Whether you’re single and living on your own, or you’re a family taking up every square inch of your house, medical supplies are an essential component to any home. First aid kits are widely available, but what do you do once you start running out of supplies? How do you add to your repertoire, and if you do add items, what should they be? In this article, we will provide are thoughts on some practical medical supplies to keep around the house in case any family member gets hurt.
The first thing you should do is discuss with your family where all the medical supplies are. If you get hurt and your partner is not home, you may need to rely on your children to get help and tend to you in the time being. This doesn’t need to be a big discussion in a family meeting, but simply letting everyone know where the supplies are. Try to keep everything in the same location. With a first aid kit, this is easy, because it’s all in the bag. However, if you add to it, try and keep everything in the same area. If you don’t have a first aid kit, but you have some supplies, there are lots of good medical bags available that can help you get started.
What are the most likely injuries, who is most likely to get hurt, and what are the most practical and versatile tools that you can incorporate in your first aid kit? If you have children, they will naturally be predisposed to cuts, scrapes, bruises, and other minor injuries from playing around. In this case, it’s always a good idea to have an ample supply of gauze, bandaids, athletic tape, and bandage scissors. Preventing infection is key, so it’s always a good idea to have some Polysporin, or something similar, in the pack as well.
Sanitary products are also a good idea. If you can find some latex gloves to put in there, those could be great. Otherwise, something as simple as a small bottle of hand sanitizer is good, too. Alcohol swabs are also a good idea in case you need to clean out a scrape or cut before wrapping up. Hand sanitizers won’t work that well because they will cause a tremendous amount of pain and won’t evaporate as quickly. Wipes are much more convenient, and while not totally pain-free, are often necessary.
Lastly, you can include some pain medication, such as Tylenol or Advil, but make sure you know when to (and not to) use these. One underrated item to keep handy as well is Aspirin. If anyone in your house, or even a neighbor, is experiencing what they think could be a heart attack, quick access to Aspirin of up-most importance. Chewing and aspirin is one of the first things you want to do int hat situation while you wait for help to arrive.
At the end of the day, as long as you have everything in one easy-to-find place, and you periodically check your supply levels and think about what you need, you’re already on the right track to be as prepared as possible for any medical situations or emergencies. Hopefully, you will never need this stuff, but if you do, the items we mentioned above can cover a lot of your bases.