What To Do When It All Goes Wrong

Visiting dangerous places, leaving cell signal behind, traveling by yourself and just generally taking risks? Well, guess what? At some point, it's going to go badly for you. Likely when you least expect it. Here's what I've learned about self rescue. » 12/17/14 5:22pm 12/17/14 5:22pm

​How To Make A First Aid Kit For Your Dog

Don't panic, but there's a good chance that, at some point during his life, the furry ball of chaos you love deeply is going to get himself hurt. Probably while doing something stupid. Luckily, performing first aid on your dog is as easy as doing it on a human. Here's how to prepare. » 11/26/14 1:56pm 11/26/14 1:56pm

A Better First Aid Kit That Makes Suggestions and Knows What's Missing

Even a well-stocked first-aid kit is all but useless if you crack it open but have no idea what's actually needed for a particular emergency. So these aptly-named Clever Medkits feature a series of buttons and LED lighting that only illuminates the medical supplies needed for a specific injury, and it will even remind… » 7/30/14 1:29pm 7/30/14 1:29pm

​How To Be Your Own Goddamn Doctor


Dr. James Hubbard doesn't want to treat your injury. He wants to teach everyone how to deal with their own medical emergencies. Here's how to avoid Obamacare and do it yourself. » 7/28/14 5:21pm 7/28/14 5:21pm

​First-Aid: How To Treat Fireworks Related Burns And Injuries

Did you know July 4 is the busiest day of the year for firefighters and emergency rooms? Here's how to treat fireworks-related injuries. Everyone should read this by Friday. » 7/04/14 9:01pm 7/04/14 9:01pm

​Build Your Own First Aid Kit, It Might Save Your Life

Commercially available first aid kits suck. But, it's cheap and easy to build your own, creating something that might just save your life. Here's how. » 5/21/14 3:43pm 5/21/14 3:43pm

This Simple First Aid Kit Will Let You Save Yourself Single-Handedly

For most accidents around the home, all you really need is a simple first aid kit—and preferably one that's easy to use. Designed by Gabriele Meldaikyte, the Home First Aid Kit only needs one free hand, and is intended to be easy for even children to use. » 6/25/13 7:39am 6/25/13 7:39am

Drops First Aid: Knowledge You Need to Save a Life Right in Your Pocket

Of all the things you never leave home without, your phone is usually somewhere near the top of that list, ready to whip out at a moments notice. You keep all your most vital information on it: birthdays, important meetings, reminders, beloved images, what have you—but all of this is worthless without the people… » 5/22/13 6:00pm 5/22/13 6:00pm

Bready Bandages Will Dissolve Into Sugar Once You've Healed

Penn State's department of food science has been hard at work using an electrospinning device to stretch fibrous strands out of a biodegradable food-starch solution. Using a solvent to dissolve the starch into a fluid, long strands are spun, which, in great quantity, can be woven together together as one would a… » 5/01/12 9:20pm 5/01/12 9:20pm

UNICEF's Future Relief Parcels Will Provide Food, Water and Shelter in…

You'd think there isn't much room for innovation when it comes to delivering emergency rations to refugees and disaster victims, but that's not quite the case. UNICEF has tapped design firm Psychic Factory to develop an aid package that not only carries food and water, but also helps build a shelter. » 11/22/11 7:20pm 11/22/11 7:20pm

7 Tools to Assemble a Modern First Aid Kit

Accidents happen. Disasters strike. Emergencies confront us. You don't know when these things could happen, so you should be prepared. And in addition to the normal supply of bandages, antiseptics and painkillers, we rounded up 7 tech-minded first aid solutions. » 7/26/11 4:00pm 7/26/11 4:00pm

iPhone Apps Save Man Trapped in Haiti

An American filmmaker trapped in the Haitian earthquake used his iPhone in some pretty ingenious ways to survive until he could be rescued 65 hours later. It's like a digital multitool! » 1/20/10 11:40pm 1/20/10 11:40pm

CPR Pad Makes Resuscitation as Easy as ABC

This concept is a gizmo which you'd have in a first aid kit to help you if someone collapses and needs CPR. You'd whack it on the chest of the ill person, line it up and follow its instructions. It flashes to give you proper timing, and clicks to let you know you're using the right chest-compression pressure (it's… » 6/18/08 5:11am 6/18/08 5:11am

Swiss Peace Knife, the Caring Sharing Pocket Multi-Tool

The Swiss Peace Knife concept is designed to be the ... um, Swiss Army Knife of pocket first aid kits. Using that distinctive form-factor for a band-aid dispenser, pill box, disinfectant spray and even a whistle seems a genius idea, to me. Might even be pretty useful, for outdoor sporty types. You'd just have to make… » 3/19/08 4:15pm 3/19/08 4:15pm

TongueSucker Makes CPR a Whole Lot Easier for Rookie First Aiders

Designed by students at the Royal College of Art in London, Tongue Sucker is a simple gadget to help people untrained in first-aid administer CPR during emergencies, as well as solving the hygiene problem for people unwilling to get up close and personal with a stranger in order to save his or her life. The idea,… » 10/09/07 7:13am 10/09/07 7:13am

Portable Splint for Extreme Sports Welds Itself Together

This portable plastic splint takes up a tiny space in a backpack but brings big relief, holding a broken limb together long enough to get medical help and providing soothing warmth in the meantime. The special plastic fuses itself together in about five minutes using the same chemical-reactive heat technology used in… » 3/29/07 11:15am 3/29/07 11:15am

Target, Red Cross First Aid Kit

Everyone knows you haven't lived until a Black Cat has exploded in the palm of your hand, preferable with the fist closed. Sure you can pour water on the wound and try to clean it up before going to the hospital, but this first aid and preparedness kit from Target should do the trick this fourth when your hands are… » 6/30/06 10:17am 6/30/06 10:17am