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First aid: 8 elements that cannot be missing in your first aid kit and how to put it together well


Having them on hand is key to being able to respond to an emergency and treat the most common injuries. Tips and prices.

You can use a small suitcase or a plastic tupperware.

Also a metallic or wooden container.

The important thing is that in every home - as well as in every car - there is always a 

first aid kit

 that does not lack anything important.

Having a good first-aid kit, usually identified with a red cross, guarantees that you always have 

at hand


in the same place

 all the necessary elements to 

quickly attend to

an injury and other domestic emergencies, until you get medical attention.

The National Ministry of Health advises each family to assemble a first-aid kit and store it in a cool







easy access


"The elements have to be kept in good condition, their

expiration dates

must be controlled and

they must be replaced periodically

," says the health authority.

Along the same lines, the Farmacity pharmacy chain recommends using an




box as a first-aid kit .

"It must be in an accessible place and


by the inhabitants of the house, but out of the reach of small children," they warn.

The first-aid kit should be kept in a cool, dry and easily accessible place.

Photo: Shutterstock.

What should be in the home first aid kit: the basics

So that each family can check if they are well prepared, the Ministry of Health publishes a list with the

basic elements

 that "

should be included

" in the first aid kit.

They are the following:


Disposable gloves


The indicated ones are latex.

They are used to avoid contaminating wounds and for the safety of the person assisting the victim. 


Gauze and bandages


Have the 7 cm and 10 cm wide ones, useful for cleaning wounds and stopping bleeding. 


Sterile dressings


They are used to clean and cover open wounds.


Duct tape


To fix gauze or bandages.




To cut gauze and bandages or the victim's clothing.




They are applied to the wounds so that they do not become infected.

Povidone iodine and 10 volume hydrogen peroxide are the most common.


Neutral soap


It is what is known as "white soap", very useful for sanitizing wounds.


Alcohol at 70%


To sanitize hands.

It serves both the gel and liquid version.

It can also be very useful to have 


cotton balls, a


(to remove embedded splinters), a


(to use as a sling or protect wounds), 


pins , a


, and a slip of all


phone numbers .

"The first-aid kit

does not have to include medicines

, so as not to encourage self-medication," the authorities advise.

The first aid kit is key to providing first aid in case of burns, cuts and other common accidents.

Photo: Shutterstock.

How much does it cost today to assemble a basic first aid kit?

For those who need to

add or replace

certain elements, from Farmacity they indicated some


to take into account:

-Latex gloves, 100 units:



-Bandages of 7 and 10 cm:



-Gauze 10 x 10 cm, 32 pieces:



-Sterile dressings, 4 units:



-Hypoallergenic adhesive tape 1.25 cm X 9 m:



-Povidone iodine antiseptic:



-Oxygenated water:



-Alcohol in gel, 100 g:



-Liquid alcohol, 500 ml:



-White bread soap:






They advise checking the first-aid kit from time to time to replace missing or expired items.

Photo: Pharmacy.

For those who have to buy

everything from scratch

, in the meantime,

kits are sold already assembled

with the container and the most important elements inside.

A small one, ideal to take on a trip, can be had for



And a more complete one, more suitable to have at home, currently costs around 




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Source: clarin

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