Civil Air Patrol

Health Services

February 2019 Update

by Maj. David Brown & 1st Lt. Carina Brown

I’m sure everyone has heard by now, but it’s definitely flu season again. According to USA today, there is a more severe strain of flu becoming more common called the H3N2 virus, however, the H1N1 is also very common. Your best bet is to get a flu shot as soon as the season begins. This year the flu shot is 62% effective for H1N1 and 44% effective for H3N2.

Flu symptoms include, sudden onset, fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle/body aches, headaches, and malaise. However, a diagnosis must be made by a flu swab in a physician’s office or hospital.

Common tips to prevent getting or spreading the flu:
-Wash your hands, frequently. If you are unable to wash your hands with soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
-Cough or sneeze into your sleeve at your elbow, not your hands.
-If you’re sick, see a physician and stay home so that it isn’t spread to others.


January 2019 Update

By: Maj David Brown RN, EMT & 1st Lt Carina Brown, RN

Welcome to flu season everyone! Yes, the wording I used makes it sound like it’s a good thing, but it isn’t. According to this week’s flu report, seasonal influenza activity remains elevated in the United States and flu is widespread in most of the country. CDC also reported another three flu-associated pediatric deaths. H1N1 viruses have been the most commonly identified flu viruses national. However, H3N2 viruses have predominated in the southeastern region of the United States.

CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine and states that it is the best way to protect against influenza and its potentially serious complications. There are also flu antiviral drugs that can be used to treat the flu illness if you are tested positive for certain types of flu strains.

Flu symptoms include:
Fever or feeling feverish/chills
Cough
Sore Throat
Runny or stuffy nose
Muscle or body aches
Headaches
Fatigue

Keep a look out for each other and watch for these common signs and symptoms. Treat the flu as early as possible, since complications from the flu can be quite severe. Thanks everyone!

Resources
Influenza (Flu). (2019, January 18). Retrieved January 23, 2019, from
https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/summary.htm (external .gov link)


November 2018 Update

By: Maj David Brown RN, EMT & 1st Lt Carina Brown, RN

  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on 10/30/18 it has confirmed 10 more cases of an extremely rare, polio-like condition, across 24 states.
    The CDC had earlier last month confirmed about 62 cases of acute flaccid myelitis that causes the muscles and reflexes in the body to become weak. Most of the cases reported so far are people under 18 years of age. While the CDC still does not know the cause, the condition does not appear to be transmittable from human to human. Acute flaccid myelitis or AFM is not new, but cases have been on the rise since 2014. The condition remains rare. The CDC estimates it affects only 1 out of 1 million people in the U.S., with most cases involving children.
  • Outbreak of Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella Infections Linked to Raw Chicken Products
    As of October 17th , 2018, 92 cases have been reported in 29 states with 21 hospitalized and 0 deaths. The outbreak has been identified in a variety of sources of raw chicken, plus raw chicken pet food, and live chickens.

    • Advice to consumers and retailers
      Always handle raw chicken carefully (we use gloves) and cook it thoroughly to prevent food poisoning. Raw chicken can spread germs around food preparation areas and make you sick. Clean counters with appropriate chemicals to kill the bad guys.
    • A few ways to avoid the Salmonella Outbreak
      -Always handle raw chicken carefully (we use gloves) and cook it thoroughly to prevent food poisoning. Raw chicken can spread germs around food preparation areas and make you sick. Clean counters with appropriate chemicals to kill the bad guys.
      -Cook raw chicken to kill harmful germs- use a food thermometer to check- chicken should reach 165 degrees F internally to effectively kill the bacteria
      -Don’t spread germs from raw chicken around food preparation areas
      -CDC does not recommend feeding raw diets to pets

References
R. (2018, October 31). CDC confirms 10 new cases of rare polio-like neurological condition. Retrieved November 1, 2018, from https://www.foxnews.com/health/cdc-confirms-10-new-cases-of-rare-polio-like-neurological-condition (external link)
Salmonella. (2018, October 17). Retrieved November 1, 2018, from https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/infantis-10-18/index.html (external .gov link)


October 2018 Update

If you are a ground team member, ground team member trainee or someone looking to develop skills in basic wilderness first aid, please contact Maj David Brown RN, EMT for further information. The basic wilderness first aid class is 8 hours and the wilderness first aid class is 16 hours. To complete the ground team member level 3 you must have a first aid class or equivalent. If first aid care is provided to CAP personnel or a third party, you want to provide documentation showing you are certified. This will help you through legal issues if they arise and place you under the Good Samaritan Law. You are still covered under the Good Samaritan Law, but having a certification card will hold up in court and assist you in winning the case. This is not to scare you! I just want to point out the difference between having an actual certification verses equivalency. We need to be highly trained individuals in order to provide the best possible outcome for all members who need our assistance.

The basic wilderness class is $70.00 and the wilderness first aid class is $100.00, which includes a certificate, wallet card, patch, rocker, and processing. The book for the course is 25.95 on the National Association of Search and Rescue (NASAR) website. All wilderness certifications are through NASAR. The certification is valid for two years.

General First Aid and CPR classes are taught through American Heart Association (AHA). I teach through multiple organizations. Fees for these courses are $30 for First Aid and $30 for CPR ($60 if you want to take both in one day).

ATTACHMENTS (all are PDFs)
CAPR 160-1 – Regulation of the Health Service Program (June 2013)
Emergency Information Form
Member Health History Form
Member Physical Form
Minor Cadet Over-The-Counter Medication Permission Form


 

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