(a) Individual cartons. Cartons shall be of the standard commercial unit type referred to by Simplified Practice Recommendation R178-41, properly labeled to designate the name, size of contents, and method of use, and shall contain all information required by Federal and State laws. Each package shall be enclosed in a jacket of tough, transparent material, properly sealed, which shall meet the watertight requirements of §160.041-5(f). Each carton and the contents therein shall conform to the applicable requirements of Federal Specification GG-K-391. Medicinal products shall conform to the latest revision of the U.S. Pharmacopoeia. Vials for tablets shall not be made of glass.

(b) Items. The items contained in first-aid kit shall be as listed in Table 160.041-4(b).

Table 160.041-4(b)—Items for First-Aid Kit

Open Table
Item Number per package Size of package No. of packages
Bandage compress—4 1 Single 5
Bandage compress—2 4    do 2
Waterproof adhesive compress—1 16    do 2
Triangular bandage—40 1    do 3
Eye dressing packet, 18 ounce Opthalmic ointment, adhesive strips, cotton pads 3    do 1
Bandage, gauze, compressed, 2 inches by 6 yards 2    do 1
Tourniquet, forceps, scissors, 12 safety pins 1, 1, 1, and 12, respectively Double 1
Wire splint 1 Single 1
Ammonia inhalants 10    do 1
Iodine applicators ( 12 ml swab type) 10    do 1
Aspirin, phenacetin and caffeine compound, 612 gr tablets, vials of 20 5 Double 1
Sterile petrolatum gauze, 3 × 18 4 Single 3

(c) Instructions. Instructions for the use of the contents of the first-aid kit shall be printed in legible type on a durable surface and shall be securely attached to the inside of the cover. The instructions for the use of the contents are as follows:

Directions for the Use of the First-Aid Kit

Open Table
Item title Remarks
Ammonia inhalants Break one and inhale for faintness, fainting, or collapse.
Aspirin, phenacetin, caffeine tablets Chew up and swallow 2 tablets every three hours for headache, colds, minor aches, pains, and fever. Maximum of 8 in twenty-four hours.
Bandage compress, 4 and 2 Apply as a dressing over wound. DON'T touch part that comes in contact with wound.
Bandage, gauze, compressed, 2 For securing splints, dressings, etc.
Bandage, triangular, compressed Use as arm sling, tourniquet, or for retaining splints or dressings in place.
Burn dressing The petrolatum gauze bandage is applied in at least two layers over the burned surface and an area extending 2 beyond it. The first dressing should be allowed to remain in place, changing only the outer, dry bandage as needed, for at least 10 days unless signs of infection develop after several days, in which case the dressing should be removed and the burn treated as an infected wound. Watch for blueness or coldness of the skin beyond the dressing and loosen the dressing if they appear.
Compress, adhesive, 1 Apply as dressing over small wounds. DON'T touch part that comes in contact with wound.
Eye patch Apply as dressing over inflamed or injured eye.
Forceps Use to remove splinters or foreign bodies. Don't dig.
Ophthalmic ointment Apply in space formed by pulling lower eyelid down, once daily for inflamed or injured eyes. Don't touch eyeball with tube.
Splint, wire Pad with gauze and mold to member to immobilize broken bones. Hold in place with bandage. Do not attempt to set the bone.
Tincture of iodine, mild Remove protective sleeve, crush tube and apply swab end. DON'T use in or around eyes.
Tourniquet For control of hemorrhage. Loosen for a few seconds every 15 minutes.

[CGFR 50-12, 15 FR 3093, May 20, 1950,, as amended by USCG-2014-0688, 79 FR 58285, Sept. 29, 2014]

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