How to Create a First Aid Kit for your Facility

Creating a first aid kit for lifeguards involves assembling essential supplies to address common injuries and emergencies encountered in aquatic environments. It’s crucial to adhere to local regulations as they may specify specific requirements for lifeguard first aid kits. Here’s a general guideline:

  1. Waterproof Container: Choose a durable, waterproof container to hold all the first aid supplies. This ensures that the contents remain dry and accessible during emergencies.
  2. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):
    • Disposable gloves
    • CPR mask with one-way valve
  3. Wound Care:
    • Sterile gauze pads of various sizes
    • Adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
    • Sterile adhesive tape
    • Antiseptic wipes or solution for wound cleaning
    • Hydrogel or burn gel for minor burns
    • Sterile saline solution for irrigation
  4. Medications:
    • Aspirin or other pain relievers (check local regulations)
    • Antihistamines for allergic reactions
    • EpiPen (if permitted and necessary)
  5. Trauma Supplies:
    • Trauma shears
    • Triangular bandages for splinting or slings
    • Roller bandages for compression
    • Splinting materials (e.g., SAM splints)
    • Instant cold packs for sprains or strains
  6. Rescue Equipment:
    • Whistle for signaling
    • Lifeguard rescue tube or buoy
    • Backboard (if required by regulations)
    • AED (Automated External Defibrillator) if required and available
  7. Documentation:
    • First aid manual or guidebook
    • Incident report forms as per local regulations
    • Contact information for emergency services and medical facilities
  8. Water Safety Equipment:
    • Lifeguard fanny pack or belt pouch for easy access to essentials
    • Floatation devices (depending on the setting)
    • Reaching pole or rescue hook
  9. Sun Protection:
    • Sunscreen with a high SPF
    • Lip balm with SPF
  10. Hydration and Nutrition:
    • Bottled water or hydration packs
    • High-energy snacks (e.g., granola bars)

Ensure that all items are regularly checked and replenished, and that lifeguards are trained in first aid procedures. Additionally, consult with local authorities or regulatory bodies to ensure compliance with any specific regulations governing lifeguard first aid kits in your area.