Today’s first call was from a long time patient. He had been sick all morning. Nausea and vomiting. After talking with him, it turns out it was a mild case of food poisoning.
Symptoms of food poisoning:
Nausea and vomiting
Abdominal pain or abdominal cramping
What brought on his mild case of food poisoning? Seems he was up late and rummaging around in the refrigerator for something to eat. Saw some leftover meat from a meal. He decided to eat it since he is on a fixed income. In retrospect, he later realized the meat had been in the sitting too long. He had smelled it, heated it thoroughly, and didn’t find any unreasonable taste but as soon as he finished eating, he realized his mistake. While everything looked okay, the meat had not been properly chilled over time. Possible his refrigerator was not keeping the food as cool as it should have been.
Refrigeration of food should be between 32-40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Rehydration of fluids
Signs of dehydration:
Increased heart rate
When to seek medical help:
Symptoms lasting longer than three days; stomach pain, fever, blood in diarrhea.
The patient is recovering nicely now. His added advice is date the food in the refrigerator. Just because it looks good, don’t mean it is.
Author: Lisa Goins PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, RMT is the CEO of Couture Health Care, www.couturehealthcare.org Dr. Goins' Couture Health Care articles covers health, spiritual, holistic news, reviews for nurses and the public. Dr. Goins' book is called "Do You Know Lisa? 2014 Collection of Health Questions, Answers, and Tips" available on Amazon.com and new book "CEO Business Objectives: Health, Wealth, and Success" will be published on 4/2015. Couture Health Care provides house call Nurse Practitioner visits in Southern Ohio
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