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Jun 7, 2012

Healthy Living patches up the first aid kit

With the hurricane season now in effect, the sharing of information on hurricane preparedness has moved up to the front burner. One item that every family should keep on hand is a first aid kit. But what do you include in the kit? Healthy Living has useful tips.

 

Marleni Cuellar, Reporting

A first aid kit is a handy to keep in your home even outside of the threat of a storm. Some people choose to purchase prepared kits and others prefer to put together your own. Whichever, you choose, it is important to know the essential content of a kit and how to use them in an emergency.

 

Evlyn Landaverry, BRC First Aid Instructor

“Emergencies; what are they? They occur, when you least expect them. In order for us to be prepared and assist the moment an incident occur. It is important for us to be ready.”

 

Evlyn Landaverry

Evlyn Landaverry, is a First Aid Instructor at the Belize Red Cross, she talks about what is best suited to include in your first aid kit.

 

Evlyn Landaverry

“If it’s a first aid kit, a small one a travel one, in the case where you’re travelling as a family or going somewhere, it’s always important to have that incase of accident or emergency . You know where to find it and what to find in that first aid kit.  The main items would be to tend for bleeding. Bleeding is something that someone can lose their life if there is extreme bleeding. Most of the first aid kits will have items that can help in the case of bleeding emergencies.”

 

One of the services offered by the Belize Red Cross is customized first aid kits; they always have on hand, industrial, family and pocket first aid kits.  The contents for there are based on the specific needs of Belizeans.

 

Evlyn Landaverry

“The content there is based on Belizean need. Why? We look at kits that come from the U.S. for example. They have marine kits, they have outdoor kits, in the case of the Belize Red Cross, we work with family and industrial. We also have tour guides kits that are also handy but the main thing; we have for family and industrial. It has contents for bleeding, a sprain or strain and triangular bandages—some of these are some of the main items you will find to use in case you have an emergency.”

 

Evlyn walks us through the contents of the Belize Red Cross’ First aid kit and explains the use of the items.

 

Evlyn Landaverry

“Here we have the industrial first aid kit. Now some of the main items that we have here that are very important to have in a first aid kit. First and foremost is the cold packs. Why? The cold packs are useful in case of sprains, in cases of any severe impact, strains. The instructions are actually behind: how to use it, how to utilize it and this is very useful when you are dealing with children and any accident that you may have outdoors. Industrial kits bring many pairs of gloves. Why is it important to use gloves? The gloves serves as barriers—barriers to prevent any persons to be infected from getting any kind of infection or any bacteria. Whenever we’re dealing with injured people, once again even if it is our relatives, our first reaction when we see blood is to try to control it, but it’s important your safety comes first. Then you use gloves or barriers to prevent from infecting yourself or be having direct contact with any body fluids or blood.”

 

The kit also includes Sting Relief pads for bites and stings and wipes to clean wounds like the alcohol wipes and iodine prep pads; but these do come with a warning.

 

Evlyn Landaverry

“Once again these are some of the main ones you can use, but I do have a warning with these: it’s preferable that you use water if you don’t know the person and you don’t know if they may be allergic to something that this little pack may have.”

 

Also, in the kit is ample gauze, bandages and adhesive tape.

 

Evlyn Landaverry

“There we have some adhesive tape that is used n order for you to cover a wound and you don’t need to be holding it or tying it; you can use the adhesive tape and this actually works very well. Gauzes; there are many different sizes, and it is important to have a variety of sizes. Now these are used directly on top of a wound. Why? Because the material for these will not stick to the wound—it will not dry it. So it is important to have it in different sizes and of course you can find it at the local stores. We continue with the bandages. We have the adhesive ones; they’re very handy and you can keep a few of them in your purse for minor injuries. We have the little more complex ones which are the compressed bandages and these are very important when you are dealing with heavy, severe injuries. Scissors can be a good tool to have around you in case you need to cut more bandages; you need more cloth, etc. We also have the tweezers.”

 

Special eye packs are included with eye pads, eye wash and some more adhesive.

 

Evlyn Landaverry

“The triangular bandages are these are very useful whenever you are covering bigger wounds or in case of fractures; hand fractures, these can be used for. If you don’t have them, you can customize them, you can use some cloth actually cut it in the triangular forms and then you have your triangular bandages.  Now here we have the emergency blankets that can be used in case you have excessive bleeding and the person may be entering into a shock whereby the body gets cold and they may need warmth. Many a times, the sheets or regular clothing may not do it so these are special blankets that are used in cases like that.”

 

The home kits carry the same contents but with fewer items. The pocket kit has the bare essentials for a response to a bleeding wound. Each kit includes an emergency guide that advises you what to do in the case of an emergency.

 

Evlyn Landaverry

“It is very important that the minute you’re purchasing one or putting together one that you that you are familiar with what the content is and what it used for. We know that the first aid kits are important component in responding to emergencies and in order for you to be prepared you need to have some element together in order to better respond.”

 

The Industrial, family and pocket kits are available at the Belize Red Cross for one hundred and twenty-five, one hundred & five Belize dollars respectively. They also create customized kits based on your specific needs.

 

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1 Response for “Healthy Living patches up the first aid kit”

  1. Islander says:

    Some things that I have done with mine and would like to share are.

    Do NOT mix up your trauma kit with your boo-boo kit. The last thing you want to do in a life or death situation ” E.G. cut femoral artery ” is to be going through your Advil, band aids, prep pads etc etc in order to find your trauma bandages, gauze pads etc.

    I would also put inside the first aid kit at least 2 sports quick clot pads. It helps stop bleeding faster by quagulating the blood.

    Also add a tourniquet that you can apply singlehanded in case you are seriously injured and the only rescue is self rescue.

    Throw in two six inch light sticks because the first thing that goes off during a storm is electricity. And if your flashlights fail a light stick will provide enough light to provide first aid.

    Finally GET PROPER TRAINING in the use of your first aid kit , basic first aid and CPR. Do not try anything you saw in the movies because you might do more damage than help.

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