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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

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

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