First Aid Kits

Knowing what to do in case of emergency is vital to be able to save lives. When performing first aid treatments, there are some things that you will need. These things should be ready and accessible all the time. They should be placed in one kit for easy access.

Keeping a stocked first aid kit inside the home or at the workplace is beneficial in many ways such as:

  • You will be able to treat injury right away;
  • Haemorrhage will be prevented;
  • You can prevent any injury or condition from becoming worse;
  • You can avoid further complications of the condition; and
  • You can save the life of the patient.

What goes inside the first aid kits? Here are the basic things that you will need for first aid:

  • Antibacterial or antiseptic wash – to remove bacteria from wounds
  • Gauze pads – to cover open wounds
  • Cotton Balls/Swabs – use in applying antiseptic/antibacterial solutions to wounds
  • Antibiotic ointment – to prevent infection from building on the wounds
  • Alcohol – for disinfecting
  • Tape – to attach the gauze pads onto the skin
  • Scissors – for cutting gauze pads, strings, tape
  • Compress – for sprains and other bumps
  • Thermometer – to check temperature of the patient
  • Basic medicines like aspirin – to treat basic conditions

There could be additional things to include in a first aid kit depending on the risks involved in the home or workplace. First aid kits should also be taken if camping, boating, or doing risky and adventurous activities.

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