Any trip to a pharmacy or medical equipment store will demonstrate that thousands of medical supplies are used by people for just as many conditions. From the most expensive ultrasound machine to the smallest bandage, a wide variety of medical equipment is used on a daily basis. But what are the most commonly used medical supplies today?
The ordinary first aid kit is by far the most commonly used and needed medical tool known. Although these vary depending on the kit, size and purpose, they can provide medical care when needed most…immediately. These kits cover most household accidents, including cuts, bruises, infections and burns with simple, topical treatment that requires little special training.
A good first aid kit contains wound dressings like gauze and bandages, usually of various sizes and shapes. These bandages could be adhesive types or simple pads with medical tape. Quality antiseptic or disinfectant creams neutralize the infection of a wound before it becomes one of medical concern. Anti-itch creams prevent the spread of cuts or infections by scratching. Even including ordinary soap in a first aid kit provides a significant line of defense against disaster. In addition, small splints can shore up a fractured or broken digit to allow successful healing. Any respectable health news outlet recommends every household should have a quality first aid kit, and with the low cost (from five to fifty dollars), there’s no excuse.
Another necessary line of medical supplies is proper eye protection. Although overlooked by many, these are seen in many commercial and industrial settings. Eyes are among the most delicate parts of the human anatomy, sensitive to the smallest particles and fumes. Having protective eye wear like rubber goggles, eye shields or even eye pads can prevent damaging delicate ocular nerves and tissue. In industrial settings, eye wear is usually accompanied by an eye wash station, which carefully rinses and cleans the eyes after an accident.
For real emergencies, a resuscitator is a simple mask that fits over the face and connects to small bag. By securely fastening this to a person’s face, then squeezing the bag, air inflates the lungs, providing positive pressure and needed oxygen to the blood, keeping the brain alive even when breathing has stopped. Although a person trained in CPR can perform the same function, a resuscitator works much better and provides air that’s higher in oxygen content, without the danger of transmitted infection or disease.