Buying First Aid Supplies Online: What should you get?

Buying first aid kit

Regardless if it’s for your home or your workplace, getting the correct First Aid Supplies online requires for you to have the knowledge of what are the essential items that need to be included on the kit. Even though some manufacturers offer first aid kits that already have all the basic items that you may need, it is important to give yourself an idea of what are the components a complete first aid kit must have.

When searching for first aid supplies online, you will find all sorts of items and retailers selling all kinds of products. However many considerations must be taken before making a responsible decision. Discount Medical Supplies carries a vast and complete selection of these supplies individually and in premade kits, but we strongly recommend that you first take into consideration what recommendations are made by health care institutions and other entities before getting one of these items, so it can fully fit the special needs that you may have.

The American Red Cross recommends that we all keep a first aid kit at home, our workplace, and in our automobile, and if we are buying a first aid kit or putting one together by ourselves, they strongly recommend that we include personal medication (if necessary), emergency phone numbers and any other item that your health care provider recommends you keep as well. 

The basic contents of a first aid kit should include:

  • Adhesive tape
  • Some sort of antiseptic solution
  • Cotton balls and cotton-tipped applicators
  • Bandages (elastic wrap and bandage strips)
  • At least two pairs of disposable exam gloves (latex or synthetic)
  • Antibiotic ointment or cream
  • A first aid manual
  • Gauze pads and roller dressings
  • Petroleum jelly (lubricant)
  • Scissors and tweezers
  • Thermometer
  • Triangular bandage
  • Ibuprofen, Paracetamol or Aspirin
  • Antihistamine medication
  • Syringe, medicine cup and spoon
  • Sunscreen
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Candles and matches
  • Bandage scissors
  • Stethoscope

It is important that, you always check the expiration date on all the items in the first aid kit and constantly verify that the batteries are working. Since some of the basic items included in the above list are perishable, constantly replace those items that already out-of-date. If you are going to purchase first aid supplies online, also take into consideration that there are many different types of kits available to you in the market already. There is a very substantial range in sizes, content and supplies that can include more complete array of different supplies for different emergency situations. Please keep in mind that certain first aid kits are also designed for specific activities, boating, camping or hiking.