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Hand wipes and sanitizer
Pad of paper for records
Glucose meter and supplies
Urine dip sticks
Aspirin, ibuprofen, Tylenol & Benadryl
Most of this is obvious. The glucose meter and urine dip stick are really helpful in deciding who needs to go to the hospital and who can stay in the shelter. The medicines are very limited, but you can’t supply everything. Aspirin is for cardiac patients and those who need anticoagulation. Fever and pain relievers are important. Benadryl is good for allergy, itching and sleep.
WOUND CARE SUPPLIES
Gloves, hand wipes, sanitizer
Dishwashing liquid – not antibacterial
Bacitracin ointment & Silvadene cream
Skin closure strips
Tubes of gauze – 2” & 4”
Adhesive tape and cohesive bandage
Scissors, tweezers, etc.
Sanitary pads – not super absorbent
If you may be dressing wounds, put together a box or supplies that you can carry and that can be used to store the supplies. A plastic file box with a handle in ideal. Remember that triclosan causes infections and make sure your detergent is NOT antibacterial. Don’t take suturing materials. Anything you can’t pull together with tape needs to go to the ER. However, you can do a lot to clean up wounds and pull them together. Tongue blades make good finger splints. Sanitary pads make great cheap bandages. Get the old fashioned kind, the super absorbent ones are treated with chemicals that can be very irritating.
23 March 2009