A first aid kit is essential for home or work, but what does it need to contain exactly? Don’t stress, we’ve got a list of the necessary items in case of small scrapes…
First, it’s important to know what pharmacies sell ready-made first aid kids, which can be handy. If you still want to create your own custom kit, you’ll need:
– Sterile gauze pads (dressings) in small and large squares to place over wounds
– Adhesive tape
– Roller and triangular bandages to hold dressings in place, or to make an arm sling
– Adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
– Scissors, tweezers, and safety pins
– Instantn ice packs
– Disposable non-latex gloves (to prevent allergic reactions to latex)
– Antiseptic ointment (like Polysporin)
– Aluminum emergency blanket
– Eye patches
– Protection pocket mask (for CPR)
– Benadryl in case of sudden and unexplained allergies
– Flashlight and batteries
– Emergency phone numbers for SMU/9-1-1, a poison control center in the area, and the numbers of family physicians and friends/neighbors who can help in case of emergency.
With this kit, everyone should be ready to provide assistance if a minor accident occurs. Obviously, it’s better to store these in an airtight container away from water, and in a place that’s easily accessible and easy to find in case there’s an emergency. It’s a good idea to have a small annual or bi-annual inventory, to make sure you’re not caught without adhesive bandages or sterile gauze pads. The term “prevention is better than cure” is very applicable here!
Do you have a first aid kit at home? Have you taken a course on first aid?