What's in your First Aid box?

  • First Aid kits need to be easily accessible in case an emergency situation arises. The kit should be well organised, ideally in a bag with compartments to allow you to quickly grab what you need. It is most important that the kits contents are good quality – often cheap kits will not be of sufficient quality should you need to use them. Your kit should contain a First Aid leaflet or instructions, and contain items to treat: major and minor bleeding, burns, breaks and sprains. The only medication it should contain are 300mg Dispersable Aspirin for heart attacks (not the 75mg slow release variety).
    First Aid kits for a car should be in soft padded cases or secured within the car.
  • text     Tough cut scissors – strong enough to cut through clothes
  • textA face shield to protect yourself when doing mouth to mouth resuscitation
  • Gloves – non sterile to protect you and sterile for treating someone with deep wounds or burns
  • wipes     Sterile medical wipes to clean a wound.
  • dressings    Wound dressings of various sizes
  • tape    Micropore tape to secure dressings and tape fingers and toes, also useful for labelling things
  • T bandage    A couple of calico triangular bandages (ensure they are calico not a cheap version made of paper) these are some of the most useful things in your kit. Ideal, sterile, non-fluffy material to stop bleeding, can be used for slings and support bandages and far easier than a dressing to secure on head, knee and elbow wounds.
  • eyes    Eye dressings, can also be used as small dressings for babies and toddlers.
  • saline    Sterile saline vial – for irrigating a wound, or washing grit from an eye
  • crepe    Crepe bandage – for supporting a sprain or strain
  • plasters    Plasters – for short term covering of a minor wound, (do not use for more than an hour or so as they cause wounds to become soggy)
  •     Additional useful contents and information:
  • bullet Burn gel or a burns dressing – to apply to a burn after cooling Instant ice pack – at home you can use a bag of frozen peas – Ensure it is wrapped in a cloth as it can cause ice burns.
  • bullet A foil blanket to keep the casualty warm, crucially important in helping to prevent them going into shock. They should ideally be insulated from the ground and have this wrapped round them to retain their body heat.
  • bullet Steri-strips, great to help close gaping wounds. Always get major or deep wounds swiftly seen by a medical professional.
  • bullet Sterile tweezers – for removing small splinters, that can easily be grasped and pulled out in the same direction that they went in (nothing else should ever be removed from a wound unless by a medical professional).
  • bullet A 300mg dispersble Aspirin, to offer to somebody whom you suspect of having a Heart attack, whilst you are waiting for emegency medical personnel to arrive.

  •     But remember:
    The contents of any first-aid kit should reflect the outcome of your first-aid needs assessment.