First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit

 

 

Keep a kit in a mobile case on your home / car (should you need to transport it to someone else in trouble)

 

 

  • Triangular bandages
  • Splints for arm or leg - (4mm plywood x 75mm wide 1@500mm 1@700mm)
  • Cotton bandages – (50mm and 75mm)
  • Micropore tape – (25mm)
  • Tape sutures – (Steristrip)
  • Crepe Bandages – 75mm & 100mm (support for sprains / strained joints etc.)
  • Assorted plasters
  • Tweezers – (removing splinters wasp / bee stings)
  • Antiseptic Skin cleansing fluid – (to minimise infection to minor wounds)
  • Wound dressings – (finger type and square – assorted sizes)
  • Burn dressings (pre-packed, sterile and transparent – cling film useful for larger areas)
  • Antihistamine cream with cortisone and local anaesthesia – (bites and stings to reduce local irritation and inflammation
  • Clinical thermometer – (normal temp is 37 degrees centigrade)
  • Gauze swabs – (100mm x 100mm)
  • Eye wash – (sterile liquid)
  • Eye drops / ointment – (for eye infection / irritation after foreign body etc.)
  • Antacids – (tablets / liquid for indigestion)
  • Safety Pins – (assorted sizes)
  • Supply of fluid for diarrhoea / vomiting – (isotonic drinks - glucose with sodium and potassium eg sports energy drinks

and / or simple lemonade)

  • Anti diarrhoea medications – (not a cure but for symptom relief)
  • Small pen torch – (particularly for testing pupil reaction)
  • Scissors / knife
  • Disposable gloves

 

 

And get some proper First Aid training, after which (dependant on level of training):

 

 

  • Aspirin tablets (soluble / chewable) – For suspected heart attack
  • Antihistamine cream and tablets
  • Analgesic tablets eg paracetamol – dosage monitoring essential
  • Cortisone cream – (for allergic skin reactions – except for broken skin)
  • Airway – (for use during CPR – ie protection barrier between helper and casualty)
  • Glucose or sugar solution – (for diabetic / insulin coma – eg sports energy drink)
  • Blood pressure machine – (not essential but can indicate illness – average 120/80)

 

Check use-by dates on drugs / creams etc. regularly

 

 

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