There comes a point the lives of four out of ten Americans where they must serve are caregivers of a close relative. When a moment like this comes, many are left wondering “what are the basic nursing supplies?”. Many of us would go clueless into this different view of the world and feel hopeless. But there is no need to feel anguish or frustrations. Trust me… you’re not alone! Places like Discount Medical Supplies were created with the sole vision of assisting that growing community of caregivers in America.
Below is a list of the basic nursing supplies you will need to keep handy to use yourself or for the nursing assistant (or registered nurse) that will be helping with the patient, if you decide to hire one. These nursing supplies might vary depending on the patient’s condition and the expertise of the user (especially if it is a nurse using them).
: An important instrument when taking the patient’s vital signs. You will find a list of several types of thermometers that depending on the patient’s age and health you will use. Oral, rectal or electronic for mouth or ear.
: Mostly used by professionals in the nursing area, these could come handy when caring for a relative, so it is a good idea to keep one at home. This device can come in different colors, hues and variety depending on its use. Some can be disposable, others come with an attached timer.
Blood Pressure Monitor
: also known as blood pressure cuff, or in really technical terms, a sphygmomanometer, that’s a mouth full! It is basically used to calculate the force of the blood that goes through the veins. A reading from this device can indicate the state of a patient’s health, therefore the importance on keeping a constant monitor of the blood pressure of your patient. There are digital or automatic pressure monitors and the commonly known manual cuffs.
Bandage or Dressings
: As prescribed by the patient’s attending doctor, and only with his or her permission, a caregiver can assist in changing dressing and bandages. There’s a really large list f dressing, pads, gauzes, etc. All created for a specific type of wound or skin affection. Self adhesive, elastic, conformable, sterile, non-sterile, coban, wool, compression, foam, tubular, gauze, and the list goes on. It is always important that besides the doctors permission to use the bandage prescribed by the practitioner.
Bandage Scissors: They should always be part or the nursing supply kit. They can serve various uses, not only for cutting dressings or bandages.
Living and mobility aids
: A daily routine covers all basic needs in a patients life. Specialized seating for showers, stools or bedside commodes are created for this part of their routine. Patients need to be transported from time to time, either to the hospital or simply to another room in the house. Wheelchairs are the common transportation type, although there are other types of mobility aids like walkers and rollators. An also for bedridden patients or patients with urinary incontinence are the diapers, pads and briefs created to help them be comfortable.
Protective Gear: Depending on the patient and the doctor’s orders, a caregiver (with the right knowledge) or nursing assistants might need to perform catheterizations, insert suppositories or administer enemas and collect urine samples. Whoever authorized person making this procedure needs the proper protective gear from contact with potentially infected fluids. Gloves are first and main go to gear in these circumstances to secure their hands and also provide a protective barrier for the patient from any external contamination. In some other cases masks, eyewear, caps and gowns may be needed as well.
Notepad and Pen: However in charge of caring for a patient should always maintain a record of all important information about their patient. Anything relevant that the attending physician will need to know in the next check up.
These among first aid kits and even diabetic products are the basic nursing supplies to help assist your loved one and give you sense of readiness.
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