A first aid kit is a collective set of equipment and supplies which are used to provide emergency medical care treatment and a kit can be set up by organization or a person him or herself. Nowadays, there are a many varieties of readily put-up first aid kits in the market suited for everybody’s convenience. The kits available have plenty of variations in the contents and it solely depends on the knowledge and experience of the person who has assembled the contents in it. The divergence in the first aid requirements of the area where it might be used. There is a specific international standard which has been set for first aid kits, i.e., all the kits must be identified with the ISO graphical symbol; however not many kit boxes have the symbol since they have been assembled by individuals. First aid kits can be put together in any kind of container. Also, standard medical kits come in a sturdy plastic box, fabric pouches and/or in wall mounted cabinets. It is suggested that all kits are clean, hygienic and waterproof in order to keep the inside components are safe and aseptic. Kits are in equal intervals checked and restocked in case of any shortage, or if any item is damaged or has crossed the date of expiry. The first aid kit market is gaining more and more popularity worldwide due to the widespread awareness.

In what cases one might need a first aid kit?

Common incidents such as bee stings, allergic reactions, burns, falls, etc., keep happening at any given point of time and at any given place. This is where when one has a well-stocked first aid kit, with all necessary supplies, comes in handy. Assembling a kit is quite simple with just basic items.

Components of a Basic First Aid Kit

A kit might differ depending to the particular use and requirement, but basic necessities are:scissors, crêpe rolled bandages, safety pins, sterile eye dressings, sticky tape, tweezers, alcohol-free cleansing wipes, antiseptic cream, cough medicine, antihistamine tablets, disposable sterile gloves, skin rash cream, cream or spray to release insect stings and bites, digital thermometer, small, medium and large sterile gauze dressings, painkillers, distilled water for cleaning wounds, and plasters of different sizes.