As much as we might hate to admit it, accidents, injuries, and illnesses are a part of life. And with the recent pandemic, we have all learned how important it is to take care of our health regardless of age. The easiest way to do so is to have the right supplies at home in case of any medical emergency. At times, there can be situations where you might need regular checkups and treatment. The latest in medical injection molding technology has benefitted facilities but what about at home? If the disease or condition is not that serious and can be done at home, having basic medical supplies can put you at an advantage.
Knowing what medical equipment to keep at home and when or how to use it can not only just be a lifesaver, but also a money saver. It can save you money by being able to avoid constant unnecessary trips to professional healthcare. You’ll also be able to avoid any panic due to a medical emergency because you’ll have enough backup to be able to treat yourself at home too. It can also help you analyze how serious the situation is and whether you need to go get professional help or not. Having medical equipment at home becomes even more important if you have disabled or old people at home.
It’s very easy to get carried away when buying medical equipment. When does one know where to stop and what to buy? However, worry not for we have compiled a shortlist of basic medical equipment that is considered a necessity in every home;
It has been scientifically proven that having low humidity levels can increase the chances of spreading viruses. If the air in a room is below a certain humidity level, then airborne bacteria can be present in the air for hours. Imagine sneezing or coughing in a room with low humidity levels. Those bacterial droplets would stay airborne for hours. Not a great mental image now is it?
Since we spend the majority of our time indoors, it is strongly preferred to get a humidifier. It’s a great investment for your overall health. It soothes your sinuses and protects your throat from dry air. Medical reasons aren’t the only reason why you should get a humidifier. Humidifiers create a cozy home and help in protecting your artwork and furniture as well. Humidifiers are also a necessity for factory work and machinery too. A manufacturing plant with machinery hard at work such as a tin packaging machine will benefit from the cleaner air.
2: Medical Thermometer
Having a thermometer at home is a given. It is considered the most basic medical equipment that is expected at any house. Having a thermometer in hand when measuring body temperature is a much more accurate way to do so.
It is more accurate than the typical method of checking someone’s body temperature by using your hand. While that can be used in emergencies if a thermometer isn’t near, it is preferred to use a thermometer. It gives a more accurate reading of your body temperature which can also help you later when telling your doctor your symptoms.
3: First Aid Kit
If the thermometer is the first most obvious medical equipment to have at home, then a first aid kit is the second. At the end of the day, every household should have its first aid kit in case of emergencies. Often it can help in stabilizing a person’s condition before seeking professional help.
First aid kits usually include supplies such as bandages, CPR masks, antibiotics, pain relief, antacids, etc. only owning a first aid kit is often not enough. One must also know when to use the supplies given and how to use them properly.
Not surprisingly, eyewash is often overlooked when it comes to getting medical supplies. Eye injuries and allergies are fairly common, whether they be chemical or mechanical. How often have we accidentally had shampoo or makeup remover go into our eyes? Or the extreme irritation that comes with the allergies often found in dry weather?
Having a simple eye wash at home can matter the most in situations like these. However, one must be conscious while buying eyewash. Make sure you get a simple eyewash, enough to wash out the ocular surface. It shouldn’t be too strong or have too many chemicals since we don’t want to risk such a sensitive organ. If you can’t find eyewash, contact lens solution, as well as artificial tear drops, work perfectly fine as well.
5: Blood Pressure Monitor
Nowadays, having fluctuating blood pressure can be pretty normal for many people. Having a monitor at home can give you an accurate reading and help you in knowing when to take your medication.
When it comes to medical supplies, the list can go on. While the medical supplies needed can differ from household to household depending on the people living there, these are some of the basics that are considered a necessity for many.