Back to School First Aid Essentials

06 September 2021
Back to School First Aid Checklist
What are the essential first aid items you need in your classroom?

It’s undeniable how important it is to have a first aid kit in the classroom. Children are often getting little cuts, bruises, even sprains and strains, so it’s a good idea to make sure your school first aid kit is stocked with the essential supplies you need in little emergencies.  

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.  

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.  

7. Instant Cold Packs
Instant ice packs are ideal for fast relief from sprains, strains, bruises and swelling, headaches and minor injuries. They are activated by squeezing an internal compartment within the pack. This starts a chemical reaction that instantly makes the pack cold. The pack gets cold in seconds, making it particularly ideal for the early treatment of sports injuries.

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.

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.