How to Maintain a Good First Aid Kit
A first aid kit is a preparation to meet an emergency situation. Every home or office should keep an emergency medical kit with them. If you have the necessary medicines and first aid materials with you then you can meet any emergency and which will help you to avoid excessive bleeding, trauma, swelling etc. The following tips may help you to arrange a first aid medical kit.
1.Â Â Â Make a list of things that you need in your first aid medical kit. Think about the various types of injuries that might happen and the things you need to treat such injuries. Some of the common things required in a first aid kit are cotton rolls, bandage wraps, medicines to treat cuts, bandages, soap, latex gloves, antiseptic liquid, nonstick gauze pads, medicated creams for burning etc. You may also keep antihistamine to treat allergies, analgesic for reliving pain, epinephrineÂ for treating wasp or bee allergies, ipecac for inducing vomiting in case of poison intake, bandages of different sizes, elasticized wraps etc in your first aid kit.
2.Â Â Â You will get more information about the first aid kit from the hospitals. Most of the hospitals offer class for emergency preparedness. There are guides that can explain medicines and their dosage and ways in which they have to be applied.
3.Â Â Â Now purchase a plastic storage box or a container that has handles or some kind of box that have the size of a shoe box or bigger. Take this box as your first aid box.
4.Â Â Â Keep every thing in your first aid medical kit labeled with their name and dosage. Also keep the medical information guide with in the kit. This will help anybody in your family to use the kit.
5.Â Â Â Soaps having chlorhexidine as an ingredient will serves both as a cleaning agent and as an antiseptic. If none of you in the family are allergic to iodine then you can keep antiseptics containing iodine in your kit. Betadine is a good antiseptic and is available as swabs and pads.
6.Â Â Â Include scissors and tweezers in the kit. Tweezers may help you to remove the glass bits, gravel or splinters from your legs or hands and scissors may help you to cut bandages, clothes around the bleeding wound etc.
7.Â Â Â Place a very good torch or flashlight in the kit and also ensure that the batteries are good. You might need light to check foreign bodies’ insides the ears, eyes, mouthy etc. Also keep sterile eye irritating solutions in the kit.