Dr. Scott Youngquist talks about why a simple first aid kit may be more than enough in case of an emergency.">

Apr 6, 2018 — If you live in an area that is at risk of a natural disaster, what should you stock in your disaster preparedness first aid kit? On today's Health Minute, emergency room physician Dr. Scott Youngquist talks about why a simple first aid kit may be more than enough in case of an emergency.

Interview

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Interviewer: What should you have in your "in case of disaster" first aid kit? Dr. Scott Youngquist is an emergency room physician. Do you recommend anything, in particular, if a disaster is coming to your area as far as first aid supplies?

Dr. Youngquist: No, Scott, I really don't. I recommend a couple of things. One is just to have a first aid kit. It won't be much different than any sort of "disaster first aid kit." And then the other thing to be aware of is if you are on chronic medications for blood pressure, diabetes, things like that, you probably want to maintain a supply of at least a couple of weeks of medications in case there's a disruption in your supply chain.

Interviewer: So really, you don't have a first aid kit that would prepare you for disaster per se. Why is that?

Dr. Youngquist: Most disaster injuries are trauma related, although there are some knock-on effects if the water supply is disrupted or food supplies are disrupted. But above and beyond that, it's too hard to predict.

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