Even if most people have a first aid kit in their car or at your lovely home, they only use it rarely and just forget about it, leaving it in a corner to gather dust. What’s worse, they don’t have the instinct to reach out for this kit as soon as the occasion arises and forget just how important it can be. It’s only after having first aid and CPR training that they develop this reflex and understand that the first aid kit is not just a little box that they’re legally obliged to have, it’s a little box that can literally save your life. The average kit consists of various items, some familiar, others rather complex, but they are all made to help you in a medical emergency, until the professionals arrive. Here are the essential objects and how you can use them.
First of all, it goes without saying that bandages can be found inside every kit. They come in three different types: adhesive bandages for wounds (small, medium and large), elastic bandages for sprains and swellings and gauze pads (these are larger bandages used when a conventional bandage is too small to cover the affected area). To keep these in place you will need medical tape. Don’t confuse it with your average department store tape, because this kind is made specially not to leave any bacterial leftovers. The above are basic items that can help you in all sorts of everyday situations, not only serious accidents. If you have a minor injury while working around the house or your child falls off the bike and sprains their ankle, the kit will come in handy and will prevent complications.
Tweezers are also important and they are used to remove any object that gets stuck inside the skin, whether that is a glass shard, wood splinter or a piece of metal. The area will obviously need disinfection afterwards and this is where alcoholic swabs come in. In some kits you will also find anesthetics, which can be used when the injured is in pain and you cannot remove the object without numbing the area. If the pain is not severe, applying ice will suffice and the ice bags in medical kits are great because you don’t have to keep them in the freezer. Kits also come with painkillers, but the standard selection isn’t the best, because they don’t include special pills for kids or people who suffer from chronic conditions. Last, but not least, you need to know how to use all these items and this is what the training manual is for. Ideally, you should read it just in case, so that when an emergency happens you don’t lose any time. Of course, learning things by heart doesn’t help you in read life, so it’s better if you take first aid and CPR training to pick up practical skills.