Never Hurts to be Prepared

Whether you work for yourself or you head up a small team, when you’re in charge everyone looks to you for, well, everything. You have all the answers from business strategy down to where the first-aid is kept. It’s this latter issue that we’re going to talk about today and ask you to ask yourself: when’s the last time you updated your emergency kit either at home or in the office, or both?

The Basics

First aid kits center around the premise that if it’s small enough to treat at home, then you should be able to find it in the box. When you’re kitting out your pack, you’re going to need to divide it up it up into the following areas: coverings and dressings, bandages, sterilising and antiseptic and pain killers plus other useful devices such as scissors, tweezers and micropore tape.

Get something to cover each of these areas and you’ll find yourself with a kit to cover most emergencies.

Covers and Dressings

When it comes to these essentials, you’ll want to think about Band Aids to cover all manner of sizes but alongside that some sterile wound coverings that you can cut to size when you want to avoid the strong adhesive glue or if the wound is extensive. 

Bandages

From triangular bandages to tubi grips, the choice is endless but just make sure to include the safety pins and remember that a triangular bandage can also double as a sling if needed.

Sterilising and Antiseptic

If you are treating an open wound then you’ll need to get it clean and kill any germs. To do this you’ll need to make sure you have something like iodine available to treat the wound. If the affected area is more sensitive, such as around the eye, then you’ll need to make sure you have some sterile solution to act as an eye wash.

Painkillers

Pack your kit with ibuprofen and paracetamol to act as pain relief but for more specific pain relief you might also want to include antihistamine cream for painful insect bites and burn cream, along with numbing cream australia.

The Extras

Finally, think about the extras. Those little things that you’ll pack away and forget about until you have an emergency and they’re exactly what you need. From a child with deep splinter to a colleague who’s got broken glass in his hand, you’ll be glad you packed those tweezers.

It’s not glamorous, it’s not fun but the safety and well being of both your staff and your family are important to you and nothing says more about you taking it seriously than being prepared with an emergency kit. It goes without saying that those larger scale emergencies should be treated by a doctor or at the hospital. Get some basic emergency skills under your belt and you’ll be a reassuring presence at home and at the office, with your well stocked first aid kit and your ability to deal with minor emergencies saves the day.

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