Why You Need These Lifesaving Medicines And Equipment
Almost every home has a first aid kit packed full of band-aids, antiseptic cream, painkillers, antihistamines, and a thermometer, but that’s not all your first aid kit should contain. A lot of the things that we have in our first aid kits tend to be for treating minor injuries and illness, but what about when something more serious happens, shouldn’t you have what you need to save the life of your loved one?
Yes, we should have what we need to help save the life of a loved one when a serious accident or injury occurs. The question is, of course, what is it that you should have in your first aid kit to up the chances of being able to do so?
An Epipen is a form of auto-injector that allows you to inject epinephrine – a form of adrenaline, into a person quickly and easily. The most common use of Epipens (or the unbranded alternative) is to save the life of someone going into anaphylactic shock due to a reaction to a food, insect bite, or something else.
If you or any or your loved ones suffer from allergies, it’s important to ensure that in your first aid kit in your home is an in date Epipen – it might be expensive, but it could be the difference between life and death for someone who you care about. It’s also worth keeping some strong antihistamines on hand, as these can help to reduce swelling during a reaction.
A lot of public places, such as malls and churches have defibrillators on hand in case someone suffers a heart attack, and their heart stops. So why don’t we have them in our homes? If you’re worried that someone in your home could have a heart attack – maybe there’s a history of heart problems in your partner’s family – then buying your own defibrillator could be worthwhile. It won’t come cheap, but at least you will have peace of mind knowing that should the worst happen, you have a higher chance of being able to restart your loved one’s heart.
Blood Pressure Machine
High blood pressure can be incredibly dangerous – it can up your chances of having a stroke, an aneurysm, it can damage your arteries, lead to heart failure, or put you at higher risk of dementia, among many other things. That’s why it’s so important to regularly monitor your blood pressure to ensure that it’s at a safe level. While you could go to the doctor’s to have your blood pressure checked, it’s much easier and more convenient to check it at home yourself, which is why investing in a blood pressure machine is can be lifesaving.
Blood Glucose Checker
If anyone in your family suffers from diabetes – either type 1 or type 2, it’s important that you have a blood glucose checker in your first aid kit. That way you can check yours’ or your loved one’s blood to ensure that they don’t have too much sugar in it or not enough sugar in it, leading to a hyper or hypo respectively, both of which can be very dangerous.
There you have it, a guide to the lifesaving medicines and equipment every home should have.