The 5 Commandments of First Aid Kits

Number 1

Thou shalt find it impossible to put together the perfect First Aid Kit

Not abiding by the First Commandment, here is a list of items for the “almost perfect” first aid kit

  • a few adhesive strips
  • roll of athletic tape
  • Tincture of benzoin compound
  • Wound closure strips
  • individually wrapped alcohol swabs
  • povidone-iodine. For cleaning wounds or disinfecting water
  • few painkiller tablets e.g. aspirin or ibuprofen
  • Couple of safety pins
  • Antihistamine
  • Imodium
  • Antimicrobial ointment
  • Scissors and tweezers
  • Rubber Gloves
  • CPR mouthpiece

(You as a First Aider are not allowed to administer any medication, it is recommended that each guest or client bring their own medication)

Number 2

Thou shalt choose things for your First Aid Kit that are versatile rather than specific

You do not need to carry on your back a variety of different sizes of Band-Aids, several widths of tape, three brands of painkillers and a wide range of thicknesses of gauze. Pack a few of the most commonly used items, and improvise when you need to.

Number 3

Thou shalt not carry anything in your First Aid Kit that you are not familiar with

What’s the point of packing along something you do not know how to use?

Number 4

Thou shalt re-pack your first Aid Kit at least monthly

  • There are expiration dates on all the containers of medicinal supplies.
  • Moisture, heat or cold can destroy the efficacy of your items.
  • Stock up
Number 5

Thou shalt not forget that the first aid kit that saves lives rarely comes stuffed in a bag but in the human brain that stores skills!

*Kits are mostly for the little trivial injuries that would probably be okay whether you interfere or not.

*Your ministrations can erase pain and speed heeling, but it is knowledge and the ability to use that knowledge that makes the difference between life and death in a critical situation.

*Learn what you do for the seriously hurt or sick person, and carry that information with you all times.

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