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Do you have a “proper” first aid kit at home?

In Croatia, most of us still don’t have a serious first aid kit at home. Although there are no recent studies on households’ readiness with first aid kits, according to available data, a small number of households in Croatia have taken basic measures to prepare for providing first aid in case of accidents at home.

All of us have standardized first aid kits (in Croatia that is norm HRN 1112) in our cars, regulated by laws (Road Traffic Safety Law) with prescribed penalties (otherwise we wouldn’t have them at all). It’s a different story at home. Home medicine cabinets often contain expired drugs, old first aid materials that are no longer sterile, or are incomplete.

On the other hand, there is no real choice of ready-made home first aid kits on the market (there are quite expensive kits for occupational safety), and what is available is often overpriced or poorly assembled. However, there are exceptions, and recently one well-known retail chain introduced a small, multi-purpose first aid kit to the market, priced at only 5 Euro. Even professionals do not always agree on the content of a home first aid kit, but it generally consists of similar contents.

  • Home first aid kit:
    Current medicine therapy you use
    Box of aspirin
    Regularly check and replenish the kit as needed
    Check the expiration date and replace expired products
    First bandage 12 cm x 5 m with a pad 12 cm x 16 cm
    First bandage 8 cm x 3 m with a pad 9 cm x 11 cm
    Sterile hydrophilic gauze (10 x 10 cm)
    Calico bandage 8 cm x 5 m
    Calico bandage 4 cm x 5 m
    Bottle of disinfectant
    Bottle of hydrogen peroxide
    Aluplast for burns 80 cm x 50 cm
    Cold pack
    Sterile gauze pad 5 cm x 5 cm, 16 layers
    Sterile gauze pad 10 cm x 20 cm, 12 layers
    Band-Aids 10 cm x 8 cm, 5 pieces
    Self-adhesive tape 2.5 cm x 5 m
    Triangular cloth 100 cm x 100 cm x 140 cm
    Safety pins, 10 pieces
    Packet of sanitary cotton
    Scissors with rounded tip, 1 piece
    Disposable gloves (PVC)
    Rubber band for tightening
    Metalized polyester foil 150 cm x 200 cm
    Protective foil for artificial respiration
    List of contents of the home first aid kit
    Reminder for providing first aid

On the global market, there are general and specialized first aid kits like General home kit, travel and hiking, kit for the sea (boats), for burns, for traffic (car, motorcycle, or boat), etc.
So we will describe examples on those product as well.

Amog other things we are preparing review of the professional kits used by Emergency medical services, Croatian Mountain Rescue Service, Firefighters, Civil Protection and other emergency professionals.