It's always wise to bring a medical kit with you on vacation — especially on extended vacations. Having a few things on hand can help make your trip more enjoyable and minor illnesses less inconvenient.
Below are suggested over-the-counter (OTC) items to pack in your medical kit. Personalize your travel kit by deciding which items are the best to carry.
In case of custom inspections, bring prescription medications in their original containers to avoid questions related to a mixture of pills in a single bottle. This will also help in case of emergency refill requests.
If there are too many bottles, list medications, including brand and generic names (brand names often vary overseas) and dosage amounts. Any necessary narcotics or needles should be carried along with a letter signed by a doctor explaining why and how they are to be used.
Blood that is vomited usually comes from what is referred to as the upper GI, or gastrointestinal, tract. This includes the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (upper part of the small intestine). Pancreatic problems can also be the source of blood vomiting.
There are several causes of vomiting blood. Most of them are very serious and require immediate medical attention.
Causes can include:
Child life specialists are healthcare professionals who help children and their families understand and cope with medical experiences associated with hospitalization and illness. These professionals are trained in fields such as child life, child development, education, and psychology and are certified by the Association of Child Life Professionals.
Child life specialists promote patient and family centered care, collaborating with parents and members of the medical team to foster effective coping through play, preparation, education, and self-expression activities to minimize the stress of hospitalization. They provide emotional support for families and encourage optimum development of children who face a broad range of challenging experiences.
Child life specialists seek to help patients understand their medical experiences by providing developmentally appropriate preparation and education. Research has shown that when children understand what is happening to them, they cope more effectively and experience less psychological trauma. Pediatric patients and families may seek out Child Life Specialists to provide guidance and help managing medical experiences.
Child life services are provided at no charge to pediatric patients and their families. Child life specialists work in a variety of inpatient and outpatient areas: Cleveland Clinic Children’s Main Campus, Fairview and Hillcrest Hospitals, Beachwood, Fairview/Westlake, and Strongsville ambulatory surgical centers.
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