If the last time you checked your first aid kit was more than a month ago, it may be time to open it up and check to see if it is still fully stocked. If you bought a first aid kit from a reputable supplier, they should also sell a first aid kit refill for it.
This is especially important if you have several people living in the house where a band-aid or burn cream can disappear without you knowing about it. Since the kits are designed to handle small emergencies, their supply level usually does not rival the stock room at the drug store. It will not long before a first aid kit refill is needed.
Some of the most often used first aid products are band aids, antiseptic wipes, ice pack, burn cream, sterile bandages, nonstick pads, tape, sting relief wipes, fingertip and knuckle bandages. Your kit may also contain hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, scissors and an extra roll of adhesive tape. These should also be part of the first aid kit refill.
Don’t Get Caught With Empty Case
Probably the best way to insure you have the right supplies when you need them is to buy a first aid kit refill at the time you buy the kit. Then store the first aid kit refill in a place where no one can get to it without your knowledge. Then when you need something from the first aid kit and it’s gone, you can pull out the spare first aid kit refill and have what you need.
The same would hold true if you a first aid kit in your car. Keep track of the supply level and use your first aid kit refill to keep it fully stocked. There is nothing worse than heading to an accident and finding your first aid kit is empty.
Emergency items you may have in an emergency kit at work could include CPR mask, antiseptic towelettes, alcohol pads, burn cream, eye pads and wash, sling, cold pack, tweezers, scissors, antibiotic triple ointment, fingertip and knuckle bandages, and ibuprofen. If you would have this type of first aid kit refill, you would be covered for just about any emergency.
Larger industrial style kits may include splints in case of a broken bone and could include the type used for fingers, arms or legs. One advantage of an industrial setting is the kits are usually properly maintained due to Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations.