Feb 10, 2008

FIRST AID ESSENTIALS

Do you have a first aid box at home? In the car? Well, first aid essentials are not simply just plasters and pain killers. Here is a list of supplies you should have in case of an emergency. If you have some feedback as in what is also good to add, do post in so that we can share them. Here is my list a proper emergency supplies and medication kit (my personal list, that is).

For Dressing
Cotton Buds, Sterile Cotton Balls to apply antiseptic or saline solution to wounds
Plasters for small cuts, abrasions
Antiseptic Lotion/Ointment to prevent infection
Sterile Gauze Pad apply directly onto wound to keep them clean
Sterile Saline Solution
Antiseptic Lotion (Postssium Permanganate Solution)

For Bandages
Crepe Bandage (a 5cm wide and a 7.5cm wide)
This is to be used as pressure dressing to stop bleeding

Triangular Bandage (2 pcs)
This is to immobilise fractured areas, dressings for wounds.


Medication (oral)
Paracetamol 500mg to relieve headaches, body aches and pains. (other common names are Panadol and Biogesic)

Anti Diarrhoea medicine like Lomotil, Loperamide and Lacteol Fort helps to treat watery diarrhoea and loose stools

Charcoal Tablets or pills to treat watery diarrhoea, gas and food poisoning

Anti Vomitting medicine like Metoclopramide and Domperidone, helps to stop nausea and vomitting in motion sickness, stomach infection or giddiness

Gastric Medicine like Allumag and Antacid relieves gastric discomfort.

Calamine Lotion to soothe sunburn, itch, rashes, insect stings, chicken pox

Water-based Burn Gel to help cool minor burns or scalds

Medicated Oil helps to relieve nasal congestions

Analgesic Cream or Spray relieves muscle aches and pains


Other equipments and instruments

Hypoallergenic Microporous Tape, Safety pins, Small flash light, Hot and Cold compress, Insulating Blanket, Disposable Glove, Scissors, Digital Thermometer, Tweezers, Lighter, Small Plastic Saline Container, Sterile Alcohol Wipes and Face Mask.

I hope you will find this list helpful. It helps to have a list of items in case of emergency.






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