How To Choose the Right First Aid Kit For Your House, Car, or Workplace!

News from St John - 9 Jun 2023

How To Choose the Right First Aid Kit For Your House, Car, or Workplace. 

Accidents can happen anytime, anywhere, so having a well-equipped First Aid kit in your home is essential. A properly stocked kit can provide immediate care and assistance during minor injuries or emergencies.  

Here are some tips to help you choose the right First Aid Kit:

  • Assess Your Needs: Consider the size of your household, workplace or car, the age of the occupants, and any specific medical conditions or allergies. This will help you determine the type and quantity of supplies you may require. 
  • Essentials: Ensure your First Aid Kit contains essential items such as adhesive bandages (many sizes), sterile gauze pads, adhesive tape, antiseptic wipes or solution, scissors, tweezers, disposable gloves, and a CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) face shield or mask. 
  • Basic medications should also be included they include antiseptic cream, laxatives, analgesic tablets, allergy preparations, anti-nausea preparations, anti-diarrhoea preparations. If anyone in your household has specific medical needs, consult with a healthcare professional to include necessary prescription medications or supplies. This is according to the St John Ambulance fact sheet.  
  • Special Considerations: If you have young children, include child-friendly items like children’s bandages, suitable for their age. For households with pets, consider adding pet-specific first aid supplies or buy one of our St John Ambulance Queensland specialised Pet First Aid kits. 
  • Emergency Items: In case of emergencies, include a flashlight with extra batteries, a whistle for signalling, a thermal blanket, and a multi-tool with pliers. It is also beneficial to have an emergency contact list and a first aid manual or instruction booklet. 
  • Storage and Accessibility: Choose a sturdy, waterproof container to keep your first aid supplies safe and dry. Store it in a central location that is easily accessible to all household members. Ensure everyone knows where the kit is and how to use its contents. 
  • Check and Replenish: Regularly inspect your First Aid Kit to ensure supplies are not expired or depleted. Replace items as needed and keep track of any specific expiration dates. Consider checking your kit every six months or after using any supplies. 

You know your First Aid Needs, what is next? 

While a First Aid Kit is a valuable resource, it should never replace professional medical care. Remember, safety and preparedness are crucial for every Queensland household. By choosing the right first aid kit and keeping it well-stocked, you can be better equipped to handle unexpected injuries or emergencies.

In case of a severe or life-threatening situation, it is essential to call emergency services immediately.  

To ensure a quick and efficient response, remember the acronym DRSABCD, which stands for Danger, Response, Send, Airway, Breathing, CPR, Defibrillation. 

St John Ambulance Queensland offers an extensive range of First Aid Kits from Pet First Aid Kits to First Aids Kits for your car, to extensive home and office First Aid kits.