Basic Inhome Medical Supplies.
With the rising cost of health-care and limited facilities at local and regional hospitals, more pressure is put on families to provide care at home with medical supervision for chronic health condition a and illness. Consequently, the range and complexity of medical devices being used outside formal health care institutions by diverse user populations are increasing. Basic inhome medical supplies packs can be made up by First Aid Kits and Chemist Shop Supplies.
Let’s start with the basics. What should be included basic inhome medical supplies?
Basic First Aid Kit (for Family of Four)
- 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
- 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
- 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
- 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)
- 5 antiseptic wipe packets
- 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
- 1 blanket (space blanket)
- 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
- 1 instant cold compress
- 2 pair of large, non-latex gloves
- 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
- 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
- 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
- 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
- 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
- Oral thermometer (non-mercury/non-glass)
- 2 triangular bandages
- First aid instruction booklet
- Flashlight or glow sticks
Blister kit for hiking and camping
- 2nd skin
- Medical tape
For major wounds and fractures
- SAM-splint: moldable foam splint
- Emergency Trauma Dressing (ETD or ‘Israeli’ bandage or Ace wrap)
- CAT or SOFTT Tourniquet
- Wound packing gauze (Combat Gauze or Z-Pak dressing)
- “Stop the Bleed” booklet
OTC medications to consider – especially for travel
- Ibuprofen (Advil), 20+
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol), 15+
- Aspirin, 15+
- Anti-histamine, x10 tablets and cream
- Immodium/Loperamide, x10
- Sudafed (or an equivalent), x10
- Throat lozenges, 10+
- Bismuth tabs, x20
- Oral rehydration, x3
- Cranberry extract, x10
- Dramamine, x10
- Stool softener (laxative), x15
Common Inhome Medical Supplies.
The most common types of medical device used in the home fall into the following categories;
- Medication administration items includes dosing cups for measuring medications in liquid form, such as cough medicine, and splitting devices for reducing the size and dosage of pills.
- First aid equipment includes thermometers (including oral, rectal, in-ear, and forehead), bandages, ace bandages, heating pads, and snakebite kits.
- Mobility aids (e.g., wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches) or sensory aids (e.g., glasses, hearing aids).
- Prosthetic devices (e.g., artificial arms or legs) or orthotic devices (e.g., leg braces, shoe inserts).
- Durable medical equipment includes environmental devices, such as specialized beds, person-lifting and transferring equipment, and toileting aids.
Suggested Citation:”8 Medical Devices in Home Health Care–Molly Follette Story.” National Research Council. 2010. The Role of Human Factors in Home Health Care: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12927.
In more recent times, the categories of equipment and inhome medical supplies has grown to include;
- Medication Administration Equipment—devices used to administer medications in tablet, liquid, or aerosol form.
- Test Kits—kits used for measuring the presence of various chemicals in blood or urine.
- First Aid Equipment—equipment used to care for injuries or temporary conditions.
- Assistive Technology—devices used to enhance personal capabilities, such as sensory abilities or mobility.
- Durable Medical Equipment—includes medical devices used to support performance of basic activities of daily living, such as beds, lifts, and toileting equipment.
- Meters/Monitors—includes a wide range of devices for determining health status or managing disease conditions, either one time or on an ongoing, intermittent basis.
- Treatment Equipment—equipment used to administer various medical therapies.
- Respiratory Equipment—equipment used to treat respiratory conditions.
- Feeding Equipment—devices used for feeding.
- Voiding Equipment—devices used for releasing urine or feces from the body.
- Infant Care—includes machines used to monitor and treat infants.
- Telehealth Equipment—equipment used to collect data in the home environment and transmit the data to a remote monitoring site.
The ability to source these supplies has become important for the safety and maintenance of good health for patients at home. I have covered the best first aid kits on amazon HERE. More information on the above-menioned items will be added by the end of March 2020. For a minor ailment to a more serious injury, a first aid kit is a must in every home (vehicles too!).
It can help reduce the risk of infection or the severity of an injury. First aid kits typically include a variety of supplies that will help treat cuts, scrapes and injuries, including sprains and burns. You can easily buy a prepared kit online or prepare your own. Learn what common supplies should be in a first aid kit and tips to keep your family safe both in your home and on the road.