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First on your Farm: be ready with first aid

First on your Farm: be ready with first aid


This is a basic kit that can be used to treat small wounds, stop bleeding, support a fracture or sprain, or preserve a severed limb:

  • basic first aid manual
  • two triangular bandages (36inches) to make slings, control bleeding, splint fractures
  • antiseptic spray (not in pressurized can) to disinfect contaminated wounds (use before dressing)
  • 12 large adhesive bandages for small cuts, puncture wounds, abrasions
  • 4 safety pins to anchor triangular bandages
  • 4 sterile compress bandages (2 x 2 inches) to dress wounds, control bleeding
  • 4 sterile compress bandages (4 x 4 inches) to dress wounds, control bleeding
  • roll of tape (2-inch width) to anchor dressing (do not constrict circulation)
  • 6 pressure bandages (8 x 10 inches) to control bleeding, splint fracture
  • scissors to cut clothing or bandages
  • 2 rolls of elastic wrap to anchor dressings (use care not to stretch too tightly)
  • 5 clean plastic bags (one garbage, 2 kitchen, 2 bread-sized) to transport amputated tissue

Since Spring of 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended people include additional items in their kits to help prevent the spread of coronavirus or other viruses and the flu.

Prepared by Charles Schwab, extension safety specialist with Iowa State University, and Carolyn Sheridan, registered nurse. 06/2017