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Welcome to our big emergency case test 2021. Here we present all the emergency cases we have tested in detail. We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best emergency case for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should be aware of if you want to buy an emergency case.

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Summary

  • Medical emergency kits are used especially for first aid or support in medical emergencies. They can save lives.
  • There are no or only few legally binding regulations for emergency cases, but there are DINs that should be observed.
  • Depending on the area of use or the user, emergency cases can be equipped individually. Thus, despite recommended basic equipment, emergency cases can vary in their equipment depending on the doctor.

The Best Emergency Kit: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying an emergency kit

What is an emergency kit?

An emergency kit is a comprehensive first aid kit. There are different types depending on the area of use. Many emergency kits are designed for businesses and offices. There are special emergency cases for doctors and rescue services, which are usually more extensively equipped than those for businesses and private households.

An emergency case is a case that contains the necessary materials and medicines for diagnosing and treating medical emergencies. Medical emergencies include illnesses, injuries and poisoning. Depending on the preferences of the user, it can be equipped in different ways, but there are also DIN regulations that should be taken into account as far as possible.

Emergency cases can save lives in an emergency. Therefore, businesses as well as private households should be equipped with emergency kits. (Image source: pixabay.com / 3dman-eu)

An emergency kit should contain:

  1. Part A: compulsory basic emergency medical equipment
  2. Part B: Diagnostics and treatment of adults
  3. Part C: Emergencies with infants or children

By default, the emergency kit also contains medical technology for invasive measures. In addition to Part A, there must always be at least Part B or Part C.

For whom is an emergency case suitable?

In principle, emergency kits are suitable for everyone who wants to be well equipped for first aid in an emergency. Companies are obliged to have an appropriate emergency kit in stock. The requirements vary depending on the type and size of the company. Especially if you have a disease such as diabetes, you should definitely have an emergency kit at home that also contains special items such as lancets.

Paramedics and doctors should have emergency kits that are appropriate for their area of work. There are different emergency kits for paramedics, doctors and dentists.

Is an emergency kit only suitable for people?

There are emergency kits for people, but also for animals. Depending on which emergency kit you have, it is suitable for animals or people. Depending on the emergency, however, similar, if not the same, materials may be needed.

What are the emergency kits for?

There are medical emergency kits for doctors, dentists, rescue services, psychotherapists and veterinarians. These are equipped for their respective areas of use. In addition to these medical emergency cases, there are also joke articles, e.g. for birthday parties or weddings.

What are the differences between emergency cases for doctors' surgeries, dentists' surgeries and the emergency services?

Emergency cases for rescue services are usually more extensively equipped than those for doctors' or dentists' surgeries. For medical practices, there are no precise legal regulations regarding emergency cases. The equipment of medical and psychotherapeutic practices also depends on the skills of the doctor or psychotherapist. In any case, the following things should be available or regulated:

Emergency equipment emergency recognition and care
Content (checklist) criteria for recognising an emergency
Location measures to be taken in an emergency
Responsibility and frequency of review regular brief training of staff

There are special first-aid kits for paramedics. These are intended for daily service, as well as for disaster control and civil defence, and less for emergency medical services. They are also designed for company paramedics.

First-aid kits are different from first-aid boxes or first-aid bags.

In dental practices, there are different views on what should be required of an emergency kit. However, all dentists should draw up individual risk profiles for their own practice and equip their emergency cases according to these profiles.

Which medicines belong in an emergency case?

Depending on the area of application, different medicines belong in the emergency case. For the rescue service, the medicines listed in the table belong in the emergency case.

Drug Indication Contraindication
Adalat (R) hypertensive crisis, angina pectoris hypotension (low RR), shock symptoms, gravidity (pregnancy), eclampsia
Adrenalin anaphylactic reactions type III and IV, resuscitation, possibly pseudo-croup attack. Pseudo-croup attack, asthma, shock (septic, anaphylactic and cardiogenic) tachycardic arrhythmias
Alupnet asthma, bradycardia (e.g. in AV block III°),antidote in ß-blocker overdose caution in fresh myocardial infarction
Anexate Intox with benzodiazepines, termination of anaesthesia induced with benzodiazepines epilepsy where benzodiazepines are used as concomitant medication

Again, depending on the area of use, different drugs may be useful and necessary.

What does a (medical) emergency kit cost?

There are inexpensive emergency cases for less than 20.00€, some from 2.50€ (used). Emergency cases for doctors in particular usually cost several hundred euros.

Where can I buy an emergency kit?

You can buy an emergency kit online or sometimes at discounters or in specialised shops. If you want advice, you should buy the emergency case in a specialist shop. This is especially useful if you need an emergency kit for your business and you don't know what requirements you have to fulfil or what you have to look out for.

If you are an entrepreneur, you should inform yourself about the legal regulations before buying an emergency kit, so that you buy an emergency kit that is permissible and sufficient for your business.

Depending on the area of use, you should also equip your emergency kit with suitable dressing materials or medical technology. (Image source: pixabay.com / Hans)

What alternatives are there to an emergency kit?

In addition to emergency cases, there are also emergency bags and emergency backpacks or small first aid kits. Which of these is an alternative for you depends on the required area of use. If you only want to have the essentials for your private household or your car, a small first aid kit for cars is sufficient.

If you have a company, it depends on what kind of company you have with how many employees, because this determines how extensive your emergency kit must be filled. Doctors have different emergency kits depending on their speciality, in particular there are special emergency kits for dentists. Emergency services and veterinarians have different requirements and therefore different emergency kits.

Decision: What types of emergency kits are there and which one is right for you?

If you have decided to buy an emergency kit, there are seven alternatives to choose from:

  • One-case system
  • Two-case system
  • Emergency case for the ambulance service
  • Emergency case for the doctor's practice
  • Emergency cases for dental practices
  • Emergency cases for companies
  • Emergency cases for parties

In the following section, we would like to help you make your decision easier so that you can buy the right case for you.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a single case system?

An emergency case based on the single case system consists of a case that contains everything for emergencies. This often makes it heavy and makes it harder to divide the materials according to the location of the injury. However, you only have to take one case, which reduces the risk of forgetting something. You also only need to have a single supply of each material.

Advantages
  • Everything is in one case
  • materials only need to be in stock in simple form
  • less risk of forgetting something
Disadvantages
  • Heavier to carry
  • Worse for the back
  • Worse to position individually

What distinguishes a two-case system and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

In emergency cases with a two-case system, you use two cases at the same time. This makes it easier to sort the materials, usually one case is used for respiratory emergencies and one for circulatory emergencies. Two individual cases are easier to carry than one large one, which is easier on the back.

In addition, you can position them appropriately for the patient depending on the contents, e.g. the one for breathing on the head, the one for circulation on the upper body. However, you must always have two cases with you and, if necessary, have the material in stock twice, i.e. once in each case. Sometimes only one suitcase is taken along, which can be problematic if you need something from the other one.

Advantages
  • Easier to carry
  • Easy on the back
  • Can be positioned more individually on the patient
  • Better sorting of materials
Disadvantages
  • You always have to take 2 cases with you
  • Material must sometimes be stocked twice
  • Sometimes a case is forgotten

What distinguishes an emergency case for the rescue service and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

An emergency case for the rescue service is usually very extensively equipped. This means that it offers dressing materials for many different injuries. However, these emergency cases are usually heavy and tend to be in a higher price category.

Advantages
  • Extensively equipped
  • Suitable for many different injuries and accidents
Disadvantages
  • Heavy
  • Expensive

What are the characteristics of a medical emergency kit and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Emergency cases for medical practices are designed to meet the needs of doctors, but each doctor has the option of upgrading the emergency case according to his or her own preferred treatment methods and skills. However, these cases are also usually in a higher price range.

Advantages
  • Individually adaptable
Disadvantages
  • Expensive

What distinguishes an emergency case for dental practices and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Emergency cases for dental practices should include suitable basic equipment, similar to emergency cases for medical practices. However, these can also be customised. They should be particularly suitable for dental emergencies. These cases are very expensive due to their equipment.

Advantages
  • (Partly) Customisable
  • Designed especially for dental emergencies
Disadvantages
  • Expensive
  • May not be suitable for all emergencies

Dentists sometimes have to deal with different emergencies or complications than other specialists, so they should have an emergency kit adapted to their speciality. (Image source: pixabay.com / 3dman_eu)

What distinguishes a business emergency kit and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Emergency cases for companies must be equipped differently depending on the type of company and the number of employees. There are DINs that regulate the requirements for this. Suitable emergency kits for companies help to ensure that first aid can be provided quickly and well in the event of accidents.

They are therefore useful and important for companies. However, some of them have to be very extensive or have to be stocked in multiple versions, which can be very expensive.

Advantages
  • Enable rapid first aid
Disadvantages
  • Expensive in total

What distinguishes an emergency kit for parties and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

These are mostly joke items, unless you are talking about large events, for which you should also take appropriate safety precautions. They can be purchased cheaply.

Advantages
  • Party gag
  • cheap
Disadvantages
  • Unsuitable for medical emergencies

Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate emergency cases

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate emergency cases. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a certain product is suitable for you or not. In summary, these are:

  • Contents
  • Price
  • Case material

In the following paragraphs you can read about the individual purchase criteria and how you can classify them.

Content

The content depends on your needs and your field of application. For companies, doctors and emergency services, different DINs regulate what should be contained in the emergency kit. Basically, your emergency kit should be designed for injuries and accidents that restrict breathing as well as for those that injure the head and for everyday accidents.

Price

There are inexpensive emergency kits, which are then usually less specialised or comprehensive. These can be purchased for less than 20,-€. If you need a more specialised emergency case, for example for doctors, dentists or ambulance services, you should allow for costs of several 100,-€, sometimes even more than 1000,-€.

Case material

There are emergency cases made of metal or plastic. Alternatively, there are emergency bags. Emergency cases should be made of sturdy material, especially if they are to be carried or if you want to attach a wall bracket.

Facts worth knowing about emergency kits

Where can I buy refill materials?

You can buy emergency kit refills online at Amazon.co.uk or at other retailers online or in shops. If you want advice, you should buy the materials in a specialist shop. There you can get advice directly.

How often do I have to replace the materials in the emergency kit?

There should be expiry dates on the individual dressing materials, these should not have expired. It is best to check your emergency kit once a year. After a mission, you should refill it. It can also help to keep a list of when you changed which parts of the kit.

If you don't want to change every single part, then change the materials after a mission or once a year depending on the actuality and use the old materials for a first aid exercise.

There are dressing materials that last up to 20 years, depending on the manufacturer, but some should be replaced more often.

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