Even the most minor of injuries can still require a plaster or bandage in order to stop pain and to help a cut to heal. And a kiss and hug won’t always be the only treatment needed, which is why everyone needs a first aid kit.
By law, every business must have first aid provisions in every premises. In the home and in the car, it’s always handy to be prepared and to have one ready, just in case. When you have your first aid kit, you want it to be easily accessible, and to make sure everyone knows where they can find it.
When it comes to choosing the right first aid kit, there are a few things you’ll need to make sure it includes.
Plasters and Bandages
The main thing you’re going to be after in a first aid emergency is likely to be a plaster or a bandage. They’ll steam any bleeding, reduce the risk of infection, and generally allow it to heal.
You’ll want a first aid kit which includes numerous plasters, preferably of different sizes, and including ones which are also waterproof. These will allow you to tend to different injuries appropriately.
Additionally, it’s good for it to include sterile dressing and microporous tape to allow you to treat larger wounds until professional medical help can be given if it is needed. Some kits will also include dressing for burns, which will help reduce the pain, will aid recovery, and in the long-term can reduce scarring.
First Aid Equipment
It’s really handy if the first aid kit actually includes everything you’re likely to need. These can include alcohol-free wipes, safety pins, disposable gloves, a pair of scissors and some tweezers. That way, you’re well prepared.
A first aid kit can help to prepare you for most eventualities. Eye patches will mean you’re ready if anyone suffers an eye accident or injury, and a foil blanket is ideal for treating and preventing hypothermia thanks to its ability to retain body heat.
You will want a first aid kit which has some kind of bag or container in which to keep everything in. This means it is all together when you want it, making it handy to find and prevents things from wandering off. And when they’re coloured green, it’s easy to identify it as a first aid kit as well.
These can range from a soft zipped first aid bag to a hard case. This will vary according to the size of the kit you’re after, with larger one’s ideal for around the home and small first aid kits suited to when you’re on the move.
But to ensure you provide the right first aid care, it’s handy to keep a basic first aid manual or instruction booklet nearby. That way, when you’re faced with something more serious than a scrape, cut or bruise, everyone will know exactly what to do.
One day, this could save someone’s life.