First Aid

Responding to Emergencies

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Preparing to Respond

Make sure you have easy access to items that will help you respond to an emergency. Keep a first aid kit in your home and vehicle, and ensure that you know the location of the first aid kit and automated external defibrillator (AED) in your workplace. Whether you buy a first aid kit or assemble one yourself, make sure it has all of the items you may need. Perform regular maintenance and safety checks on all first aid kits and equipment. Remove or replace any items that are broken, expired, discolored, or contaminated (e.g., a sterile tool in a torn package). You should also decontaminate any reusable equipment that has been used (e.g., a stretcher).

First aid kits should include at least the following supplies

  • Emergency telephone numbers for EMS
  • Your local Poison Control Centre
  • Your personal doctor(s) number
  • Home and office phone numbers for family members, friends, or neighbours who can help in an emergency
  • Sterile gauze pads (dressings) in small and large squares to place over wounds
  • Adhesive tape
  • Roller and triangular bandages to hold dressings in place or make slings
  • Adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Safety pins
  • Cold packs or instant ice packs
  • Disposable non-latex gloves, such as surgical or examination gloves
  • Flashlight, with extra batteries in a separate bag
  • Antiseptic wipes or soap
  • Pencil and pad
  • Emergency blanket
  • Eye patches
  • Thermometer
  • Barrier devices, such as a pocket mask or face shield
  • First aid manual

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