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Basic Medical Supplies Every Home Should Have

When first aid is immediately provided, a lot of diseases can be treated more easily. In most cases, first aid is critical to a variety of side effects, such as peptic ulcers, that people deal with. Moreover, there are disorders that call for immediate interventions, such as hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia.

Sometimes, calling 911 is the smartest thing to do, but for scenarios that can be handled at home, these basic medical supplies should be valuable:

First Aid Kit
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To avoid defeating the purpose of having a medical kit, keep yours well-stocked, and make it 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, everything in this kit must be sterile, or it should not be used.
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Blood Pressure Kit

If ignored, high blood pressure can bring a lot of complications, like stroke, heart disease, etc. Therefore, early detection is vital. A BP kit should be in every home, whether or not there is a hypertensive person in the household.

Analgesics

Among the most important medical supplies you should have on hand for the family are analgesics or pain relievers, like paracetamol, mefenamic acid and other NSAIDs. These drugs may serve well more than to fight pain though. Tylenol can help stop a heart attack in its tracks as long as it is given in doctor-prescribed doses.

Disinfectants

We all know how big a role hygiene plays in 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 Creams and Rubs

Rashes and muscle/joint pain are two conditions that often benefit from the use of medical creams and rubs. Some of these products can be bought without a prescription, but for stronger solutions, you may just need one.

Digital Thermometer

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 very useful in detecting and preventing illness, most specially in people who don’t exhibit indications of a fever.

Gloves, Masks and Aprons

Gloves can come in disposable and indisposable types. If you have to clean up after an accident that involves body fluids like blood and feces, gloves will protect you and the whole household from direct contact. Obviously, disposable gloves are safer because you only have to throw them away after use.

As to masks, you will be kept safe from airborne contaminants, particularly around household members who are suffering from contagious respiratory ailments, like tuberculosis. To protect your whole body, an apron can be used. And just like with the gloves, disposable is better.

Nobody wants to have medical emergencies of any kind, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be ready for them. Having the above-mentioned medical supplies can be a good way to start.