To make sure that you are always able to deal with minor medical emergencies or even avoid them, you must have some basic tools handy. Even for the bare minimum amount, you could create a large list of things that could come in handy. However, we are sharing things that you must have and that are also relevant in the situation that we are currently facing globally. We will only be writing the items that do not require advanced medical training to use. Read on to find out what they are and check if do you have all the things listed here.
- Face mask
Given the fact that we are currently in the middle of a pandemic, always having a face mask in your medical supplies is absolutely necessary. The best thing to carry would be an N95 mask or ideally an N100 mask. However, there is a huge chance that these may be in short supply these days. Therefore, if you cannot get your hands on one of these masks then buy a surgical mask with at least three layers. These are a lot more common and you should be able to get those from practically anywhere.
- Hand sanitizer
While this is something that you should be using when you are in areas that are being used by other people, hand sanitizers are something that you should always have with you anyway. Not only are these effective against things like the coronavirus, but the alcohol in hand sanitizers is also highly effective in killing bacteria which is something that we deal with every day. This is also useful when you are trying to treat someone else who has been wounded in some way.
Having the basic antibiotics available to you for any occasion is necessary. This is especially true when you are traveling and may not have immediate access to a medical store. Things like aspirin, paracetamol, amoxicillin, cephalexin, ciprofloxacin, ampicillin, etc. should always be available to you. In addition to that, you should also have all the medicines that you require in your daily routine. This is completely different for every person so make sure you know what yours are and stock up on them sufficiently. You should also discuss with your doctor to find out what medicines you should keep available for general use.
- Power Banks
Having a power bank for your mobile phone and preferably other devices as well is something that you should always have handy. A lot of times, you need information that you could get online to solve a problem and not having enough charge to power on your device can be a problem. Invest in a good power bank, or if you can, a small power station that you can carry with you if you are going out of your house for a long time.
Most basic medical emergencies can be solved are using a few bandages. Always keep at least a few of them available to make sure you can cover up anything from a small wound to a large cut. These are extremely cheap and can be bought in packs which are extremely handy.
In case you need to clean a wound, you will need a cleaning tool which is usually a spirit of some kind. Make sure you buy a good one that has at least 90% alcohol percentage to provide proper cleaning of the wound.
Last but certainly not least, get some medical training to make sure you know how to do basic dressing and stitching of wounds, CPR, and other basic emergency procedures. A little effort could end up being the difference between life and death for you or your loved ones.