It is important to have a first-aid kit on hand for any athletic event or outing. Accidents and injuries can occur at any time, but especially during competition. First aid kits have become far more advanced than the original first-aid cabinets developed by Robert Wood Johnson back in 1888. However, the basic principle of first aid hasn’t changed all that much. By administering treatment and providing care as quickly as possible following an accident or injury, patients can have a much quicker and more successful recovery. It is important to maintain and stock all first-aid kits in Canada so you are prepared when an injury occurs.

Team Responsibilities

It is important that coaches and other team organizers have the following things updated regularly:

  • Play Injury Log
  • Fully Stocked First-Aid Kit
  • Accurate Medical Information on All Players

What to Keep in Mind When Treating a Player

  • Take Control and Assess the Situation
  • Instruct Player to Remain Still
  • Instruct Bystanders to Stand Back
  • Leave all Player Equipment in Place
  • Evaluate the Injury
  • Determine if EMS services are Required

Key Things to Consider

First-aid kits in Canada always need to be at every team activity. This means practices, training, scrimmages, and games. There also needs to be an emergency action plan in place that every team member and parent knows and understands. It is important to practice the action plan so everyone is aware of what is expected. 

First-Aid Kits Contents

The contents of all first aid kits should be continually updated and restocked. Accidents can occur anywhere. The very nature of the word “accident” suggests they are entirely random. This is why it is so important to be prepared for when one occurs. 

The list below shows First-Aid Supplies in Canada for a first-aid kit:

  • Emergency phone numbers for poison control, personal doctors, EMS services
  • Home and office phone numbers for family members, friends, or neighbors who should be notified in an emergency
  • Sterile gauze pads in both small and large sizes to place over wounds
  • Adhesive tape
  • Roll bandages and triangular bandages used to hold dressings in place or to make an arm sling
  • Adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Safety pins
  • Instant ice packs
  • Disposable non-latex gloves
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Pencil and pad
  • Emergency blanket
  • Eye patches
  • Accurate Thermometer
  • Barrier devices such as pocket mask or face shield
  • Updated First-aid manual

It is important to have a fully stocked first-aid kid on-hand at hockey games. For over thirty years, Sands Canada has provided the best first-aid kit supplies. Reach out to us today to find out more.