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Safety Topic - First Aid Kits
2/9/2017 4:37:19 PM


More than 4 million workers suffer a nonfatal injury or illness each year, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). A first aid kit can be extremely useful in responding to an injury and/or emergency. Do you have a first aid kit easily accessible in your office? Do you have one at your home?

If you do have a first aid kit at your office and/or home, it is important to check expiration dates on medications and other products. Be sure to store the kit in a dry place that is out of reach of children and animals. In addition, communicate with anyone able to use the kit, where it is located in case of an emergency. There are many first aid kits available for purchase in stores and online. You can even make your own. Either way, evaluate what items are in your kit and what is relevant for you and your group.

According to Mayoclinic.org, a basic first aid kit includes the following items:

Basic supplies:

  • Adhesive tape
  • Elastic wrap bandages
  • Bandage strips and "butterfly" bandages in assorted sizes
  • Nonstick sterile bandages and roller gauze in assorted sizes
  • Eye shield or pad
  • Triangular bandage
  • Aluminum finger split
  • Instant cold packs
  • Cotton balls and cotton-tipped swabs
  • Disposable nonlatex examination gloves, several pairs
  • Duct tape
  • Petroleum jelly or other lubricant
  • Plastic bags, assorted sizes
  • Safety pins in assorted sizes
  • Scissors and tweezers
  • Soap or hand sanitizer
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Antiseptic solution and towelettes
  • Eyewash solution
  • Thermometer
  • Turkey baster or other bulb suction device for flushing wounds
  • Breathing barrier
  • Syringe, medicine cup or spoon
  • First-aid manual

Medications:

  • Aloe vera gel
  • Calamine lotion
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Laxative
  • Antacids
  • Antihistamine, such as diphenhydramine
  • Pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) and aspirin (never give aspirin to children)
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Cough and cold medications
  • Personal medications that don't need refrigeration
  • Auto-injector of epinephrine, if prescribed by your doctor

Emergency items:

  • Emergency phone numbers, including contact information for your family doctor and pediatrician, local emergency services, emergency road service providers, and the poison help line, which in the United States is 800-222-1222.
  • Medical consent forms for each family member
  • Medical history forms for each family member
  • Small, waterproof flashlight or headlamp and extra batteries
  • Waterproof matches
  • Small notepad and waterproof writing instrument
  • Emergency space blanket
  • Cell phone with solar charger
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Whistle

Lastly, be sure you know how to use the items in your first aid kit. Take a first aid course to be prepared for an incident.

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Resources:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/first-aid/first-aid-kits/basics/art-20056673

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