Working in home health, you will rely upon your equipment to provide accurate results and keep your patients safe. Below is a list of equipment you must have, along with easy, cost effective links for obtaining this equipment quickly.
Thermometer (forehead or disposable tip)
A forehead thermometer does not require touching the patient, therefore, it doesn’t require cleaning. However, you can also purchase an ear thermometer along with disposable tips.
Blood Pressure Cuff
You may choose between an automatic or manual blood pressure cuff. Please keep in mind that an automatic blood pressure cuff must be calibrated to provide accurate results.
Stethoscope (Heart rate monitor)
Heart rate can be obtained without the use of a stethoscope, though a good stethoscope will last a lifetime and make your job much easier!
Pulse Oximetry Monitor
O2 Saturation is only taken if the patient has orders or a qualifying diagnosis, but it is important to have a monitor the occasions you must take it (such as if the patient has COPD or CHF).
It is highly recommended you have a dedicated bag to place your supplies and equipment in. A bag with a strap allows you to keep the bag on your body if you are unable to place it down in the patient’s home.
Safety Precaution Supplies
In home health you must follow safety precautions, so having hand sanitizer, a protective barrier (wax paper or paper towel) for under your bag, gloves, and alcohol wipes, can all keep you and your patients safe.
Equipment used during visits will vary depending upon your treatments and discipline. You may choose to obtain an ice pack, gait belt for walking, or other equipment to ensure your patients achieve their maximum benefit from home health. Common equipment is listed below.