Health and First Aid
For emergencies, contact Los Robles Regional Medical Center
For a basic Home First Aid kit here are some suggested supplies to include. You can obtain a basic First Aid manual from your local American Red Cross or any bookstore.
Disposable/sterile burn blankets
Hydrogen peroxide, Betadine
4x4 gauze pads (sterile and non-sterile), rolled gauze
8x10 gauze pads (sterile)
Triangular bandages, ace bandages
Cotton balls/cotton swabs/cotton applicators (12 count)
Penlight or flashlight
Safety pins and sewing needles/thread (6 each)
Compresses to control bleeding
Optional: over-the-counter pain medication and digestive aid
Emergency Medical and Dental Care
Contact the American Red Cross to get an updated list of places in Ventura County offering First Aid and CPR classes, and take both courses. Learn how to differentiate between life threatening and non-life threatening conditions. When in doubt, always err on the side of caution.
If ambulances cannot be contacted, you will need to transport the injured or ill person yourself, properly and safely. Make sure you know the location of the nearest emergency facilities, and try to contact them before you go there.
If you or anyone you know is dependent upon medical devices, contact the manufacturer and get their assurance "in writing" that the device will function correctly and safely during an emergency.
Ask your physician what alternatives there are to electronic or electrical medical devices, or what you can do if the device fails or any reason.
Maintain a list of medications, allergies, special equipment, names and numbers of doctors, pharmacists, and family members at all times.
Anchor special equipment such as telephones and life support systems. Fasten tanks of gas, such as oxygen, to the wall.
Have walking aids nearby at all times. Place extra walking aids in different rooms of the house.