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Home Emergency Guide

Home Emergency Guide

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Published by manovi06
A manual that enables anyone to deal quickly and confidently with every emergency affecting the home or family. Carefully structured and colour-coded for instant access to life-saving information, it features easy-to-follow action plans and symptom charts. There is also a fill-in section for emergency contacts. Topics include: asthma; unconsciousness; bleeding; burns; convulsions; cuts; broken bones; checking breathing and pulse; giving medicines; complementary therapies; burst pipes; blocked drain; power failure; broken window; fire safety; chemical spillage; electrical problems; storms; lightening; extreme cold; torrential rain; flood; tornado; and earthquake.
A manual that enables anyone to deal quickly and confidently with every emergency affecting the home or family. Carefully structured and colour-coded for instant access to life-saving information, it features easy-to-follow action plans and symptom charts. There is also a fill-in section for emergency contacts. Topics include: asthma; unconsciousness; bleeding; burns; convulsions; cuts; broken bones; checking breathing and pulse; giving medicines; complementary therapies; burst pipes; blocked drain; power failure; broken window; fire safety; chemical spillage; electrical problems; storms; lightening; extreme cold; torrential rain; flood; tornado; and earthquake.

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Mild back pain is usually caused by poor posture,
sudden movement, or lifting heavy objects, all
of which may strain the back. Back pain is also
common in pregnancy. Persistent or severe back
pain may be the result of a more serious problem.
You should consult your doctor if pain is severe
or does not improve after 48 hours.

!Danger signs

Dial 911 or call EMS if you
have back pain that is
associated with one of
thefollowing symptoms:
•Difficulty controlling
yourbladder.
•Difficulty controlling
yourbowels.
•Sudden pain above waist
with shortness of breath.
•Difficulty moving.

FAMILY ILLNESS

Did the pain
inyour back
come on after
either of the
following?

An injury or fall

A sudden,
awkward
movement

Neither

START

Difficulty
moving a leg

Neither of
the above

Numbness or
tingling in a leg

Have you
noticed either of
the following?

ACTION

CALL YOUR DOCTOR NOW

You may have pinched
a nerve in your back or
damaged your spine.

ACTION

TRY SELF-HELP MEASURES

You have probably
strained a back muscle
and/or bruised your
back by overstretching
a muscle.
•Rest and take
analgesic such as
acetaminophen.
•Place a covered hot-
water bottle or heat
pad against your back
for additional relief.

CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR

ifyou are no better
within 24 hours.

ACTION

CALL YOUR DOCTOR NOW

You may have
pyelonephritis (infection
of thekidneys).
•Take an analgesic
such as acetaminophen.

Pain in the back
just above the
waist

Neither

A temperature
of 100.4°F
(38°C) or above

Do you have
either of the
following?

Lifting a
heavy weight

Strenuous or
unusual
physical activity

A coughing fit

Did the pain
occur after any
of the following?

None of
the above

BACK PAIN

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ACTION

TRY SELF-HELP MEASURES

You have probably
strained some of the
muscles or sprained
some of the ligaments
in your back.
•Take an analgesic
such as acetaminophen.
•Place a covered hot-
water bottle or a heat
pad against your back
to ease the pain.

CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR

if you do not feel any
better in 2 or 3 days
or if any other
symptoms develop.

ACTION

SEE YOUR DOCTOR

WITHIN 24 HOURS

Youmay have
fractured a vertebra as
aresult of osteoporosis
or have sciatica, caused
by aslipped disk.

ACTION

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

TO SEE YOUR DOCTOR

Youmay have
ankylosing spondylitis
(a form of arthritis
affecting the back of the
pelvis and the vertebrae
of the spine), especially
if you are male.

ACTION

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

TO SEE YOUR DOCTOR

You may have
osteoarthritis.

ACTION

CALL YOUR DOCTOR NOW

Newback pain or a
worsening of existing
back pain may indicate
the start of labor.

ACTION

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

TO SEE YOUR DOCTOR

ifyou cannot identify
a possible cause for
your back pain from
this chart.

ACTION

SEE YOUR DOCTOR

WITHIN 24 HOURS

Youmay have
fractured a vertebra as
a result of osteoporosis.

Have you been
suffering from
increasing pain
and stiffness
for several
months?

Yes

No

You are over 60

You have recently
been immobile
due to illness
orinjury

Neither

Does either of
the following
apply?

Pain makes any
movement
difficult

Neither

Pain shoots
from the spine
down the back
of the leg

Does either of
the following
apply?

45 or over

Under 45

How old
are you?

Pregnant

Not pregnant

Are you in the
last 3 months
of pregnancy?

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