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.