Know Your First Aid Kit
First aid kits come in different shapes, sizes and
prices. They are available as pre-packaged kits designed for specific purposes,
such as for the home, pets, auto, camping, boating, golfing, welding,
landscaping, trucking, logging, burn care, emergency response, industrial, commercial
You can also elect to make your own, although this may work out to be more expensive and time consuming as each item is purchased individually. The important part of any first aid kit is that it suits you and your lifestyle or work place.
First Aid Kit Contents
Before deciding the contents of your first aid kit, list out all activities you commonly participate in. Do you go camping? Do you or any member of your family play contact sports? Are you on the road a lot? Is it for industrial use? How many people is the first aid kit for? It is very important that the first aid kit contents match up to your lifestyle or your workplace environment. Once you have a basic idea of where a first aid kit will come in handy, you can start planning the contents of your kit.
Many first aid kits attempt to sell a kit comprised of a box of adhesive bandages and a few tablets. How much different type of injuries will this kit treat? Not very many! Don't be fooled by quantity of components, look for variety of components! The idea is to include components for real life emergencies, not what might let the kit sell for a few dollars less.
Any first aid kit should contain at least something from
the following groups:
Antiseptics (something to kill germs to prevent infection), Injury treatment
(items to deal with injuries such as butterfly closures and cold compresses),
Bandages (a variety of bandages to dress and cover a variety of wounds),
Instruments (tweezers, barrier gloves), and Medicines.
For example, a basic first aid kits, or starter kits,
should consist of the
· A first aid manual
· Sharp scissors
· Splinter Remover
· Safety Pins
· Elastic Gauze (conforming bandages)
· Sterile Gauze
· Adhesive bandages in assorted shapes and sizes
· Triangular bandage
· First aid tape
· Antiseptic Ointment
· Calamine Lotion
· Antiseptic Wipes
· Alcohol Wipes
· Cotton tipped applicators
· Aspirin and Ibuprofen Tablets
· Vinyl or latex gloves
· Resuscitation Face Shield
· Anti-Inflammatory Cream
· Sodium Chloride Solution
· Sterile eye pad
· Your prescription medications
What you keep the contents in is up to you. Nowadays,
first aid kits come in plastic
case, metal case or durable soft-pack. The type you choose is dependent on the purpose
of the kit and where it will be stored.
First Aid Kit Supplies and Refills
Finding supplies and restocking your first aid kit is not
always easy. Drug stores often carry a limited number of lines, and the prices
on individual items is rather expensive. First aid kit supplies can be found
online however, and the range is
enormous. You can build your kit to your hearts content, and there's plenty more items to choose from, usually at better pricing.
Buying first aid supplies online is especially useful for restocking industrial first aid kits. When you need to order in quantity, yet varying amounts of each item, online shopping is great. You can order select specific quantities of each product, and have them delivered right to the site.
For the home user, a drug store is probably best for topping up small easy to find items. If you do need to order harder to find products, or buy a few items at a time, online shopping may be an option
Learn First Aid
The other essential ingredient that should accompany all first aid kits are people who know how to use it. At a bare minimum, you should be familiar with basic first aid techniques.
Accidents, disasters, and emergencies, can happen
anywhere; at work, home, or play. You may be the person thrust into the firing
line when something happens, and you should be prepared. There may be a lengthy
delay before medical response due to
location, adverse conditions, or lack of communications. At a time like this it is up to you to commence first aid or CPR, and your knowledge, or lack thereof, may effect the outcome. A first aid manual is also a handy addition, and can fill in
the blanks for those more obscure times.
If you have children, it is your role to protect them and aid them when needed. Techniques used on kids are different to those of adults, and you should take the time to learn more about this type of first aid.
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