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DIY first-aid kit

How to build a first-aid kit

Accidents happen when you least expect it, which is why it’s important to keep a first-aid kit near you. We’ve made a list of some of the necessities you may want to keep in your own first-aid kit, as well as some instructions on how to care for minor cuts and scrapes.

What you’ll need

First-aid kits are widely available in many pharmacies. However, they can run on the expensive side or may not always be equipped with the necessities you may need based on your activities and hobbies. Below, we have rounded up a basic list of things you may want to keep in your own first-aid kit.

DIY first-aid kit

  • Adhesive bandages or adhesive tape 
  • BluLyte Wound Care solution
  • Sterile gauze pads
  • Pain relievers
  • Cotton swabs or cotton balls 
  • Oral thermometer
  • Instant cold pack
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Disposable gloves

It is recommended that you check your first-aid kit regularly to see whether your supplies have expired or whether they have to be replaced. 

Be sure to keep your first-aid kit out of reach of children, but still easily accessible for times of need, and in a place where you are not likely to forget it. 

Keep important contact numbers near your kit. These should include your family doctor, dentist, hospitals near you, and emergency contact numbers.

First-aid care for minor cuts and scrapes

  1. Always wash your hands thoroughly to avoid infection. Alternatively, you can don the disposable gloves in your first-aid kit. 
  2. Apply gentle pressure to the area to stop the bleeding. This is usually not necessary in minor wounds as they tend to stop bleeding by themselves. If necessary, use clean gauze, cotton pad, or cloth to apply pressure and elevate the wound until it stops bleeding.
  3. Clean the wound by using sterilised tweezers to physically debride the wound of dirt or debris, and flush the wound with Blulyte Wound Care. Its antimicrobial properties will help clean the area and reduce the risk of developing an infection. 
  4. Cover the wound with a bandage, plaster, or gauze. This will keep the wound clean from external pathogens as it heals.
  5. Clean the wound and change the dressing at least once a day.
  6. Contact a healthcare practitioner if you see signs of an infection. This includes swelling, redness, localised pain, warmth, or liquid seeping from the wound.

Why we recommend BluLyte Wound Care

BluLyte Wound Care is the perfect solution for cleaning wounds like cuts, scrapes, and scratches since it is antimicrobial and gentle on sensitive tissues.  Unlike hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol which is often recommended for cleaning wounds, BluLyte Wound Care does not sting and is safe for use on children. 

BluLyte Wound Care also works as an anti-itch solution due to its soothing properties, and helps with reducing inflammation and infection. 

If you would like to learn more about BluLyte technology, click here. You can also check out our other blog articles to learn more about wound care, BluLyte products, and other healthcare tips and tricks. 

Resources:

  1. https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/anatomy-of-a-first-aid-kit.html
  2. https://www.safewise.com/blog/essentials-diy-first-aid-kit/
  3. https://www.mayoclinic.org/first-aid/first-aid-kits/basics/art-20056673
  4. https://www.mayoclinic.org/first-aid/first-aid-cuts/basics/art-20056711

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