5 dangerous emergency vehicle first aid kit mistakes you shouldn’t make

While some people work in office buildings, others work through vehicles. Delivery guys, food truck companies, and bus drivers are a few common examples from many. According to the Safe Work Australia ‘WHS act’, all employees are entitled to official first aid kits for cars so that all medical emergencies are immediately catered to.

Whereas first aid kits are highly beneficial, the truth is, a single mistake or fault can actually worsen the situation and sometimes things can get out of hand. From treating everyday wounds to treating a minor heart attack, every so often the person in charge can guess wrongly and aggravate the situation at hand.

In order to eliminate the chances of faultiness, here are a few important pointers you should keep in mind at all times.

Bleeding Nose: Lying Back Immediately

Sudden bleeding nose is curable, nonetheless, inevitable! It can get difficult for a person who is driving around to simultaneously drive around and treat a bleeding nose. While he might believe that leaning back and looking at the roof of the car will help stop the bleeding, the truth is, this is a common mistake.

Tilting your head backward and holding the nostrils tightly can actually worsen the situation since the blood flowing down the trachea can either worsen the breathing or cause the person to swallow the blood; activating vomiting or nausea.

How to: Instead, all you need to do is keep your head facing downwards and slightly apply pressure on the bridge of the nose. Neither will the airway block nor will you suffer the symptoms of nausea. 

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Treating a Bleeding Limb

We often see it in the movies that the application of tourniquet can help stop the bleeding. However, the truth is that this is just a myth. In reality, a tourniquet can cut off the blood supply to an extent that the person injured may lose his/her limb.

How to: Simply apply a few sterilized, clean gauzes or cotton wool pads on the wound and apply slight pressure to help stop the bleeding.

Treating Minor Cuts

All first aid kits for cars include bandages but that does not mean that you should apply a bandage to a cut right away. It is necessary for minor cuts to heal when in contact with air.

How to: Instead of applying a fast-acting ointment on the cut and covering it with a bandage, it is better to clean it with an antiseptic and let it stay open so that it heals quickly.

Bleeding Wounds

Severe bleeding wounds are not common but in case you or your partner get one, act immediately and try to stop the bleeding. What most people do is apply an antiseptic and cover it with gauzes. The much more common mistake is when people cover the bleeding wound with a gauze but are compelled to change the gauze because it has soaked in blood.

By taking off the gauze, not only are you allowing the blood to flow freely again but are also allowing the bacteria in the air to come in contact with the wound.

How to: We suggest you simply add another gauze to the same wound instead of replacing it with a fresh one. This way, not only will the wound stay covered through layers but with added pressure, the bleeding should stop easily.

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Maintaining the Kits

We all use first aid kits but never replace the missing items. This is a common dangerous mistake.

How to: Make a list of the missing items as soon as you have controlled the emergency situation and replace them immediately.

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