their dry skin. The alcohol content of these items are too high for cancer patients which can worsen their dry skin or cause other skin problems such as skin irritations and chaffing. This is why it is much better for cancer patients to use hydrating wipes or those that are infused with moisturizers especially during emergency situations. These wipes can also be used to clean the items or surfaces that patients might come in contact with which can be the source of infection.


Fever is one of the most common symptoms of infection which may go unnoticed especially if the patient is not exhibit other, more visible symptoms such as skin reddening or discomfort. By having a thermometer on standby, first aid rescuers, caregivers or guardians can regularly check the temperature of patients in order to detect the presence of a fever or even hypothermia.

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The Requirements for a Standard First Aid Box

January 23rd, 2014 | Posted by finzy in Being Prepared - (Comments Off on The Requirements for a Standard First Aid Box)

Having a standard first aid box is a requirement for many offices and workplace environment especially for those that belong in more hazardous industries such as mills and machine shops. Homeowners are also advised to have one in their residence in order to serve as a safety net in case of domestic emergencies such as house fires. However, the efficiency of a first aid box does not lie on its presence alone. To ensure that it saves the lives of people, these boxes should possess several characteristics which shoppers should look for before buying one. Here are some of these characteristics.

It should contain all the necessary materials

Aside from bandages and scissors, it should also contain other first aid materials such as rolls of plaster, cotton and string; antiseptics such as Povidone; over-the-counter pain medications; splints; a hand towel and soap. To lessen the expenses, buyers are better off purchasing boxes that are already pre-packed with most, if not all, of these items. A first-aid booklet can also be added to ensure that the items that are inside the kit or box are properly utilized during emergencies.

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It should be compliant with government standards

The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have a specified set of requirements that all employers should comply with when it comes to first aid kits. For starters, OSHA highly advises a company or an employer to delegate the task of choosing first aid kit supplies to a specific person who is knowledgeable in the area. For small business, OSHA advises business owners to buy a kit that has the items that are prescribed by the American National Standards Institute in their Minimum Requirements for Workplace First Aid Kits manual. Included in the manual are the list of items that homeowners are advised to own.

The items should not be expired

Gauze Package for First Aid

Gauze Package for First Aid

Aside from antiseptics and medications, items that are wrapped in sterile packages such as bandages and plasters also have expiration dates that should be checked regularly. Expired medical items such s antiseptics lose their efficiency after the expiration date. Sterile packages lose their 100% bacteria-free state once it reaches the expiration date.

The easiest way to learn about these requirements and items is to sign up for a first aid course. In this course, employers, employees and homeowners are given lectures regarding the items that can be found inside standard first aid kits. They are taught how to use these items and how to store them properly.