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Home First Aid Kit

Thu, 26 April 2018

Home First Aid Kit

 

When was the last time you checked what was in your first aid kit at home? There's nothing worse than finding something missing after a minor domestic mishap. So to help us work what what should be in our first aid kits, we're joined by Aedine Browne, a pharmacist with CarePlus Pharmacy.


A basic first aid kit may contain:

Plasters in a variety of different sizes and shapes
Small, medium and large sterile gauze dressings
At least 2 sterile eye dressings
Triangular bandages
Crêpe rolled bandages
Safety pins
Disposable sterile gloves
Tweezers
Scissors
Alcohol-free cleansing wipes
Sticky tape
Thermometer (preferably digital)
Skin rash cream, such as hydrocortisone or calendula
Cream or spray to relieve insect bites and stings
Antiseptic cream
Painkillers such as paracetamol (or infant paracetamol for children), aspirin (not to be given to children under 16), or ibuprofen
Cough medicine
Antihistamine tablets
Distilled water for cleaning wounds
Eye wash and eye bath

It may also be useful to keep a basic first aid manual or instruction booklet with your first aid kit.

Medicines should be checked regularly to make sure they are within their use-by dates.

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