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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Organizing for Medical Emergencies

Here is an excerpt from a post by Erin on Organizing for Medical Emergencies. You can find the whole post on the Unclutter. It is well worth reading the entire article so click on over.
Create specialized kits for your First Aid cabinet. I’ve reorganized our medicine chest so that there are zip-top bags with all of the items necessary for types of injuries. There is now a zip-top bag for skin avulsions and burns, another for cuts, one for bruises and bumps, and another for pain relief. When you’re injured, it is much easier to grab one bag with everything in it instead of hunting and pecking through a medicine chest for all of the individual items you might need.
And for those of us who only hear the patter of four little paws, shouldn't we be prepared with a few basics? I'll research this and get back with a list. Ah Ha. Actually found this list on eHow: Instructions Things You'll Need: Blankets Masking Tape Muzzles Kaeopectates Antibacterial Ointments Cotton Swabs Eyebrow Tweezers Gauze Gauze Pads Hydrogen Peroxides Ipecacs Medicine Droppers Cotton Swabs Plastic Storage Containers Scissors Adhesive Tape Forceps Blankets Step 1 Get a durable, waterproof (or at least water-resistant) container that opens and closes easily yet securely. It should be large enough to hold the items mentioned below. Step 2 Include bandage material, such as gauze pads, cotton gauze, adhesive tape and masking tape. Step 3 Keep a bottle of hydrogen peroxide and anti-bacterial ointment or cream in the kit. Step 4 Include diarrhea medication, but seek your veterinarian's approval before use. Step 5 Be sure to pack a pair of scissors, plus tweezers or forceps. Step 6 Add a few eyedroppers for dispensing liquid medication or for cleaning superficial wounds. Step 7 Include syrup of ipecac to induce vomiting in the event your pet is poisoned. If your pet is poisoned, consult your veterinarian before inducing vomiting. Step 8 Find activated charcoal at any health food store. This remedy is good for poisoning or diarrhea and controls flatulence resulting from any stomach or intestinal upset. Step 9 Store blankets in the kit to keep your pet warm in extreme conditions. Step 10 When traveling, call ahead to your destination to see if there are any particular dangers, such as snakes, poisonous plants or extreme heat, that you will need to consider when packing your first aid kit. Step 11 Include the phone numbers of your pet's regular veterinarian and of a nearby emergency veterinary hospital. Tips and Warnings: *Muzzle an injured dog, since overly stressed dogs are more at risk of biting. *For spinal injuries, secure your pet to a board with masking tape that will not hurt the fur or skin. Avoid placing the dog inside a crate or carrier, and call your veterinarian before heading to the hospital so the staff can prepare for your arrival. *Never give your cat aspirin or acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol). They are extremely toxic to cats. Avoid giving ibuprofen to dogs, as it can cause kidney

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