What medical items should be stored?27 April 2009
Emergency services may be limited during a time of crisis; there-fore, make sure your home emergency medical kit is not out of date, check all supplies for expiry dates, and replace any items that are out of date or nearing the expiration date.
The most important supply is a thermometer for each member of the family. Buy in advance.
Stock up on prescription medications that you might need; for example, if one of your family members is diabetic, ensure that you have enough supplies for at least 6 weeks, or if someone has a heart condition, ask your doctor for an extra prescription so that you can have an emergency supply of all the medications your family members need.
You may wish to consider stockpiling the following items:
- Pairs of medical grade non-latex gloves
- Antiseptic wipes
- Antibacterial ointment
- Cold pack
- Scissors (small, personal)
- CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield
- Face masks, 3-ply simple surgical masks
- Pain and fever reliever — remember to include both child and adult supplies
- Antidiarrhoeal medication
- Antacid (for stomach upset)
- Fluids with electrolytes [an oral rehydration solution (ORS)]
- Extra bedding such as sheets, towels, plastic mattress covers, etc.
- Alcohol-based hand wash
- Garbage bags and cleaning supplies; viruses are easily cleaned away with formalin and iodine-based disinfectants. For bathing, soap and water is sufficient
- Spare contact lenses
- Denture and personal hygiene needs (tissues, toilet paper, disposable diapers)
- Hearing aid batteries
- Fire extinguisher (make sure you all know how to use it)
- A clock that runs off batteries (include spare batteries)
- Extra batteries
- Portable radio
- Manual can opener