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How can I prepare for an emergency?

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To prepare for an emergency:

  • Keep a fully stocked first-aid kit in your home and car.
  • Have up-to-date copies of each person’s medical history in your home and car.
  • Post an emergency contact sheet next to each phone in the house. Show it to everyone who spends time in your home, including family members and babysitters.
  • Make sure your children know what number to dial -- 911 -- and what they should tell the operator.

SOURCES:

911.gov: “When to call 911.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Poison ivy: Tips for treating and preventing.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “First Aid: Burns,” “First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes, and Stitches.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Animal Bites,” “Sprained Ankle,” “Sprains and Strains: What’s the Difference?”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Caring for Insect Bites and Stings,” “First Aid for Burns.”

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Insect Venom.”

American College of Emergency Physicians: “Home First Aid Kit,” “Is it an emergency?”

American Red Cross: “Ten Common First Aid Mistakes.”

CDC: “Tetanus: Who Needs to be Vaccinated?” “Venomous spiders.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Nosebleed (Epistaxis),” “Scars.”

Intermountain Healthcare: “Wound Care: Home Instructions.”

Medscape: “Animal bites in emergency medicine treatment & management.”

National Health Service: “Treating insect bites and stings.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What are Sprains and Strains?”

Nemours Foundation: “Emergency Contact Sheet,” “First-Aid Kit,” “First Aid: Spider Bites,” “Nosebleeds,” “Splinters,” “The Story on Scars.”

Oregon Health Authority: “Antibiotics, Topical Review.”

Penn Medicine: “How to remove a splinter.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Cuts, Scrapes or Bruises (Skin Injury).”

Skin Cancer Foundation: “Five Ways to Treat a Sunburn.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Hot Tips: First Aid for Burns,” “Taking Care of Cuts and Scrapes.”

UpToDate: “Animal Bites.”

FDA: “Outsmarting Poison Ivy and Other Poisonous Plants.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on December 23, 2018

SOURCES:

911.gov: “When to call 911.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Poison ivy: Tips for treating and preventing.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “First Aid: Burns,” “First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes, and Stitches.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Animal Bites,” “Sprained Ankle,” “Sprains and Strains: What’s the Difference?”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Caring for Insect Bites and Stings,” “First Aid for Burns.”

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Insect Venom.”

American College of Emergency Physicians: “Home First Aid Kit,” “Is it an emergency?”

American Red Cross: “Ten Common First Aid Mistakes.”

CDC: “Tetanus: Who Needs to be Vaccinated?” “Venomous spiders.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Nosebleed (Epistaxis),” “Scars.”

Intermountain Healthcare: “Wound Care: Home Instructions.”

Medscape: “Animal bites in emergency medicine treatment & management.”

National Health Service: “Treating insect bites and stings.”

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “What are Sprains and Strains?”

Nemours Foundation: “Emergency Contact Sheet,” “First-Aid Kit,” “First Aid: Spider Bites,” “Nosebleeds,” “Splinters,” “The Story on Scars.”

Oregon Health Authority: “Antibiotics, Topical Review.”

Penn Medicine: “How to remove a splinter.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Cuts, Scrapes or Bruises (Skin Injury).”

Skin Cancer Foundation: “Five Ways to Treat a Sunburn.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Hot Tips: First Aid for Burns,” “Taking Care of Cuts and Scrapes.”

UpToDate: “Animal Bites.”

FDA: “Outsmarting Poison Ivy and Other Poisonous Plants.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on December 23, 2018

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