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 92 Pitt St
Sydney NSW 2000
ph: (02) 9221 0091
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:: First Aid @ Home

Injuries & Wounds - First Aid @ Home
  Injuries & Wounds
  First Aid @ Home

First aid provides the initial and immediate attention to a person suffering an injury or illness. In extreme cases, a quick first aid response could mean the difference between life and death. In many cases, first aid can reduce the severity of the injury or illness. A quick and professional first aid response also calms the injured person, reducing unnecessary stress and anxiety.

It is important that you are able to carry out some basic first aid at home for common events.  However, this information does not replace a first aid course through St John Ambulance.

St John Ambulance recommends using their DRABC Action Plan:

D - Danger - Check for Danger - to you, others and the casualty
R - Response - Check Response - is the person conscious?
A - Airway - Check Airway - is the person's airway clear of objects?  Is the person's airway open?
B - Breathing - Check for Breathing - Is the chest rising and falling?  Can you hear the person's breathing?  Can you feel their breath on your cheek?
C - Circulation - Check for Circulation - can you feel a pulse?  Can you see any obvious signs of life?

To learn how to do the above steps, and give first aid in general, do a first aid course with an approved organisation.

If it is an emergency, call 000 on a landline or 112 on the GSM network worldwide.

First Aid Situations:

Below are a list of common injuries at home:


First Aid Kit @ Home:

Below is a list of equipment found in a basic first aid kit:

  • Sterilised cotton gauze swabs to clean wounds
  • Assorted sterile adhesive dressing strips
  • Stretch roller bandage
  • Triangular bandage
  • Rust-resistant scissors
  • Sfety pins or clips
  • Rust-resistant tweezers
  • Isopropyl alcohol swabs
  • String neutraliser
  • Sterile saline solution
  • Cold pack or ice pack (hot/cold pack)
  • Pain reliever, eg, paracetamol
  • Antiseptic swabs and liquid


Further Information:


Ask Your Pharmacist about:

  • advice on making a first aid kit for home

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