>> Jan 25, 2013
From personal achievements to preparing for an emergency, preparation and planning is the key to important things in life. Living in a world full of uncertainties, having an emergency medical kit in your home enables you to administer first aid at the right time and makes an emergency situation manageable. Having a well equipped emergency medical kit becomes essential if you have kids and elderly people in your home.
Whether you have a broken toe nail, a headache or an allergic reaction, the items in your emergency medical kit are intended to provide you instant relief. It is of utmost importance to restock and update your emergency medical kit on a regular basis in order to ensure protection and safety of your loved ones.
Following is a list of top five things that you need to have in your first aid kits;
1. Adhesive Bandages or Band Aids
Band aids are some of the most frequently used items in case of cuts and bruises. These are available in different shapes and sizes. You need to have bigger and small bandages in your emergency medical kit to deal with bigger cuts and small bruises. You can also opt for colourful band aids if you have kids in your home.
2. Antiseptic Creams and Lotions
Antiseptic creams and ointments such as Neosporin is another must have in your emergency medical kit for treating bruises and cuts. It is advisable to clean a lesion or wound thoroughly with an antiseptic ointment before putting on a band aid. This is done to ensure that all the debris in the wound that could cause infection has been rinsed out thoroughly. Additionally, for treating deep wounds that are prone to pus formation, antiseptic lotions and sprays such as Dettol and Salvon are effective.
3. Muscle Relaxants (Sprays, Gels and Creams)
Having a backache or muscle sprain is one of the most commonly faced medical conditions especially if you have older people in your family. Muscle relaxants are available in the form of creams, sprays and gels. To provide instant relief to your aching muscle, the relaxants play a significant role and therefore are a must have in your emergency medical kit.
4. Pain Killers or Pain Relievers
Whether you are suffering from a tooth ache or a headache, pain killers are important to soothe your pain and provide you instant relief. A wide range of pain killers is available in the market catering to different age groups. Painkillers like Paracetamol and Crocin are an important must have in your emergency medical kit to treat such ailments.
5. Fever Medications and Thermometers
Any emergency medical kit is incomplete without a thermometer and fever medications. It is recommended to keep digital thermometers in your emergency kit rather than mercury thermometers since they are more convenient and safe. Basic fever medications like Paracetamol or Crocin is also an essential component of your medical kit.
In short, administrating the right medical aid to a person at the right time can make a big difference. Many people underestimate the importance of having an emergency medical kit in their homes and rely more on prescription medicines. However, they should know that an emergency kit does not serve as a replacement to proper medical treatment and in the event when serious medical attention is needed, you should not waste time in visiting a doctor.
The author is a doctor by profession. He loves to write articles and blogs in his free time to create awareness about health issues among people. From having first aid kits in your home to self medication, he has written numerous blogs on health related issues.