If you have diabetes, you need to take extra care in summer, when heat waves, strong storms, and hurricanes can strike. What if your child’s school goes into lockdown? Personal preparedness is all about developing your own plans, tool kits and emergency supplies to fill the gap until normal conditions return. There is no “DUK (Diabetes UK) , IDF (International Diabetes Federation), DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee” The buildings they were formerly housed in are now a smoldering ruins. While 83% of the patients reported that they had received an explanation regarding the use of the glucagon emergency kit, only 60% actually owned it. While type 1 diabetes is caused by an autoimmune attack on the pancreas and type 2 is caused by insulin resistance, both lead to high blood sugar and both can develop in adults or children. You can get a glucagon emergency kit at the local pharmacy with a prescription from your doctor.
“Depending on how many prescriptions a person is taking, the need for special storage might be a factor to consider,” Selig Corman R.Ph., consultant pharmacist and director of professional affairs at the Pharmacists Society of the State of New York, said. New research conducted by Diabetes Australia (DA) and the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) suggests that people with diabetes need more relevant information to equip them to manage their condition during and after an emergency. MacPete says. 10 years old, 10 units of glucagon. Emergency glucagon kits for intramuscular or subcutaneous use are commercially available (12,13). A small cooler will work nicely for this. Get a strong, insulated diabetic travel pack for your insulin and other supplies.
As T1Ds, we have a few different things to prioritize to stay safe in the outdoors. html. Once the wound is clean, dab on a little antibiotic ointment and cover with a sterile bandage. Familiarising yourself with the conditions enables you to plan your blood glucose measurements accordingly. Cortisones are anti-inflammatory drugs useful for soothing rashes. Any 1 percent hydrocortisone cream can be bought without a prescription. Try squeezing glucose gel in his cheek first.
I once had a horrible low sugar event (28) and have made sure I keep one handy ever since. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are good choices for relieving fever, pain, or both. However, caves are obvious places and it is likely that other people will also hide their belongings there. Never give aspirin to a child or teenager who has a cold or fever; it could trigger a rare but life-threatening condition known as Reye’s syndrome. Having diabetes forces you to think ahead, making you less likely to panic. Adhesive bandages in assorted sizes. Cold pack to bring down swelling from sprains or insect bites.
Two to four week supply of water. As for having back-up medications, every endocrinologist that I have ever had has written me a prescription for 4 months worth of insulin with a refill allowed every three months. However, using blood from alternative sites is not a compelling feature of glucometers for people with rapidly fluctuating blood sugar levels. Adhesive tape to hold gauze bandages in place. If you take other medicines for diabetes, check with your doctor on a routine visit about what to do during an emergency if you do not have your medicine. A triangular bandage to use for slings or to wrap larger injuries. I did, and was glad I did, because in an emergency, I would be frazzled trying to figure it out.
A cough suppressant to relieve coughing. If you have children in the house, make sure you have a cough suppressant that is appropriate for their age group as well as one for adults. The act of removing the protective cover triggers reconstitution. Decongestant tablets such as Sudafed (pseudoephedrine) to ease nasal congestion from allergies or colds. An oral medicine syringe to use when giving medicine to small children. Rehydrating fluids like Pedialyte to prevent dehydration in infants with diarrhea. Calamine lotion to treat the itching and irritation of poison ivy, poison oak, or insect bites.
Latex gloves as a precaution against infection. If you have a latex allergy, use gloves that do not contain latex, such as nitrile gloves. Emergency consent forms for each member of your family to be used in an emergency if you’re unable to give your consent for treatment. Consent forms for each of your children should also be given to their caregivers when you’re away from home. Note: In the past, doctors have recommended keeping syrup of ipecac in your first aid kit to use in a poisoning emergency. However, doctors found that syrup of ipecac generally caused more harm than good and now recommend that you throw away any that you have on hand. Your national and local poison control center.
Look in the front section of your phone book to find the number for your area. Your family doctor or pediatrician. If a meal is not scheduled soon (1 hour or less), you should also eat a light snack, such as crackers and cheese or half a sandwich or drink a glass of milk to keep your blood sugar from going down again. Local fire and rescue squad (911 should also work). At least two nearby friends or neighbors who can give you a ride or watch your children in case you need to leave suddenly. A list of allergies and medications for each household member. For safety’s sake, keep your medicine kit in a zippered bag or secure box and store it out of children’s reach, but close enough that you will be able to remember and find it quickly in an emergency.
Most items in a first aid kit are dangerous in small hands. It’s better to store medications on a high closet shelf rather than in the bathroom because the warmth and steam from showers can make drugs break down faster. Check the contents of your kit every three to six months, and replace the things that you have used or that have expired. It helps to include an inventory of everything that should be in your kit, so you can figure out what needs to be replaced.