What to keep in a first aid kit

What To Keep in a First Aid Kit

First aid training is valuable knowledge to have. It is important you have the appropriate qualifications to implement proper first aid. You should use first aid in situations when medical attention is needed but professional help is unavailable. Evaluate the situation. You do not want to injure someone more by administering the wrong type of aid. Be sure to call 000 (Triple Zero) as soon as possible.

 

What should I keep in my first aid kit?

 

There should be a well-stocked first aid kit in every home. These supplies should be within easy reach and gathered ahead of time to help you handle emergency situations instantly. Many supermarkets and shops stock pre-made kits but sometimes it is more beneficial to make your own or add to the existing products.

The following are items that should be included in a first-aid kit for your home:

  • First aid manual
  • Adhesive tape
  • Different sizes of sterile gauze pads
  • Several sizes of adhesive bandages
  • Elastic bandage
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Splint
  • Soap
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Antiseptic solution
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Acetaminophen and ibuprofen
  • Tweezers
  • Prescription medications
  • Scissors
  • Safety pins
  • Instant cold packs
  • Calamine lotion
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Thermometer
  • Tooth preservation kit
  • A few pairs of non-latex gloves
  • Flashlight (with extra batteries)
  • Blanket
  • Mouthpiece for CPR
  • List of local emergency numbers

There are also other items you may want to add that will be beneficial to your individual first aid needs according to location and medical history. It is important to store your kit in a convenient location that is not accessible by children. Check it regularly and replace missing items. Medicines do expire so it is vital to check the dates every few months.

First aid kits are also handy to have in your car and when travelling. If you are flying make sure to pack it into your checked luggage, as it will not be permitted with your carry-on baggage.

It is highly recommended you take a nationally recognised first aid course to be prepared for an emergency situation in your home, workplace or anywhere in between. First aid is important because it saves lives.

RAM Training Services offers first aid courses all across Australia, please contact us for more information.

Written by Shenoa Gittins

Shenoa is the Operations Manager and co-owner of RAM Training Services.
You can connect with Shenoa Gittins via Google+ and Facebook.

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