First-Aid Kit Must-Havesplanning ahead // on Thursday September 1, 2016
When a child in your care trips on the playground and scrapes his knee, the last thing you want to do is hunt for an elusive bandage. If a church member cuts herself while chopping veggies for a charitable fundraiser dinner, you’ll want gauze, a cleanser and ointment at the ready. And if a bee stings someone, you should ideally be able to locate tweezers and a compress.
That’s why it’s essential to have a complete and accessible first-aid kit. Your organization likely has one – or a few – already, but it’s a good idea to periodically check your kit to make sure it’s fully stocked and that medications have not expired. Here’s what you should have on hand:
- Two or more pairs of sterile, non-latex gloves
- Absorbent, sterile dressings, like gauze pads and compresses, to stop bleeding
- Cleansers: soap, antiseptic wipes or solution, and alcohol wipes
- Antibiotic ointment
- Hydrocortisone cream
- Burn ointment
- Petroleum jelly or another lubricant
- Adhesive bandages in several sizes
- Elastic bandages
- Adhesive cloth tape
- Instant cold compresses
- Eyewash solution
- Oral non-mercury/non-glass thermometer
- Aloe vera gel
- Aspirin and non-aspirin pain reliever
- Anti-diarrhea medication
- Aluminum finger splint
- Breathing barrier for administering CPR
- Safety pins
- Turkey baster or another bulb suction device to flush wounds
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First-aid manual
- List of emergency phone numbers
If you want to cover your bases, assemble a few kits and store them in active areas like the nursery, office and gym. If your organization has a bus or van, put one in there, too. Store supplies in roomy, durable containers, and keep kits out of children’s reach.
You may also consider adding an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to your first-aid supplies. If someone experiences cardiac arrest, this small machine steps up by first determining if an electric shock is necessary, then administering the shock when needed. Learn more about the highlights and important considerations surrounding AEDs here.
And lastly, employees and volunteers trained in appropriate first-aid responses and techniques are just as important as the supplies themselves. Stay tuned for an upcoming post on first-aid procedures.