[kcimt_mag] Re: Guidance Requested

  • From: wendywarren@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • To: kcimt_mag@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, kcimt_mag@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 10 Nov 2009 14:32:31 -0800 (GMT-08:00)

I think it is good. Do we need to reinforce the when to seek medical attention?


-----Original Message-----
From: Monte Keady
Sent: Nov 9, 2009 12:55 PM
To: kcimt_mag@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [kcimt_mag] Guidance Requested

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 necessary.

Follow These Home Care Recommendations:

  • Stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone 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 time,



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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