First aid

First aid kitsIf someone you care for is injured in an emergency, your knowledge of first aid could be the difference between life and death. Taking a first aid course, followed by regular refresher sessions, will help ensure you are better prepared for emergency situations.

First aid kit

You can buy ready-made first aid kits or you can make your own. The following items are recommended by St John as the minimum requirement for families. Keep these basic items on hand:

  • disposable gloves (2 pairs) 
  • triangular bandages (2)
  • sterile gauze (2) and dressings to stop bleeding
  • adhesive wound dressing - 6 cm wide x 1 metre long (1 strip)
  • sterile non-adhesive pads – small (2) and large (3)
  • plaster strip dressings (1 packet)
  • adhesive tape – 25mm hypoallergenic (1 roll)
  • antiseptic solution – chlorhexidine steritube 30ml or cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes to disinfect
  • antibiotic ointment to prevent infection
  • burn ointment
  • adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes
  • roller bandages – 50mm (1 roll) and 75 mm (1 roll) and safety pins
  • eye wash container, eye wash solution (saline steritube 30ml) to flush the eyes or as general decontaminant
  • sterile eye pad 
  • scissors
  • splinter forceps (1 pair)
  • over-the-counter medicines such as Panadol or other pain reliever, laxative, anti-diarrhea medication
  • prescription medications you take every day such as insulin, heart medicine, or asthma inhaler
  • prescribed medical supplies such as glucose monitoring equipment or blood pressure monitors
  • accident register and pencil
  • first aid manual
  • card listing local emergency numbers.