Monday, July 11, 2011

Field first-aid kit designed and patented by Douglas Aircraft Co., Inc. nurse

On May 18, 1942, Nurse Clemetine F. Campiglia with Douglas Aircraft Company, Incorporated, filed for a patent on a first-aid kit that could be used in the field by medical personnel during World War II. It was called "First Aid Kit" and given patent number 2,324,194 by the United States Patent Office on July 13, 1943. Nurse Campiglia assigned her rights to the invention to Douglas in Santa Monica, California, where she worked during the war. The intent of the design was to improve mobility and easier access to injured persons with this body-attached first-aid kit for medical personnel in combat situations. The arrangement of pockets was to facilitate easy-access to supplies needed to provide care.