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MAKE THE BEST USE OF YOUR FIRST-AID KIT
Are only Band-AidsŪ and aspirin taken from the first aid kit
most of the time-because you or your coworkers aren't sure how to use the other
supplies? First-aid kits can be stocked with a variety of items, but most kits
have a common assortment of supplies. As with any tool, you must know how to use
these products to get the best results. In this safety meeting, typical supplies
and their uses will be described, to help make this helpful "tool kit"
most effective for you.
- Absorbent Gauze: Use these to
clean a wound or to apply first-aid or antiseptic cream.
- Adhesive Bandages: Different
sizes and shapes are provided to protect minor scrapes and cuts after they have
been cleaned and medicated.
- Adhesive Tape: For securing
wound dressings or giving additional protection over bandages.
- Antacid Tablets: For indigestion
- Antiseptic Soap or Pads: For
cleaning skin or wounds.
- Bandage Compresses: Use these
for applying pressure to a large wound or scrape that is bleeding. Place the
compress over the wound and apply pressure to reduce bleeding.
- CPR Mouth Barrier: (e.g.: Microshield) For
use as a mouth barrier in CPR resuscitation.
- Disposable Latex Gloves: The
First Responder to an injury should use this protection to prevent contact with
an injured person's bodily fluids (blood, saliva, etc.).
- Elastic Bandages: For wrapping
sprains and to help hold dressings or cold packs in place.
- Eye Wash: The wash bottles in a
fist-aid kit are typically small. Use them to rinse very minor contaminants from
the eye. All other eye injuries should seek medical care.
- First-Aid Manual: A brief guide
to emergency first-aid care.
- First-Aid Ointment or Antiseptic Cream:
Apply this salve to wounds that have been cleaned prior to applying a dressing.
- Gauze Roll: Gauze is used to
hold flat, non-adhesive bandages in-place prior to taping. It is not a bandage,
because most gauze is not a sterile dressing.
- Instant Cold Pack: Place the
pack on a sprain, fracture, or severe bruise to reduce swelling.
- Microbial Hand Wipes: For First
Responders' clean-up after providing emergency care.
- Pain Relievers: (e.g., Aspirin, Acetaminophen or TylenolŪ)
For minor aches or pains, as the package directs.
- Scissors: For cutting clothing,
tape or bandages and providing a better fit around the wound.
- Triangular Bandage: Used to
create a sling for supporting an injured hand or arm or as protection over a
- Tweezers: For removing foreign
bodies from minor injuries. Not for use on eye injuries.
- Wound Cleanser Wipes: Use these
singlet wipes to clean minor scrapes or cuts before applying antiseptic and
Use first aid kits for minor injuries and during emergencies
before medics arrive to treat serious injuries. So, know what supplies are in
your kits--and make the best use of them.
Be sure to let your supervisor know if your kit
needs to be restocked!
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