First Things First: A First Aid Kit

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Be it a small bump, bruise or an emergency, the first thing to even think about is doing ‘First Aid’ on the victim before rushing him/ her to a hospital for treatment or while waiting for the ambulance.  Bumps, bruises and emergencies can happen to anyone and anywhere. It is always ideal to have a first aid kit handy so one does not have to worry about the basic supplies to perform first aid in case of medical emergencies. Below you will find a list of items to include in your first aid kit:

 

  • Wash proof plasters in assorted sizes
  • Microporous tape
  • First Aid Dressing
  • Antibiotic Ointment packets
  • Aspirin packets
  • Hydrocortisone ointment packets
  • Sterile Cleansing wipes
  • A pair of nitrile powder free gloves
  • Scissor with moulded tip
  • Tweezers
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Oral Thermometer (Non- mercury/ non- glass)
  • Cold packs
  • A blanket
  • Gauze pads
  • First Aid Instruction Booklet

 

Whether you buy a first aid kit or put one together, it is important to make sure that it has all the items you may need, it helps to perform the basic medical treatment before being shifted to a hospital if need arises. It is a good idea to include personal items such as medications and emergency phone numbers. It is wise to check the kit regularly for expiration dates and replace any used or out-of-date contents.
First aid kits are also designed for specific activities such as hiking, camping or boating. A well-stocked first aid kit is a handy thing to have in your home and in your car. It is a best practice to carry a first aid kit with you or to know where you can find one even at work.