Health Beat 9-1-2006

Inside the First-Aid Kit

First-aid kitWhether 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 (; $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.