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Top 3 questions asked about first aid kits

Updated: Nov 9, 2021

Individuals who want to be fully prepared for emergencies and know exactly what they need and what they are doing have had some questions regarding the first aid kit. So in this article, we will be looking at the top 3 questions about the first aid kit.

What are the differences between the first aid kit and IFAK and Boo Boo Kit?

A first aid kit is a bag, box, or pack used to hold supplies with which you can treat minor injuries such as scrapes, bruises, cuts, sprains, and burns. A more comprehensive first aid kit can also contain supplies for survival, convenience items, and life-saving emergencies. They can also treat gunshot wounds, deep wounds, 2nd & 3rd-degree burns, broken bones, etc.

IFAK, an acronym for Individual First Aid Kits, is a small kit designed to handle immediate life-threatening incidents such as exsanguination, hypothermia, and issues with the airway and breathing. For this reason, they contain essential materials for life-saving, treatment of major wounds, and bleeding control. Some of the items they contain include burn dressings, pressure dressings, Israeli dressings, tourniquets, vented chest seals, trauma shears, gloves, combat gauze, etc.

A boo boo kit is a small kit (usually smaller than the IFAK) that contains supplies that can be used to treat minor day-to-day injuries and ailments and some more serious issues. A boo boo kit should be a part of the things you carry around every day, and because of its size, you can easily fit them into your bag or even your pocket. Its contents include aspirin, burn cream, alcohol pad, ibuprofen, sting and bite-pads, adhesive bandages, etc.

What contents should be included in a first aid kit?

There are supplies that every first aid kit should have, and below is a list of some of these supplies.

  • Adhesive tape: help to secure dressings on minor wounds

  • Gauze bandage: Can be used to dress minor wounds and burns

  • Gauze pads: sterile dressing for minor scrapes and cuts

  • First aid burn cream: cream used to treat burns to help reduce the pain and start the healing process.

  • Adhesive bandages: for minor dressing wounds

  • Burn to dress: sterile dressings soaked in the gel for dressing minor skin burns

  • Antibiotic Ointment: to help prevent skin infections in scratches, minor burns, and cuts

  • CPR mask: to help protect the rescuer from harmful bodily fluids

  • Medical Gloves: to protect the rescuer from bodily fluids that could be harmful and protect the wound from being contaminated by the rescuer.

  • Triangular bandage: Can be used for head dressings, arm slings, or securing wounds

  • First aid guide: a manual that contains instructions on how to treat first aid emergencies.

  • Scissors: used to cut bandages, tapes, gauze, and clothing

How can I find a good first aid kit supplier?

A good first aid kit supplier should ensure that its first aid kit meets the body's requirements in charge of medical devices such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). So for you to find a good one, you would need to know the status of your supplier, and also, you would need to look at their track record in terms of others that they have dealt with previously to know how reliable they can be. Getting across to them to place an order and the shipment of your order should also be a non-ambiguous process, and they should also have great customer service. Then there is also the factor of pricing. Their product should not be overpriced.

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