Emergency medical supplies are among those things that are not as easily appreciated until the very moment they are needed. It’s easy to forget the fact that we’re quite mortal in our busy daily lives, and having immediate access to proper medical equipment in an unforeseen crisis can roll the dice in our favor.
If you are caring for someone with special needs at home, or if you are running a business and you’re shopping around for EMS medical supplies to have on hand in case of an emergency, you’ll need to bear some important points in mind. Being prepared is the key to preventing accidents from taking serious tolls and is of paramount importance to be able to save lives.
Let’s go over a few necessary key points to keep in mind;
Having things readily at hand –
Emergency medical supplies should be kept in plain view, in easy to reach areas, and have nothing blocking the way to them. In a crisis situation, you don’t want to be moving anything aside to get to the equipment or supplies. See to it that everything is easily accessible.
Make everyone familiar with the location and use of the equipment/supplies –
Be certain that everyone is well aware of where the emergency medical supplies are. Whether you have only a few top staff members in charge of them, or you educate everyone on the whereabouts and use of the equipment and supplies, see to it that all who should know are fully aware of where things are and how to use them.
Keep things in plain and obvious view –
Whatever area you decide to assign as the place your emergency medical supplies are to be kept, keep that area visibly marked and in plain view. The placement of supplies and equipment should be clear for anyone to see even in a state of panic, as anyone may find themselves in to one degree or another in a time of crisis. Areas that are clearly and brightly marked are much easier for anyone to find in any crisis situation, and immediately so.
Having done all of that, you’ll need to decide just what types of supplies and/or equipment you’ll require. You can’t have too many types of supplies on hand, and you’ll need to keep an eye on your inventory to keep the area fully stocked. You’ll need to have the right equipment and supplies that your situation needs. Of course, we shouldn’t forget the fundamental basics of supplies, which include;
* Small bandages, or “band-aids”, of various shapes and sizes
* Sterile gauze for dressing
* Rolls of stretch bandaging
* Triangular, or “sling” bandages
* Safety pins
* Disinfectant, such as rubbing alcohol and/or antiseptic creams
* Burn ointment
* Sterile rubber gloves, preferably both types available, vinyl and latex
* Scissors and tweezers
* Alcohol disposable wipes
* Alcohol-free disposable wipes
* Pain medication – Tylenol, ibuprofen, aspirin, etc. (as well as those in children’s strengths and chewable)
* Bottled distilled water for cleaning wounds
* Mylar sheeting emergency blanket
In the workplace, keep certain medications on hand for those employees who are diabetics, epileptics, those with asthma, those with allergies, etc. Keep a record of anyone who may have allergies to certain medications, materials like latex (hence the need for vinyl gloves).
When you decide what emergency medical supplies you’ll need, a defibrillator is a great thing to have on hand. Cardiac arrests (heart attacks) are quite disturbingly common, and defibrillators can prove to be a godsend to have on the premises.
It should be obvious that any specialized equipment or supplies should correspond what the work environment. For example, if there is more danger of electric shock, then stock up on your equipment and supplies accordingly. The same goes if you are working with anything hazardous or corrosive. When stocking up on emergency medical supplies, think things through until you are certain as to what you will need. You might just save a few lives.