Preparedness – The Importance of Having Emergency Medical Supplies

In the event of a disaster, whether it is natural or caused by man, being having the right tools to handle the situation can be a matter of life and death. Regardless of your medical training and background it’s important for professionals, as well as everyday citizens to have the emergency medical supplies necessary to treat injuries. If you are concerned about being able to properly handle a medical emergency in the event of a disaster, here is a brief guide to ensure you have what it takes to handle almost anything that comes your way.

1) Having medical information on hand can save lives. If an accident happens and someone needs treatment, will you know what to do? If you’re already trained in how to use EMS gear or EMT supplies, this may not be a big concern. But for the average citizen, being confronted with situations they don’t know how to handle can cause panic. You might think that your instincts will take over and you’ll handle any situation effectively, but what if someone needs stitches? Do you know how to suture a wound properly? What about dental emergencies? This is where having medical information readily available can come into play. There is a wealth of emergency medical information at bookstores, Red Cross organizations, and on the internet. This includes information on how to use emergency medical supplies correctly, and efficiently. It’s important to have a wide array of sources for medical information so you are prepared for many different types of situations.

2) Get familiar with the solutions. If you get faint at the sight of blood, you will have to get over that if you want to help save a life in medical emergency. If someone is bleeding and needs help, hesitation can cost them their life. For some people who would be administering aid, seeing the process of what is involved in treatment can help them adjust to seeing things that they can’t handle, as well as provide further training in how the treatment is done. It’s also a good idea to study a list of possible medical emergency and read about what tools are used to treat each. Emergency medical supplies are useless if you don’t know when and how to use them.

3) Be Stocked Up on EMS Gear. If you’re preparing a first aid kit, do a little research on what the more advanced kits have. Many retailers of EMT supplies sell fully stocked medical first aid kits that range from small, home kits to immediate response professional kits.

4) Look into emergency response medicines. Many EMT professionals are carrying solutions like Celox and Lidocaine for first response situations. Celox is good for open wound and can instantly clot and stop bleeding in 30 seconds. When dealing with a majorly painful injury, Lidocaine may be useful as it can dull the area around the wound so it can be properly treated. It comes is cream, gel, spray and powder form.

Your Emergency Medical ID Information Could Save Your Life Someday

The Dire Medical Emergency Problem

Did you know that millions of personal medical emergencies occur each year in the United States? Those could be vehicle accidents, household accidents, heart attacks, strokes, cuts, broken bones or a myriad of other situations.

Did you know that each year in approximately 2 million of those many millions of emergencies, a patient is seriously harmed or injured due to adverse reactions to treatment by paramedics and other medical professional?

Did you know that in the USA alone, on average, about 11,400 individuals per month actually die because paramedic and doctors did not have the critical personal medical information readily available to guide them in their treatment?

The Ultimate Life-Saver Solution

The real solution to assist medical professional to help save over 130,000 lives each in a medical emergency is for every adult to carry a comprehensive medical information card or medical I.D. Card.

Some people wear a medical I.D. Bracelet. That is fine to disclose one or two major maladies, but it is not nearly comprehensive enough.

Some people carry a digital USB memory device with their medical information, but that requires that paramedics carry a computer with completely compatible software, which is something they cannot universally do. And computerized devices take way too much time to figure out and read at a time when every minute and every second counts in saving a life.

A simple to read, yet comprehensive hard copy written medical I.D. card and form is what paramedics actually prefer in an emergency. They will find it when they quickly look for a person’s identification, driver’s license and medical information. They will then be able to glance at it within a matter of seconds and discover personal medical information critical to their treatment. A card like this can help save many lives.

In America, over 150 million individuals are now over 50 years of age, and many have allergies, medical problems, health issues, injuries, implants or are taking prescription drugs. Paramedics and doctors need to know about all these in emergency situations when time is of the essence.

Over 300 million American’s drive a car. Every driver is at risk of having an accident, and it would behoove them to carry a card with their blood type, medical information, living will and organ donor status.

A concise yet comprehensive medical I.D. card to be carried at all times is the best solution to minimize medical risk in an emergency situation, to reduce the chances for further complications and to help save lives.

Emergency Medical Care Plan – Items to Include and Why You Need Them

An emergency care plan with a buddy system is among the top list of priorities for primary caregivers. Every caregiver should have at least one other person [buddy], that is well trained to take over in their absence. Whether they are trained professionally or not, they must also be trained by the primary caregiver to the particular needs of the patient.

This is done for several reasons and can prevent a bad situation from becoming a nightmare in emergencies. The designated ‘buddy’ should be familiar with the routine of the patient, the medicine schedule and dosing, emergency medical contacts [doctors, hospitals, transport services, next of kin] and emergency procedures in addition to the care required. It a good idea to have an emergency care kit in triplicate. One kit should be left with or near the patient, one kit with the buddy and one kit placed in a ‘readily accessible’ location for emergencies or emergency personal.

The emergency care kit should contain the following items:

a. Diagnosis and/or medical conditions Alert Sheet that also lists any known allergies, surgeries or implants. Make sure to include contact lens, dentures or medical implants information. *Also make note of any body piercings not readily visible.

b. list of prescribed medicines, including the strength, dosage, how often taken and the date the patient started medications. In addition to this, any recently discontinued or changed medications over the past six months should also be listed. Any OTC (over the counter) medications taken with any frequency should be listed as well.

c. the names of all doctors involved in the patient’s care, their regular and emergency contact telephone numbers and services.

d. photocopies of picture identification, medical IDs, and insurance information.

e. three emergency contacts listing the names, addresses, and telephone numbers. Additionally, listing their employer’s contact information is another measure you might wish to take. Emergencies never happen at a convenient time, so taking the employers’ information into account, is a measure well taken.

f. a document containing the most recent medical procedure or event. This can be the results of most recent EEG test, blood work, office or emergency visit.

g. a summary sheet of the patient’s medical history, medical procedures, and any other pertinent information that will aid in the efficient, accurate treatment of the patient.

The emergency care kit is a blessing to alternate caregivers as well as emergency medical professionals. It saves valuable time in emergency situations and provides accurate instructions, vital information, and can potentially save the patients life.

Depending on the age of the patient, a ‘supplemental’ care kit should be kept handy. This package should be tailored to the pleasure and needs of the patient as well as the caregiver. Items such as books, puzzles, a favorite toy, a change of clothing for both parties (don’t forget the slippers and nightware), toothbrushes, hairbrushes, sample sized toiletries, and snacks will take on extreme importance if hospitalization is required. This package should also include a notepad with pen or pencil for the caregiver, as they will often times find themselves in the position of needing to take notes. Make sure to unpack and repack every couple months to prevent spoilage and maintain freshness of items.

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