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First Aid Kits

First Aid Kits

 

A first aid kit is a collection of supplies needed for providing assistance in medical emergencies. It is important to have a first aid kit available at all times in your house, car and workplace in case of an emergency. Your first aid kit should be stocked properly at all times. You can purchase a first aid kit from your local pharmacy or you can order one through different providers such as St John’s Ambulance Australia or the Australian Red Cross. You may also find it beneficial to complete a first aid course to ensure you know how to use the first aid equipment safely and correctly.

 

 

When would you use a first aid kit?
A first aid kit can be used in a range of different situations. You may require your first aid kit for minor incidences such as when your child has fallen over and grazed their knee. You may also need your first aid kit for more serious accidents such as making a sling to support a suspected broken arm or resuscitating someone who is unconscious.

 

 

What should you include in your first aid kit?
The items in your first aid kit vary depending on their particular use. The first aid kit in your home may contain different items compared to your first aid kit at work.

 

Common items found in a first aid kit include:

  • first aid manual,
  • disposable gloves,
  • resuscitation face mask/shield,
  • thermal blanket,
  • notepad and pen,
  • disposable scissors,
  • disposable splinter probes,
  • adhesive tape,
  • plastic bags,
  • antiseptic swabs,
  • non-allergenic tape,
  • sterile dressings, and
  • bandages.

 

You may also like to store certain medications that your family use regularly or in an emergency in your first aid kit. This will be helpful during times of emergencies as you know that all your important medications are stored in a central spot. Note that if it contains sharp objects such as scissors, or medications, it should be kept out of reach of young children.

 

 

Disclaimer
The content displayed on this webpage is intended for informational purposes and is a guide only. It does not replace or substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Information contained on this webpage must be discussed with an appropriate healthcare professional before making any decisions or taking any action based on the content of this webpage.

 

Sources

Australian Government

http://www.comcare.gov.au/virtual_workplaces/virtual_office/first_aid_room/first_aid_kit

 

Better Health Channel

http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/First_aid_kits?open

 

 

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