Essential Items to Include in your First Aid Kit

If you’re thinking, ‘we need to get a first aid kit, but we have no idea what to include’ then this is the blog for you. In this edition, we will take you through the top things that all first aid kits should include (all of which are available at our online store). Over 400,000 people experience a non-fatal workplace injury each year, with many not reporting due to a lack of suitable first aid equipment in the workplace Well, listen up businesses, because this is the guide for you.

1 - First aid manual

You never know who could end up administering first aid to you or a colleague so it’s best to be safe and have a first aid manual to hand…just in case. If you would like to know how to administer first aid come and attend one of our First Aid Training Courses.

2 - Bandages

Roller bandages

These can be used to secure a dressing in place

Triangular bandages

These can be used as a sling for anyone who may have soft tissue damage or a broken bone.

Tubular bandages

These can be used to hold dressings on fingers, toes or support injured joints.

3 - Disposable gloves

When dealing with a wound, the first thing you want to do is minimise infection. Having disposable gloves will ensure that the wound won’t get contaminated. Infection prevention and control is paramount to safety when administering first aid, if you want to know more about this, attend one of our Infection Prevention and Control Training Courses.

4 - Antiseptic solution

This can be applied to cuts, grazes, and open wounds to ensure that the area doesn’t get infected then, or in the future. We would recommend Antiseptic that is non-alcoholic, this is to ensure that everyone will be able to use it regardless of religion, lifestyle or condition.

5 - Wound dressings

Sterile eye pad

These can be used specifically on the eyes to stop bleeding and keep wounds clean

Sterile pad

These can be used to stop bleeding and keep wounds clean

Fabric plasters

These can be used to cover small cuts and grazes, and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Waterproof plasters

These are used to protect a wound when swimming, showering, or having direct contact with water.

6 - Microporous Tape

This can be used to secure bandages and wound dressings, so the risk of infection is minimised - you don't want your bandage to fall off after all.

7 - Scissors

Lastly, and probably the most common are scissors, which are used to cut bandages and dressings to ensure correct application.

Bonus Tip: Phil, our training manager recommends always having a Haemostatic Dressing to hand. This dressings can stop severe bleeding almost instantly is a real life saver!

If you need to purchase a British Standard Compliant first aid kit or need to refill it with fresh supplies, visit our online store where you can find all the essential safety equipment that you need at home and at your workplace.

The essential safety equipment available on our online store is not limited to first aid kits, we also offer equipment for health and safety, fire safety, defibrillators and resuscitation, biohazard and hygiene, burn care, eye care, medical equipment and signage.

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For more information on anything first aid, we offer multiple courses on our website which you can book onto today, click here to learn more:

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