Owning a bus fleet comes with a great deal of responsibility and not just the financial side of the business. Your bus driver needs to be prepared for every possibility, and that includes injury or illness of passengers on board. The only way to be ready at all times is to keep a comprehensive first aid kit on each bus. While some items in your first aid kit may seem above and beyond what you think you need, remember anything can happen at any given moment. Your driver will be so glad the proper tools are available if the unthinkable should happen.
Cuts and Abrasions
If one of your passengers sustains a cut or abrasion during the ride for any reason, you’ll need to have bandages at the ready. Prepare your first aid kit with Band-Aids of all sizes, gauze, tape, and elastic bandages so injuries of any size can be handled at a moment’s notice.
Antibiotic Ointment and First Aid Cream
Slapping a Band-Aid on the problem isn’t the answer. You’ll need antibiotics and creams to keep the cuts and abrasions clean and free of germs so small problems don’t become huge problems with infection.
Muscular and Joint Problems
If someone sprains a muscle or experiences joint problems, a sling would be quite helpful. These are perfect for passengers who don’t require an emergency hospital trip, as you can imagine. For worse injuries, an ambulance ride is necessary.
No one wants to imagine the worst, but that’s the only way we can prepare. A trauma pad will help keep bleeding under control until medical professionals can arrive.
Heart problems are always a possibility during any long journey. A defibrillator—and a bus driver who knows how to use it—is necessary on every bus. Be sure adequate training comes along with this first aid staple.
Though very necessary, these scissors should be kept out of the reach of small children. You can’t go without them, or you may not be able to make use of the bandages and tape in your first aid kit. Scissors can also come in handy in many other dangerous situations, too. Don’t forget them.
CPR Face Shield
Again, your driver will need the CPR training necessary to help any passenger in distress. The CPR shield will protect both the driver and the passenger from potential illness when first aid is administered.
Don’t forego the gloves, ever. Your drivers have no way of knowing what condition any passenger is in, and those gloves will protect from unseen illness. The latex-free part means those with allergies won’t suffer further from a reaction.
Whether in gel or wipe form, you must keep antibacterial solutions on board. This will help your driver ensure any injuries are kept as germ-free as possible. The wipes or gel can also be used after first aid is given to ward off any transfer of illness.
This kit is non-negotiable. If you want to provide the very best service for your passengers and maintain a safe work environment for your drivers, make sure all the tools are in place. Train anyone who may be onboard the buses to use the first aid kits in an emergency, and put policies and procedures in place so everyone knows the proper steps in the event of an emergency. Your attention to detail in this area may someday save your business.