Do you have a First Aid kit at home? If you do, do you know where it is and what is in it? It is important and potentially life-saving that your kit is properly stocked and readily at hand in case of a sudden medical emergency.

Defibrillator Services NI does teach improvised solutions to emergency situations through our First Aid courses. However, while it is possible to use a tea towel as a substitute plaster, we strongly suggest that you put together a home kit based off the suggested materials below. According to the NHS a First Aid kit should contain:

  • plasters in a variety of different sizes and shapes
  • small, medium and large sterile gauze dressings
  • at least two sterile eye dressings
  • triangular bandages
  • crêpe rolled bandages
  • safety pins
  • disposable sterile gloves
  • tweezers
  • scissors
  • alcohol-free cleansing wipes
  • sticky tape
  • thermometer (preferably digital)
  • skin rash cream, such as hydrocortisone or calendula
  • cream or spray to relieve insect bites and stings
  • antiseptic cream
  • painkillers such as paracetamol (or infant paracetamol for children), aspirin (not to be given to children under 16), or ibuprofen
  • cough medicine
  • antihistamine tablets
  • distilled water for cleaning wounds
  • eye wash and eye bath

Now this might seem like quite a lot, but if properly packed it should all fit nicely into an empty Quality Street or biscuit tin. The added bonus is that now you have a reason to eat a large box of biscuits!