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The Tube Feeding Emergency Kit
Imagine having fifteen minutes to evacuate before a natural disaster strikes. Or imagine rushing your bleeding child to the Emergency Department of a local community hospital completely unfamiliar with tube-feeding. Having an emergency kit full of tube-feeding supplies can make these situations much easier and less stressful for you and your child.
We actually have two emergency kits. One is the day-to-day kit that we take along with us wherever we go. It simply contains a 60 mL Monoject™ syringe (that fits into a MicKey button), an extension set, and a roll of tape. You can handle most basic emergencies with this kit.
The larger emergency kit sits atop a cabinet right next to the front door. It is packed and ready to go whenever we need it. We bring it on long trips and hospital visits. Fortunately, we have never had to evacuate!
The contents of the kit include:
All of these items fit in a small diaper bag that can be thrown over the shoulder as you are running out the door. Your items may be different, of course, but this list should get you started on creating your own kit. Give yourself peace of mind by packing yours today!
Reprinted with permission from Complex Child E-Magazine (www.complexchild.org)
Editor’s note: Those who know Susan may realize Susan’s daughters’ health needs have changed since this article was written. When I requested permission to use the article, Susan replied, “Of course!...Though our Go Bag has just about quadrupled in size, because now we have enteral, infusion, urological, and respiratory stuff in there.” Susan’s experience is a reminder to update your emergency kit periodically, or as needed. To help you in this effort you might try Oley’s Travel and Hospitalization Packet.
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