First Aid Kit

Every home, workplace and public setting should have a first aid kit; you should also have a first aid kit in your car and you should always take one on holiday with you. A first aid kit should contain:

  • 6 medium sized sterile dressings
  • 2 large sterile dressings
  • 2 extra large sterile dressings
  • Cleansing wipes (these should be alcohol free)
  • Disposable gloves (these should be worn to prevent a spread of infection)
  • Safety pins (these are useful for attaching bandages)
  • Plasters (for small wounds)
  • Blue plasters (these are to cover up cuts during cooking and food preparation)
  • Triangular bandages (these can be used to make a sling or as a dressing for bigger wounds)
  • Face shield (this is to be used during resuscitation if the casualty is bleeding around their mouth; this will prevent a spread of infection)
  • Scissors (to cut bandages, dressings and plasters)
  • Tweezers (to remove splinters)
  • Thermometer
  • 2 crepe bandages
  • Microtape (for fixing bandages and dressings)

If you, or someone you work or live with, have a severe allergy or a serious health condition, it may also be beneficial to carry a dose of suitable medication for these problems; for example, people with severe allergies may carry an extra epi-pen and asthmatics may carry an extra inhaler.

First Aid Articles

First Aid Intro

Anaphylactic shock


First aid kit

First aid treatment

Head injuries

Minor injuries

Preventing accidents

Whiplash injuries

First aid for injuries and acci