With the daily average of tasks that each of us needs to wrap, it’s apparent to see how maintaining a good health should be one of our greatest concerns. However, it remains inevitable for us to acquire innumerable illnesses at any time, due to several factors. Also, abrupt occurrences of accidents are always a threat to mankind. Whenever one person meets any of the aforesaid circumstances, there are general hospitals, clinics, outpatient medical centers and other special health facilities wherein medical practitioners are nursing someone back to health while complying with certain duties and responsibilities guaranteeing everyone’s safety and the related procedures’ efficacy simultaneously.
Meanwhile, a healthcare facility could not operate, even if there are doctors and medical staffs, if they are lacking with medical supplies. Likewise, it’s still vital for the experts to secure the quality of all medical items and equipment as well as its cleanliness. When it has been accomplished, conducting medical treatments varying with every patient’s situation is assured safe. Below are some medical supplies we usually see in the above mentioned healthcare facilities.
- Antiseptics. Available in liquid form, antiseptics are antimicrobial substances which when applied directly to a patient’s injured skin tissues could reduce the risks of suffering an infection, sepsis or putrefaction. Alcohols – mainly ethanol and isopropyl – are undeniably the most popular example of antiseptic products used by most of us.
- Bandages. A basic inclusion of first aid kits, bandages are widely used for two main purposes: to control bleeding and support bone fractures and similar problems. Bandages are available in different shapes and sizes to cater all types of injury. It could be a fingertip bandage, gauze rolls, tensor bandages, eye patches and more.
- Oxygen masks. Able to transfer breathing oxygen gas from tanks, oxygen masks are used by patients with lung problems such as a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). A simple face mask, nasal cannula and reservoir masks are some examples of this medical supply and are used for different purposes as well.
- Thermometers. Primarily used for detecting fever, a good quality thermometer should have the right measurement range, accuracy and resolution. The liquid-in-glass thermometers composed of a sealed tube, mercury and alcohol are considered as its most popular type. Others include gas, infrared, resistance and other thermometers.
- Hypodermic needles. Also in widespread use, hypodermic needles are used with a syringe to inject medication drugs under a patient’s skin. It varies in diameters and could also be used in different levels of pressure depending on a patient’s pain endurance and injury. These are attached with color coding for identification purposes.
- Syringes. Made of glass, metal and rubber, syringes are tubes which pumps liquid substances with a plunger placed inside its cylindrical tube. Syringes are classified two categories: hypodermic and oral. It has three nozzle types such as a Luer-lock, slip tip and eccentric and are available in prefilled packages for accurate dosage.
- Intravenous bags. A vital part of intravenous therapy, IV bags stores liquid medication substances such as blood, dextrose in water, saline, dextrose in saline and electrolyte solutions by means of infusion or transmitting the said affluences into a patient’s vein. IV bags are made from plastic materials such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
- Forcipes. A hinge instrument used most often in surgery for grabbing, manipulating or removing some tissue, forcipes or a forceps could be a non-locking or a locking scissor medical tool. Some of the various types of forcipes are punch forceps, Rochester forceps, dressing forceps, alligator forceps and biopsy forceps.
On the other hand, elastic tapes, medical cups, table and head-rest paper, vial, test tubes and bandage scissors are additional examples of the most common medical supplies used by medical practitioners, in different healthcare facilities, depending on each patient’s needs.