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If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear. (D&C 38:30)

October 2017

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Checklist for Setting up a Sick Room

How to Set Up a Sick Room

If possible, set up the sick room in a bedroom or another separate room in the house. The room should have good lighting, a window that opens, and easy access to a personal bathroom with a sink and running water.

If a separate room is not available for the sick room, you will have to improvise by sectioning off part of a room for the sick person. And if the sick person or other family members will have to use the same bathroom, all hard surfaces should be cleaned each day with disinfectant like rubbing alcohol, bleach solution or Lysol (especially the sink and faucet handles) Towels, water bottles, drinking glasses, and other personal care items used by the sick person.

Basic Equipment for the Sick Room:

Caution: Equipment brought into the sick room should stay there and be used only by the caregiver and the sick person.

Basic Supplies the Caregiver will use:

Basic Bedding, Clothing and Personal Supplies:

Each item in the sick room should be able to be cleaned by washing in soap and water, or wiped with a disinfectant (alcohol or other household cleaner) if necessary.

Over the Counter Medicines

Generic Name Common Brand Used For
Ibuprofen Advil/Motrin/Nuprin Reduce fever, sore throat, muscle aches
Acetaminophen Tyenol/Tempra Reduce fever, sore throat, muscle aches
Oral Rehydration and Electrolyte Solution (ORS) Pedialyte, ORS powder Prevent dehydration

Do not give aspirin. It is not recommended you take cold or cough medicines if under 2 years of age. National and local pandemic plans have objectives for dispensing antiviral medications. They must be taken within 24-48 hours of developing symptoms for them to be effective.

For a pandemic, Ask you doctor for a 30 day supply of prescription medications. Take any regular prescriptions as prescribed.