In today’s world more and more people are taking first aid courses. This means more people can act in medical emergencies and more lives will be saved. Having a comprehensive first aid kit is an important part of being a first aider. Whether you use it at home or in your place of work you need to know what is in it. Be aware of when items are used and make sure they are replaced, if there are any medicines in a first aid kit make sure they are in date.
It is important to have a first aid kit to hand for medical emergencies, what you have in that kit depends on what you are using it for, for example, a first aid kit used by an outdoor instructor would need to be more comprehensive than a kit kept for home use. I am going to describe what you need in a basic first aid kit and then suggest extras that you could put into your first aid kit in different situations.
A basic home first aid kit should be stored in a cool dry place out of the reach of children.
- Plasters in a variety of different sizes and shapes
- Small, medium and large sterile gauze dressings
- At least 2 sterile eye dressings
- Triangular bandages
- Crepe rolled bandages
- Safety pins
- Disposable sterile gloves
- Alcohol-free clean wipes
- Sticky tape
- Skin rash cream, such as hydrocortisone or calendula
- Cream or spray to relieve insect bites and stings
- Antiseptic cream
- Painkillers such as paracetamol ( or infant paracetamol for for children), aspirin ( not tobe given to children under 16) or ibuprofen
- Cough medicine
- Antihistamine cream or tablets
- Distilled water for cleaning wounds
- Eyewash and eye bath
- Clingfilm for burns or plastic bags
It may be useful to keep a first aid manual or book with the first aid kit.
Medicines should be checked regularly to make sure they are within their use.
If you are travelling you should carry a basic first aid kit which should consist of the following:-
- Wound cleaning gauze
- Sterile dressing
- Bandage tape
- Sunburn treatment
- Insect repellent
- Insect bite treatment
- Medication for pre- existing medical conditions
If you are travelling to more adventurous destinations you may want to consider taking:-
- Anti-diarrhoea medication
- Rehydration sachets
- Mosquito net
- Water disinfectant
It is a good idea to carry a first aid kit in the car and you could add.:-
- A warning triangle for accidents
- A high visibility jacket to protect yourself from other car users
For outdoor instructors and people who work in more remote situations:-
For outdoor instructors and people who work in the outdoors or more remote situations:_
- Duct tape (to hold dressings/splints in place
- Survival bag and or space blanket ( victims in outdoor accidents will get cold very quickly, they need to be kept warm)
- Shelter(also for warmth and protection from the elements)
- Torch and batteries (you might be there for a long time)
- Whistle(to attract attention)
- Butterfly Stitches
These are just a few of the most common first aid kit requirements. Over the next few weeks we will be continuing this thread covering more specialist scenarios and job type.
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