Create the Ultimate First Aid Kit

Posted by admin on August 5, 2013 at 8:47 am. Filed under: First Aid

Health and safety considerations are a core part of any working environment, so why should that change when you’re at home? A first aid kit should be a key component of any household – it’ll mean you’re totally prepared for any accident or injury that could come your way, and if you have the right equipment to hand you can have valuable peace of mind whilst making sure your family is as safe as possible.

What to include in a kit

Given the importance of first aid kits you need to make sure you’ve got the right equipment, so just what should be in your home first aid kit? Well, here are a few things to get you started:

Bandages. Bandages should be a staple part of any kit, and ideally you’ll want several different types, shapes and sizes to suit different injuries – you’ll need smaller bandages for cuts, for example, perhaps adhesive bandages for scrapes and burns and even elastic bandages for muscle injuries, sprains etc.
• Plasters. Again, these should come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit different wounds.
• Sterile gauze. You’ll want small, medium and large gauze dressings so all wounds can be adequately dressed, and you’ll want a roll of medical tape to accompany it.
• Sanitation/hygiene products. Any kit should contain non-latex gloves for hygiene reasons as well as things like hand sanitiser, antiseptic solution and alcohol-free cleansing wipes.
• Medication. A basic kit should include the likes of painkillers (paracetamol), anti-inflammatories (ibuprofen) and antihistamines, and don’t forget things like antiseptic ointment and creams for skin rashes/insect bites/stings either.
• Sterile eye dressings and preferably an eye wash, or at least distilled water to provide a suitable eye bath.
• Burn treatment applications.
• Miscellaneous items, e.g. scissors, tweezers and safety pins.

Replenishment – the key to being prepared

Whilst you’ll often be able to buy ready-made kits to start things off, you might find you want to invest in a few additional items to make sure you’re ready for anything. You’ll want to replenish regularly too – injuries will hopefully be few and far between but you wouldn’t want to suffer an accident only to find you didn’t have any supplies left, and remember that more basic everyday items like painkillers and plasters could disappear fairly rapidly. That’s why you’ll want to go through your kit on a regular basis to make sure you’ve still got everything you could need, and of course, you’ll need the right supplier to suit. That’s where we come in.

Here at Bound Tree Medical we’re leading suppliers of medical and first aid equipment of all kinds and will be able to help you create the ultimate home first aid kit, so why run the risk? You wouldn’t want someone to have an accident only to find you didn’t have the necessary supplies to hand, so make sure you’ve got a fully-stocked kit (and take a look around if you need a few extra items) and you can be prepared for anything that could happen.

 

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