What’s in my First Aid Kit?


When you have your first aid kit, it should be easily accessible and it should be full of useful stuff for treating bleeds and cuts, and bruises, and sprains, and strains,
and that sort of thing. Please don’t store medication
in a first aid kit. Medication should be out
of reach of children, so that should be kept in a separate place from your first aid kit. Your first aid kit is
accessible and grab-able for when you need it. It should be portable,
so depending what you do, you might need a bigger one than this. But actually, this is
a really good-quality family first aid kit that
will suit most needs. It also complies with the
health and safety executive. In fact, it exceeds the requirements for health and safety executive
for their first aid at work. Various things you should have in there. You should have them
in fairly neat pockets. A pair of scissors, so you’ll
be able to cut off clothes, get to the wound, cut dressings and sort things out like that. A face shield if you’re giving CPR, to protect yourself. Some wound cleansing wipes. Important that you have
some gloves in here. You should have a pair of gloves that you put on if you’re
dealing with bleeding, or indeed, if you’re dealing with burns. There should be a variety
of quality dressings. Different sizes to suit
different-sized wounds of the different-sized members of your family that you are treating. In with that, there are useful things like a finger dressing. Fingers are really difficult to dress unless you have a small enough bandage. Triangular bandages: really useful. They are great at making
improvised tourniquets, doing head bandages, slings. Just doing a quick, neat
bandage on your knee. Tie it around and stop
that bleeding quickly. And just a bit of
non-fluffy, sterile cloth that you can grab to
stop any form of bleed that is happening, to apply pressure. You should have some sort of bandages in order to provide
some comfortable support if someone has a sprain or strain, Again, these come in different sizes and they can be very useful
for holding dressings in place if you haven’t used the tie-on dressings, and just having some extra
bits of kit to improvise with. Plasters are useful as patch-ups if you have a very small cut or something, but actually, I’m not a
great lover of plasters. If you do use them, make
sure they don’t get soggy, and make sure you’re
removing them as well, putting a fresh dressing on so that the wound doesn’t get soggy, because wounds get soggy
and sweaty with plasters. Things like your dressing pads, they are great, breathable dressings that you can use to cover a wound once it’s been cleaned. In here as well, you’ve got a foil blanket to protect yourself from the elements and retain your body
heat if you are injured. There’s a lot in here,
a lot in a small pack. You’ve got various ice packs,
which are really useful for treating bruises
and reducing swelling. They’ve got big ones and
there’s small ones as well. You activate them and then,
they will be instantly cold. Those are really helpful
for taking down bruising and reducing swelling. You should wrap them, so wrap them in your triangular bandage
if you’re using these. There’s also a couple of vials of saline, really useful for irrigating a wound or, if there’s something in your eye, for irrigating that out,
so bits of sand or dust, or something. Essential to have as a
portable bit of saline when you’re out and about. Keep this in your home. Have another one in
your car and stay safe. Make sure you know how
to use these contents.