A first aid kit ought to be organized, sufficiently stocked and readily available within reach anytime you need it. Most experts advise us that we should keep a first aid kit in several locations such as at home, at work, in the car and any other place you see fit and necessary.
Contents Of A First Aid Kit
Different first aid kits vary depending on their particular use. For instance, a kit for the farm varies from what you should have in the office. However, the following basics are what should be in a first aid kit;
· Triangular and crepe bandages of different widths.
· Non-adhesive dressings in different sizes.
· Non-latex disposable gloves.
· A thermal blanket.
· Plastic bags in different sizes.
· A notepad and a pencil.
· Adhesive tape.
· A face shield or a resuscitation mask.
The above are the most basic contents but, other necessary equipment to consider include;
· Dressing pads; medium and large.
· A pair of scissors.
· A pair of tweezers.
· Adhesive dressing strips.
· A first aid booklet.
The code of practice makes it very clear that the first aid kit should only be used to provide life support and emergency treatment to illness and injuries as one awaits medical experts to take over the treatment process. As a result, a basic first aid kit should not have any medications. In case you decide to keep any medications, it should be painkillers that should be kept safely away and out of reach of children. The closest items you should have close to medication other than painkillers include;
· Antihistamine tablets.
· Cough medicine.
· Antiseptic cream.
· Spray and cream are used to relieve stings and bites from insects.
· Skin rash creams.
· A thermometer.
· Distilled water used to clean wounds.
Note that you should not carry or use any type of medication that you don’t understand. Worse, you may end up giving someone some medication that they are allergic to thus, making the situation worse for them instead of helping out.
Storing The First Aid Kit
Experts have various suggestions on the best way to store your first aid kit. They include;
· Store the kit in a cool, dry place.
· Ensure the kit is stored in a convenient location that is easily accessible to family members or colleagues.
· Some items such as certain solutions have a use-by dates that you should check and make necessary replacements.
· Any other item used in the kit should immediately be replaced.
Lastly, it is mandatory that you learn how to use your first aid kit. You can buy a book and read on the basics of offering first aid and learn about its contents.