What Makes A Good First Aid Kit?
Many inexpensive first aid kits are so simple that they provide little assistance in emergencies. Make sure any kit you buy is complete. If you buy a kit that only contains band-aids, tape and some gauze, add some items to complete the kit.
So what makes a good first aid kit? A good kit contains a diverse and comprehensive supply of emergency first-aid items like disinfectants, bandages and tape, a first-aid guide, splints, medications, and lotions like sunscreen and lip ointment. Many complete first aid kits are sold online or can be assembled by yourself, although the cost of building your own kit can be higher than buying a pre-assembled kit. If you decide to build a kit yourself, be aware of where the kit will be stored and build the kit according to possible emergencies that may arise in the immediate area where the kit will be stored.
Disinfecting items such as alcohol pads and antibiotic ointment are the first priority when treating a wound or injury. Wounds should be cleaned with effective sterilization equipment before bandaging to avoid infection. Infection can be a silent attacker in injuries that can increase the severity of the injury. Make sure you have enough sterilization supplies in your first aid kit.
Once the injury is properly cleaned, sterile bandages are applied to keep the injury clean, support it, and protect it from further injury. Include bandages of various sizes in your first aid kit. You may need to add bandages of different sizes to a simple commercial first aid kit. Just having band-aids in the kit doesn’t adequately prepare you for injuries.
Splints, medical tape, and gauze are important for injuries that require support until help can come. Popsicle sticks work well for finger splints. Medications are another essential part of any first aid kit. Ibuprofen, aspirin and antacids tablets are common elements in a complete kit. Make sure you are prepared for physical ailments that could prevent you from working properly in an emergency situation.
One last item you need to include in your best first aid kit is a first aid guide. First aid guides are inexpensive and can be purchased online. Don’t trust your memory or education to use your first aid kit correctly. Emergency situations can be stressful and emotionally intense, causing you to panic. You may not be able to think clearly and remember the first aid procedures you learned in the past. The first aid guides will give easy instructions to whoever is using the kit.
Three important places to store a first aid kit are at home, in your car, and at work. Since most of your time is spent in these places, make sure you have enough kits to help the potential number of people who may need one in any of these places. Finally, after getting your first aid kits and placing them in the key areas listed above, be sure to check the contents of the kits every few months to see if any items need to be restocked. Always keep your kits complete and up to date.