Be Rescue Ready: Essential Additions to your First Aid Kit

23 February 2023
In the event of an emergency, be rescue-ready with a fully stocked first aid kit. Having a first aid kit available and easily accessible will help you treat minor injuries and scrapes.

Have you ever considered updating your first aid kit? The benefit of updating your first aid kit with additional supplies allows you to provide the best treatment possible to minor injuries such as cuts and scrapes. Our Medicare range includes advanced wound care dressings and innovative first aid supplies to enhance your home first aid kit.

Let’s explore how to treat minor cuts and scrapes with our Medicare first aid range using the 3-step process clean, apply, cover.  Follow our 3 step process to treat wounds appropriately and prevent infection.

Clean, Apply, Cover

Studies show that common cuts and lacerations can have up to a 30% chance of infection. Signs of infection include redness around the cut, yellow or green coloured or cloudy wound drainage, increased swelling and tenderness or pain around the cut.

Using our simple 3-step process to ensure you have the first aid supplies you need will help you provide better care to minor injuries and prevent infection.


Infections in cuts and lacerations can often come from the hands. Before attending to a cut or laceration, make sure to clean your hands with an alcohol prep pad.

Alcohol Prep Pads
Medicare Alcohol Prep Pads
Medicare Alcohol Prep Pads have a 99% alcohol content to clear germs away from your hands before you attend to a cut or laceration. Unlike wound cleansers, alcohol prep pads should never be used on open cuts, scrapes and grazes. The alcohol content in prep pads is far greater than that of wound cleansers and is therefore far too high to use on broken skin. Another use for the prep pads is to sterilise the skin before injection. These are especially useful for patients who must daily administer medicine via needle or do frequent skin prick tests, such as those with diabetes.


Applying a non-alcohol solution, spray, cream or wipe to a cut or laceration before covering with a plaster or dressing can help ward off infection, encourage healing and reduce scarring.

Saline Solution
Medicare Sterile Saline Solution
Our Medicare Sterile Saline Solution is perfect for rinsing and cleansing away dust and dirt from wounds 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. Bag-on-valve technology allows you to use every drop with a longer shelf life.


A common misconception with wounds, cuts and scrapes is that leaving it uncovered can help heal it quickly, but this is not the case. Bacteria and dirt can easily enter the wound and lead to infection and a longer recovery period. Covering a cut with a sterile dressing or plaster after cleaning it can ward off infection and promote healing.

Spray Plaster
Medicare Spray Plaster
We’ve improved our Medicare Spray Plaster by increasing the canister size to 70ml. Our Medicare Spray Plaster protects minor cuts and grazes from water and dirt by creating a transparent, breathable film on the skin. It is ideal for hard to cover areas like elbows, knuckles, toes and knees. The Spray Plaster allows you to see how the cut is healing and gradually disappears as the wound heals.

Kids Plasters
Medicare Kids Plasters
Our Medicare Waterproof Kids Plasters are a comfortable and convenient way to keep wounds clean, ventilated and protected by providing long lasting, reliable adhesion. It consists of an ultra-thin strip with a skin friendly, strong adhesive which provides superior protection against water, germs, and dirt. The Medicare Waterproof Kids Plaster range is suitable for those who need to protect their wound while showering, bathing, and swimming.


Including advanced wound care solutions such our Medporex Waterproof Adhesive Dressing would be a great addition to your first aid kit. Medporex is suitable for use on a wide variety of low to moderate exuding wounds, including surgical wounds, cuts, and grazes. The reinforced heavy-duty fibre ensures maximum protection, shielding out water, dirt, and germs, even when wet. The non-adherent wound pad does not stick to the wound as it is healing, meaning it facilitates easy removal. The adhesive is strong but gentle on skin and helps prevent trauma during dressing changes.

First Aid Kit Management

It’s common for first aid supplies not to be replaced once they’ve been used. Medicare First Aid kits have a sticker positioned on the outside of the kit outlining the contents. This will guide you to ensure you have everything you need for your first aid kit.

It is important to check the expiration dates of your first aid supplies. Elements such as adhesives on plasters and ingredients of eye wash lose their effectiveness over time. This registers them unfit for use and must be replaced. Using expired first aid supplies is not recommended. Make sure to examine boxes and their contents. These may be empty or contain waste wrapping. Some boxes will also be limited in stock, and it may be a good idea to purchase a new supply to replenish stock levels.

Download Your First Aid Kit Checklist

Download our Home First Aid checklist. Our interactive checklist connects you with our first aid range and gives you access to helpful product information.