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First aid kits for home, this is what you need

First aid kits for home, this is what you need

Injuries in and around the home can occur at the most unexpected times. 

Regardless of the injury, from minor to severe ailments, a first aid kit plays a crucial role in reducing the severity of the injury while preventing infection. A correctly stocked first aid kit also buys you time until you can rush yourself or a loved one to the hospital.

However, what should a first aid kit contain?

As a professional in the medical sector, Willem Rossouw of ER24 EMS (Pty) Ltd, highlights various items that a person requires to ensure a functional first aid kit.

  • One 100 ml bottle of wound cleanser/antiseptic.
  • A packet of gauze swabs
  • One 100g of cotton wool
  • A pair of forceps (tweezers)
  • A pair of scissors, a minimum size of 100mm
  •  Safety pins
  • Four triangular bandages
  • Four roller bandages, sized 75mm x 5m
  • Four roller bandages, sized 100mm x 5m
  • One roll of elastic adhesive, sized 25mm x 3m
  • A non-allergic adhesive strip, with a width of 25mm
  • A minimum of 10 adhesive strips
  • First aid dressing, sized 75mm x 100mm
  • First aid dressing, sized 150mm x 200mm
  • Two pairs of straight splints
  • Four pairs of disposable latex gloves, in large and small sizes
  • Two pairs of CPR mouthpieces
Additionally, Rossouw says people can also add the following:
  • Panado headache tablets and syrup
  • Meds for stomach cramps
  • Meds for diarrhoea
  • Allergex
  • Burn shield patches

Be sure to add the above to your shopping list, as it could mean the world of a difference in an emergency. 

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