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In an Emergency, Who You Gonna Call?

Be sure to keep phone numbers handy

(HealthDayNews) -- Information should accompany medication in your household first-aid kit.

Before treating an injury, you need to know whom to call besides 911, say emergency medicine doctors at Duke University. They advise you stock your kit with phone numbers for poison control, family doctors, nearby relatives and neighbors, as well as a list of medications and allergies for everyone in the house.

A well-stocked first-aid kit can be used to treat minor scrapes and burns. In more serious cases, it can help you save someone's life.

Other essential items include:

  • Over-the-counter medication such as aspirin and antihistamines
  • Bandages, gauze, scissors, tape, cold packs
  • Antibacterial cream, calamine lotion
  • Breathing barrier for sanitary CPR
  • Thermometer
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