First Aid kits, do you have one? Or perhaps you have access to a workplace one? Is it that green (usually) box that just sits in the corner accompanied by a hope that you never have to open it, or is it something you’re familiar with? Either way, we hope none of you take it’s importance for granted.
As you can see from the photograph, they come in different shapes, colours and sizes. In addition to standard types, specialised kits are available that are available, but whatever you choose, at the very least it should be fit for purpose. If you work in an office, there is probably little point in having a kit full of burns dressings. Likewise, if you’re hiking in the mountains, you can’t afford a kit that takes up the majority of space in your rucksack.
Your kit needs to be easily accessible and the more people that know where it is stored, the better. It also needs to be well stocked of course. It should be checked periodically to ensure sterile items are in-date (not like the one in the photo below) but what items should be kept in it? We’ve listed some common items below…
- Nitrile gloves – Taking steps to preventing cross-infection should be a priority for any First Aider. It is best to avoid latex due to allergies
- Scissors – suitable for cutting plasters, dressings and perhaps clothing
- Small, medium and large sterile dressings
- Adhesive dressings (plasters) in a variety of different sizes and shapes
- Sterile eye dressings
- Triangular bandages
- Crêpe compression bandages
- Alcohol-free cleansing wipes
- Sticky tape – Zinc oxide tape has a number of uses
- Sterile eye wash
Depending on your experience, the environment in which the kit is to be used and who it is likely to be used on, we’ve listed here some other items that you might wish to consider including…
- Antihistamine tablets
- Ice pack/Heat pad
- Haemostatic agent and/or haemostatic dressing
- Obs chart
Have you any other suggestions or comments? Get in touch.