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My First Month As A Flight Nurse

Blog post by: Kaitlyn Price, Chief Flight Nurse   I was working as an emergency/trauma RN for the past four years, and I wanted to gain some new experience and push my nursing career to the next level. I had been job hunting for a short while, trying to figure out what would be the best fit for me. I had done a little bit of flight nursing in Vancouver, BC on my days off from the hospital and thought it might be an interesting option to look into.   I sent my resume to Going Home Medical. I went in for an interview and soon after I received a phone call from the president asking me if I wanted to start right away and hop on a flight to Prague. I was sitting on an outbound plane headed to the Czech Republic that very same night. I had never been to that city and was quite excited. The medical transfer went very smoothly. It was interesting to see a hospital in a completely different part of the world.   Shortly after returning home from Prague, I was called out on a trip to Copenhagen, where I had to drive north into a small town in Sweden to bring a patient back home. Not long after, I was on my way to Glasgow. I had a day off to myself, and I decided to take a train north to Aberdeen and explore.   This was my first month as a flight nurse with Going Home Medical. I am confident I have found an incredible job with a great company...

Flu Fighters: What can travelers do to prevent the flu?

Influenza is common globally, and it is a contagious respiratory virus spread from person to person by coughing or sneezing. Individual symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headache, and tiredness. Young children, elderly, and people with chronic health conditions are at risk for serious complications that include: pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, worsening of chronic medical conditions, and death. The flu season lasts from October through May in the Northern Hemisphere and from April through September in the Southern Hemisphere. In the tropical countries, flu season can be spread year-round. Travelers in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres can be exposed to influenza outside of the months listed above, especially when traveling with a tourist group or on a cruise ship that includes people worldwide where influenza viruses are prevalent. What can travelers do to prevent the flu? Get an annual flu vaccine People who have not been vaccinated for the current season and are traveling abroad where influenza is prevalent should be vaccinated two weeks prior to traveling for immunity to develop Stop the spread of germs Avoid contact with other people while you are sick Wash your hands and use alcohol hand sanitizers If you feel sick and think you may have the flu, talk to your physician and discuss your travel plans If you have influenza, administer antiviral drugs ANTIVIRALS DIFFER FROM ANTIBIOTICS! To learn how Going Home Medical can help you prepare a medical travel plan, please visit:...

Six Tick Borne Diseases

Six tick borne diseases as listed by World Health Organization Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever The Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) virus causes severe viral hemorrhagic fever outbreaks Outbreaks have a case fatality rate of up to 40% Risk to travelers – no vaccine is available, avoid countries where CCHF is endemic Location – CCHF is endemic in Africa, the Balkans, the Middle East and Asia, and in countries south of the 50th parallel north Lyme Disease Infection occurs through the bite of an infected tick of the genus Ixodes Risk to travelers – generally low except for visitors to rural areas, particularly campers and hikers, in countries or regions at risk Location – forested areas of Asia, north-western, central and eastern Europe, Canada and the USA Relapsing Fever (Borreliosis) Transmitted through tick bites with symptoms developing 15 days after bite Risk to travelers – avoid risk areas such as forests and wetlands during months of April to October Location – Africa, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Asia, and certain areas of Canada and the western United States Rickettsial Diseases (Spotted Fever and Q Fever) Tickborne spotted fever rickettsioses are the most frequently reported travel-associated rickettsial infections Symptoms appear 5 to 14 days after bite Risk to travelers – all age groups are at risk for rickettsial infections during both short and long-term travel to endemic areas Location – tick-borne rickettsial diseases occur worldwide Tick-borne Encephalitis Viral infectious disease involving the central nervous system The disease is incurable Risk to travelers – vaccinations are recommended for high-risk activities such as working or camping in forested areas or farmland, adventure travel or living in countries where the disease is present for an...

Know Before You Go: Zika Virus

What is Zika? Zika is a virus transmitted by Aedes mosquito, which also transmits Dengue and Chikungunga Zika can cause: mild fever, headache, body and joint aches, skin rash Within 2-7 days people become symptomatic Preventive measures travellers should take: Cover skin/long sleeves, insect repellent Screens in windows and doors and mosquito netting Empty containers of water To prepare a medical plan for your travel visit:...

Mosquito Borne Diseases – Dengue vs Chikungunga

  Don’t let a mosquito borne disease ruin your travel plans! Dengue Symptoms: flu-like illness, and occasionally develops into a potentially lethal complication called severe dengue or dengue fever causing internal bleeding that may lead to organ failure and death in rare cases Half of the world’s population is at risk Chikungunga Symptoms: fever and severe joint pain, muscle pain, headache, nausea, fatigue and rash. Mostly occurs in Africa, Asia and the Indian subcontinent, but a major outbreak in 2015 affected several countries of the Region of the Americas. To prepare a medical plan for your travel, visit:...

Traveling Abroad: Are You Ready?

  Blog Post by: Lori Brown, NP-C, MSN, RN, BA Operations Manager, Going Home Medical   More Americans are traveling internationally for business, pleasure, volunteerism, and visiting family and friends. No one wants to think about getting ill or hurt. However, it can occur unexpectedly and without warning. Not every illness or injury is preventable, but planning can make it easier to deal with. BE PREPARED   Maintaining good health while traveling is a concern. Individuals should visit their primary physician well in advance of their trip to find out what precautions, medications, immunizations and other health considerations are necessary against illness in the countries that they will be visiting. Filling prescriptions before departure and getting a letter from your physician is vital since some countries have strict laws on medication. In addition, knowing the location of a local clinic or hospital in the area is also important. For travelers who experience the following: Diarrhea, vomiting, flu-like illness, and fever above 102F Have been bitten or scratched by an animal Have been in a car accident Have been seriously injured Are sexually assaulted The CDC recommends that you contact the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate personnel where you are visiting. Emergency assistance for U.S. citizens is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Dial: 1-888-407-4747 (toll-free) if calling from the U.S. or Canada Dial: 00 1 202-501-4444 if calling from overseas or find your local US Embassy at Websites of U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions.   BE PROTECTED   Safeguard your information.  Make two copies of all your travel documents in case of emergency. One copy left...

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