First Aid Kit Tips
When we think about our first aid kits – well we head to the local drug store or big box store and grab the biggest one we can find. As we use the items in this kit we find that while some of the items are perfect there are others – like the scissors that are useless – yes I went there. My personal pet peeve about the “pre-packed” first aid kits are that there is NEVER one of the most important items in there – a CPR barrier, I have yet to find a kit that has one in it. The other things contained in them are alcohol wipes – again not something to use on skin and by the time you go to use them- they are dried out. My advise to everyone – create your own kit. Depending on where you intend to keep the kit – depends on what you are going to put into it – for example the kit you have in your house should contain:
- CPR barrier,
- Gloves (and if you have an old kit please check the gloves for latex – these can cause an allergic reaction)
- Bandages – both adhesive and non-adhesive
- Burn dressings
- Triangular bandages (please buy the good ones there are some that won’t be effective when you need them)
- scissors – make sure they cut
- gauze pads
- wound dressings
This is a basic kit – now if you are active in the outdoors the kit should contain things that you may need – my advise think of the worst thing that could happen and pack for it. Camping, fishing, hunting, quad-ding and snowmobiling are great activities but please be safe and know you have the equipment if something goes wrong.
I cover this topic in my first aid class – and I really had to smile when in one class a student returned on the second day after admitting that when they went out on the quads they never took a first aid kit – he went home and packed one up – including tire patches – this made me smile – I know folks who have a better first aid kit for their pets than for themselves.
Lets keep all our family members safe!! Oh and if you need a CPR barrier -I have them here at the shop – stop by and visit!!