first aid kit

A first aid kit is a collection of supplies and equipment that is used to give emergency medical services. Supplies and equipment vary widely on the basis of kit developer, user and given geographical area.

First Aid Kit (image by: Getty Images)


Contents may vary widely, but following are some essential and very important contents of a first aid kit.

A leaflet giving first aid guidance.

Airway, Breathing and Circulation
First aid treats the ABCs as the foundation of good treatment.

  • Common first aid kits include: Manual aspirator or suction unit and Pocket mask
  • Advanced first aid kits may also contain items such as:
    Oropharyngeal airway
    Nasopharyngeal airway
    Bag valve mask
    bottled oxygen for resuscitation and therapy.

Basic Items include:

  • Adhesive dressings
  • Antiseptic solution
  • Bandages
  • Cotton balls or swabs
  • Eyewash
  • Gauze
  • Gloves
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Ice pack
  • Saline
  • Tissues
  • Tweezers

Medications: Following are some basic medications,

  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Laxative
  • Antacids
  • Antihistamines
  • Cough and cold medications
  • Pain killers

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