First Aid

At Metro West Ambulance, we know firsthand that emergencies can happen anywhere at any time! When it comes to being prepared for emergencies, our medical kits and equipment are very important to us. For you, having a first aid kit can be a very important part of being prepared at home or on the road.

We know that there are an overwhelming number of options of first aid kits out there to purchase, ranging from kits with just the basics (like bandages and gauze) to more advanced options that first responders might carry. First aid kits come in all sizes and can be customized for your exact needs. They can be small enough to be kept in your vehicle’s glove compartment; waterproofed for outdoor excursions or for use in areas prone to flooding; ultra light and watertight for hiking, backpacking or other adventures where space is limited or large enough to ensure your ready to care for your family, friends and neighbors should a disaster strike.

A word of advice

Keep your kits stored out of reach of small children and for children old enough to understand what first kits are used for-make sure they know where they are located.

What goes in the kit?

For your convenience, here’s a quick list of items you may want in your first aid kit.

  Breathing Barrier with one way valve
  Adhesive tape
  Elastic wrap bandages
  Bandage strips and “butterfly” bandages in assorted sizes
  Nonstick sterile bandages and roller gauze in assorted sizes
  Large triangular bandage (may be used as a sling)
  Instant cold packs
  Tourniquet
  Disposable nonlatex examination gloves, several pairs
  Scissors and tweezers
  Hand sanitizer
  Antibiotic ointment
  Antiseptic solution and towelettes
  Thermometer
  Bulb suction device for clearing nasal or oral secretions or flushing wounds
  First-aid manual

Don’t forget to add items that you might need due to specific health concerns or needs such as an Epi pen for a family member with severe allergies or pain relievers such as Acetominophen (adult and children).

For great information on purchasing various first aid kits or how you can make your own first aid kit, may we recommend going to https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/anatomy-of-a-first-aid-kit.html.

Road Ready

snow

Emergency preparedness covers many areas and includes making sure you are ready for various weather conditions from extreme heat to icy cold. Did you know that on average, there are over 5,748,000 vehicle crashes each year in our country with approximately 22% of these crashes—nearly 1,259,000—being weather-related? When you hear that, many of you may think of snow and sleet but the vast majority of most weather-related crashes happen on wet pavement and during rainfall. Something that is all too common in our region.

Metro West Ambulance would like to remind you of some steps you can take to help keep you safe when it comes to severe weather.

  1. If weather becomes severe and you don’t have to be on the road, don’t be! Some weather conditions are just too hazardous to be out in.
  2. Carry tire chains if you’re in areas that require them or if weather conditions dictate their use. Practice putting them on-we do! Check them to ensure they’re ready when needed.
  3. Carry safety reflector triangles to put out behind your vehicle to help alert other drivers if you break down or are involved in an accident. If you use flares, ensure there are no fuel leaks prior to putting them down. Turn your emergency flashers on.
  4. Carry a spare tire and ensure it’s in good working condition. If you have to change a flat tire, consider wearing a bright neon safety vest to increase visibility. They really work well-our EMTs and Paramedics wear them at every motor vehicle crash or any scene that is on a roadway. One last tip-make certain you can change it safely without being close to traffic. We don’t want you injured!
  5. Keep a supply of water, food and other items in your vehicle in case you become stranded. Include emergency supplies, a first aid kit, blankets and jumper cables!

Now is the time to start preparing for adverse fall and winter weather conditions and ensure that your vehicle is road ready!