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First Aid Kit Items and Their Uses

January 23 First Aid Supplies

Learning about some of the different first aid kit items and their uses will help you better prepare for an accident in the workplace. At EFAS, we understand how important it is to have a proper first aid kit for your exact workplace needs. That is why we carry a selection of different first aid kits and first aid supplies.

1. First Aid Manual

While a first aid manual will provide you with simple instructions on how to treat wounds, sprains, bites, and other common health issues, it is important to ensure that everyone with access to the kit studies the manual before a crisis occurs and that everyone is familiar with first aid basics.

2. Tweezers

Tweezers should be included in the first aid kit, no matter what type of first aid kit your business requires. This is because tweezers can be an essential tool for removing debris like dirt, splinters, or glass from wounds.

3. Alcohol Swabs

Before antibiotic ointment or bandages can be placed on a wound, it is important to first clean the area with alcohol swabs. In some cases, alcohol swabs can be used in conjunction with anesthetic swabs, as well as to sterilize medical instruments like tweezers.

4. Antibiotic Ointment

Antibiotic ointment is an essential part of treating a range of different injuries and is designed to help encourage proper healing for wounded areas. While antibiotic ointment can help prevent infections, it should only be applied to a wound after it was been thoroughly cleaned with alcohol swabs.

5. Adhesive Bandages

Every first aid kit should have adhesive bandages in a selection of different sizes. Since traditional size bandages tend to be used more often than larger and smaller bandages, consider adding a few extra traditional bandages to your first aid kit to prevent a shortage.

6. Gauze Bandages

In some cases, adhesive bandages will not be large enough to cover a wound. That is why it is important to ensure that your first aid kit contains gauze bandages that can be used to absorb blood. Since gauze bandages come in a range of different sizes, make sure to include an assortment of sizes in your first aid kit.

7. Medical Tape

Medical tape can be used to easily secure gauze bandages or wraps in place. Medical tape is specifically designed to not leave a residue and can usually be purchased in a long roll.

8. Elastic Bandages

To help keep sprained joints immobile and to reduce swelling, every first aid kit should contain elastic bandages. This type of bandage comes with either hook-and-loop or metal fasteners and is flexible enough to be wrapped around elbows, ankles, knees, and wrists.

If you would like to learn more about first aid kit items and their uses, or if you are interested in our first aid kit products, please contact EFAS at 604-294-EFAS or toll free at 1-833-294-EFAS or by filling out a contact form on our website.