Keeping Your Relative Safe

Growing up, I spent a lot of time at my paternal grandmother’s country home. This special lady taught me the importance of hard work. Every summer, I worked alongside her in her large, vegetable garden. Unfortunately, my grandmother’s health started to deteriorate a few years ago. However, this spunky woman wanted to continue living by herself at her home. To keep her safe, my grandmother’s children purchased some medical equipment and supplies for her. They bought a hospital bed, a bed pan, an oxygen tank, and a walker for her. On this blog, I hope you will discover the types of medical equipment and supplies that can help your elderly loved one stay safe and independent.

AED Accessories You Should Buy By The Dozen

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When you own and intend to operate an AED (automated external defibrillator), you need some accessories to go with it. You cannot simply operate an AED without replenishing the accessories that make this device successful in your attempts to revive someone. When you purchase your first Zoll AED for the first time, be sure to purchase all of the following Zoll AED accessories with it.

Defibrillator Gel

Defibrillator gel is placed on the skin or on the backs of the AED paddles to prevent electrical contact burns during each attempt to revive someone. One tube of this stuff can last anywhere from four to twelve uses of the AED machine, depending on the amount in the tube and the size of the person you are attempting to revive. If you think you are going to use your AED frequently, buy several tubes at once.

Disposable AED Pads

These pads have electrodes inside them, but they are made of an environmentally friendly, recyclable material. After you have used them once, you can dispose of them. They are ideal in situations where the victim has been bleeding a lot, and the pads become saturated in blood.

They are also useful if the victim is crawling with parasites or skin diseases, and you do not want to transfer such things to another victim. As single-use items, you may want to buy several packs for adults, and a few packs for any child victims you come across. As long as the packs remain sealed, you can store them in the trunk of your vehicle, or in another safe, dry place.

Heart Rate Monitor--Finger Clip

Some portable AEDs allow you to plug in a heart rate monitor. The monitor places a finger clip on the victim's finger, which then alerts you to the fact that the victim's heart has started beating again. That is extremely useful and preventive; it will stop you from applying any further charges to the victim's heart that could cause cardiac arrest again. It also monitors the victim's heart rate until an ambulance can arrive and take over. 

Rechargeable Battery

When you do not keep your AED plugged into a wall, you run the risk of not having enough electricity to perform the defibrillation process. However, when you carry a fully charged rechargeable battery, you can switch out your AED's battery at any time. Then you can have someone else at the scene plug in the dead battery to charge while you work with the charged battery.

To learn more, contact a company like Rescue AED LLC. 

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11 May 2018