World First Aid Day: Be a prepared Doctor!
Having a well-stocked first-aid box can help you prepare for common injuries and emergencies. It can also aid in responding to a medical crisis efficiently. Maintaining a first aid kit in your vehicle is vital to deal with emergency situations when outdoors, this will help avoid further damage until help arrives. You can help motorists who may suffer a bruise, bite, cut or other self-treatable injuries while travelling, this is when the first aid kit will help. World First Aid Day, marked on the second Saturday in September every year, raises awareness of how first aid can save lives.

So, on the occasion of World First Aid Day, Dr Sandeep Gore, HOD-Emergency Medicine, Fortis Hospital, Mulund, suggests a checklist for the outdoors.

First aid items you should keep in your car:
-Band-Aids, gauze pads and rolls
-Antiseptic ointment
-Ice pack & heating pad
-Pain-relieving spray
-Cream to treat burns
-Splint kit
-Insect repellants
-Cotton balls & wipes
-scissors & tweezers
-Hand sanitizer
-Saline solution for cleaning injuries
-Essential items to help tackle serious wounds

These are the items that you may need to use during severe medical emergencies like cardiac arrest, choking, drowning or car accidents. Here are some items that you may stock:
-Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) mask for mouth-to-mouth revival
-An EpiPen for extreme allergic reactions

Additional essentials
-One may consider carrying other essential items such as anti-nausea medicine, it is also essential to carry copies of prescriptions for serious illnesses such as asthma, etc.

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