Be Rescue Ready: Back to School First Aid Essentials

17 August 2022
Have you brushed up on your first aid skills in time for the new school year? Have you taken stock of your classroom first aid kit and refilled what you need? There is no time like the present to start.

We have compiled a list of a classroom’s essential first aid must-haves as well as some first aid tips and tricks to refresh your memory or to have as a quick reference guide in case of emergency.

Medicare First Aid Kits come with most of the items outlined below but be sure to check your kit regularly so that you can replace items that have expired or that you're running low on.

Medicare First Aid Kits

First Aid Kit Essentials

Medicare Sterile Saline Solution
1. Medicare Sterile Saline Solution
Medicare Sterile Saline Solution is perfect for rinsing and cleansing away dust and dirt from cuts, grazes, scrapes, and eyes. The spray physically removes foreign bodies, blood, reduces pathogens and dead tissue whilst also moistening the tissue in the process which contributes to wound healing. The Bag-on-Valve Technology ensures the solution is sterile until the last drop and that every bit of the product is used.

Medicare Burn Gel with Aloe Vera
2. Medicare Burn Gel with Aloe Vera
Medicare’s wide range of burn gel and dressings are trusted and proven to effectively treat burns and help to prevent infection. The newest addition to the range is the Medicare Burn Gel with Aloe Vera. The gel works by forming a transparent protective film as protective barrier that cools and soothes the skin to help reduce pain and discomfort. It is effortless to apply while also being water soluble and is easily washed off. Like the Sterile Saline Solution, it uses the Bag-on-Valve Technology which ensures the burn gel is sterile until the last drop and that every bit of the product is used.

Medicare Spray Plaster
3. Medicare Spray Plaster
Medicare Spray Plaster is a revolutionary invisible spray-on plaster that provides an immediate waterproof seal that protects cuts and grazes with a transparent, breathable and protective film. It protects the wound from water, dirt and germs, reducing the risk of infection and promoting a more rapid, natural healing process. The Medicare Spray Plaster is ideal for a school setting as it allows you to cover a cut or graze without the danger of infecting it.

Medicare First Aid Dressings

4. Ambulance/Wound Dressings
Ambulance or Wound dressings should always be part of a first aid kit. They are used to stop bleeding or to cover a wound it is too big or awkward for a plaster. They are highly absorbent, come in different sizes, and usually are attached to a conforming bandage for ease of use.

Medicare First Aid Scissors
5. Scissors
There are a few different types of scissors that can be used in a first aid kit, from simple dressing and bandage scissors to tough-cut emergency shears for when clothing needs to be cut through. To be prepared for any kind of accident, it would be ideal to stock a basic type and a strong kind.
Medicrepe Elastic Support Bandage

6. Elastic Bandages
Elastic bandages are strong, stretchy and 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 Ice Spray
7. Instant Cold Spray
Instant cold spray is a quick an easy way to administer cold therapy onto an injury, swollen area, or joint stiffness. It provides rapid pain relief and has an instant cooling effect. It can also be used after a bite or sting to help cool and soothe the affected area.

Mediskin Latex Exam Gloves
8. Disposable Gloves
Gloves are important for protecting both the person administering first aid and the injured part from bacteria and other harmful microbes. Some people are highly allergic to latex, a material commonly used to make disposable gloves, so to be safe, stock up on non-latex gloves made of nitrile or vinyl.

Medicare Fabric Plasters
9. Plasters
The most obvious and important part of your classroom first aid kit is plasters. Ideal for little cuts and grazes, there are many different types to choose from like fabric, waterproof, sensitive, clear, assorted and of course, fun kids plasters.

First aid kits are intended to help manage a non-emergency injury or other medical issue 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 treatment.