A generation ago my wife and I went through E.M.T. training (at least that’s what they called it back then) and we volunteered on the local ambulance crew. Some of what we learned back then is now out of date. Is it five chest compressions and three mouth-to-mouth breaths or is it fifteen compressions and five breaths? Fact is, neither are correct according to today’s paramedics. The Red Cross website (www.redcross.org) now advocates a hands-only technique that does not use the mouth-to-mouth method at all. (Whew what a relief, I’ve tried mouth-to-mouth and it is no fun!) Go to a class and as you update your skills, you will update your confidence level as well. I should add that full CPR training is available upon request, but learning the hands-only method can be done on-line by watching a video at the Red Cross website.
The kit you have in your car should look different from the kit you have at home. Your home kit should have more of a long-term feel to it. Extra over-the-counter medications like antibiotic ointment, hydrogen peroxide, some alcohol (no, not that kind) and some diarrhea medication. Once you get started it will grow and you’ll need to get a bigger box to hold it all. (Experience talking here.) As you already know, I am an advocate of building your own kits. You’ll save money, plus you will have quality components and not a lot of stuff you’ll never use. As always, your questions and comments are welcome at email@example.com