First aid attendants and participants are taught to use a variety of different equipment. A workplace first aid kit can easily have over 100 pieces of equipment. To learn to use and apply first aid and CPR equipment enroll into first aid and / or CPR training (http://vancouverfirstaid.ca/first-aid-courses/). Here’s a list of the top ten pieces of equipment that first aid attendants use the most.
When attending a first aid course candidates aren’t even taught how to use them. They aren’t even part of the curriculum of a Red Cross first aid course. However, band-aids are easily the most requested item from first aid attendants and they would be lost without them.
We live in a time with all sorts of fears relating to disease transmission and transmittable infections. The first thing that most candidates are taught when attending a first aid course is to put on a pair of gloves prior to attending any first aid scene. his makes gloves #2 on our list.
3. Anti-Septic Cleaner
Scrapes and minor cuts are the most common first aid incidents that occur. These minor first aid incidents make band-aids the all important number 1. However, the wounds will likely need cleaning which is what makes anti-septic cleaners # 3.
4. Pocket Mask
If you ever ask a person who has done CPR without a pocket mask if you should carry one they will undoubtedly tell you “YES”! Most people that carry pocket masks everywhere they go is because they have done CPR before and understood the importance of using a pocket mask. The fear of disease transmission and transmittable diseases place pocket masks as #4
Minor cuts are the most common form of injuries. If a band-aid does not fit the cut then the rescuer will have to use gauze. Non-stick sterile gauze is one of the most used pieces of equipment a first aider may ever use. Because of its high necessity gauze is the number 5 on our list.
A well trained first aid rescuer will have a variety of different uses and applications for tape. Tape can hold gauze in place, apply pressure and help immobilize injuries. All of these are key components to first aid which makes tape # 6 on our list.
7. Triangle Bandage
Candidates that attend standard first aid courses spend hours learning how to effectively use these basic bandages. The use of theses bandages numbers in the hundreds from applying pressure to compressing wounds and injuries. The variety of uses and the universality of these bandages makes triangle bandages #7 on our list.
Tweezers are barely touched on in any credible first aid course but they are frequently called upon by many first aid attendants. They are used to help remove splinters and stingers (although not the best tool for removing stingers) and for helping clean wounds. They are universal and frequently used which is why tweezers are #8 on our list.
In almost every first aid scenario the rescuer is trained to treat the patient for shock. When to treat for shock is another post altogether. The ideal way to treat for shock is by keeping the patient warm and comfortable which is where the blanket comes in. It can also double to dry a victim that is wet or to help protect the head during a seizure. The effectiveness and the multiple use for blankets has made it a #9 on our list.
10. An AED
Sure they are expensive, require another set of hands to carry and many rescuers have unwarranted fears about using them. However, AED’s are extremely effective and drastically increase survival chances for victims in cardiac arrest. Their effectiveness has placed them #10 on our list.