[kcimt_mag] Guidance Requested

  • From: "Monte Keady" <MKeady@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <kcimt_mag@xxxxxxxxxxxxx >
  • Date: Mon, 9 Nov 2009 12:55:08 -0800

Medical Advisory Group,

The CDC has released the following information:
www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/guidance_homecare.htm  for homecare of persons with
H1N1 infection.  As public education, it is very lengthy and for many
homes pieces of the guidance are somewhat impractical.  We are looking
for a "pocket sized" guidance that doesn't create a health risk.

Some specific concerns are the recommendation that family members stay 6
ft away from the sick.  (try telling that to a mother whose child needs
comforting).  I believe that there are simpler ways of preventing this
illness within the home than donning an N-95 mask to rock your child to
sleep.  I don't want to have a mother read the guidance from the CDC and
deem it impracticable and thus discount the entire guidance.  Below are
some statements also found in the CDC recommendations.  I would like the
Medical Advisory Group to look at these and add some as you feel

Follow These Home Care Recommendations:

*       Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone
<http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/guidance/exclusion.htm>  except to get
medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone
without the use of fever-reducing medicine.)
*       Keep away from others as much as possible. This is to keep from
making others sick. 
*       Drink clear fluids (such as water, broth, sports drinks,
electrolyte beverages for infants) to keep from being dehydrated.
*       Dishes can be done in dishwasher or with hot soapy water.
*       Throw away tissues and other disposable items used by the sick
person in the trash. Wash your hands after touching used tissues and
similar waste. 
*       Have everyone in the household wash hands often with soap and
water, especially after coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not
available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. *
*       Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.


Are the above 7 guidelines thorough enough to endorse locally for family
home care in Klamath County- or are we missing any critical pieces of
information that need to be included?


Please respond this week with your comments, and thank you for your



Monte B Keady

Division Chief - Training/EMS

Klamath County Fire District No. 1

143 N Broad Street, 

Klamath Falls OR 97601

541.885.2059 ext.109


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