When you think about first aid, the Red Cross and Band-aids immediately come to mind. The vintage ads (above) certainly convey the message of comfort and relief that first aid provides.
The earliest Band-Aids date back to the 1920s. Earle Dickson, a cotton buyer for Johnson & Johnson, created the first band-aid to rescue his wife’s fingers from cuts and scrapes in the kitchen. Band-Aids evolved to include sticky tape and sterile gauze to protect open wounds and stay in place.
Your FSA and First Aid
First aid products are 100% covered under a Flexible Spending Account. FSA eligible first aid items include band-aids, liquid bandages, tape, sterile gauze, first aid kits (compact for travel as well) and more. FSAstore.com carries a wide selection for the entire family. Our FSA eligible children’s first aid section includes many colorful Disney-theme Band-Aids, cool packs for boo-boos, and kid-friendly thermometers.
It’s not a bad idea to carry a few Band-Aids with you. Cuts and scrapes happen anywhere and anytime. If you have kids, a fun band-aid with their favorite cartoons can make a big difference in forgetting about minor pain.
Before applying a band-aid, it’s important to take appropriate care of the wound.
1. Clean any wound with mild soap and water to flush out dirt.
2. Apply Neosporin (it’s FSA eligible with a prescription!) or an antibiotic to reduce the chance of infection and appearance of scars, and speed up healing.
3. Cover up the affected area with a Band-aid to make sure it’s not exposed to dirt or germs.