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4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for Any Office Setting, January 25, 2012
This review is from: PhysiciansCare Office First Aid Kit For 25 People, Contains 131 Pieces (Health and Beauty)
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First, let me state that I'm a bit confused why so many reviewers here did not like this product. As you skim through my review, I want to clarify why I'm recommending this (or a product like it):

1. In my experience, most office-related first aid kits tend to collect dust, thus the flimsy handle and plastic clips are really not an issue; this is not the type of kit one would get to stand up to daily or even weekly usage. This is designed to sit on a shelf in case you ever need it.

2. Because most such office related kits quietly sit on a shelf just waiting and waiting, inevitably when they are pulled out, components within have long passed their expiration date; this kit has 2 ways around that: the expiration date (and lot #) are clearly labeled on the side AND you can register your product to receive updates (including notification that the expiration date is approaching) - this is something any EHS professional will be happy seeing.

So, that being said, here are the specifics:

* The overall kit comes in a shrink-wrapped box with an expiration date approximately 2 1/2 years away (mine was April 2014)
* On the back is a list of kit contents with enough space to write down any additions you make (this list is on a loose sheet of paper so that you can easily put it inside the plastic box, perhaps even taping it to the inside of the front lid?)
* As noted, the white plastic box has plastic hinges, clips and a handle that are not made to stand up to heavy usage (I do not think this kit will work in a light industrial setting; any office or cube farm is fine)
* Inside is a skimmable brochure listing out basic 1st aid techniques for common issues you might run into in an office: giving CPR, giving the Heimlich, cleaning a wound, etc.
* All the various components (gloves, etc.) are individually wrapped - as an example, this means you don't need to take out all 10 gloves when you only need 1
* There is a mix of products inside and all of mine matched the descriptions/counts perfectly
* Separate products that require their own lot #s (gauze pads, antiseptic gel, etc.) are labeled with their own lot #'s

Four points that actually kept me from giving this 5 stars:
- The tweezers are plastic (again, though, given that this won't get heavy usage, shouldn't be a problem) HOWEVER, they are really flimsy feeling, so I can't imagine trying to pull out a splinter with these.... Consider replacing on your own with a drugstore metal set (thus -1/4 of a star)
- The first aid tape is not very wide - I can't imagine using this other than to hold a gauze pad on temporarily until professional healthcare is obtained (thus -1/4 of a star)
- The metal scissors are roughly child-sized (that's not bad per se, but I can see folks inevitably tossing them and just using desk scissors) (thus -1/4 of a star)
- Calling this a "25-person" kit is more than a bit misleading with ONE EXCEPTION ... you plan on it sitting collecting dust (see note above) in your office of 25 people or less (thus -1/4 of a star)

In summary, I think this is a worthy type of basic office first kit to consider.
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Initial post: Jan 26, 2012 11:08:20 AM PST
Ive worked in an office for 10 years, and we drain first aid kits monthly...because your office isnt hands on ...doesnt mean that others arent. and this kit wouldnt last one week...:)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2012 6:47:28 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 26, 2012 7:03:39 PM PST
J. Avellanet says:
Honestly, if you do go through kits that quickly, then this kit as it comes shrink-wrapped is probably not for you.

Ultimately, though, for anyone who has this kit - or really, any other kits - you have to think of these as a "starter" that you then supplement with specific items relevant to the most common/frequent types of injuries in your office. I've worked with a lot of EH&S folks and EMTs over the past 20 years and not once heard, "Here's the one kit that's perfect." Just pick one that's decent on the market that has something like 80% of what you need, and then supplement it with what else you need based on your experiences and usage.

So in that context, it comes down to a "Is this kit's 'good enough,' good enough for us?" type of question. The market this kit is trying to hit - offices with under 25 people - is incredibly broad, from a basic white collar, starched shirt environment to an office at an auto-body shop or a dentist. So, think of this kit as a "starter kit" that you then tailor to your office's needs. But as a stand alone, as I tried to make clear with my 1/4 start detractions, it still needs some work. And clearly for your office situation, the way you plow through first aid kits, you'll end up doing a lot more tailoring than just 20%.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 27, 2012 8:54:16 AM PST
its marketed for offices, and i work in a typical one. so my review and comment stand.
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