- Always have a First aid kit at home, work and in every vehicle.
- Keep it fully stocked and stored in a dry place.
- Remember to replace used and outdated contents regularly. (expired products are of not practical use when you need them.)
The biggest mistakes most consumers make when selecting first aid kits is being impressed with quantity of content versus quality and type of content.
A First Aid Kit should contain, at minimum, a cold pack, scissors, adhesive tape, disposable gloves, pressure bandages, a First Aid manual, antiseptic wipes, triangular bandages, roller bandages, sterile gauze pads, splinting materials, safety pins, adhesive bandages and tweezers. Remember, a properly stocked first aid kit should include a breathing barrier in case resuscitation is needed.
DID YOU KNOW? The "First Aid Kit" came about as a conversation between a Johnson & Johnson founder and a railway surgeon. Essentially the surgeon explained they had a tough job and they were hampered by the lack of sterile medical supplies and the fact that they often had to work outdoors, miles from any kind of medical facilities. The idea was then made to package it's sterile surgical gauze, dressings and other products together in boxes that could be kept on trains and at the sites where the workers were working. The railway surgeons would then have the supplies they needed to treat and stabilize the injured so that they could be transported to more comprehensive medical help. In 1890, Johnson & Johnson put out a kit called the Railway Station and Factory Supply Case, which was (as the name suggested) designed to be placed with railroad station agents and used in factories.