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First aid kits

Sets 5 October, 2017 Ana María López de Mesa

No one can escape having an accident at home. This is why it is important to have a first aid kit; one that has the basic elements to help in the case of a minor injury or that can offer some type of aid while emergency medical staff arrive.

Advisor: Juan C. Cano Gil. Expert in Emergency Care at the University of Antioquia.

Be well-equipped
A home first aid kit should include items such as gauze, medical tape, scissors, a sling, mild soap, latex gloves, saline solution, a thermometer, rubbing alcohol and facemasks. Place the kit in a location that is easy to access and does not use a lock, but is out of the reach of children. Regions that are prone to natural disasters should include a radio, batteries, a flashlight, a horn or whistle, and a stock of canned food. Travel kits should include laxatives and bug repellent.

1 time every six months is how often you should check the expiration date of the products you have and replace the ones that have been opened.

Get trained
Understanding how to use the items in a first aid kit is a way for people to understand how to respond to certain symptoms in common injuries such as cuts, burns and hits; it also helps to know when to call for an ambulance. To stop a hemorrhage, for example, the suggestion is to use gauze and apply gentle, firm pressure. It is also helpful to have a first aid guide on your cell phone or in a booklet.

90% of lives are saved after a disaster when proper medical attention is given, according to the Red Cross.

Saving lives
First aid is a vital first step to having efficient and quick care that can help alleviate injury and improve the chances of survival. The determining factors involved in saving a life include taking immediate action, administering aid tools correctly and safely, and applying first aid. Teaching children and adults about self-care is a necessary part of avoiding risk factors.