First aid kit

A properly equipped first aid kit and training can save lives. Having a first aid kit packed with your other emergency items is an essential part of disaster preparedness. Include a first aid manual. And, if you are able to, do a first aid course.

You can purchase first aid kits from many retail outlets. The Queensland Ambulance Service recommends the following items for a first aid kit in the home:

  • 1 packet of plastic strips
  • 1 roll of non-allergenic tape
  • 2 sterile eye pads
  • 4 triangular bandages
  • 1 conforming gauze bandage (10 cm)
  • 1 conforming gauze bandage (7.5 cm)
  • 1 conforming gauze bandage (5 cm)
  • 1 hospital crepe bandage (10 cm)
  • 1 sterile combine dressing (9 x 10 cm)
  • 1 sterile combine dressing (20 x 20 cm)
  • 1 medium wound dressing (#14)
  • 2 non-adhesive dressings (5 x 7.5 cm)
  • 1 non-adhesive dressing (10 x 7.5 cm)
  • 1 pair stainless steel scissors (sharp/blunt)
  • 2 square gauze swabs
  • 1 pair forceps
  • 1 pack (10) latex gloves
  • 1 resuscitation mask
  • 2 bottles eye irrigation (15 mL)
  • 1 bottle antiseptic cream (50 g)
  • 1 wound closure steri-strip
  • 1 stainless steel splinter remover
  • 1 bottle antiseptic solution (30 mL)
  • 5 alcohol swabs
  • 1 first aid hints booklet


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Where can I get first aid training from?

A: There are several commercial and not-for-profit organisations which provide first aid training. Queensland Ambulance Service offers introductory cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid courses. Find out more from the Queensland Ambulance Service website.

St John Ambulance Queensland has courses for individuals and workplaces. Find out more on the St John Ambulance website.

If you are near the coast, Surf Life Saving Queensland also offers CPR training. More information is available at Surf Life Saving Queensland online. There may be other organisations in your area as well. Check with your local council.


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