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Diabetics’ guide to First Aid – What Diabetics and Their Loved Ones Need to Know About First Aid
When preparing a first aid kit for your family, it is important that the conditions of each person are accounted for. If you have diabetes, you need to have the proper supplies and information readily available.
Diabetes increases an individual’s health related risks, and caring for even minor problems quickly can prevent them from ballooning into a serious health crisis. Having a well stocked emergency kit on hand allows you to do that. In the event of a serious health crisis, your kit will also provide important tools that can keep a condition from worsening until medical help arrives. Within your kit, carry the correct supplies to help monitor and control sugar levels, provide wound and other first aid treatments and assist with secondary health concerns that may arise from a diagnosis of diabetes.
Make your family and friends aware of the location of your first aid kit, or keep it in plain site. Always wear a medical alert bracelet or similar device in case you become unconscious. Those around you need to know about your diagnosis before attempting to administer first aid.
The first aid supply kit that you put together should have everything necessary to treat extreme blood sugar fluctuations. Additionally, it needs to have standard equipment and specific medications to treat cuts, burns and similar emergency injuries. You should keep information in the kit regarding the exact procedure for diagnosing whether your blood sugar is low or high along with the directions for both.
An HSE approved first aid kit will contain many of the items that you need in order to stay safe in the event of an emergency in a convenient container that is easy to store in your home, car or grab on the go.
You may want to include some specific information about the signs of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia inside your kit with appropriate treatment protocols. A small book on first aid can also be helpful for you or anyone using the kit. High blood sugar, or hyperglycemia, will leave a person drowsy and warm, with a fruity breath and rapid pulse. Those with hypoglycemia may also have a rapid pulse and feel faint. However, this end of the sugar spectrum includes clammy skin, tremors and confusion.
Have at least a three day supply of your diabetes medications in the container. The same is true of all medications you take regularly, including those sold over-the-counter. At least twice each year, switch out older products that are outside their expiration dates with newer ones. Keep medicine in the original containers.
Because it must be refrigerated, you cannot store insulin long-term in your kit. However, you can keep it stocked up with related supplies in an appropriately marked bag in your refrigerator. In addition to syringes, you can keep a second blood glucose meter along with test strips and a set of fresh batteries inside your primary first aid kit.
Clearly labeled glucose tablets, lancets, skin prep wipes and injection pen needles are also important contents to include. Don’t forget your glucagon kit.
Products to treat wounds are an essential component of an emergency kit and especially a kit used for an individual with diabetes. To prevent worries that a caregiver may have a latex allergy, include plastic or other latex-free gloves and a face shield.
By keeping a well-stocked emergency kit, you will be prepared for blood sugar fluctuations, scrapes and cuts, and many other minor injuries that might occur.
About the Author: Louis Venter is the creator of http://diabetescoop.com/ a website devoted to providing support and on-topic, frequently updated information for diabetics and those in their support network.
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