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The first-aid kit
The first-aid kit

As a precaution, you should always have on hand a first aid kit. This kit must contain the supplies you need to treat a variety of injuries.

Basic supplies in a first-aid kit
Evaluating your needs
Checking your first-aid kit
Getting a first-aid kit
First-aid courses

Basic supplies in a first-aid kit

Your kit should contain the following products:

  • Sterile adhesive bandages in various sizes
  • Sterile gauze rolls and pads
  • Elastic bandages
  • Sterile pads
  • Fabric adhesive tape
  • Absorbent cotton pads
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Antiseptic towelettes
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Peroxide
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Safety pins
  • Sterile dressings
  • Hot-water bottle
  • Thermometer
  • Sterile latex gloves
  • Dry-ice bag
  • Over-the-counter medications (analgesics, antacids, laxative, anti-diarrhea and anti-nausea medications)

Evaluating your needs

Using the above list of recommended products, take the time to evaluate your own needs based on how you plan on using your first-aid kit. Its contents will vary accordingly – whether for travel, in the car, when biking or camping.
The first-aid kit can also include specific medications for a family member. For instance, if someone in your family suffers from serious allergies, an adrenaline injection (EpiPenTM) will be required.
The content of the kit may also be adapted to the season. In the summer, for example, it can contain insect repellent, sunscreen and antihistamines. In addition, you can add a hand disinfectant, flashlight, gloves, a mask, etc. for the kit you keep in the car. 

Checking your first-aid kit

As is the case with your medicine cabinet, you should check your first-aid kit on a regular basis to make sure that the products it contains have not expired. All expired medications need to be returned to the pharmacy, where they will be disposed of appropriately.

Getting a first-aid kit

You can put together your own first-aid kit or simply purchase a pre-assembled one at Uniprix. These generally contain the same basic supplies, but the more compact kits provide a smaller selection of products and fewer samples.
The Option+ first-aid kit available at Uniprix is perfect for the car, at home or when camping. Ask your pharmacist if this kit is right for you!

First-aid courses

We also recommend you enhance your knowledge of emergency care by taking part in a first- aid course.
During an emergency, it is important to remain calm and know  how to respond to help the victim.

In Québec, recognized organizations such as Saint John’s Ambulance, the Red Cross and the Heart and Stroke Foundation offer first-aid and CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) courses.

If you have any questions about what should go into a first-aid kit or what to do in an emergency, talk to your pharmacist.