Be Prepared! Set up your first-aid at home or medicine chest for better child and home safety.
A well-stocked first-aid kit, kept within easy reach is a necessity in every home.
A basic first-aid kit should contain the following:
To hold dressings in place
Adhesive / elastic bandages in various sizes
To cover, dress and protect cuts & wounds
To clean and disinfect the skin (applied to skin that is not broken up to the edges of the wound)
Antiseptic cream or solution
To clean and prevent infection of cuts and wounds
To prevent infection of burns
To apply medication or wash and clean wounds
Eye wash solution
To irrigate and wash the eye
To cover cuts and wounds
Scissors & tweezers
To cut gauze and bandages and remove foreign objects from the skin
20ml sodium chloride
To clean wounds
Two pairs of disposable latex gloves
To prevent contamination of wounds and prevent infection
Six safety pins
To hold bandages together
To support an injured arm
To dress and clean wounds
You may also wish to include the following supplies, as well as medication for common ailments:
For muscle aches and sprains
To relieve nasal congestion and dizziness
To wash hands
To measure body temperature
Medications:ParacetamolActivated charcoalOral rehydration saltsCalamine lotion
For pain and feverFor diarrhoeaTo prevent dehydration due to diarrhoeaTo soothe insect bites & minor skin rashes
The contents of your family first-aid kit or medicine chest will vary depending on the people in your home and their needs. Our pharmacists can help you select the appropriate first-aid supplies for your home or workplace.
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