Most injuries do not happen conveniently next to medical supplies. Gauze pads are rarely on the kitchen counter when that knife slips and cuts those fingers. Spraining an ankle typically takes place on the pavement, stairs, or park. Minor injuries are not a major issue and most people can manage to make it to the bathroom medicine cabinet or stumble to a chair or bench. Medical attention for serious emergencies can be dispatched quickly in most cases.
When Portable Supplies Are Needed
Many situations call for portable medical supplies. An accident or fall in the backyard, an injury or cut in the car, and while on vacations and excursions are times a small medical kit will come in handy. Traveling with a smaller bag made of lightweight and durable nylon material is wise. Heavy-duty zippers are used for a product that is built to last. Tops open completely for fast access to supplies, and for packing up supplies and gear.
Larger bags are needed for occasions when multiple injuries may occur. A school trip, a community picnic, sports games, track competitions, and natural disasters call for plenty of supplies. Having enough bandages, wraps, ice packs, splints, limb supports, gloves, sprays, and immobilizers is crucial. Lifting and carrying a large bag is impractical, dangerous, and can result in the medic getting injured.
There are backpacks designed with pockets and compartments to hold medical supplies. Those are ideal for first responders, hikers, cyclists, and rock climbers. Sturdy adjustable shoulder straps can keep a bag securely in place. It can also be worn diagonally to keep hands free. These also work well at school track meets and little league games.
A rolling medial kit can also be found at sporting goods stores and online. Wheels on the bottom and a strong handle on the top makes maneuvering the largest medical bags safe and easy. Some of those are available complete with supplies as a package deal for customer savings. The extra space allows athletic trainers, sports medicine professionals, and EMTs to include bulkier items, such as knee braces, neck collars, or protective cushioning for off-field transport.