What to put in your First Aid kit
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- Fitness & Health
- Published on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 09:08
- Last Updated on 09 December 2013
- Emma Hammett
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First Aid kits need to be easily accessible in case an emergency situation arises. The kit should be well organised, ideally in a bag with compartments to allow you to quickly grab what you need. It is most important that the kits contents are good quality – often cheap kits will not be of sufficient quality should you need to use them.
Your kit should contain a First Aid book or instructions, and contents to treat: major and minor bleeding, burns, breaks and sprains.
The kit should not contain medication. First Aid kits for a car should be in soft padded cases or secured within the car.
Gloves – non sterile to protect you and sterile for treating someone with deep wounds or burns
Wound dressings of various sizes
Micropore tape to secure dressings and tape fingers and toes, also useful for labelling things
A couple of calico triangular bandages (ensure they are calico not a cheap version made of paper) these are some of the most useful things in your kit. Ideal, sterile, non-fluffy material to stop bleeding, can be used for slings and support bandages and far easier than a dressing to secure on head, knee and elbow wounds.
Eye dressings, can also be used as small dressings for babies and toddlers.
Sterile saline vial – for irrigating a wound, or washing grit from an eye
Additional useful contents:
Instant ice pack – at home you can use a bag of frozen peas – Ensure it is wrapped in a cloth as it can cause ice burns
A foil blanket to keep the casualty warm, crucially important in helping to prevent them going into shock. They should ideally be insulated from the ground and have this wrapped round them to retain their body heat.
Steri-strips, great to help close gaping wounds. Always get major or deep wounds swiftly seen by a medical professional.
Sterile tweezers – for removing small splinters, that can easily be grasped and pulled out in the same direction that they went in (nothing else should ever be removed from a wound unless by a medical professional)
Please visit First Aid for Life for First Aid kit recommendations.
First Aid for Life also sells First Aid kits
Emma Hammett is the CEO and Founder of First Aid for Life. First Aid for Life is an Award Winning fully regulated First Aid Training business, our trainers are extremely experienced medical and emergency services professionals and our training is tailored to your needs.
We give people the skills and confidence to help in an emergency.
Emma Hammett is a First Aid expert and is regularly contacted as a spokesperson for SKY News and the BBC, she is the First Aid expert for Mothercare.
First Aid for life provides this information for guidance and it is not in any way a substitute for medical advice. First Aid for Life is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made, or actions taken based on this information. The best way to be prepared for action in an emergency is to attend a practical First Aid course.