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The Emergency Medical Kit and Safety on the Road

The Emergency Medical Kit and Safety on the Road

We should always do our best to be prepared to respond to any emergency. Even though we may not be trained medical professionals there are often small bits of assistance we can provide with first aid and effective and fast response to smaller emergencies.

We always advise motorists to travel with a first aid kit or have a first aid kit available at home. This becomes especially important with small kids picking up those nasty bumps, burns, cuts and bruises. Many of us are however not well organized and could do with some advice on what we may need in such an emergency medical kit.

We decided to approach our road safety partner ER24 with questions about emergency preparedness and the emergency kit! Werner Vermaak kindly assisted with these Q&A’s.

What would you regard as the most important requirements for an emergency medical kit with regards to size, design, materials etc.?

A first aid kit should not be a hassle to take with you on holiday or keep in your vehicle. A good size is usually something that can fit comfortably into your cubby hole or one size larger than you keep in the boot of your vehicle. With regards to design, it should be something that is durable, preferably a bright colour so it can be easily identified and water-resistant.

What would be the most important pieces of equipment/supplies in such an emergency medical kit?

The most important items should be items to treat burn wounds, cuts and bruises, splint a fracture, band-aids, scissor, tweezer, treatment for insect bites and stings as well as a disinfectant. If you prefer to keep medicine in your first aid kit, such as headache tablets, anti-nausea and vomiting, etc - it must be clearly marked and in a container that cannot be opened by small children. It is important that only a responsible adult make use of these medications and that no prescription medications are kept in the first aid kit. Also do not administer your prescription medication to someone else, even if you use the same medication.

Would your emergency kit differ from the one you keep at home and the one you have in the car? Would you recommend that we have an emergency kit both at home and in our vehicles?

Generally, the kit may differ in size, but the content stays the same. It is recommended to keep one in the vehicle as well as in the house/kitchen. It might be good to think of purchasing a small fire extinguisher for the kitchen and/or the boot of the car.

What would be the most important essentials to carry in a mini-kit when biking etc in the outdoors?

Bandages, Band-aids an anti-septic solution. Sunblock would also be a good item to keep in your first aid kit as well as an after-sun lotion. The content of your first aid kit largely depends on where you will be travelling to and what is most likely to happen. If you are a regular outdoorsman you would know what happened before and what you needed. You can pack this accordingly.

What are the most common mistakes the amateur tend to make when trying to perform first aid?

Usually, the first aid kit is overstocked with items bought randomly at a pharmacy or outdoor shop. Be smart and keep the right things in your first aid kit. The most important things are (A/B) a CPR mouthpiece should you need to perform CPR. © Something to stop the bleeding and splint fractures. This includes band-aids, bandages, dressings, strapping, gauze etc.

Probably the most important of all is MEDICAL GLOVES!!! Protect yourself before you try and help others. This should be in every first aid kit, regardless if you intend to use it on your family or not.

Are there specific measures the amateur responder in an emergency should rather avoid and leave to the trained professionals?

If you are unsure contact ER24 on 084124 and ask for medical advice. Do not simply do something because you have seen it on television or saw a medic do it once. We have seen this happen on several occasions before.

How can we improve our knowledge of first aid training - what can be taught in courses on first aid training?

There are different first aid courses that you can attend to learn the basics. From first aid level I to level III and then there are friends and family CPR, etc. Some training academies offer a wilderness first aid course and field-side first aid course for schools.

Examples of the contents of an emergency medical aid kit

Motorist Kit in A5 Bag 

1 First Aid Dressing No. 5

2 First Aid Dressing No. 3

1 Conform Bandage 75mm x 4.5m

1 Conform Bandage 50mm x 4.5m

1 Triangular Bandage

10 Plaster - Single

1 First Aid Scissors - Metal

1 Forceps - Metal

1 Safety Pins 10’s

1 Antiseptic Solution 100ml

1 CPR Mouthpiece

2 Gloves per Pair

1 Sterile Gauze 75 x 75mm 5’s

1 Eno Sachet

4 Alcohol Swabs

1 Burn Dressing 10x10cm

1 Paper Tape 25mm x 3m

1 Rescue Blanket

1 Plaster Roll 25mm x 3m

1 A5 Bag

 

Motorist Kit in A4 Bag

2 First Aid Dressing No. 5

2 First Aid Dressing No. 3

2 Conform Bandage 75mm x 4.5m

2 Conform Bandage 50mm x 4.5m

2 Triangular Bandage

10 Plaster - Single

1 First Aid Scissors - Metal

1 Forceps - Metal

1 Safety Pins 10’s

1 Antiseptic Solution 100ml

1 CPR Mouthpiece

2 Gloves per Pair

2 Sterile Gauze 75 x 75mm 5’s

1 Eno Sachet

4 Alcohol Swab

1 Burn Dressing 10x10cm

1 Paper Tape 25mm x 3m

1 Rescue Blanket

1 Plaster Roll 25mm x 3m

1 A4 Bag

 

Sports First Aid Kit

1 Antiseptic Solution 100ml

2 Plastic Lock-on Splint

2 Splint Wadding 100mm

2 Sterile Gauze 75x75mm 5’s

1 Forceps - Metal

1 Rescue Scissors

2 Safety Pins 10’s

6 Triangular Bandage

3 Conform Bandage 50mm x 4.5m

3 Conform Bandage 75mm x 4.5m

10 Anchor Plaster

10 Plaster - Single

1 Paper Tape 15mm x 3m

2 First Aid Dressing No. 2

2 First Aid Dressing No. 3

2 First Aid Dressing No. 5

3 Gloves per Pair - Large

3 Gloves per Pair - Medium

1 Cervical Collar - Medium

2 CPR Mouthpiece

1 Eye Bath

1 Eye Shield

3 Eye Pad

4 Eno Sachet

3 Crepe Bandage 75mm x 4.5m

3 Crepe Bandage 100mm x 4.5m

3 Elastic Adhesive Bandage 50mm x 4.5m

3 Elastic Adhesive Bandage 75mm x 4.5m

1 Wintergreen Ointment 100ml

2 Disposable Ice Pack

1 Rescue Blanket

2 Burn Dressing 10x10cm

1 Grabber Bag

Should people be interested in purchasing any of the first aid kits, they are more than welcome to email marketing@er24.co.za or contact 0861084124 and speak to Robyn Clarke or Clair Soutter.

Also view:

Health Precautions and Safe Travel

How to handle an Emergency

CPR and Road Safety - Know more and Save Lives

Accident Scene Safety

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