It goes without saying that every home should have a first aid kit on hand. While we’re not suggesting that you scour eBay for second-hand defibrillators or transform your box bedroom into an operating theatre, having the essentials is helpful.
Of course, whether you want to prepare yourself for an apocalypse or simply equip yourself to deal with minimal cuts and bruises will determine how extensive your medical supplies are. That said, there are five essential items that no kit should be without.
In the event of someone breaking a glass and cutting themselves, it’s important that you remove any shards, as a failure to do so could result in infection.
A regular pair of tweezers, like the ones you use to pluck your eyebrows, are perfect for the job. Having a pair in your first aid kit means that you won’t have to scour the house looking for your makeup bag while someone’s in need of treatment.
Distilled water is an important thing to have, as it can be used to treat eye injuries. Removed of all impurities and chemicals, distilled water is the only thing that should be used to bathe eyes in the event of a foreign body entering them.
You can find it readily available in supermarkets and pharmacies.
Do we even need to tell you that a first aid kit needs to have bandages? Plasters are something you just have in the house anyway – hence why we haven’t included them in this guide – whereas bandages aren’t needed as often and should be kept tucked away in your kit.
Take a look at Video Jug, which has some great tutorial clips showing you how to apply bandages. Make sure to include a few safety pins, which you’ll need to secure makeshift slings.
Keeping germs at bay is a must when you’re dealing with broken skin: before you’ve even begin to dress it, you’ll need to make sure the wound is clean.
Old-school kits will feature a bottle of iodine in pride of place, but modern times call for modern measures. Antibacterial wipes are compact, easy to use and can be disposed of easily. They’re also a lot of easier to store than a bottle of iodine and of course, there’s no risk of staining.
You can buy these, as well as an extensive selection of other medical supplies, in bulk from online retailers like Premier Health Care & Hygiene,
A lot of the incidents that will send you running for the first aid kit are minor burns. Burn cream will soothe the affected area and could prevent scarring, so it’s a good product to have. Take a look at Patient.co.uk, which has some really detailed information on treating burns.
These are by no means the only things you should have no hand. In fact, the more things you have, the more prepared you will be for every eventuality. That said, don’t assume that because you have a first aid kit you can tackle anything: serious injuries should be treated by professionals at the hospital, who have a much bigger first aid kit than you!