A first aid kit is often something you don’t realise you need until it’s too late. The best thing to do is ensure you’ve got one on hand at all times, and know exactly how to use everything in it. If you don’t currently have on in your home, car or workplace, there are a number of online health and first aid stores such as www.optomo.com.au where you can purchase everything you’re going to need! Read on to check that you’ve got everything in your first aid kit that you need!
This is probably the most basic item in your first aid kit, and the most necessary. As well as band-aids, ensure you have bandages and gauze as you may come across large wounds that need more than a small plaster strip to stop the bleeding. You can never have too many band-aids as small cuts and scrapes happen almost on a daily basis in some homes, particularly ones with small children running around. Use your discretion to decide when you need a simple band-aid, and when you need something bigger.
It is so important to clean the wound before you cover it, so anti-bacterial ointments and powders go hand in hand with bandages. There’s nothing worse than getting a minor cut and having it become something serious due to infection. As well as ointment, you should also have hand sanitisers, as there’s no use cleaning a wound with dirty hands! Better yet, keep gloves in your first aid kit too!
No, you probably won’t be turning to a first aid kit at the first sign of a headache – however, if your wound is serious enough for gauze or a large bandage, you’ll probably be in some amount of pain and may need some relief. Keep painkillers in your first aid kit, just in case!
Hot and Cold Packs
Instant hot or cold packs are a great invention, and a good idea to keep in your handy first aid kit. These packs are filled with a chemical combination that immediately freezes or heat ups when the pack is squeezed. Muscular injuries will definitely need these, so keep them on hand!
Keep a pair of scissors in your first aid kit for cutting bandages and, in worse case scenarios, cutting away clothes to access wounds. Keep a handy pair inside and you’ll never have a problem. As well as scissors, it’s also a good idea to keep tweezers there too – you never know when you’ll run into a splinter emergency! You should always sanitise the tweezers before you use them, so remember to keep your sanitiser in your kit.
It can be quite easy to become stressed and not know what to do when faced with emergency situations. A well-prepared, easy-to-use first aid kit can be extremely beneficial. Ensure that your kit is always stocked, and don’t forget to replace anything that may have been used. Check your first aid kit periodically and you should never run into an issue!
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