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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.