Illustrated First Aid Guide by Marcia Wendorf

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Use a stick or pole to probe the water depth before proceeding.  Never drive through a flooded area; a foot of water can float a vehicle, and two feet can carry away even an SUV or truck.  If water rises around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Heat Waves High heat and humidity prevent the body from cooling itself through evaporation. People living in urban areas are at greater risk from a heat waver because asphalt and concrete store heat longer and only gradually release it at night.

Contents of a travel first aid kit should include: • Adhesive bandages of various sizes • Triple-antibiotic ointment • Antiseptic wipes • Calamine lotion • Sunscreen SPF 15 or higher • Insect repellent (35 - 55% DEET) • Antidiarrhea medications • Hydrocortisone cream • Lip salve • 2 inch and 4 inch gauze pads • Antinausea/motion sickness medication • Bandages • Antifungal cream (tolnaftate 1% or clotrimazone 1%) • Thermometer • Antiseptic hand wipes or soap • Moleskin for blisters • Dimenhydrinate (Dramamine) or meclizine for nausea • Aspirin, Ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain relief.

Repeat until four puffs from the inhaler have been given.  Wait four minutes, if there is no improvement, give another 4 puffs.  If there is still no improvement, seek medical assistance immediately.  Continue giving 4 puffs every 4 minutes until the ambulance arrives, you can give adults up to 6 - 8 puffs every five minutes. Choking Choking occurs when a foreign object becomes lodged in a victim’s windpipe, blocking the flow of air. Adults usually choke on a piece of food, while young children often choke on small objects.

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