Many diseases and medical conditions are easier to treat if given immediate first aid. Often, first aid is vital to various side effects people may experience (for instance, peptic ulcers). Moreover, there are disorders that call for immediate interventions, such as hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia.
There are times when you just have to take the ill person to the hospital, but for situations you can manage on your own, these basic medical supplies can be very helpful:
First Aid Kit
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A medical kit is almost useless if it is not well-stocked and portable. This small kit can be a big help in life-threatening situations – for example, it can prevent a person from bleeding to death. Just remember to always keep everything in this kit sterile, or it could only add to the dangers already at hand.
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Blood Pressure Kit
If ignored, high blood pressure can bring a lot of complications, like stroke, heart disease, etc. Early detection is hence critical. Every home should have a BP kit, even if no household member is known to have hypertension.
Some of the most important medical supplies you may need for the family are pain relievers or analgesics, such as NSAIDs, paracetamol, and the like. Such medicines may not strictly work against pain however. Tylenol is known to prevent a heart attack when given in a doctor-prescribed dose.
It is common knowledge how big an effect hygiene has on our health. That means it is a must that surfaces in your home are disinfected daily. Aside from surfaces, cuts and wounds also benefit for disinfectants like sanitizers and alcohol.
Medicated Rubs and Creams
Medical creams and rubs are helpful in two common conditions – rashes, and muscle and joint pain. Some of these products can be bought without a prescription, but for stronger solutions, you may just need one.
If someone in your home has a vulnerable immune system, such as an aging parent or a child, a digital thermometer is a must. This can be extremely helpful in the early detection and prevention of an illness, especially in people who don’t show any outward signs of a fever.
Gloves, Masks and Aprons
There are gloves that are disposable and not. If there’s an accident involving feces, blood or any other body fluids, gloves will keep you and the entire household safe from direct contact. Certainly, disposable gloves are better for this purpose as you only have to throw them in the garbage once you’re done.
As to medical masks, you can expect safe and complete protection against airborne particles, especially around people who have contagious respiratory diseases like tuberculosis. Aprons can be used to get the same protection for the whole body. And just like with the gloves, disposable is better.
We don’t want any medical emergencies at home, but it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t prepare for them. Stockign on the above-mentioned medical supplies can be a great way to get started.