Car first aid kit in 2021

A car first aid kit is one of the most essential elements for all drivers, because an accident can happen on the road with victims who need help.

In 2010, the composition of a car first aid kit was approved, and its contents have not changed for ten years. On October 8, 2020, the Ministry of Health issued an order, which approved new requirements for the composition of car first-aid kits. They entered into force on January 1, 2021.

We will tell you what should be in a useful suitcase in 2021, what a fine is imposed on for the lack of a first-aid kit, the necessary medical devices in it, or for the expired shelf life.

Composition of an automotive first aid kit in 2021

From January 1, 2021, drivers must purchase a new type of first aid kit. The specialists of the Ministry of Health finally decided to work on the composition of the suitcase and found a bunch of meaningless things inside. For example, six types of bandages and many individually wrapped adhesive plasters – the effectiveness of such a set is questionable.

But they are not forced to throw away and shake up the first-aid kits purchased in 2020 and earlier. All kits purchased before January 1, 2021 can be used until they expire. The kit must be replaced no later than December 31, 2024.

Here is the composition of the 2021 Automotive First Aid Kit:

  • Two non-sterile disposable medical masks.
  • Two pairs of medical non-sterile disposable gloves of at least size M.
  • Two packs of sterile gauze napkins measuring at least 16 by 14 cm (size No. 10).
  • One hemostatic tourniquet.
  • One device for artificial respiration “Mouth-Device-Mouth”.
  • Four gauze bandages measuring at least 5 mx 10 cm.
  • Three gauze bandages measuring at least 7 mx 14 cm.
  • One fixing roll-on adhesive plaster at least 2 x 500 cm in size.
  • Some scissors.
  • First aid instruction.

What should not be in the first aid kit

Previously, in a car first-aid kit, it was necessary to carry heart, painkillers, disinfectants, diarrhea, allergy drugs, etc. But now, in accordance with the procedure established by law, the driver does not need to take any pills, ammonia or other medications with him. But this does not mean that you, on your own initiative, cannot supplement the first-aid kit with drugs that may be useful on the road. What medicines to put in addition to the first-aid kit is up to you. There are no restrictions, the main thing is that in addition to the medicines you want, the first-aid kit contains the mandatory medical items listed above.

According to the law of the Russian Federation, any non-prohibited drugs can be included in a medical travel case… You can put anything in there, including pain relievers, because headaches or toothaches can seriously distract from driving and reduce attention.

If you have a headache, Ibuprofen or Pentalgin will help you out. They are often found in a car medicine cabinet because they are fast-acting. For toothache, Ketanov is an effective remedy.

SARS or flu can be taken by surprise even on the way home from work, and then you can take an antipyretic right in a traffic jam, for a quick action put medicines containing paracetamol or ibuprofen there.

“Rennie”, “Almagel”, “Gastal” and “Fosfalugel” help with heartburn. Emergency assistance for diarrhea on the road will be provided by Imodium, Smecta and Enterol.

For burns, you need to put a spray or ointment “Panthenol” in the medicine cabinet. In the summertime, the suitcase can be refilled with insect bite sprays, ointments and gels that treat the effects of mosquitoes, bees, bedbugs, wasps, beetles and midges attacks, including reducing allergic reactions.

It will not be superfluous to put in the first aid kit disinfectants for treating wounds, which will come in handy even with a small cut at a picnic. Of course, the medical bag should contain medications necessary for chronic diseases of the car owner and his frequent passengers.

Shelf life

The expiration date of the first aid kit is always indicated on its packaging. Bandages and bandages can serve for many years, but plasters and tourniquets are allowed to be used only for 5-6 years.

Due to the fact that drugs are no longer present in the medicine cabinet, its shelf life has increased significantly and is now 4.5 years. Another six months is allocated to the driver to replace it.

The composition of the automotive first aid kit from 2010 to 2020
The main emphasis in compiling the list was placed on hemostatic agents. Often people die from blood loss before the ambulance arrives. It is for this that the first-aid kit contains a rather large list of various sizes of sterile and non-sterile bandages, adhesive plasters, tourniquets and other means.

A complete list of what should have been in a car first aid kit:

  • One hemostatic tourniquet;
  • Two five-centimeter wide non-sterile gauze bandages 5 m long;
  • Two ten-centimeter wide non-sterile gauze bandages 5 m long;
  • One 14 cm non-sterile gauze bandage 7 m long;
  • Two 7 cm wide sterile gauze bandages 5 m long;
  • Two ten-centimeter wide sterile gauze bandages 5 m long;
  • One sterile fourteen centimeter gauze bandage, 7 m long;
  • One sterile dressing bag; One package of sterile medical gauze wipes;
  • Bactericidal adhesive plaster 4 × 10 cm – 2 pieces, as well as 1.9 × 7.2 cm – 10 pieces;
  • One roll adhesive plaster 1 × 250 cm;
  • “Mouth-Device-Mouth” – means for cardiopulmonary resuscitation;
  • Scissors;
  • One pair of medical gloves;
  • Case;
  • Recommendations for the use of the first aid kit.


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