Dakota Farmer

These supplies will help you deal with most types of farm injuries.

June 28, 2012

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First aid kits are essential for the farm.

The following basic items should be in your kit, says J.W. Schroeder, the North Dakota State University Extension Service's dairy specialist. With these supplies, you should be able deal with most types of on-farm injuries.

  • Absorbent compresses, 4- by 8-inch size

  • Adhesive bandages, 1- by 3-inch size

  • A roll of adhesive tape, 3/8 inch by 2.5 yards

  • Antibiotic treatment

  • Antiseptic treatment (spray, liquid, swabs, wipes or towelettes)

  • Burn treatment for use on minor burns only (spray treatments also can be used)

  • First-aid guide

  • Medical exam gloves

  • Sterile pads, 3- by 3-inch size

  • Triangular bandage, 40 by 40 by 56 inches

Some additional items you may want to, based on the specific hazards in their operation, are:

Analgesic (should not contain ingredients known to cause drowsiness)

  • One or more bandage compresses in 2- by 2-inch, 3- by 3-inch or 4- by 4-inch sizes

  • One or more burn dressings at least 12 square inches

  • One or more cold packs at least 4 by 5 inches

  • Eye coverings

  • Eye/skin wash

  • Hand sanitizer with a minimum of 61 percent ethyl alcohol

  • Roller bandages at least 2 inches wide and 4 yards long, unstretched and individually packaged

For more first-aid kit recommendations, visit the Occupational Health and Safety Administration website at http://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3317first-aid.pdf.

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