The Easter mini-holiday is approaching with fast steps and it would be a pity not to take advantage of the free days and the beautiful weather to relax in the open air, with your family! Whether you are planning a hike or outdoor activities, there is a risk of minor accidents: light falls, insect bites, etc. Any injury or injury requires immediate care to prevent an infection or unpleasant consequences. Therefore, a first aid kit should not be missing from your luggage or car!
In addition to the tools needed for cleaning, disinfecting and dressing wounds, find out what the first aid kit should contain so you and your loved ones can enjoy the full time spent outdoors!
How should the first aid kit look like?
The sanitary tools and materials, as well as the medicines needed to provide the first aid should be stored in a rigid, durable plastic box with rounded corners and edges. The sanitary kit box must have the following characteristics:
- be sealed, provided with a firm closing system, to protect the contents of the dust and moisture kit;
- be registered with the name of the product and the supplier or, as the case may be, the manufacturer;
- be transparent, so as to allow the visualization of the content or have the content list inscribed;
- be properly sized and compartmentalized, in order to guarantee the storage and the integrity of the components.
What should the first aid kit contain?
The health kit used to provide first aid should contain the following 8 essential tools and materials:
The tweezers are a tool that should not be missing from your first aid kit. With it you can safely extract any chips that can pierce your skin. At the same time, it helps you to remove the ticks in the safest way possible. Disinfect alcohol brushes well, before and after each use, to destroy germs that can cause wound infection.
2. Hydrocortisone cream
Put in the kit through the help two small tubes of cream with 1% hydrocortisone, in order to be able to quickly treat insect bites, which cause itching. Hydrocortisone is a topical steroid that radically soothes the itching sensation and reduces inflammation.
3. Disinfectant for disposable hands and gloves
If you went on a trip with the children and one of them falls and gets hurt, the last thing you want to do is touch the wound with dirty hands. Disinfect your hands with alcohol-based gel if the soap and water are not available. Then put on a pair of latex gloves to examine and treat the wound. Once you have a wound, disinfect your hands again.
4. Analgesics and antipyretics
No first aid kit would be complete without pain relief (painkillers: Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, Aspirin) and fever (antipyretic) pain relievers. Aspirin, paracetamol (acetaminophen) and ibuprofen are the most popular analgesics, used worldwide. Under no circumstances does it administer aspirin to children and adolescents due to the risk of fulminant hepatitis and cerebral edema. This serious reaction to aspirin is known as Reye syndrome.
5. Typhoon and leucoplast
In case of scratching or cutting, use sterile gauze pads to apply pressure to the wound, until bleeding stops. The typhoon can also be used for wound dressing, along with the leucoplast band.
6. Solutions for cleaning the wounds
Before bandaging the wound, you must clean it with sterile pads soaked in an antiseptic solution (rivanol or betadine) or a disinfectant spray (Oximed - it also has antibiotic properties and is applied directly to the wound). Sterile water or physiological serum is also very useful for treating eye damage.
7. Antibiotic cream
An antibiotic cream or ointment (Baneocin, Fluocinolon N) has several key uses. It protects the wound, keeping away germs that can cause an infection and keeps the area moist, speeding healing. It also prevents the dressing wound from sticking.
8. Antiallergic medication
Mild allergic reactions can be treated with antihistamines such as Aerius or Claritine. People with severe allergies should have injectable first aid kit and epinephrine. In case of anaphylactic shock - a severe and potentially deadly allergic reaction, epinephrine can save your life.
How to create your own first aid kit?
Once you have got all the materials you need for your first aid mobile mobile kit, you will need to store them in a box, to keep them clean and dry. You can use a kit for makeup storage, water resistance, a tool kit or just a purse.