2018 has been a bumpy year for most people with all the calamities, riots and what not that may require breaking out the first aid kit (FA0001) and treating a couple of scrapes or two. Time to restock again because who knows, 2019 might even be a bumpier year. Let’s look at the basic and advance items you can put into your kit.
Items to Put in Your First Aid Bag
A first aid bag or kit can come in handy in certain types of situations. It may not be the sole thing that can save the life of a person, but you can stabilize the victim and it can mean all the difference in the world. These are the items that should be inside your bag.
Great for cleaning scrapes and cleaning the surroundings of wounds. Just remember not to apply it to directly on open wounds. These are the disinfectants that you can place in your bag. These can be used to wash your hands.
- Alcohol (Ethyl 70%)
- Betadine Cleanser
- Betadine Antiseptic
- Bacitracin (ointment or powder)
#2 Gauzes and adhesive tapes
Gauzes are wonderful multipurpose materials that can be used to pack bleeding wounds, cover open wounds, cleaning and more. In a pinch, they can be wound into tourniquets or makeshift arm slings. Adding the adhesive tapes and you have a pair that can conquer any type of wound.
- Gauze 4×4
- Gauze 8×10
- Adhesive tape (hypoallergenic) 1”
#3 Vital Signs Recording Devices
Some first aid kits ignore these devices but having them in your bag can really help you.
- Digital thermometer
- Digital / Aneroid Sphygmomanometer
- Stethoscope withEartips, LITTMANN 40002
They’re more for your protection to keep yourself from being contaminated by blood borne diseases and to prevent you from carrying pathogens from one patient to the other. It also reduces time in between when you have to wash your hands.
- Clean gloves (small, medium, large)
- Sterile Gloves (size 6.5,7.5,8.5)
#5 Elastic Bandage, Splints and other Immobilization devices
Fractures require different approaches. You’ll need items to immobilize them to prevent more injury to the client.
- Elastic Bandage 4” and 6”
- Splints (3×5, 3×12, 4×12)
- Cervical collar
- Arm slings
If your bag still has some space in it, it never hurts to have the following items.
- Bandage Scissors
- Blanket (thermal)
- Resuscitation equipment (self-inflating bag, airway or pocket mask)
- Extra pair of Eartips, LITTMANN 40001
List of numbers for emergency assistance
Be Ready for Any Emergency
Any disasters can be mitigated if you’re ready. With items from Philippine Medical Supplies, you can find all kinds of healthcare equipment that you can order and have them delivered right to your home.