Friday, January 26, 2018

Surprising First Aid Tips for RV Women

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First Aid on the Go

Think you have everything in your RV first aid kit? How many of these are you missing? 

When you’re roving by RV and medical woes hit , here are some ideas for items to have on board with you. No endorsement of any product is implied. In any health situation, get professional medical care as soon as possible. 

* Among the first things medical advisors want to know are your temperature, pulse rate and blood pressure. I could never get the hang of the gadgets nurses use, so I like an  automatic  blood pressure monitor that is compact, inexpensive and idiot-proof.   I also have a tiny oximeter, which measures blood oxygen level and pulse rate just by clamping it to a finger. .

* Rod Brouhard, a paramedic in California, advises everyone to take a CPR class. The new guidelines are different now. CPR is also different for babies and children than for adults. 

* Here’s what the Mayo Clinic says about performing the Heimlich maneuver.

* “I suggest adding a small supply of travelers checks,” says American Express spokesperson Joel Kaiman.  “Extra cash might be needed  for a first aid emergency such as an all-night pharmacy that doesn’t accept credit cards.” Travelers can’t always cash personal checks.  To find the nearest place selling official American Express Travelers Cheques go to
Locations include supermarkets and large pharmacy chains. 

* David Sweeney, O.D. of InSight Vision Source in Atlanta reminds us to include first aid for the eyes. A pharmacist can suggest what items to carry such as eye drops for driver eye fatigue or for allergies you encounter in your travels. If you can’t legally drive without glasses, spares are a must. A copy of the written prescription can also come in handy.  

* Ask your doctor or pharmacist about treatments for minor burns, wounds and nosebleeds. Good products are available over the counter.

* First responders carry high-tech reflective tape with a sticky back. You can instantly rip off pieces of tape to turn your clothing and any objects into reflectors. Use it in any night-time emergency scene.  

* Dental wax is sold for braces wearers as a temporary cover for rough spots. Carry some in your first aid kit to put over the sharp edge of a broken tooth, crown or braces,  to protect cheek and tongue until you can get to a dentist. Denture adhesive such as Poligrip or Effergrip is a good temporary fix for a crown that comes off.   Don’t use a permanent adhesive such as epoxy. It’s likely there is decay underneath and you don’t want to re-attach a crown over it.  See a dentist ASAP. 

* A first aid Mylar emergency blanket takes up no space at all, costs pennies and weighs almost nothing. It can wrap a patient for warmth or rig it as a sun shade. 

Do you your participles dangle? Are your antecedents ambiguous?  Do you double your negatives?  See this site by author and RV-er Cheryl Norman for a fun lesson in grammar.

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