first aid kit

Life is an exciting journey where unexpected and unpredictable events can happen at any time. Accidents and emergency situations can occur even in the comforts of your home. When such a situation rises, you should be ready to handle it. For that, you will need a first aid kit for sure.

A first aid kit is a simple yet, powerful box which is absolutely essential for every house. There is no wonder why thousands of persons find a personal first aid kit useful.

This article will help you make your own first aid kit. You can keep it in your home or office. You may even keep one in the glove box of your car.

Why do you need a first aid kit?

Accidents and injuries can happen anywhere and you are no exception! Small children and toddlers in your house are the ones who become friends with band aids and plasters. It wouldn’t be a surprise if your mother keeps an “injury prone area” board in front of the kitchen door!

Accidents and unexpected emergency situations can happen even at your work place. Anticipating an emergency situation is the first step in managing it.

What will you do when such a situation rises? Let us assume that you are aware of the basic first aid procedures. Will you try to provide the first aid if you think the situation is manageable at home? Or will you rush the needy to the nearby hospital? If you’re planning to do the former, where will you look for the first aid supplies?

There will be strips and bottles of medicines, band aids and plasters safely stacked away in various cupboards which you don’t remember. You know, you have it, but can’t find it! Wouldn’t it be better to keep them all packed in one single place or a box for easy and quick access? If you are thinking right, you must have understood the need for a first aid kit in your home.

We get many patients at the hospital who consult us for minor cuts and abrasions. Most of them overlook the need of a first aid kit at home. Do you want to know what they do? They wrap a piece of cloth around the wound and tie a big knot to secure it before rushing to the hospital.

Teachers and other school staff often accompany small injured children to the hospital. When enquired about the availability of a first aid kit at school, they maintain a humble silence.

The supplies and contents of the first aid kit is not what really matters. It actually depends on the user. What good is a huge first aid box in the hands of a person who doesn’t know how to do a proper first aid?

Giving a proper first aid before rushing the victim to the nearby hospital is of utmost importance. First aid can even save lives! If your are more interested in giving first aid, then we recommend you to read this pocket-book which covers the fundamentals of first aid that a common man needs to know.

Make your own first aid kit

An ideal first aid kit should contain the basic supplies which will come in handy during times of minor emergencies, accidents or injuries.

The following contents should be present in all first aid kits :

  • antiseptic like povidone iodine
  • plasters of varying sizes
  • sterile gauze of varying sizes
  • triangular and crepe bandages
  • sterile disposable gloves
  • cotton
  • wipes
  • distilled water
  • adhesive tape
  • safety pins
  • scissors
  • tweezers
  • thermometer (e.g : Braun forehead thermometer)
  • fever reducing medicine like paracetamol
  • pain reducing gels
  • antihistamine tablets (if any)
  • skin creams
  • cough syrups
  • pocket-book of first aid

Keep the first aid supplies in a durable and lockable box far from the reach of children. It is wise to keep a small first aid instruction booklet inside the box.

Medicines and supplies should be replaced every time they are used. It is also very important to make sure that they are within the “expiry date” before using them.

An ideal first aid kit is one that is never used! But, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t make one.

first aid kit in car

Our Recommendation

Well, we know it’s pretty difficult to find all the above listed supplies. It’s even harder to replace the supplies immediately after using them. But, guess what? Ready to use first aid kits are available for online purchase. After intense researching and from our own hospital experience, we recommend the following first aid kits :

  1. First Aid kit from Milton
  2. A First Aid kit for Travel & Office from St. John’s
  3. Pocket First Aid Kit again from St. John’s

You’ll get a neat durable high quality bag with good quality medicines and supplies. The kit will have a life span of 3 to 5 years after which you’ll need to replace the supplies.

All these products are light weight and completely equipped with all the essential first aid supplies. It is easy to carry them around while travelling and camping. It’s sleek and small enough to fit inside the glove box of your car!

If you want more options to choose the first aid kit that suits you best, please visit our online Store.

So, here you have it – the reasons why you should definitely own a personal first aid kit. Now, what are you waiting for? Go grab your first aid kit and never get caught off guard! I will always recommend you to buy one, hoping that you never have to use it 🙂

 

P.S : September 9 is celebrated as the World First Aid Day

Dr Prasoon

Dr Prasoon

Author at BeingTheDoctor
Dr Prasoon, founder of BeingTheDoctor is a qualified medical practitioner who finds time to write articles on "health" and his "clinical experiences". He is currently engaged in providing primary health care services in rural India. Learn more in the "about" page.
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