Back to School First Aid Essentials

05 September 2018
Fleming Medical's First Aid Kits now come with the essential items outlined below but be sure to check the first aid items in your kit regularly so to replace items that have expired or that you're running low on.
A well-stocked first aid kit is an essential item in every home particularly as the kids are back to school – it ensures you are prepared for any little emergencies both indoors & outdoors.

First Aid Kits now come with the essential items outlined below but be sure to check the first aid items in your kit regularly so to replace items that have expired or that you're running low on.

Check out Medicare & the Irish Red Cross First Aid Kit range for more.
Both the kits and the items below are available in all leading pharmacies.

1. First Aid Spray Wash
A First Aid Spray is essential for cleaning wounds & removing dirt particles, Medicare’s First Aid Spray comes out in a stream forceful enough to flush dirt particles out of a wound.  
First Aid Sprays can be used on injuries as well as to wiping your hands before or after before and after administering first aid.

2. Sterile Gauze Pads and Medical Tape
Gauze pads should always be part of a first aid arsenal. Use them to stop bleeding or to cover a wound that an adhesive bandage won't accommodate by using the tape to keep the gauze in place. A good rule of thumb is to have five each in sizes 3 inches by 3 inches and 4 inches by 4 inches. You also can use scissors to cut larger gauze pads down to size when necessary. Items such as Medicare’s Medigauze & Zinc Oxide Tape Ranges are ideal.

3. Scissors
A good pair of scissors has lots of uses, from trimming gauze pads and cutting lengths of medical tape, as noted above, to snipping clothing that needs to be trimmed out of the way. A pair of small curved medical scissors is worth the investment: They're safer than regular sewing or craft scissors and easier to manipulate.  Check out Medicare’s Dressing Scissors

4. Elastic Bandage
Commonly referred to by the brand name ACE bandage, this length of stretchy fabric has a variety of uses when it comes to first aid care. It can be used to tightly wrap an injury to help reduce swelling, hold bandages in place, serve as a tourniquet, or hold hot or cold packs in place. Medicare’s Elastic Adhesive Bandage Range is perfect for this use.

5. Instant Cold Packs
Many types of injuries benefit from being iced: The cold can slow the flow of blood to decrease swelling and bruising of a twisted ankle or battered shoulder. Cold also can ease itching from stings and bites. But since it's impossible to carry ice around in a first aid kit, the next best thing is an instant cold pack that turns icy when a substance inside is activated (usually by shaking or bending the ice pack). Keep several in your kit: They can be used only once. Check out Medicare Instant Ice Cold Packs.

6. Disposable Gloves
Gloves are important for protecting both the person administering first aid and the injured part from bacteria and other harmful microbes. They also come in handy for cleaning up the area where blood or other bodily fluids might have been left behind. Some people are highly allergic to latex, a material commonly used to make disposable gloves, so to be safe, stock up on nonlatex gloves made of nitrile or neoprene. Medicare’s range of disposable gloves include various sizes & composition.

7. Plasters & Strip Dressing Bandages
These are essential for dealing with small injuries such as cuts, scrapes, and blisters. They come in many shapes and sizes to accommodate any size or type of injury on any part of the body (for example, some are designed to fit snuggly on a finger), so stock your kit with as much variety as you can. Be sure to include butterfly-shaped ones which can be used to hold two sides of a wound together. Other features to consider: bandages that are waterproof, for sensitive skin ie allergies ie latex/ acrylic. You might also liquid bandage—a waterproof adhesive you can use to seal a cut closed while it heals. Medicare’s Family Value Packs have a range of suitable plasters and dressings sizes that are perfect for little emergencies.

8. Burn Gel
Burn Gel is perfect for burns from fire, boiling water as well as sunburn. They are effective in the treatment of burns, soothing the injury while protecting it from infection. A good tip is to keep it in the fridge for extra cooling effect.

In Case of Emergency
First aid kits are intended to help manage a non-emergency injury or other medical issues on the spot. For serious problems, such as a large wound that won't stop bleeding or a blow to the head, call for help or head directly to the nearest A&E for emergency