Injuries and sudden disasters are something that all of us will experience at some point. Each day there is a chance that someone will fall accidentally or event that a weather incident will cause an unplanned disaster. That’s why it’s important that everyone has some basic first aid supplies on hand and that they know how to properly use the supplies if needed. Even if it’s not required by law, it could be the difference between fatalities and saving lives with ease.
While first responders play an important role when it comes to emergencies situations, those minutes before they arrive on the scene are also critical. Survival rates will greatly increase when civilian first aid skills are put to use. Here are some supplies to consider stocking up on and getting familiar with how to use.
WOUND DRESSING SUPPLIES
Cuts and scrapes are some of the most common and dangerous types of accidents. There’s blood, the possibility of infection and the spread of disease happening all at the same time in these situations. Proper wound dressing supplies should be on hand which includes bandages, gauze, and wraps. Be sure to properly dress wounds while applying pressure to stop bleeding and to keep the blood from spreading to the outside environment.
Speaking of health concerns and the spread of disease, anyone administering first aid should always use latex gloves to keep their skin contact or any open cuts from being exposed to hazardous infectious matter.
ANTISEPTIC & ANTIBACTERIAL SOLUTIONS
Cleaning wounds and keeping the area clean and disease free require the use of cleaning agents. Washing with water (if available) is not enough to kill germs. After washing wounds and your own hands, use a first aid antiseptic spray and antibacterial solutions to stop the spread of dangerous germs.
Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) while not always available, are an important first aid item to consider as it can be used to help when there are unresponsive victims. Training to properly use this device should be conducted through a certified provider and in many businesses it’s also required on site as part of the law.
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