It is important to check your first aid kit regularly to be sure all items are fully stocked, unexpired (yes; antibiotic ointment and antiseptic wipes DO expire), and in good working order.
Have your first aid kit well stocked and ready when you need it. Don’t be caught off guard with old useless supplies in a time of need.
A basic first aid kit may contain:
- absorbent compress dressings
- adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
- adhesive cloth tape
- antiseptic wipes
- antibiotic ointment packets
- instant cold compress
- non-latex gloves
- rolled bandages
- sterile gauze pads
Of course, you are welcome to add any other items you would like to help in a situation that first aid is needed. Feel free to add items that pertain to the type of work you do or the place in which work is being done. If you are in an area that involves mostly outdoor work adding some hydrocortisone ointment packets and calamine lotion may be helpful for seasonal allergies, insect bits or stings.
Many people are unaware that OARDC Store Room offers first aid kits and refill supplies for first aid kits free for campus use. Fill out an erequest with the proper information from the online catalog if you are in need of a new first aid kit or refills for your current first aid kit.
Check out this link for a great infographic from Cleveland Clinic on first aid kits and their use.