The idea of having a First Aid Station was not at the forefront of my thinking when I began assembling a woodworking shop. However, when I stumbled upon some good information over at the Wood Whisper regarding this I quickly realized the extreme importance of it and created what I hope & feel is a good mix of what should prove to be beneficial in the wood shop if and/or when it may be needed.
The basket sits at about eye level with the telephone right underneath and a first aid chart to the right with a list of what to do in each type of aid situation along with telephone #’s of next-door neighbor, local friends to call, and family contact that can been taken with to the ER. Here is what’s in the basket:
I purposely broke the items up into two boxes and clearly labeled them (cuts & lacerations and eyes & amputations) to make it easier to find what you need during this critical time. The cuts & lacerations box contains sterile gloves & neosporin; knuckle, strip, and patch bandages for small cuts; and scissors & large rolls of gauze, waterproof tape, and quick clot to stop bleeding for large cuts:
The eyes & amputation box contains a bottle of eye wash; a roll of self-sticking gauze & a large gauze bandage roll; a tourniquet; and a instant cold compress with a zip-lock bag to put the digit in:
And of course a good pair of tweezers (these are Tweezerman):
I hope I never have to use any of this stuff ever but this is $100 that I had no trouble spending.
-- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."