Whether it’s a severe paper cut or a
broken limb, accidents happen at meetings, and planners should be
ready. To find out what should be in the on-site first-aid kit,
M&C went to the source, the Washington, D.C-based
American Red Cross.
Pier Blake, senior associate for events
and conferences, brings along a personal Red Cross first-aid kit
(www.redcrossstore.org; $6.95), which comes with a
compress, adhesive bandages, cloth tape, antibiotic ointment,
antiseptic wipes, aspirin, latex-free gloves, scissors, three-inch
roller bandages, gauze pads and a first-aid instruction card. Used
most often is the Band-Aid. “Someone will cut themselves when
packing boxes, or we get box-cutter cuts,” says Blake. “As we run
out, we just restock.”
Many of Blake’s events take place at
the Washington Convention Center, where attendee mishaps are
handled at the facility’s first-aid station.
Also available online is the
emergency-preparedness kit, a backpack with a flashlight, a
blanket, a roll of duct tape, a first-aid kit and much more.