The NHS advises that everyone keep a fully-stocked first aid kit around the house at all times. But what items should this kit contain? This article explains the basic items that can make all the difference in the event of an accident.
Basics of a first aid kit
First aid kits are primarily meant to deal with small household accidents requiring no further hospital treatment. Without good first aid, however, even minor cuts and burns can become infected and need far more serious treatment. It’s important, therefore, to have either alcohol-free cleaning fluid or cleansing wipes, antiseptic cream, sterile bandages of various sizes, and plasters.
You’ll need scissors in your kit to cut plasters and bandages down to size, along with sticky tape to secure bandages, and sterilised tweezers to pull out any foreign body that is lodged in a wound (be careful here, it may be lodged in deeper than you think and can result in serious bleeding).
Your kit should be well-stocked with various different types of painkiller, for both children and adults. Ibuprofen is good for reducing swelling, while aspirin is vital in reducing the severity of a heart attack. You’ll also need hydrocortisone cream for rashes, specialised anti-itching cream for insect bites, and an eye bath.
Saline solution can be used in your eye bath, and also as a sterile solution for cleaning wounds. If anyone in your household has specialised needs such as allergies or long-term conditions such as diabetes, your first aid kit should contain emergency provisions such as an EpiPen (auto-injector) filled with either adrenaline or glycogen.
What sorts of places should have a first aid kit?
Every public place should have a well-stocked first aid kit available at all times. This includes schools, churches, community centres, and entertainment venues. If you have been injured in a public place due to a lack of proper first-aid provision, you may well be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
If you’d like to discuss your situation with a trained adviser, call Accident Advice Helpline. Endorsed by Esther Rantzen, consumer champion and TV personality, Accident Advice Helpline specialise in helping victims of negligence receive the compensation they are legally entitled to.
Simply discussing your case doesn’t mean that you’re under any obligation to continue with a claim, and claiming doesn’t mean you would necessarily have to attend court personally. The line is open 24 hours a day, and all claims are made on a no win no fee* basis.
Date Published: November 17, 2013
Author: David Brown