What should be included in a first aid kit?

What’s in your first aid kit? Do you even have a first aid kit? The scary reality is that most households and workplaces don’t have a first aid kit to hand, let alone one that has the correct contents. What if you badly cut yourself and don’t have a bandage to put over the wound? That wound could easily get infected and cause even more problems.

A first aid kit with the correct contents will help you deal with minor injuries like cuts, scrapes and burns, as well as help you manage more serious injuries like broken bones and heart attacks until the emergency services arrive. In this blog we will be defining what should and should not be in a first aid kit.

What is first aid?

First aid is the first and immediate assistance given to any person suffering from either a minor or serious illness or injury, with care provided to preserve life, prevent the condition from worsening, or to promote recovery.

    What is a first aid kit?

    A first aid kit is a collection of supplies and equipment that is used to give medical treatment.

    There is a wide variation in the contents of first aid kits based on the knowledge and experience of those putting it together, the differing first aid requirements of the area where it may be used, and variations in legislation or regulation in a given area.

    What should be included in a first aid kit?

    Most workplace first aid kits conform to the British Standard BS 8599 and are available in different sizes to suit the environment.

    The contents of the workplace first aid kit will largely depend on the activities carried out at the facility. The first-aid needs assessment will decide what to provide. As a guide, where work activities involve low hazards, a minimum stock of first-aid items might be:

    • 6 pairs of gloves
    • 1 conforming bandage
    • 2 triangular bandages
    • 1 foil blanket
    • 40 plasters
    • 2 large wound dressings
    • 2 medium wound dressings
    • 20 wipes
    • 2 eye pads
    • 1 face shield
    • 1 adhesive tape
    • 1 pair of shears
    • 1 burn dressing
    • 2 finger dressings
    • Eye wash.

    This is just a suggestive list.

    What should not be included in a first aid kit?

    The following items should NOT be in your first aid kit:

    • Sharp scissors
    • Cotton wool
    • Lotions
    • Potions pills
    • Inhalers
    • EpiPens
    • Creams
    • Sprays.

    What is the international standard for first aid kit contents?

    The international standard for first aid kits is that they should be identified with the ISO graphical symbol for first aid (from ISO 7010) which is an equal white cross on a green background.

    First Aid Kit can be assembled in almost any type of container, and this will depend on whether they are commercially produced or assembled by an individual.

    Where can I find first aid training courses and qualifications?

    The Mandatory Training Group is the leading UK provider of accredited statutory and mandatory training courses for all sectors, including health and social care, education, local government, private companies, charitable and third sector organisations.

    Alternatively, you can contact our helpful Support Team byclicking hereto tell us your statutory and mandatory training requirements for your first aid training.

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