- First-aid book.
- Triangular Bandages X 3 to 5.***
- Conforming Bandages, 10cm and 15cm X 2 each.
- Crepe Bandage 7.5cm X 2.
- Tape 2.5cm X 1 Roll.
- Absorbent Gauze (Small Roll).
- Band-aids (Plasters) X 1 Box.*
- Sterile Dressings (Selection).**
- Cotton Wool (50gr.)
- Antihistamine, (for Bee Stings).*****
- Antiseptic Solution 50ml.
- Antiseptic Wipes X 4
- Scissors X 1.
- Safety Pins X 12.
- Tongue Depressor X 4.
- Latex Gloves, Pair X 2.****
- Clinical Thermometer X 1.
- Pen Torch X 1
* Band aids or sticky plasters are
great for dressing small wounds. They come in all shapes and sizes for fingers,
legs and anywhere else you might get little nicks and cuts. Some come with
cartoons and fancy colors on them for kids. Make sure the Band aid is big
enough to cover the wound, if not you should use a dressing instead. Be sure the
sterile seal on the Band aid is intact before you use it.
** Sterile dressings are cloth pads
that are placed directly on a wound to protect and control bleeding They too
come in all shapes and sizes and should be used when a wound is too large for a
In an emergency a clean tea cloth, hand
towel, clean tee-shirt can be used to cover the wound.
*** Bandages used to cover and
secure wound dressings to the body (e.g. conforming or
roller bandages). Triangular bandages are used as above if you have no roller
bandages. They are also used to immobilize an injured limb (e.g. arm sling). Crepe bandages
which are normally used to provide compression for injuries such as a sprained
ankle, wrist etc.
**** Latex gloves are always a good
idea, especially if you are dealing with body fluids from a stranger. You will
notice all EMS personnel wear gloves. The possibility of disease transmission
from the victim's blood should be in the forefront of your mind.
(If I have cuts on my hand, I wear two
pairs of gloves). Last but not lest, remember to wash your hands before and
*****Antihistamine cream is used for bee stings and bug bites. Follow the
manufactures instructions. If the victim is allergic to bee venom they may
develop anaphylactic shock. If this happens they need to be seen by a Doctor.