Emergencies, by definition, come at totally unexpected times. That’s what makes them so scary, and that’s what makes emergency preparedness so important. With any natural or health crisis, time is always of the essence.
Knowing what to do can be the difference between life and death. That typically involves having access to and being educated on emergency kits. This equipment is generally expensive, and it’s the kind of purchase you hope you never have to use. But should the time come, it’ll be a purchase you’ll be relieved to have made.
Below we’ve included suggestions on three different devices that will help you prepare for health emergencies like cardiac arrest and choking incidents.
1. Philips HeartStart Home AED Defibrillator
You may have assumed that defibrillators were designed only to be used by EMTs and hospital staff. That’s not the case. AEDs, or automated external defibrillators, are devices that provide audio instruction to a layperson on how to properly deliver an electric shock to start someone’s heart. Minutes, even seconds, can separate survival from tragedy during cardiac arrest, which is why it can help to have an AED in your home or office. Phillips’ AED provides detailed instruction on CPR and uses sensors to determine if a shock is needed. That way, even if you have no idea what you’re doing, you can potentially save someone’s life
Pros: Easy to set up, small enough to carry.
Cons: Battery has a four-year life. Even if it’s not used, it will eventually need to be replaced.
2. Act Fast Anti-Choking Trainer
The Heimlich maneuver may seem simple, but the technique is crucial. That’s where this training kit comes in handy. It can be used to demonstrate how to do the maneuver on a person without actually having to do it to them. If you’re someone who’s familiar with Heimlich maneuver technique, the Act Fast trainer can be a great buy for schools or workplaces to give everyone this crucial training.
Pros: Safe way to practice the Heimlich maneuver.
Cons: Designed for practice only, will not directly aid in a real-life emergency situation.
3. Ever Ready First Aid Adult and Infant CPR Mask
This CPR kit aids in delivering mouth to mouth resuscitation. It is designed to increase the effectiveness of CPR and create a barrier that reduces the risk of communicable diseases. It also comes with a bright red carrying bag, so it’s portable and easy to find.
Pros: Kit comes fully loaded with adult and infant sized masks, as well as gloves, alcohol wipes, and a valve.
Cons: Case was not very sturdy.