What to stock in your First Aid kit

A well stocked First Aid kit can save lives. First aid kits should enable you to respond effectively to common injuries and emergencies. We recommend a first aid kit at home and one in your car. Although we always recommend you store the first aid kits somewhere out of the reach of young children we also recommend that you ensure that children, old enough to understand the purpose of first aid kits, know where they’re kept
So, what should be in your kit? Check out compiled list (source NHS –¬†https://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/990.aspx?categoryid=72)
The basics…
  • Sellotape
  • Plain plaster strip with small scissors
  • Bandage strips and “butterfly” bandages in assorted sizes
  • Nonstick sterile bandages and roller gauze in assorted sizes
  • Eye patches
  • Triangular bandage
  • Instant cold packs
  • Cotton balls / cotton buds
  • Disposable gloves
  • Vaseline
  • Plastic bags
  • Safety pins
  • Tweezers
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Antibiotic cream
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Eyewash solution
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Laxative
  • Antihistamine (liquid and tablet form)
  • Antihistamine, such as diphenhydramine
  • Pain relief (paracetamol, ibuprofen in tablet and liquid form)

Medications

  • Aloe vera gel
  • Calamine lotion
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Cough and cold medications
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Laxative
  • Antacids
  • Antihistamine (liquid and tablet form)
  • Pain relief (paracetamol, ibuprofen in tablet and liquid form)
  • Any personal meds

Emergency items

  • Emergency phone numbers, including contact information for your family doctor
  • Medical consent forms for family members
  • Medical history forms family members
  • Emergency space blanket / foil
  • Portable charger
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Whistle
  • Torch with batteries (and spare batteries)
  • Matches
  • Small notepad and waterproof writing instrument
It may be comprehensive but take the time to really sort and pack your first aid kits. One day it might just save a life.
If you are interested in finding out more about our First Aid courses based in Coventry please call us on 02476 714874
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