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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Emergency Preparedness (Overview)

Emergency preparedness includes having a fire, severe weather, and accident safety plan. For victims of domestic abuse, emergency preparedness includes having a safe and quick exit strategy.


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Where can I find an emergency preparedness site?

Where can I find an emergency preparedness site?

Preparing...: These kits are usually available at local military surplus stores... But big retailers like costco and sam's club are also selling them along with food in bulk kits. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
49 doctors shared insights

Emergency Preparedness (Overview)

Emergency preparedness includes having a fire, severe weather, and accident safety plan. For victims of domestic abuse, emergency preparedness includes having a safe and quick exit strategy.


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How can I properly store disposable propane bottles for emergency preparedness purposes?

How can I properly store disposable propane bottles for emergency preparedness purposes?

Re-direct: this is not an appropriate question for a medical board. You can get a better, more informed, and more detailed answer from your local fire department. ...Read more

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Where to get emergency preparedness kits?

Where to get emergency preparedness kits?

See below: You can find many of them on line or put together your own. Recommendations of content are found through the american college of emergency physicians. ...Read more

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What is an emergency rescue?

What is an emergency rescue?

The golden Hour: The golden hour for trauma is the first hour of care- if care can be received within the first hour after an accident- chances of survival are much better. An emergency rescue is the process of either saving someone from a life or limb injury both out of the hospital (by paramedics) or inside the hospital by emergency personnel. ...Read more

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Is having an emergency tracheotomy painful?

Is having an emergency tracheotomy painful?

Somewhat at first: Like anything it can be initially but with time and good care, keeping it free from infection, it will heal and not hurt at all. ...Read more

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At 180/104 should I be going to emergency room?

At 180/104 should I be going to emergency room?

Depends: If you usually have high blood pressure, and there are no other symptoms, take your BP medications and try to get to your doctor asap, if your blood pressure usually normal or never been that high before, and/ or you are having other symptoms like dizziness, headache, visual changes, palpitations, shortness of breath, chest pain or pressure, than you do need to go to er. ...Read more

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What emergency items must be in my medicine cabinet?

What emergency items must be in my medicine cabinet?

It depends: It depends on how adventurous you are. At a minimum i'd say an assortment of bandages, ace wrap, bendable splint, anti-itch cream, scissors, fine tweezers, benadryl, (diphenhydramine) tape, burn spray, ibuprofen, antiseptic wipes. If you're a camper or hiker, you might look into a kit from adventure medical kits. ...Read more

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In an emergency, what must I do till paramedics arrive?

In an emergency, what must I do till paramedics arrive?

Start CPR/follow 911: It is important that you remain calm and get help. Usually once the emergency medical services have been activated stay on the line with the 911 operator. Usually they can walk you through things to do. Best thing to do is to take a bls course (basic life support) through the red cross/american heart assiciation in your community. With this skill set you may save a life one day. ...Read more

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When is COPD an emergency?

When is COPD an emergency?

Labored breathing: Many patients with COPD will have some difficulty breathing, particularly during exertion- this is part of the disease and to be expected. If breathing becomes labored, especially at rest, the patient should be evaluated quickly by a doctor as they may not be able to maintain the level of effort required to continue breathing at this level for long. ...Read more

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