We all know how important it is to have a first aid kit in our home and in our car too. First aid kits are essential as they help us to deal with minor injuries and accidents. At one time or another most of us have probably regretted not having the right plasters/bandages etc. to hand when we needed them the most. Ensuring your first aid kit has almost everything you’re likely to need means minor injuries or accidents can be dealt with quickly and easily.

You should always make sure that your first aid kit is locked so the contents cannot spill out. It should ideally be kept in a cool and dry place so none of the dressings are affected by the warmth or damp. It’s also important that you keep it out of the reach of children as they may injure themselves or play with the contents that you could need quite badly. We have been fortunate enough to have contact with United Medical Education. They are the number one online institution that teaches ACLS certification online. First aid techniques can be found in ACLSonline and other courses they provide.

Here’s what you should keep in your first aid kit:

Plasters – These should be in a variety of shapes and sizes so it’s easy to find one more suitable to your injury. Also try to get plasters that are ideal for the tops of fingers if you can, they are more likely to stay in place than a folded over plaster.

Sterile gauze dressings – You should aim to get dressings in small, medium and large sizes so you’re able to dress a variety of wounds.

Sterile eye dressings – Ideally you should have at least two of these.

Triangular bandages – Perfect in case you need to make a sling.

Crêpe rolled bandages – Perfect for holding a dressing in place. Try to have at least 2 of these in your first aid kit.

Safety pins – Ideal for holding a wide variety of bandages in place

Disposable sterile gloves – These are essential and should be used by the individual giving first aid. They can help to prevent the spread of infection to the wound, and to the person wearing the gloves.

Tweezers – These may be needed to help remove splinters.

Scissors – Ideal for cutting bandages/plasters and more.

Alcohol-free cleansing wipes – These wipes are to be used when you need to clean a wound in order to ensure it doesn’t become infected.

Sticky tape – This is ideal for sticking down plasters, crêpe bandages and regular bandages.

Thermometer – needed in order to take someone’s temperature. Digital thermometers are ideal as they give you a more accurate reading.

Skin rash cream – Rashes can be quite nasty, buy hydrocortisone or calendula cream so they are calmed and soothed.

Insect cream or spray – This is essential as it will help to relieve insect stings and bites.

Antiseptic cream – Ideal for helping to clean wounds.

Painkillers – Paracetamol, aspirin or ibuprofen can be used to relieve pain. Always take as instructed.

Cough medicine – This can help to get rid of those nasty coughs.

Antihistamine tablets – Ideal if you’re prone to hay fever, or you’ve been bitten or stung by insects.

Distilled water – Perfect for cleaning wounds as it’s clean.

Eye wash and eye bath – essential if someone has something stuck in their eye or it’s been injured somehow.

A first aid instruction book or manual – This is essential so you know exactly what to do in the event of a minor accident or injury.

If you have all of the above items in your first aid kit you should be able to deal with a wide variety of minor accidents and injuries in the home. Make sure you always replace anything you use as quickly as you can.

These instructions and more related to ACLS PALS recertification can be found at the resources provided by United Medical Education.