Medical Supplies: What You Should Have and Where to Store Them


Having medical supplies on hand at your home is very important for the safety and well-being of your family, especially if you have younger children residing with you. It is good to be prepared because you never know what might happen to a member of your family. Once you make the decision to purchase supplies for medical purposes, you can then start to figure out what type of supplies will best benefit everyone, where you will store them, whether or not you will need locks, and how much of the supplies you will need. The reason these aspects of buying medical supplies is so important is that larger families, and families with young children, tend to need these supplies on a regular basis. Without them, they would not be properly cared for when they become injured or ill.

What Type of Supplies Do You Need?

The types of supplies you will need will depend on who you have in your household, how old they are, or whether or not they are prone to illnesses and injuries. Some popular household medical supplies many homeowners store are bandages, gloves, alcohol pads and solution, antibacterial ointment, insulin syringes, and thermometers. By carrying just they few simple items, you will be able to bandage up small wounds while keeping them clean and free from bacteria that is floating around on the surfaces on your home. Although these supplies may not fully heal or treat wounds, they can surely help you or your loved one until you reach a medical facility.

How Many Supplies Will You Need?

The number of supplies you need will depend on how many people you have in your household, how often supplies are needed, and how long you want to stock up for. You might want to stock up for one month or even one year. Once you figure out these three key things, you can start your path to collecting supplies. When an emergency occurs, you will be fully prepared to treat a common wound without having to go to a medical facility to take action. Your supplies will also come in handy if ever you are limited on transportation and have no way of reaching a hospital immediately for treatment.

Where Will They Be Stored?

Once you figure out what you need for supplies and the amount, you will than need to figure out where you will be storing your medical supplies. If you have children in the home, chances are you will need to store them in an area that they do not have access to. Although bandages, gloves, and thermometers are harmless, they can be poisoned by alcohol swabs and solution. Wherever you decide to store your medical supplies, be sure they are organized, unreachable to children, and put away in a clean environment.

Are Locks Necessary?

Depending on what type of supplies you need, locks are almost always needed to store medical items away safely. Children are apt to open up cupboards and drawers, so it is important that you find a larger cabinet that is able to be locked after you grab what you need for supplies. For safety purposes, locks should always be placed higher up to make the area even harder for a child to have access to. Not only will they have to climb up to reach the opening, but then they will also have to come up with a strategic way to break the lock and gain access to the medical supplies.

Medical supplies are something we all need in our homes with our family, especially items such as bandages, gloves, and thermometers. Whatever type of supplies you may find to be beneficial to you and your family, you will also need to take other factors into consideration such as where you will store them, how many supplies you need, and whether or not you will need to lock away your medical supplies to avoid children being able to access that area. Making sure that these items are safely tucked away will help avoid any injuries with children and the digesting of hazardous substances.

About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.