The response to this question depends, of course, on the situation and location for which the kit is being designed. For instance, the first aid kit designed for a factory/manufacturing unit will look very different from the one that required in an IT or retail environment.

Factors to consider

There is no ‘ideal’ first aid kit. First aid kits should be designed keeping in mind the likely risks that it needs to address; specific to the processes and occupational risks. It should also be equipped for disaster mitigation and for all human emergencies.

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Contents of the first aid kit

Ideally, there should be two levels of kits – one for the public and a more elaborate one for health care personnel. Of course, it must contain items for minor ailments such as cuts, fever etc., But most importantly, it MUST have simple life saving equipment such as a pressure dressing, a cervical collar, splints, blankets and such; depending on the hazards present in that location.

Training and accessibility

Just having the kits is not enough. It is equally important that the location of the kit must be very visible and accessible.

The first aid kit must NOT be under lock and key.

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Secondly, personnel should be trained in using the first aid kit. The India Factory Act, originally articulated in 1948 and later amended in the year 1987, states that extensive awareness needs to be created on how to use the contents of a kit amongst at least 10 percent of the employee base. Although, at Doorstep Health, our recommendation is at everyone should be trained on using the first aid kit. Why stop at ten percent?

Unfortunately, emergencies cannot be predicted; so being well-equipped to handle them can help contain the damage.

Write in to us at care@doorstephealth.in for a free list of basic first aid kit contents that every organisation must have. Doorstep Health Services also helps design customised first aid kits to meet the requirements of your organisation.

 

 

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We’ve all been there or seen it happen. Let’s take the case of a guy we can call Rajesh. He briefly fell unconscious at work the other day. He’s feeling fine now, but his wife is worried that there might be something wrong. She goes to a doctor who advises a battery of tests.

All tests appear normal, except for the eternally high lipids! Rajesh knows he needs to consult a doctor, but his hours are such that by the time he comes home, the clinics are closed. Leave is an issue because there is an upcoming client deliverable that is at a crucial stage. So, what does do? He just goes about his life till he has another health emergency. Unfortunately, this story is far too familiar.

With our busy schedules today, health (ours and our family’s), often takes a back seat till the point that it starts affecting our day-to-day lives. That is why, at Doorstep Health Services, our aim has always been to provide professional primary care and support services at your doorstep – when you want and where you want.

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Technology is essential to ensure that primary care is adequately integrated, through backward linkages to homes and offices and forward linkages to specialists and hospitals. It is the one tool that improves access and responsiveness of any healthcare organization. To this end we have a comprehensive telemedicine platform through which you can connect to us when you want and from wherever you are.

Good health is not just about the absence of disease or early diagnosis and treatment. Rather, it is about the physical, mental, social and spiritual wellbeing of an individual. Health and illness both start at home. It is about how we go about our daily lives, the food we eat, the work we do and even how we think!

So nutrition, exercise, rest and recreation need as much emphasis as the need to treat illness. These are areas in which we provide support-to corporates and communities.

At Doorstep Health Services, we promote a multipronged approach to healthcare that is centered around:

  • Encouraging Adherence to best practices around healthcare management
  • Emphasis on prevention through regular monitoring
  • Focus on food hygiene and quality
  • Making health management convenient
  • Community initiatives
  • Using technology as an advantage

As an organization that specializes in Professional, Primary Health Services, DHS works closely with individuals, communities and Corporations, and is thus better able to understand issues that affect our community.

Our Doorstep Health Services blog is a platform to talk about interesting insights on healthcare in India, share our expertise and offer useful tips on handling emergencies and day-to-day issues. We also hope to share our observations along the way and give readers an insight into our philosophy.

So, do read, subscribe, share our blog and feel free to chime in with your questions or comments.

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