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Welcome to ReviewBox! First aid kits are essential, whether it's for a minor accident or an emergency, which is why there are so many sizes and designs to suit every circumstance. The question is, which of all the models and brands is best?

At ReviewBox we will show you the different types of first aid kits and their characteristics, so that you can choose the one that best suits your interests and budget. It is important that you take into account every detail to make the best purchase decision.




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Buying guide

The aim of this article is to provide you with valuable information so that you can get to know in depth what you are thinking of buying. Therefore, we want to tell you the most important aspects about first aid kits, and what you should consider when buying.

First aid kits are equipped with all the necessary items to treat minor and severe accidents.
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What are first aid kits and what are their advantages?

A first aid kit is an item made of wood, plastic or cloth, designed to contain medicines and other indispensable items to treat chronic ailments, or to care for victims of an accident or sudden illness.

The materials that a first aid kit usually contains are: scissors, gauze, bandages, tweezers, bactericidal soap, alcohol, dressings, hydrogen peroxide, thermometer, sterilised gloves, thermometer, cotton wool and analgesics, among other accessories.

The greatest advantage of the first aid kits is that they allow, precisely, to help a person suffering from common ailments, but also to help in case of an emergency. In many cases, therefore, they are decisive in saving lives.

Advantages
  • They effectively solve everyday accidents such as minor cuts and bruises, as well as chronic ailments
  • They are practical and easy to carry
  • They can solve any unforeseen event in an environment far away from home
  • First aid items can solve an emergency until the person is taken to a hospital or clinic
  • They can be used in all environments (clubs, schools, offices, homes, etc.)
  • They can be used in any environment (clubs, schools, offices, homes, etc.).)
Disadvantages
  • Know how and when to apply first aid items
  • Professional first aid kits should only be used by qualified persons
  • Can be dangerous if within reach of children
  • Take the time to dispose of empty or expired medicines and replace them
  • Cannot be kept anywhere, as it should not come into contact with heat or moisture

What precautions should we take with first aid kits?

It is important to take certain precautions when using first aid kits to avoid any accidents. It is important that the first aid kit or bag is made of materials that insulate against humidity and ensure the quality and effectiveness of the medicines when they are consumed.

Medications. Check that there are no expired medicines, that all items are kept tightly closed and that everything is labelled and classified with their respective names and functions.

Handling. The medicine cabinet should be kept out of reach of children, people with psychiatric illnesses, anxiety disorders, depressive problems or addiction to certain drug compounds, as it could be dangerous.

Safety. Some medicine cabinets come with security locks; however, it is ideal to keep it out of the way but not locked, to make it easier to open when needed. And the place where the first aid kit is kept should be known to the people who may use it.

Basic First Aid or Travel First Aid Kits - What should you look out for?

The most common first aid kits can be divided into two types: basic or travel kits. In this table we will show you the most important features of each, so that you can choose the right one for you, depending on your tastes and needs.

Basic Travel
Basic first aid kits are suitcases or boxes adapted to contain basic supplies They are usually more complex, as they can vary depending on your destination
They are also used for chronic or temporary ailments that do not require transfer to a health centre International travel kits are complemented with extra vaccinations, if the destination country so requires
They are also used in the business, educational or sporting sphere . The first aid items will depend on the type of trip
It is recommended that these kits have a padlock for greater security Another aspect that will vary the contents of the first aid kit is the environmental conditions at the destination
A basic first aid kit should contain cotton wool, gauze, scissors, thermometer, bandages, dressings, hydrogen peroxide, etc Travel kits contain the basic items plus sunscreen, sunburn creams, tablets for dizziness and nausea, repellent, etc.
As for medicines, it is advisable to have painkillers, healing medicines, antipyretics, anti-allergies, etc. The medication carried in the first-aid kit must be authorised for entry at the place of destination
At home, the usual medicine used by each family should be added (the same applies to the travel kit)

These are just a few characteristics to consider when deciding which first aid kit or suitcase is best for you; later on we will discuss other factors to consider in order to make a good purchase choice.

Where should a first aid kit be stored?

Because a first aid kit contains medication and flammable products, it should not be kept in hot or humid places. The kitchen and bathroom are the places where there are the most changes in temperature and humidity due to heat and steam, so they are not the most suitable places to keep it.

It should be kept in a cool, dry place, away from light, so that the characteristics and properties of the medicines are not altered.

How much does a first aid kit cost?

The market offers a wide variety of prices for first aid kits, which vary according to their characteristics and models.

First aid kits, boxes or bags come in different sizes, designs, materials and formats. The costs, which are adapted to the above-mentioned particularities, start from 300 MXN to 6,000 MXN, although there are very good and complete sets at intermediate prices.

There are first aid kits designed for the home, with a smaller size and format to store basic supplies, and there are others that are larger and more resistant.
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Where to buy a first aid kit?

First aid kits are used in the home as well as in business, education and sports, and can be easily found in specialised department stores such as EMS, Botiquín Auxilio, Rebster, Gimbel, Cosumind, HerSigoN, Multiseguridad Industrial, Selecta, Pssima and Colesa, among others.

They are also available online at Amazon, Walmart, Ebay and Mercado Libre, which have the added advantage of the convenience of buying from home, where you can also receive your order.

Buying criteria: factors that allow you to compare and rate different models of first aid kits

Because there is such a wide range of first aid kits on the market, it can sometimes be difficult to decide which is the best one to buy. It is therefore important to consider certain factors when purchasing first aid kits.

Contents of the first aid kit

First of all, we must know what is essential to keep in the first aid kit in order to size it and its characteristics, according to our needs. Healing material is a priority, so it is essential to keep cotton wool, bandages, gauze, hydrogen peroxide, dressings and alcohol, among other things.

On the other hand, there are medicines for minor ailments such as analgesics, antipyretics, products for insect bites, anti-inflammatories, ointments for burns and medication prescribed for chronic illnesses.

And finally, accessories to aid healing, such as scissors, tweezers, thermometers, sterile gloves, etc. Obviously you can add healing materials, accessories and medicines according to your daily needs and the environment in which you use the first aid kit.

First aid kits can be made of wood, cloth and plastic, among other materials, and usually have compartments to organise items by use and categories.
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Home or professional first aid kit

First aid kits can be both domestic and professional. It is important that you take into account the particularities of each one in order to choose the most suitable one for you, according to your needs.

Home first aid kits are used in homes to treat minor ailments or minor injuries. They contain healing materials (bandages, gauze, dressings, tweezers, scissors, alcohol, thermometer, etc.) and medicines (anti-inflammatories, fever reducers, antiseptics, analgesics, cream or ointment for burns, etc.).

Generally, they are first-aid kits of simple and functional design, suitable for storing the basic elements needed to deal with small injuries or discomforts. They can be a piece of furniture, a box or a suitcase, designed to contain medicines and healing materials.

It is essential that home kits are in an easily accessible location, so that the necessary medicines and materials can be quickly located. It is also important that they comply with basic safety standards, which we have already detailed in "Precautionary measures for first aid kits".

The greatest advantage of first aid kits is that they allow you to help a person suffering from common ailments, but also to help in case of an emergency.
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Professional first aid kits should be used by qualified health professionals, as they will contain many more medicines and healing materials, as well as more complex accessories for emergencies.

Professional first aid kits are designed to be transported in case of an emergency, so they are lighter, although their size is usually larger due to the amount of accessories that need to be carried inside.

Professional first aid kits come prepared to hold equipment such as a blood pressure monitor, glucometer, secretion suction device, scalpel blades, dropper, splints and compress bags, among others.

Some also have compartments for blankets and blankets, disposable cups, plastic bags and notepads. Their accessories also vary according to the places and situations in which they are used.

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