Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Perfect First Aid Kit Suitable for Many Different Purposes

Note: Special thanks to Danielle McAnn for this blog post.

Every home should have a first aid kit, most people know this, but not many people actually have them. Even having the most basic of supplies in a household first aid kit could ward off tragedy, stopping a bad situation from becoming any worse. Situations like a bad cut could lead to drastic blood loss if not treated properly with the right supplies. To avoid this, it’s a good idea to buy a first aid kit or put one together yourself. Here are some of the basics to include in a good, all-purpose first aid kit:

- a first aid manual
- disposable gloves
- various adhesive and non-adhesive dressings
- adhesive tape
- assorted bandages (elastic, crepe, triangular)
- a splint
- antiseptic wipes and cream for burns and cuts
- saline solution
- scissors, tweezers and safety pins
- torch with batteries
- a face mask of some kind

Remember these are just the BASICS for a first aid kit, but there are so many other things you could add to make a more thorough kit, and it’s something to consider if you have young kids or someone in the family who works with dangerous tools as the risks are higher and more varied. In addition to being prepared with a first aid kit, you should also equip yourself with the right first aid knowledge, after all, the first aid kit is a little useless if you have no idea how to treat different injuries. Receiving training in first aid is relatively easy because there are so many places that offer short, concise courses, like First Aid Management. With the knowledge of how to treat allergic reaction, injuries, or even illness, you can reduce your medical costs and have the peace of mind that you know how to respond appropriately to an emergency situation.

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