People are searching for the best ways to avoid going to the hospital with the rise of healthcare costs, healthcare-acquired infections and to save time.

One way to avoid a trip to the hospital is to stock up your first aid kit with the latest technology advancements in acute care at home.

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Here are the top 5 latest first aid kit additions you need today to prevent a trip to the hospital:

1. 3M Steri-Strip Reinforced Skin Closure

This hypoallergenic, sterile, sticky, and strong strip is the best closure for deep wounds requiring stitches for the price.  Just clean the wound and stop the bleeding, then the strips do the job to keep it closed for healing.

2. Zipstitch Laceration Kit

This skin closure device is much like the steri-strip but it helps close the wound tighter for a reduction in scaring.  It is more expensive but might be worth the money if you have challenges holding the wound tight together when applying steri-strips.

3. QuikClot Advanced Clotting Gauze with Kaolin

This is not your ordinary gauze.  It comes packed with kaolin, a naturally occurring mineral allergen free and used by all 5 branches of the military so you know it works!

4. SkinSmart Antimicrobial

This antimicrobial spray can replace those harsh wound cleaners that tend to burn.  Believe it or not, this spray is meant to be used to prevent staph infections of eczema patients but is being used in chronic wound treatment centers.  This spray is gentle, powerful, and only the truly savvy first aid kit holders know about it.

5. Lifestraw Personal Water Filter

How does the Lifestraw fit in a first aid kit?  Most times a first aid kit is needed is when people are enjoying the outdoors and wildlife.  A common problem for outdoorsmen requiring hospitalization is heat stroke and dehydration from not drinking enough water.  One bottle of water might not be enough and it can be a challenge to bring several bottles of water on a long hiking trip.  Bringing a Lifestraw safely tucked away in your first aid kit might save your life when you run out of clean drinking water.

First Aid Takeaways

Failure to properly plan for any risky event or everyday risks at home might land you in the hospital causing more problems in the future such as hospital-acquired infections and large medical bills.

These are 5 compact and inexpensive items to keep with you in case of an acute injury that people have used and are grateful to have had them handy.

Stock up on your first aid kit regularly if you are like me and avoid the hospital at all costs.