It is better safe than sorry – this is a common catch phrase that applies to almost any type of situation, not excluding medical emergencies.
Medical emergencies always come like a thief in the night: they always come unannounced and almost unnoticed. This is why it is extremely important to always be ready for all types of medical situations. This means knowing how to adapt and to act on medical emergencies. In a crucial and apparent medical situation, sometimes the difference between life and death is your preparedness.
You don’t have to be a graduate of UCAT (UKCAT) courses to know that any household should know how to react to medical situations in order to prevent major health complications and even death.
You don’t need to be a registered nurse or a licensed physician or healthcare professional to know how to react to medical emergencies. If you know how to apply first-aid treatment and how to properly assess the situation, you can already save the life of your loved one.
Medical Equipment and Supplies Household Should Have
One good way to make your household medical emergency-ready is to store and keep essential medical supplies. These supplies will serve as your first line of defense on pressing and apparent medical situations, from simple burns and cuts to major symptoms.
Below are some of the most common and essential medical supplies healthcare professionals suggest every household should have.
- Alcohol wipes
- Antibiotic ointments
- Cold or ice packs
- Dressing rolls
- Electrolyte tablets
- Essential vitamins and supplements
- Eye flushing solution
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Hypodermic needles
- Medicines for simple colds and flu
- Pain reliever for adults
- Pain reliever for children
- Skin irritation creams or ointments
- Sterile gauze
- Wound dressing bandages
Properly Storing Medical Equipment and Supplies
Proper storage of medical equipment and supplies is essential in order to preserve their effectiveness. Spoiled or compromised supplies will not do any good to the patient rather even put him or her in harm’s way.
Hence, it is extremely important that you mind the way you store these supplies. In order to ensure that your supplies are effective and still safe to use, consider doing these steps:
Check medicines’ expiration date – Your first-aid kit should never contain expired medicines. Take note of your supplies’ expiration dates to be sure that all of the medicines are safe to take.
If you are buying medicines to replenish your supplies, make sure to only buy ones that will not expire anytime soon. It is also suggested to note the expiration dates so you will know when you have to replenish your supplies.
Look for signs of expiration – As recommended by UCAT (UKCAT) courses professors, knowing the expiration dates of your supplies may not be a fool-proof way to ensure all of them are safe, which is why it is also good to know the signs of medicine expiration.
If the tablets in your medicine kit have broken down, chipped, or discoloured, you would want to discard them and buy new ones as most likely they are already expired. The creams and ointments in your first-aid kit should not be discoloured or have changed in texture, if otherwise, they are expired.
Check your kit on a monthly basis – Routinely check your medical supplies kit to check if the medicines and equipment in it are still safe to consume and are not yet expired. You may do a monthly check on your kit to know if there are pieces that need to be discarded and replaced. The rule of thumb is to make your kit one-hundred percent ready for a medical emergency.
Your home medical supplies are essential in keeping your household safe and prepared for almost any type of medical emergency. If you are yet to keep a medical equipment and supplies kit, you may want to consult with your local healthcare provider for guidance and expert advice.