1. Check for Unsafe/Damaged Products
Check for damaged, soiled, dirty or even partially used products. As a practice, all items should be single use to prevent cross contamination. That means that a tube of ointment that has a resealable cap should be considered contaminated. If this is for home use you can be a little more lenient. Open bottles of eyewash should be thrown out.
2. Check for expiration dates
Many of the items in a first aid kit have a shelf life. The expiration date will be marked on the container or individual package. Items including sprays, ointments, wipes, medicines, eyewash and eyedrops will all have dates. If an outer box does have dates, be sure to check the product inside. Many times like products you are replacing will have different dates. When you mix them it is important to use the old dates first. Product placement and rotation are important. Always put the newer product behind the older.
3. What should be in a first aid box ?
The table below shows the recommended contents of first aid boxes and travel kits.
|Materials||First Aid Travel Kit Contents||
First Aid Box
|1-10 persons||11-25 persons||26-50 persons*1|
|Sterile Eye Pads (No. 16) (bandage attached)||2||2||2||4|
|Individually Wrapped Triangular Bandages||2||2||6||6|
|Individually Wrapped Sterile Unmedicated Wound Dressings Medium (No. 8) (10 x 8cm's)||1||2||2||4|
|Individually Wrapped Sterile Unmedicated Wound Dressings Large (No. 9) (13 x 9cm's)||1||2||6||8|
|Individually Wrapped Sterile Unmedicated Wound Dressings Extra Large (No. 3) (28 x 17.5cm's)||1||2||3||4|
|Individually Wrapped Disinfectant Wipes||10||10||20||40|
|Examination Gloves Pairs||3||5||10||10|
|Sterile water where there is no clear running water*2||2x20mls||1x500mls||2x500mls||2x500mls|
|Pocket Face Mask||1||1||1||1|
|Water Based Burns Dressing Small (10x10cm's)*3||1||1||1||1|
|Water Based Burns Dressing Large*3||1||1||1||1|
|Crepe Bandage (7cm )||1||1||2||3|
*1: Where more than 50 persons are employed, pro-rata provision should be made.
*2: Where mains tap water is not readily available for eye irrigation, sterile water or sterile normal saline (0.9%) in sealed disposable containers should be provided. Each container should hold at least 20ml and should be discarded once the seal is broken. Eye bath/eye cups/refillable containers should not be used for eye irrigation due to risk of cross infection. The container should be CE marked.
*3: Where mains tap water is not readily available for cooling burnt area.
We hope this little guide helps you be better prepared.