First Aid for Every Home

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Be Prepared!  Set up your home medicine chest.

A well-stocked medicine chest, kept within easy reach is a necessity in every home. Click here to purchase online.

A basic first aid kit should contain the following:

 Item  Purpose
Adhesive tape To hold dressings in place
Adhesive / elastic bandages in various sizes To cover, dress and protect cuts & wounds
Alcohol swabs To clean and disinfect the skin (applied to skin that is not broken up to the edges of the wound)
Antiseptic cream or solution To clean and prevent infection of cuts and wounds
Burn ointment To prevent infection of burns
Cotton balls To apply medication or wash wounds
Eye wash solution To irrigate and wash the eye
Plasters To cover cuts and wounds
Scissors & tweezers To cut gauze and bandages and remove foreign objects from the skin
20ml sodium chloride To clean wounds
2 pairs of disposable latex gloves To prevent contamination of wounds
6 safety pins To hold bandages together
Triangle bandage To support an injured arm
Sterile dressings/gauze To dress and clean wounds

You may also wish to include the following supplies, as well as medication for common ailments: 

 Item  Purpose
Hot / cold pack For muscle aches and sprains
Medicated oil To relieve nasal congestion and dizziness
Antiseptic hand wash              To wash hands
Thermometer To measure body temperature
Activated charcoal
Oral rehydration salts
Calamine lotion

For pain and fever
For diarrhoea
To prevent dehydration due to diarrhoea
To soothe insect bites & minor skin rashes

The contents of your medicine chest will vary depending on the people in your home and their needs. Our pharmacist can help you select the appropriate first-aid supplies for your home or workplace, please call 6355 3000 (NHGP) or email to feedback@pharmacy.nhg.com.sg

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(Updated on 28 Sep 2022)
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