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Travel First Aid Kits – Domestic & International Travel Safety Emergency Kits

Illness or injury can ruin a trip, so whenever you travel away from home, it is essential that you have a Travel first aid kit. Make sure you have all the resources you need to stay healthy — or in the case of a bump or bruise, to make sure you can administer self-care and get back to exploring. Too many travelers assume the over-the-counter medications and first aid supplies we find in any drug store will be available on their journeys – this is often not the case, so bring a first aid kit specifically designed for traveling! To enable you to cope if a more significant health problem interrupts your travels, your first aid kit should also contain items to help you treat injuries and reduce symptoms of illness for a period of time until you can get further medical attention.

Good first aid kit can help make your vacation perfect

Travel Emergency Kits - Is Yours Packed?

Travel Emergency Kits – Is Yours Packed?

Planning a vacation? Make a little room in your luggage for a travel first aid kit. It won’t cost much, and it won’t take up much space. Once you reach your destination, you won’t need to reach any further than your suitcase to relieve those minor aches and pains that can put a major damper on your plans.

A basic travel first aid kit should include prescription medicines in the original bottles, as well as a handful of over-the-counter remedies you can buy just about anywhere, says Caroline Sullivan, DNP, assistant professor at Columbia University School of Nursing. Generics can work just as well as brand-name products, and may also save you some money.

“A good first aid kit should help you cope with many of the situations that can make your vacation less than perfect – like a headache or a stomach ache,” says Sullivan, also an adult nurse practitioner at the Primary and Immediate Care practice at Columbia Doctors. “Once you set up the kit, just check the contents before every trip to make sure you have enough supplies and nothing has expired.”

Here’s what should go in the kit:

1.Pepto-Bismol tablets to relieve diarrhea, upset stomach, heartburn, indigestion, and nausea after too much food and drink
2.Tylenol or Advil to ease a headache or fever
3.Cortizone 10 cream to soothe an itchy, swollen insect bite
4.Antibiotic ointment like Neosporin or Bacitracin to prevent infection from minor cuts, scrapes, and burns.
5.Band-Aids to cover up blisters, or those minor cuts and scrapes
6.Benadryl to relieve allergies, and also to help you sleep
7.Hand sanitizer to kill germs before they make you sick
8.Tissues to sneeze, dab cuts, and clean hands in a pinch

Source: Columbia University School of Nursing via  News-Medical

 

Travel First Aid Kits – For adventure into the jungle or across town: Be ready with your traveling first aid pack!

Brrrrrr…..

New Hampshire was below zero this morning… it’s going to be a COLD Winter!

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Stay Warm and Safe!

Please consider the following messaging as we continue to help keep our community safe:

Had And Body WarmersCheck your smoke detectors. Are they working? Change your battery and make sure you have one per floor. If it activates, don’t ignore it. Never remove the battery. Evacuate and call 911. Do you have a carbon monoxide detector? These items can be purchased at any hardware store relatively inexpensively and in a combination unit.

Be prepared for Blackouts and other Winter Emergencies. Talk to your family members and create a family evacuation plan today. Know two ways out of every room and have a meeting place outside the residence where everyone knows to go.

If you smell something odd in your home such as possible fire or gas…don’t wait to evacuate. Get out and call 911. Allow the fire department to investigate. Your family’s safety is important to us.

Winter means many house fires – When firefighters arrive on scene and begin to lay hose lines, please change your direction of travel and leave the area. Drivers please be considerate and do not drive over hose lines. By doing so you are putting firefighter’s lives at even further risk by potentially cutting off their water supply to attack the fire.

Practice Generator safety, and never use portable heaters inside that aren’t rated for indoor use.

When was the last time you had your dryer, furnace, fireplace or water heater checked? Make an appointment today. Keep those items serviced and in the event of something malfunctioning, evacuate and call 911. Again….Never ever use appliances such as a stove to heat your home. This is not safe and is dangerous and deadly. If you choose to use a space heater, follow the manufacturer’s instructions and keep a 3 foot perimeter away from combustibles such as clothing, furniture and curtains. Do not use candles to heat your home and never leave them unattended. Don’t burn things in your fireplace that aren’t intended to be burned indoors.

Never leave food unattended while cooking. Grease on the stove can rapidly catch fire and get out of control. Always heat grease slowly and keep a method of extinguishment nearby such as a lid or fire extinguisher.

If you suspect that your child has been using combustible items such as cigarettes, please address it before it becomes deadly. Most Local Fire Departments have juvenile fire setters program that can help you explain the dangers of smoking as it pertains to a child.

Prepare for Winter Weather

While the danger from winter weather varies across the country, nearly all Americans are likely to face some type of severe winter weather at some point. Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind driven snow that lasts for several days. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.

One of the primary concerns is winter weather’s ability to knock out heat, power and communications services to homes and offices, sometimes for days at a time. Heavy snowfall and extreme cold can immobilize an entire region. “When the Sky Turns Gray” highlights the importance of preparing for winter weather before it strikes.

When The Sky Turns Gray – Animated Video for Winter Storm

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New guidelines on Diabetes Prevention and Treatment

During National Diabetes Month, the National Diabetes Education Program releases Guiding Principles for diabetes care.

A newly published set of 10 guiding principles highlights areas of agreement for diabetes care that could be clinically useful in diabetes management and prevention. Presented by the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), Guiding Principles for the Care of People With or at Risk for Diabetes is aimed at assisting with identification and management of the disease, self-management support for patients, physical activity and blood glucose control, among other topics. More than a dozen federal agencies and professional organizations support the document.

Diabetes has placed a health care and financial burden on Americans. More than 29 million Americans have diabetes and another 86 million – over one in three adults – have prediabetes. Diabetes costs the country $245 billion annually, estimates the American Diabetes Association.

NDEP is a partnership between the NIH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The following organizations and U.S. agencies support Guiding Principles:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
  • American Association of Diabetes Educators
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Heart Association
  • American Optometric Association
  • American Podiatric Medical Association
  • Department of Defense
  • Endocrine Society
  • Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Indian Health Service
  • National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians and AANPHI Diabetes Coalition
  • Office of Minority Health

The NDEP works with more than 200 partners and offers materials and resources to the public, people diagnosed with diabetes, health care professionals and business professionals. To view or download NDEP resources, visit www.YourDiabetesInfo.org

What is an NSAID and why does it matter?

We sometimes have customers that call in to confirm “if there is or is not NSAID in our Aspirin?” – or similar questions…

NSAIDs are not something you would find  listed as active ingredients or on the drug facts.

Aspirin-2This question is actually backward…NSAID is a class of medication – Aspirin wouldn’t “have NSAID” Aspirin IS an NSAID.

NSAID is “Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug” it is a Drug class

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, usually abbreviated to NSAIDs EN-sed—but also referred to as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents/analgesics or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines

Drugs in class: Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Diclofenac, Naproxen, Celecoxib, More

People with various conditions, ssuch as Liver problems, generally should not take NSAIDs… when taking medications, everyone should consult a physician or pharmacist if at all unsure or concerned.

Over-the-Counter Medications, Tablets, and Medicinals

National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month – and also Diabetic Eye Disease Month.

  • Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
  • Another 86 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
  • The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.

What are the 3 types of Diabetes?

In type 1 diabetes, the body does not make insulin. In type 2 diabetes — the most common type, which has increased along with the obesity epidemic — the body does not make or use insulin well. A third type, gestational diabetes, occurs in some women during pregnancy. Though it usually goes away after the birth, these women and their children have a greater chance of getting type 2 diabetes later in life. Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or prevented, and both types 1 and 2 diabetes can be managed to prevent complications.

Diabetes can lead to severe complications such as heart disease, stroke, vision loss, kidney disease, nerve damage, and amputation among others, and it’s a significant risk factor for developing glaucoma.
People with diabetes are more susceptible to many other illnesses such as pneumonia and influenza and are more likely to die from these than people who do not have diabetes.
Among U.S.residents aged 65 years and older, 10.9 million (or 26.9%) had diabetes in 2010.
Currently, 3.6 million Americans age 40 and older suffer from diabetic eye disease.
Education and early detection are major components to combating this disease.
What Can You Do?
Learn more to recognize diabetic symptoms and support research for cures and treatment.
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Remember, too – World Diabetes Day is Nov. 14:

Autumn Health and Safety

While the media is full of Ebola updates, other concerns should not be forgotten this Fall. Enterovirus, Rabbit Fever and other concerns are actually more likely to affect Americans directly than Ebola. Of course, too, we are at the beginning of cough, could and flu season – so it’s time to get ready for that.

Have a safe and healthy Halloween.

Make Halloween festivities fun, safe, and healthy for trick-or-treaters and party guests.

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ake steps to prevent the flu.

The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year in the fall. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Wash your hands often. Stay home if you get sick.

  • Flu Season Is Around the Corner
  • Seasonal Flu Vaccination
  • Take 3 Actions to Fight the Flu –

    CDC urges you to take the following actions to protect yourself and others from influenza (the flu): 

    Step One

    Take time to get a flu vaccine.

    Take time to get a flu vaccine like this young boy from an older female nurse.

    • CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
    • While there are many different flu viruses, a flu vaccine protects against the three or four viruses that research suggests will be most common. (See upcoming season’s Vaccine Virus Selection for this season’s vaccine composition.)
    • Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths.
    • Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine as soon as the current season’s vaccines are available.
    • Vaccination of high risk persons is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness.
    • People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.
    • Vaccination also is important for health care workers, and other people who live with or care for high risk people to keep from spreading flu to high risk people.
    • Children younger than 6 months are at high risk of serious flu illness, but are too young to be vaccinated. People who care for them should be vaccinated instead.
    Step Two

    Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.

    Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs like this mother teaching her young child to wash hands.

    • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
    • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
    • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
    • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
    • See Everyday Preventive Actions[257 KB, 2 pages] and Nonpharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) for more information about actions – apart from getting vaccinated and taking medicine – that people and communities can take to help slow the spread of illnesses like influenza (flu).
    Step 3

    Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.

    Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them like this older woman listening to her doctor.

    • If you get the flu, antiviral drugs can treat your illness.
    • Antiviral drugs are different from antibiotics. They are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaled powder) and are not available over-the-counter.
    • Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They may also prevent serious flu complications. For people with high risk factors[702 KB, 2 pages], treatment with an antiviral drug can mean the difference between having a milder illness versus a very serious illness that could result in a hospital stay.
    • Studies show that flu antiviral drugs work best for treatment when they are started within 2 days of getting sick, but starting them later can still be helpful, especially if the sick person has a high-risk health or is very sick from the flu. Follow your doctor’s instructions for taking this drug.
    • Flu-like symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people also may have vomiting and diarrhea. People may be infected with the flu, and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.

Get smart about antibiotics.

Antibiotics can cure bacterial infections, but not viral infections. The common cold and the flu are viral infections, so avoid using antibiotics if you have one of these. Using antibiotics when they are not needed causes some bacteria to become resistant to the antibiotic, and therefore stronger and harder to kill. See your doctor or nurse to find out if your illness is bacterial or viral.

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Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Month

Did you know that October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Month?

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Learn CPR!

Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the number one killer in America – Learning CPR can help save those around you. Recent Statistics show that 66 percent of the people who collapse after the electrical activity is disrupted in their heart survive. That’s true if someone else sees it happen and calls 911, and if the person receives CPR from emergency response crews or bystanders.

There is a critical 3- to 5-minute window to save a victim of SCA.

Know the cardiac chain of survival:

■ Early recognition of SCA, which may include any of the following: collapsed and unresponsive, gasping, gurgling, seizure-like activity.

■ Early access to 9-1-1.

■ Begin CPR immediately.

■ Retrieve and begin use of an AED immediately.

■ Early advanced care from first responders.

Recently, the focus has been on deeper, harder CPR for a longer duration — more than an hour in some cases — with fewer, shorter interruptions. EMS Teams that have been employing this strategy started seeing better survival numbers right away.

Our recommendations: Learn CPR at Home, or Schedule a Group CPR & AED Training at your location. Get and AED… Need help? Try the AED Grant Program!

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Cough, Cold, Runny Nose

The Dark Side of Autumn. While turning leaves and a cool breeze are lovely, Snot is Not.  A common head or chest cold most often includes a runny nose, sore throat, sneezing, and of course coughing. These symptoms can last for up to 2 weeks.

Did you know that while rhinovirus is the most common type of virus, there are actually over 200 viruses that can cause colds?

Preventing the Common Cold

  • Practice good hand hygiene – wash regularly with antibacterial soap, carry hand wipes or hand sanitizer and use them!
  • Avoid contact with people who have colds or other upper respiratory infections
  • If you catch cold – stay home if possible, otherwise always cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing to avoid spreading the infection – and clean your phones, keyboards, mouse, and work areas at school or work whenever you sit down or leave.

Signs and Symptoms of the Common Cold

What are you doing to prepare for Flu, Cold and Cough Season this year? We’ve talked a lot about Influenza (always a popular subject with our readers) but the common cold is a seasonal dilemma that few dive into deeply enough… it’s not just a nuisance, it can lead to loss of work, more dangerous illnesses, and complications from misuse of medications and treatments.

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Ever wonder what the Snot Color Means?
(OK, “Mucus” is a nicer term) At, first, when the germs that cause colds infect the nose and sinuses, the nose makes clear mucus. This is the body’s natural protective action and acts to help wash the germs from the nose and sinuses. After 2-3 days, the body’s immune cells fight back, changing the mucus to a white or yellow color. As the bacteria that live in the nose grow back, they may also be found in the mucus, which changes the mucus to a greenish color. This is normal and does not mean you or your child needs antibiotics.

How to Feel Better…

Rest, over-the-counter medicines and other self-care methods may help you or your child feel better. Remember, always use over-the-counter products as directed.  Many over-the-counter products are not recommended for children younger than certain ages.

Cough and cold medications that contain nasal decongestants, antihistamines, cough suppressants, and expectorants commonly are used alone or in combination in attempts to temporarily relieve symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection in children aged <2 years.

According to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System–Cooperative Adverse Drug Events Surveillance project, which is jointly operated by CDC, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission: During 2004–2005 alone, an estimated 1,519 children aged <2 years were treated in U.S. emergency departments for adverse events, including overdoses, associated with cough and cold medications.

Tips for Safety at Home with Over-the-Counter Cold Remedies:

Do

  • Throw away old cold and cough medicines labeled for children less than age 4.
  • Read the label carefully to see what ingredients are in any medicine you give your child.

Don’t

  • Don’t leave any medicines where your child might be able to reach them.
  • Don’t tell children that medicine is candy.
  • Don’t take adult medicines in front of your child.
  • Don’t give children younger than age 4 any medicines intended for older children.
  • Don’t give your child two medicines that contain the same ingredients.

For tips on safely managing coughs and colds, talk to your child’s doctor or your pharmacist.

Antibiotics are Needed When…

Antibiotics are needed only if your healthcare provider tells you that you or your child has a bacterial infection. Your healthcare provider may prescribe other medicine or give tips to help with a cold’s symptoms, but antibiotics are not needed to treat a cold or runny nose.

Antibiotics Will Not Help if…

Since the common cold is caused by a virus, antibiotics will not help it get better.  A runny nose or cold almost always gets better on its own, so it is better to wait and take antibiotics only when they are needed. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed can be harmful, and may lead to unwanted side effects like diarrhea, rashes, nausea, and stomach pain. More severe side effects may rarely occur, including life-threatening allergic reactions, kidney toxicity, and severe skin reactions.

Each time you or your child takes an antibiotic, the bacteria that normally live in your body (on the skin, in the intestine, in the mouth and nose, etc.) are more likely to become resistant to antibiotics. Common antibiotics cannot kill infections caused by these resistant germs.

See a Healthcare Provider if You or Your Child has:

  • Temperature higher than 100.4° F
  • Symptoms that last more than 10 days
  • Symptoms that are not relieved by over-the-counter medicines

Your healthcare provider can determine if you or your child has a cold and can recommend symptomatic therapy. If your child is younger than three months of age and has a fever, it’s important to always call your healthcare provider right away.

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Follow the steps above to:

  1. Avoid the Common Cold
  2. Contain your Illness to avoid infecting others if you fall sick
  3. Treat the symptoms to recover
  4. Be responsible and careful with children, medications, and illness
  5. Know when self-treatment is not enough and it’s time to sesk professional help