Dear readers, emergencies can be tackled in a much planned and better way by taking care of simple things such as keeping a basic FIRST AID KIT handy at home. Whether your family consists of kids, adults or elderly people, being prepared is the best thing you can do for their health and safety.
We spoke to Dr Kamal Arora (MD Paediatrics, DM Neonatology and Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics at DMCH, Ludhiana) and asked for a checklist to ensure that the FIRST AID KITS at our home are up to date. And here are his recommnedations. Thanks so much Dr Kamal for your continuance guidance and support towards us, our readers and our society. We are indebted to you!
CONTENTS OF THE FIRST AID KIT
- Band aids
- Gauze or gauze piece
- Crepe bandage with clips
- Savlon or Dettol
- Pain killers – Ibulgesic syrup for kids and Combiflam for adults
- Anti allergy – Cetrizine (adults) and Atarax (Kids) or any other that suits you
- Vomitting – Emset
- ORS (For dehydration)
- Sorbitrate – For angina (chest pain)
- Midazolam Nasal Spray – For seizure
- Dextrose 10% – For reduced sugar levels
- Levolin Inhaler – For acute attack of asthma
- T-bact ointment (for external wounds)
- Disposable syringe
- Surgical tape
- Hand sanitiser
- Ice pack – stored in the refrigerator
- Make sure you check the expiry of the medicines before administering them and replenish the contents of the kit regularly. Put the date on top of the kit to keep a track of the same.
- Place the first aid kit at a clean convenient location so that it is easily accessible in case of emergency.
- Make sure all the family members including grown up kids are well informed about its location, contents and use.
- Keep away from very small children.
- Ask your doctor for dosages in advance and consult for any allergies.
- For any serious external injuries, deep cuts or serious bleeding, keep the wound pressed tightly with a clean cloth or gauge, apply ice and rush to the hospital immediately.
- For any incidents of burns, apply ice or anything coldest you can find around and rush to the hospital immediately.
- Feed the emergency numbers for hospitals and your family doctors in your favourites or on speed dial. (108 for ambulance or DMCH – 9815555101)
- Write these numbers in a phonebook and keep them next to landlines to be used by children and elderly in case of emergencies. Explain to children when and how they are to be used to avoid misuse.
Please note : The above recommendations are for a basic first aid kit only. You may include any other medications for any specific medical conditions that any of the family members may be suffering from. It is always wise to consult your doctor for the same. For any serious injuries, rush to the hospital immediately.
Wishing all our readers and their families good health and happiness!