Making Your Own First-Aid Kit
Making up your own first-aid kit
A first-aid kit should be kept in a sealed plastic box, such as an old ice-cream container. Put the box on the top shelf of the hall cupboard or some other place out of the reach of children.
DO NOT keep first-aid materials in unsealed containers in the bathroom or kitchen; they may deteriorate in the damp air.
1. Sterile dressings (also called field dressings) Come in various sizes for covering wounds.
2. Crepe or conforming bandages For binding sprains, and for bandaging wounds in awkward places such as elbows and ankles.
3. Cotton wool For cleaning cuts and grazes.
4. Antiseptic lotion To use with the cotton wool when cleaning wounds. Also antiseptic wipes.
5. Plasters Different sizes to cover small wounds. Also sticking plaster.
6. Blunt-ended scissors For cutting bandages and plaster.
7. Triangular bandages For sling or emergency bandage. And safety pins.
8. Tubular gauze bandages For finger injuries. Also applicator tongs.
9. Aspirin or paracetamol Preferably sealed in foil to give longer life.
10. Antihistamine cream For insect bites and stings.
11. Tweezers For removing splinters.
12. Sterile eye dressing Comes with bandage attached.
• Write the address and phone number of your doctor and the address of your local hospital on a piece of paper and fix it to the inside of the lid.
• Do not keep old medicines left over from a previous illness. Flush them down the lavatory or return them to the chemist.
• First-aid kits can be bought ready-made from chemists, but you can make up your own from the items shown here.
• When you go on family holidays, take the kit with you.