Quick! Get the first-aid kit!

Someone falls off their skateboard and comes home with a roastie, or you cut your hand while testing out your master-chef chopping moves in the kitchen – every home needs a well-stocked first-aid kit to deal with minor accidents, injuries and ailments Ripper.

Where to keep your first-aid kit

Keep your home first-aid kit in a central location so that anyone can get to it in an emergency, think about storing it in a kitchen or bathroom cabinet. Here are two important tips:

  1. Keep your first-aid kit locked and out of reach of small children
  2. Store the kit in a cool place (having it toasting in the sun will damage bandages and medication)

It’s a good idea to maintain two different first aid kits: one for the home, and another for the car.

What to put in your kit

Here is a list of basics, and let your pharmacist help you to choose the correct items.

  • wound cleaner / antiseptic
  • antiseptic cream
  • thermometer
  • anti-inflammatory gel for sprains
  • cotton wool for padding
  • sterile gauze
  • tweezers (to remove splinters)
  • scissors
  • safety pins
  • roll of bandages
  • roll of elastic adhesive
  • sticky plasters in various sizes
  • disposable latex gloves
  • antihistamines (tablets or cream – note that this can cause drowsiness)
  • flu and cold medication such as MedLemon or CorenzaC
  • Paracetamol and Ibuprofen (tablets and syrup) for pain, headaches and fever
  • anti-nausea tablets
  • anti-diarrhoea medication
  • antacid medication
  • Burnshield gel and dressings for burns

Emergency Numbers And Special Instructions

Stick a list of emergency numbers and any specific instructions regarding allergies or conditions to the lid, or on the inside of the cabinet. Also, do a regular check to ensure that items have not expired.

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Source: http://old.stjohn.org.za/copy/kits.asp