Basic Inhome Medical Supplies Pack

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.

Inhome Medical Supplies
Inhome Medical Supplies

Let’s start with the basics. What should be included basic inhome medical supplies?

Full List of Recommended Supplies by the American Red Cross 

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)
  • Scissors
  • 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
  • Tweezers
  • First aid instruction booklet
  • Flashlight or glow sticks

 Blister kit for hiking and camping

  • Molefoam
  • Moleskin
  • 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;

  1. 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.
  2. First aid equipment includes thermometers (including oral, rectal, in-ear, and forehead), bandages, ace bandages, heating pads, and snakebite kits.
  3. Mobility aids (e.g., wheelchairs, walkers, canes, crutches) or sensory aids (e.g., glasses, hearing aids).
  4. Prosthetic devices (e.g., artificial arms or legs) or orthotic devices (e.g., leg braces, shoe inserts).
  5. 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;

  1. Medication Administration Equipment—devices used to administer medications in tablet, liquid, or aerosol form.
  2. Test Kits—kits used for measuring the presence of various chemicals in blood or urine.
  3. First Aid Equipment—equipment used to care for injuries or temporary conditions.
  4. Assistive Technology—devices used to enhance personal capabilities, such as sensory abilities or mobility.
  5. Durable Medical Equipment—includes medical devices used to support performance of basic activities of daily living, such as beds, lifts, and toileting equipment.
  6. 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.
  7. Treatment Equipment—equipment used to administer various medical therapies.
  8. Respiratory Equipment—equipment used to treat respiratory conditions.
  9. Feeding Equipment—devices used for feeding.
  10. Voiding Equipment—devices used for releasing urine or feces from the body.
  11. Infant Care—includes machines used to monitor and treat infants.
  12. 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.



16 thoughts on “Basic Inhome Medical Supplies Pack”

  1. Having these things in your home is really essential and they can be what we just need in some instances to have the life of another individual. There have been cases of someone bleeding out because there was nothing in the house to stop bleeding for a while till they arrive at the hospital, and with that little encounter, I have always made sure their things are always in the house, and once your kid comes of age, teach them how to make use of it

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  3. Hi Jennifer! You’re right, with limited facilities around the area where I live the best decision is to purchase all the things we need to treat at home chronic health conditions in the family. I want to give a huge thank you for providing us this list. It’s a good guideline because we would have left out several important ones.

    • Thank you kindly for your comments. I have researched this issue in detail so I don’t misguide people. I have been a care for 30 years and know the ropes so to speak. The hospitals are full and our supplies are low so when you can get what you need just in case a loved one gets ill.  Thanks for your support Jen

  4. It is really a good thing knowing fully well that there is enough first aid kits to help counter any emergency if it were ti occur at home. Though this is not an easy thing to do but definitely, worthy too. In all honesty, this post is great and thank you. All these first aid kits suggestion are good and also in fit ti suit the condition and situations accordingly. Thank you for sharing out here

    • Thank you kindly for your support. Yes it is essential to be able to tackle some medical needs at home these day. Plus the hospitals are full at the moment. I appreciate your support. Jen

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    • Thank you kindly for your comment. I have been a carer for 30 years for family member. I write from the heart of knowing what is need at home. With the help of my doctor he advises me what to keep at home. My research is extensive and always related to government recommendation. Thank You Jen

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    • Thank you for your comments. There is so much we can prepare for with our loved ones who are sick at home. Just keeping these supplies at home can save a life of a family member. Thanks Jen

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    • Hi there, Thank you for your comments and support. Yes supplies are low so try to build it up when you have the chance just in case a loved on gets sick. Thanks Jen


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