Every office, factory, home and school should have an accessible first-aid box. It is readily available in shops but you can use a good large-sized box at home as your first aid box.
Here’s what goes into your first aid box:
- First-aid book
- Antiseptic (Savlon or dettol)
- Neosporin cream
- Soframycin cream for cuts and wounds
- Sterile adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
- Small roll of absorbent gauze or gauze pads of different sizes
- Crepe bandage
- Calamine lotion
- Adhesive tape
- Cotton (1 roll)
- Band-aid strips (Plasters)
- Pen torch
- Latex gloves (2 pair)
- Ear buds
- Petroleum jelly (vaseline)
- Moistened towels and clean dry cloth pieces.
- Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant
- Assorted sizes of safety pins
- Cleansing agent/soap
- A hot water bag for fomentation
- Aspirin or paracetamol pain relievers
- Anti-diarrhea medication
- Antihistamine cream for Bee Stings.
- Antacid (for stomach upset)
- Oral rehydration sachets (Ricetral, Electral)
Write down your emergency phone numbers and tape the list to your First aid box
Do remember to keep your First Aid Kit in an easily accessible place. When drugs are close to their expiry date, replace them. Keep a cold compress in your refrigerator’s freezer for emergencies.
And remember to carry a mini first aid kit when you travel!