ST JOHN AMBULANCE: What should be in a first aid kit?

St John Ambulance, the nation's leading first aid charity has teamed up with the Herald and Gazette to bring you some simple, but life-saving, first aid tips '“ this week: the contents of a first aid kit.

Sunday, 26th June 2016, 1:00 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 2:57 am
First aid kits should be checked regularly

All first aid kits should be clearly marked and kept in a clean, dry area that is easy to access.

If it is kept in a cupboard there should be a sign on the outside.

The first aid kit should be checked regularly to ensure that:

• All the items are in stock.

• Items are in date.

• The packing is undamaged.

As a minimum, a first aid kit should contain the following:

• 20 adhesive dressing (plasters) of assorted sizes.

• Six medium sterile dressings.

• Two large sterile dressings.

• Two eye pads.

• Four triangular bandages.

• Six safety pins.

• Disposable non-latex gloves.

• Two small plastic bags for disposal of soiled wipes and dressings.

• One guidance card and contents list.

Other useful contents include:

• Two crepe roller bandages.

• Round edged scissors.

• Gauze square swabs.

• Adhesive tape.

• Notepad and pencil.

• Resuscitation face shields.

• For those looking for quick, easily accessible first aid information, the St John Ambulance app is available free on smartphones and the website ( offers demo videos, an interactive game, and lots of free advice. For more information about first aid courses please call 0303 003 0101.


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