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Friday, December 14, 2012

Beyond the Basics - The Dedicated First Aid Kit

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Each and every day we are all at serious risk of being injured in an accident or developing some form of incapacitating illness. Whether you are traveling in your car, relaxing at home or busy at work, there is always the distinct possibility that you, a member of your family or a friend will require some form of first aid. One of the ways you can prepare for this eventuality is to have a dedicated first aid kit.
Having a home first aid kit is an essential part of being prepared for those small emergencies that can happen everyday. Having a dedicated first aid kit can help you be even better prepared. It is also important to remember that first aid is exactly what it says. It is the first aid an individual receives when sick or injured and prior to receiving proper medical treatment by a qualified professional. It is emergency care that is in the best interest of the sick or injured person that is applied using common sense decisions based on your level of first aid training.
Having a dedicated first aid kit is a fairly simple goal to accomplish. Most everyone has a home first aid kit which usually manages to stay right where you put it. This is a good thing because everyone in the family should know exactly where it’s at all times so that it can be accessed quickly when needed. This is why having a dedicated first aid kit is so important because it will save you time in an emergency. Having dedicated first aid kits in certain designated areas can make the difference in preventing a minor emergency from becoming an event that could be life threatening. 
Do you have a first aid kit in your garage or workshop? They have first aid kits in most workplaces and your garage at home shouldn’t be the exception. Most commercial vehicles are required to carry a first aid kit. Do you keep one in your vehicle? If you are traveling on the open road and find yourself in the middle of nowhere, you don’t want to find yourself suddenly in need of a good first aid kit.

Do you have specialized first aid kits available? One that everyone should consider is a good first aid kit that is dedicated to the treatment of burns. Burns are one of the more common injuries that can happen at home. Having extra first aid kits that are kept in designated areas can help you respond more efficiently to a person’s needs when first aid is required.
Proper first aid management requires you not only have good first aid kits but the proper training as well. Having the right tools and equipment won’t help you if don’t know how to utilize them properly and efficiently. In fact, the lack of proper training could create a situation where your help may actually be detrimental to the efforts of those persons attempting to render first aid in an emergency.
Sometimes you need more than a band-aid.

Staying above the water line!

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