First aid kit
First aid kits should contain the tools and medications needed to provide first aid to the victim in the event of an accident. This kit should be in the places like home, car, travel, work, school, etc. The bag must be made of impact-resistant, dust-proof, and moisture-proof material. It should also have a handle for easy carrying.
A recent AAA survey found that more than 40% of drivers do not have an ambulance kit in their car. First aid kits are necessary to prepare for emergencies. Basic first aid kits are ideal for treating pain and swelling, as well as cuts, abrasions, and burns.
Some accidents are often not large. However, small abrasions, burns, cuts, twists, and so on, first aid is definitely needed. In this context, first aid kits are one of the things drivers should keep in their cars.
What should be in the first aid kit?
Plaster (wound bandage), sterile packaged cloths, napkins
Heating pad, ready dressings
Triangular and roll bandages of different sizes
Scissors, tweezers, syringe, plastic ice bag
Pin, cotton bag, thermometer
Pen, notebook, flashlight
Antiseptics, painkillers, antibiotics, burns ointment, vaseline
Alcohol, iodine, hydrogen peroxide, substances that wake up human
The Cotton wool is a cost effective way for wound treatment. It is gentle on the skin and allows blood and fluids to pass through and be absorbed. The cotton wool is suitable for many procedures such as wound cleansing, applying disinfectant to an injury, cleaning excess fluid or exudate from the wound. Since the loose fibers can break away, it is not entirely suitable for direct use on open wounds.
Rubbing alcohol is a good all-around item mainly used for disinfecting and cleaning minor wounds. It also very effectively cleans tweezers or a needle used to remove splinters. Not recommended to use on cuts.
Conforming bandages are very elastic and conform closely to the body's contours, which make them ideal for securing dressings in place. These bandages are lightweight, fray-resistant and breathable. They are usually made of synthetic materials.
Bandages are used to support injured joints, limit swelling, keep pressure on wounds and secure dressings in place. Types of roller bandages include: conforming roller bandage, open-weave roller bandage, support roller bandage, self-adhesive bandage.
A pair of medical gloves will be essential if you ever need to give first aid to another person. They are the first aider’s primary weapon in preventing infection. Gloves secure the victim’s main point of touch and provide greater comfort. It not only protects against bodily fluids and feces but also from pathogens and viruses that the patient may have.
Scissors are an essential item to have in any first aid kit. They can be used to cut clothing or bandages in emergency situations. Various first aid scissors are available to suit every application.