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Top 5 Health & Wellness Devices For Home
Devices are everywhere, but which ones are essential? Let’s look at health-related devices you must have in your home.
Emergencies come unannounced, particularly medical ones. While your first reaction may be to feel panicked or helpless, you can always be as prepared as possible with a few crucial medical devices around the house.
Moreover, everyday medical devices for the home are not always just for emergencies. You can also use them to keep track of your health. Read on to find out about some of these must-have medical and healthcare devices that you should definitely keep in your home.
First aid kit
Yes, this isn’t a device, but a necessity for sure. You must, at the very least, have a fully equipped first aid kit in your house. Here are the necessary supplies for a first aid kit that befits a family of four, according to the Red Cross:
2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
5 antibiotic ointment packets
5 antiseptic wipe packets
2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
1 emergency blanket
1 breathing barrier
1 instant cold compress
2 pairs of nonlatex gloves
2 hydrocortisone ointment packets
1 gauze roll bandage (3 inches)
1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
2 triangular bandages
Emergency first aid guide
You also want to periodically ensure that any expired medicines and bandages in the kit are replaced with new ones. We recommend that you set yourself or your family members a reminder every 6 months for a quick check of the kit.
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Why a thermometer when you’ve already got a smartwatch that measures most of your health metrics? There are many reasons why you should get a smart thermometer for your home.
A smartwatch is a personal device that is specific to the user. On the other hand, a smart thermometer can be used by anyone in the household, particularly those who do not use wristables. Besides, it can be a backup if your smartwatch malfunctions.
Your body temperature tells you a lot about your health. Any deviation from the usual range of normal temperature―between 97 °F (36.1 °C) and 99 °F (37.2 °C)―could be an indication that you might be coming down with something, usually an infection. Thus, a smart thermometer is essential in your household. It can help you catch an oncoming infection early, which is particularly useful in today’s post-pandemic life.
Blood pressure monitor
Around one-fourth of adult Indians suffer from hypertension. Of them, over 60% are unaware of their illness. Hypertension and its complications are responsible for around 10.8% of all deaths in India.
If you are worried you or your family members might be among these, regular checks on your blood pressure are necessary. The normal blood pressure range is 110/70 to 120/80. Does everybody in your household fall in this range?
You can easily keep an eye on your blood pressure levels or those of a loved one with a blood pressure (BP) monitor at home. You can check the levels as frequently as you need at your convenience with such a device at home. Moreover, you don’t need to wait for any symptoms to show or wait to visit a doctor if you suspect abnormal levels.
We’ve already published a blog on modern breathing difficulties and how to negate some of these effects. Let’s take a look at the key concerns again.
As of August 2022, Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai rank 1st, 2nd, and 14th on the world’s most-polluted cities list respectively. India accounts for over 42% of deaths due to asthma. And there are over 34.3 million asthmatics in India.
To protect yourself from the deteriorating air quality in many cities in India, you need to take matters into your own hands. You can negate the effects of air pollutants by:
Purifying the air you breathe
Getting regular checkups
The easiest way to get a breath of fresh air is by investing in an air purifier. You can check your city’s air quality index (AQI) here.
Orthopaedic heat belt
Workouts are becoming an integral part of our daily routines. However, workouts can lead to injuries if you don’t take care of your body. On the other hand, you become more injury-prone if you don’t work out. Sounds like a Catch-22, doesn’t it? What you need are a warm-up routine and an orthopaedic heat belt.
A heat belt is the perfect solution for those post-workout muscle spasms and pain, backaches, or sudden sprains. You can adjust the temperature according to your preference, and moreover, the belts are light and easy to carry. They are especially helpful for people with spondylosis and for menstruating women for relief from cramps.
While we always knew that oxygen is vital for life, we didn’t give it much thought. The pandemic changed all that, reiterating the importance of checking our blood oxygen levels. A pulse oximeter became pivotal in keeping track of your health if you were suffering from COVID-19.
The primary function of a pulse oximeter is to detect the oxygen concentration in the blood. Patients suffering from COVID-19 often suffer from reduced oxygen concentration, which is when they know that they need immediate medical attention. While the pandemic may be seemingly behind us, this device shouldn’t be.
A pulse oximeter is a must for people who have recently undergone surgery and for those on lung medication. It is a device that can help you avoid getting hypoxemia.
Vaporisers and nebulisers
Vaporizers/nebulisers are devices that convert liquid medications into the mist. So, instead of gulping down the medication, you can inhale it. Vaporizers come in two convenient sizes, tabletop or portable. Their USP is that they provide medication directly to your lungs.
These devices are extremely useful for infants and toddlers who have difficulty breathing because they cannot operate inhalers. Also, they are especially preferred by people who hate to take oral medications.
If you have kids at home or a person who refuses to take liquid medicines, a vaporiser/nebuliser can be a blessing for your household.
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