A few years back I received a great idea from a prolific EFR Instructor – create a branded first aid kit. Encourage students to buy at least one kit for their vehicle, and maybe an extra for their home or camping supplies. Label the container so your contact information is visible from the outside and your students will be reminded of their EFR Instructor every time they open their trunk / go camping, etc.
In a nutshell, here’s how you could put a branded first aid kit together:
Choose a container (dry box, large waterbottle, etc), buy first aid supplies in bulk (see suggested contents below). Include an EFR Care at A Glance card* so – in the heat of the moment – your student will have a quick-reference card to remind them of important steps. Affix your contact info to the outside, or, if you have an opaque container, slide your info on the inside facing out – this will protect it from water damage.
* Part no. 50037
Pasted below is a list of suggested items for your EFR First Aid Kits.
EFR Care at a Glance Card
A decal or business card with your contact information
Bleeding control supplies
Gauze pads in various sizes
Wound cleaning materials
Antiseptic wipes or solution
Additional wound care materials
Medical tape to secure bandages,
Shears to remove bandages
A “tincture” of benzoin (adheres bandages to wet skin)
Musculoskeletal injury supplies
Elastic bandages (such as ACE™ bandages)
Safety pins and cord.
Cold packs and heat packs (to manage swelling / pain)
* Determine if administering medications is within your scope of practice and/or legal in your area. If you are allowed to administer medications, make sure you ask the patient if they have any allergies.