27 June 2005

Home first aid kit

Every household should have a well-stocked first aid kit. Here is a list of items you should keep in stock.

Every household should have a well-stocked first aid kit. You can buy one from organisations such as St John’s Ambulance or make up your own. Keep one in your home and one in your car. Store the kit in a cool, dry place, out of reach of small children. Make sure that you know how to use the items and what they are used for.

What should a home first aid kit contain?

  • 3 x roller bandages (50mm)
  • 3 x roller bandages (75mm)
  • 2 x triangular bandages
  • Gauze dressing: 1 dry and 1 paraffin-coated
  • 1 bottle Dettol or Savlon (50ml)
  • 2 x small wound dressings
  • 2 x medium wound dressings
  • 2 x large wound dressings
  • 1 roll adhesive tape (1m x 2.5cm)
  • 1 pair bandage scissors
  • Safety pins
  • 1 eyebath
  • Tweezers
  • 1 x burn dressing
  • 1 tube antiseptic ointment
  • 1 pair disposable gloves
  • 1 mouthpiece for administering CPR
  • 1 packet assorted plasters
  • 1 cold pack
  • Paracetamol such as Panado
  • Calamine lotion, trea tee oil, arnica oil, aloe vera and Propolis cream.
  • Thermometer
  • Rehydration fluid such as Rehidrat
  • Measuring spoons
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