Looking for the 17 first aid items that you as a driver should have in your car? We can help. Understanding What You Need – The First Aid Basics.
The first rule of travelling is to expect the unexpected and to be prepared for the same. It does take time before an injured person can be given proper medical attention and in such life death scenarios first aid can be a life saver. Hence all drivers need to have a proper first aid kit at their disposal. Here are the 17 first aid items that need to be a part of that kit:
- Scissors: You will have these scissors handy while fetching bandage, plasters and adhesive tapes. These will also come handy if after an accident, a passenger is unable to remove his/her seat belt.
- Safety Pins: Safety pins will help a lot in your dressing work.
- Iodine: This is an effective antiseptic for wound care.
- Cotton Wool: A must for making those dressings to stop the bleeding. It is required for cleaning the wound.
- Handkerchiefs: They can be used to strap the bleeding area tightly to stop it. They don’t cost much as well, and it is a good idea to keep in a few with you at all times.
- Plasters/dressing for wounds: Without them, you cannot start any dressing work.
- Splints: They will be effective if the injured person can’t move his/her leg or arms in case of a fracture or multiple fractures.
- Bandages: The first thing that needs to be put in the first aid kit is bandages.
- Disposable gloves: You cannot run the risk of addressing a bleeding area with your hands – you might infect the injured area if your hands are not clean. Hence before you dress someone, be sure to wear your disposable gloves. It’s a good idea to check if the disposable gloves fit you – since you would need them to be comfortable when you do use them.
- Razor Blades: They are very handy when it comes to doing the tiniest but the most important things during dressing.
- Adhesive tapes: Pack them along with your bandages.
- Aspirin/Paracetamol: Now you need to carry some medicine for headaches/fever/indigestion if you are going on a long drive.
- Antibiotic ointment: Antibiotic ointment at your disposal means the injured area will not be infected any further before you can receive comprehensive medical care.
- Antiseptic: To prevent infections on your bleeding area, you will need to have an antiseptic also.
- Petroleum jelly: For minor cuts or burns, petroleum jelly can be very useful.
- Antibacterial soap: To wash off the wound, you would require antibacterial soap.
- Latex gloves/facial mask: The disposable gloves should be preferably latex and you need to also have a facial mask handy to prevent any kind of communicable infection.
Do not over load the first aid kit unnecessarily and make sure that you have allotted your first aid items properly. You need to clearly mark out the medicines in the first aid kit if any and it should be kept away from children preferably. Do not get an oversized first aid kit that doesn’t fit in your car easily. Opt for something that has optimal space.
Also you might want to keep a CPR mouthpiece apart from your first aid kit – this would enable you to perform CPR in case you want to stop the bleeding. A lot of drivers do maintain a first aid kit but they ignore the hygiene element that comes in play while dressing wounds. To maintain hygiene, you would need the antibacterial soap, medical gloves and the facial mask.
Drivers need to understand that their responsibility is beyond safe driving – they need to be prepared for the harshest untoward circumstances. Only by awareness, can we teach people the importance of first aid. Only by having first aid, can we prevent a lot of deaths that happen because of delayed medical support.