Owning first aid kits is important to have at home or at the workplace to help you deal with minor injuries. Not just any first aid kit but a well-stocked one. With a first aid kit kept in your home or car, you should ensure that it has certain items. These items include:
- Different sizes of safety pins for securing triangular bandages and removal of splinters.
- Aluminum finger splint.
- Large triangular bandage.
- Elastic wrap bandages.
- Petroleum jelly.
- Antiseptic solution and towelettes.
- Surgical mask.
- Hydrogen peroxide for disinfection.
- First aid manual.
- Hand sanitizer.
- Scissors and tweezers.
- Eyeshield or pad.
- Large triangular bandage.
- Bandage strips and “butterfly” bandages of various sizes.
- Rubber tourniquet.
- Instant cold packs.
- Antibiotic ointment.
- Duct tape.
- Sterile saline for irrigation and flushing.
- Turkey baster for flushing wounds.
- Plastic bags.
- Thermometer for a temperature check.
- Cotton balls and cotton-tipped swabs.
- Disposable medical gloves for prevention against infection.
- Eyewash solution.
- Small flashlight.
- Small knife.
- Pain killers such as paracetamol.
Other items you should have in the first aid kit include medications such as:
- Medical history forms for each family member.
- Medical consent forms for each family member.
- Cell phone with solar charge.
- Waterproof matches.
- Waterproof writing instrument.
- Emergency space blanket.
- Insect repellant.
- Emergency phone numbers, including contact information for your family doctor and pediatrician, local emergency services, emergency road service providers, etc.
- Polysporin antibiotic cream to treat simple wounds.
- Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) – oral antihistamine for allergic reactions, itching rashes.
- Creams or spray to relieve insect bites and stings.
- Nutrients such as food or vitamin supplements from Noridc Naturals, Premier Research Labs, and Jarrow Formulas.
Where to Keep Your First Aid Kit
In your home, the best place to keep the first aid kit is in the kitchen. Do not keep it in a room that has high humidity, as this will shorten the shelf life of the items. Make sure that you keep out of reach of children for their safety. Keep a second kit in your car. Finally, make sure to have a kit designated for outdoor trips and events – this one should be easier to carry and only contain the essentials if you aren’t too far from civilization.
Your first aid kit may be a life saver during an emergency situation or after sustaining a minor injury. This is why you must ensure that your first aid kit contains most of the items mentioned above, if not all. With the first aid kit, you can offer immediate assistance or treatment to an injured person before the arrival of medical experts.