First Aid Kit Essentials CHECKLIST
Antiseptic… Check!These first aid kit basics are a great starting point for minor bumps and scrapes.
However, the purpose of your kit is to be prepared for ANY type of emergency – BIG or small.
Buying a first aid kit off the shelf takes some of the guess work out of kit preparation – but you need to remember that you can always add or remove items – After-all, your first aid kit needs to be suited to meet YOUR needs.
If you have young children, consider adding in things like bright, noisy toys to help you distract your little patient. Note: It’s important that these toys are exclusively for the kit so they remain a novelty when you bring them out to administer first aid.
How about an egg timer? Cooperation can be tricky when little ones don’t quite understand what’s going on. Let them know you will apply that ice-pack until they hear the beep. By giving them an end time to work with you are creating some structure and certainty amongst the chaos. Watching an egg timer and waiting for it to go off might also serve as a bit of a distraction from their injury.
Remember to check the expiry dates regularly!
First aid kits should be kept in an easily accessible and visible location.
Consider what is in your kit, and where you are most likely to need it most.
Common places to keep a first aid kit include the kitchen, bathroom, car, or a backpack.
You should store your first aid in a cool, dry location, out of reach of small children.
Certain medications such as Epi-pens should be stored at room temperature between
15*C – 25*C as they can degrade quickly when exposed to high temperatures or excessive light which may reduce their effectiveness. Do be mindful of the extremely high temperatures reached when storing medications in a car during an Australian summer.
Having a well-stocked first aid kit can make a significant difference when responding to an emergency – It’s always better to be prepared!
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