First Aid Guide – First aid kit essentials

A first aid kit should be available in every workplace in case of an accident but it is also worthwhile to build a little first aid kit to keep within the home. Most people already have plasters, painkillers and other types of over-the-counter medicine. However, wounds may need to be cleaned and dressed, or broken bones may have to be supported in the event of a more serious accident. First aid kit essentials can include:

  • waterproof plasters
  • triangular bandages (to make a sling)
  • sterile dressing pads or bandages (in different sizes and lengths)
  • alcohol-free wipes for cleaning wounds
  • sterile gloves

Other items may include crepe bandages for supporting sprained or strained ankles and sterile eye pads to protect the eye if something is in the eye or the eye is wounded. Scissors are also needed to cut dressings and bandages and the sterile gloves should be worn to prevent bacteria from the hands transferring to wounds. If someone has been wounded, use the wipes to clean the wound if there is no water available. Throw away the wipe after one use. Use a plaster if the wound is small or use the sterile dressings for larger or deeper cuts. Triangular bandages can be used to support limbs preventing blood loss or they can secure fractures in the collar bone or the hands. If you do not have a crepe bandage, triangular bandages can be used to support strains in the ankle. Don’t forget to add scissors and safety pins to cut and secure bandages.

Accidents at work

A simple slip, trip or fall at work could result in a head injury or a broken bone, meaning that first aid should be applied to stop bleeding and discomfort. There should be a member or several members of staff allocated to applying first aid and using the first aid kit essentials, and someone should always call the emergency services if the injury is serious. Accidents at work can occur for a variety of reasons, but if it is due to a lack of training or if it is because hazards have not been controlled, you may want to make a claim for compensation for your injuries. Accident Advice Helpline works with a team of in-house solicitors and can represent you should you choose to claim for an accident that was someone else’s fault. Contact us free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for some no-obligation advice about your personal injury claim.

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