First Aid Kits – Classes, Contents, and Trauma Kits

Hey i’m Alex with GME supply and today we’re
talking about First Aid Kits. In this video we’ll explain the differences
between Class A first aid kits and Class B first aid kits, as well as the differences
between a first aid kit and a trauma kit. ANSI spells out the minimum requirements for
the contents of a first aid kit in their Z308.1 standard. if you need more info on that standard including
how to decide between a class A kit and a class B kit as well as first aid kit sub-types
watch the link at the end of this video. Under ANSI Z308.1 a class A first aid kit
must contain all of the following items: 2 5×9 inch trauma pads, 1 4×5 inch cold pack,
i fl/oz total of eye and skin wash, 2 3×3 inch sterile pads, 2 pairs of medical exam
gloves, 2.5 yds of adhesive tape, 1 4×4 inch gel-soaked burn dressing, 1 40x40x56 inch
triangular bandage, 1 pair of scissors or trauma shears, 2 eye coverings with means
of attachment, 4 yds of 2 inch roller bandage, 16 1×3 inch adhesive bandage, 1 breathing
barrier, 10 packets of antiseptic, 6 packets of hand sanitizer, 10 packets of antibiotic
application, and 10 packets of burn treatment oil, as well as a first aid guide. Class B kits must include all of the previous
items but in 2-5 times the quantity, as well as a few extra items to address more serious
injuries. those include 4 yds. of 4 inch roller bandage,
1 4×24 inch splint, and 1 1 inch width tourniquet. ANSI doesn’t require any medication however
a lot of kits do include things like aspirin, Ibuprofen, or antacids just for additional
treatment. for that list list of minimum required contents
you can click right there to be directed to our knowledge base or check the description
of this video. one thing to note unfortunately some materials
in first aid kits do have expiration dates so its important to routinely check your kits
for expired materials and replace them as needed. we also recommend that you refill items that
are more than 60% depleted. while class A and class B kits do cover minor
differences in the severity of injuries, trauma kits cover a whole new realm of injury. Trauma kits are used for potentially life
threatening injuries such as a very large wound. these kits do typically contain similar items
to a standard first aid kit with the additional items for those more serious injuries, this
may include more or large dressings or bandages as well as tools to measure vitals such as
a stethoscope or a sphygmomanometer which is also known as a blood pressure cuff. for
certain industries it is a good idea to have a trauma kit however the average worker may
not have the correct training to properly use it so you’ll typically only see one where
there is a trained professional on site. By now you’re probably wondering is it better
to build my own kit or buy a premade one? well, the answer is both. while it is a totally viable option to build
your own kit with the specific things that you need for your specific task it still have
to meet the minimum requirements for ANSI Z308.1 compliance. luckily first aid only makes kits in every
size and every class that are a cost effective way to make sure you’re in compliance so you
don’t have to go to the hassle of finding each individual item. then after purchasing that standard kit it
is always a good idea to think about what extra risks you may be exposed to in your
work environment and further customize that kit to suite your needs. for a complete selection of first aid kits
and refills visit you can click on that video to learn more about the ANSI
Z308.1 standard. subscribe to our YouTube channel to see our
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