Keeping a First Aid Kit

Mom first aid boxesJust like how we save in the bank, stock our fridges with food, or fill our planner with our yearly goals, having a first aid kit is something we should always be mindful of. And though no one wants to be suddenly ill or be involved in an accident, being always prepared has its benefits.

Suni, who now works as a nurse, remembers how her mom used to stock some things in their first aid boxes they use at home and in her mother’s office when she was a child, “I think I gained interest in nursing when I used always see my mother  trying to cure anyone when they get accidentally wounded. I loved the way she arranged bandages and medicines in her first aid kit because I see how dedicated she was and how caring and nurturing she used to be. She worked as an administrative officer in a fire station so aside from the first aid kit she fills at home, she also had her personal kit that she brought with her at work. She helped in nursing wounded fire fighters when their in-house nurse had no staff to assist her.” Suni fondly remembers how her mom used to have her own first aid box supplier, “Mother has this habit of panicking when some things in her first aid kit is running out. So, she would call her supplier every single time.”

“First Aid kits can save lives. Having a first aid kit is the first step to being prepared for a medical emergency but it’s only by keeping your first aid kit well maintained and properly stocked that you can enjoy peace of mind. It’s easy to buy a kit, put it away in a safe place, and forget about it. After all, most of us never really think we’re going to need them. However, when first aid items expire or deteriorate there’s no certainty that they’ll work when an emergency happens and someone’s life may depend on them. It’s only by regularly checking your first aid kit that you’ll know it’s always ready to use, so it’s important to get into the habit. It’s also recommended that you make sure the whole family knows where the first aid kits are kept and what they contain. Keeping the contents of your first aid kits current is essential and make sure you replace any items as soon as possible after you’ve used them. If you haven’t used the kit, choose a day every year to go through it carefully. Check that everything is in good working order, has not deteriorated and is within its expiry date. Make sure that sterile products are still sealed,” as written in the article Importance of Maintaining your First Aid Kit  firstaid.kiwi.

According to an article posted at nhs.uk titled What should I keep in my first aid kit? , these are the basic elements that should be present in a first aid kit:

  • plasters in a variety of different sizes and shapes
  • small, medium and large sterile gauze dressings
  • at least two sterile eye dressings
  • triangular bandages
  • crêpe rolled bandages
  • safety pins
  • disposable sterile gloves
  • tweezers
  • scissors
  • alcohol-free cleansing wipes
  • sticky tape
  • thermometer (preferably digital)
  • skin rash cream, such as hydrocortisone or calendula
  • cream or spray to relieve insect bites and stings
  • antiseptic cream
  • painkillers such as paracetamol (or infant paracetamol for children), aspirin (not to be given to children under 16), or ibuprofen
  • cough medicine
  • antihistamine tablets
  • distilled water for cleaning wounds
  • eye wash and eye bath