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When my wife was diagnosed with a serious medical condition, I knew that it was time to learn how to help. I started paying more attention to the condition of the house and watching the kids whenever I could. I also talked with her doctor about learning how to use the medical supplies that she had at home, so that I could help her to change IVs and replace bandages. It took awhile to learn, but eventually, I was able to get the process down. The help that I was able to offer my wife meant a lot to her, and I knew that it was because of my understanding of the medical equipment. This blog is all about learning how to use medical supplies.

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Tips To Help You Put Together A 72-Hour Kit And Prepare For An Emergency

by Amélie Fournier

You never know when a natural disaster or other emergency is going to occur, or when you will need an emergency kit. It is a good idea to build your kit and keep it in your vehicle so that wherever you are, such as at work, out shopping, or at home, you will always have it with you. Here are some tips to help you put together a complete 72-hour emergency backpack kit for yourself and for each member of your family.

Food and Water

Most importantly, your first aid kit should contain enough food and water to get your through the first 72 hours after an emergency. After the first three days, you will likely be able to access emergency services or other help to get further food and water.

It is recommended that you should drink half to one ounce of water each day for each pound of your body weight. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds you should plan to drink 150 ounces of water per day. A gallon of water contains 128 ounces, and is a good-sized container to have for an emergency, so plan to have one gallon of water per person for each day. And packing a small water filtration device can be helpful if you find water that needs filtering before you can safely drink it.

Remember to pack food for yourself for three days, with enough calories and protein to give you the energy you need. Select non-perishable foods that pack well in your backpack, such as fruit snacks, tuna packs, crackers, peanut butter, nuts, and dried fruit. Also be sure to pack some comfort foods to have that may help you or your family through a tough situation. This may include candy bars, snack cakes, cookies, or other treats you and your family like. Choose the food items for your emergency kits by going through your pantry or looking for options when you visit the grocery store on your next shopping trip.

First Aid Kit

During an emergency, it is likely that you may encounter an injury to someone else or yourself that needs treatment without the help of medical facilities. Instead of simply packing a box of bandages, make sure you have a variety of first-aid items. Include some bacterial ointment, hand sanitizer, splints, gauze pads, bandage rolls and tape, disposable gloves, cotton balls, cotton-tip swabs, scissors and tweezers, and instant cold packs. If you need to clean out wounds, it is a good idea to have a turkey baster or other type of syringe, which you can use with some distilled water to clean a wound.

Make sure you also include medication to treat various ailments, such as antacids, anti-diarrhea medication, calamine lotion, and pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or aspirin. If you need any prescription medication, keep an extra supply in your emergency kit and rotate it out with new each month so your supply does not expire. You can find first-aid kits online and at many stores in your area.

Personal Hygiene Items

You should also be sure to include any personal hygiene items in your emergency kit. This should include feminine hygiene products, deodorant, toothpaste and a toothbrush, elastic hair ties and hair brushes or combs. You can also include a package of wet wipes to wash, especially if you don't have access to any soap and water.

Include a change of clothing, including a pair of pants, shirt, socks, underwear, and a jacket or hat. These items can come in handy if your own clothing becomes torn, wet, or muddy.

Along with all these items, make sure you have a flashlight and batteries to power the flashlight, and check them often and replace them when necessary. Then, make sure you and your family members have a plan when an emergency occurs, as cell phones and other communication devices may not work or be available.

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