Saturday, 22 March 2014

10:19 – It’s to be a nice day today, sunny and with a high around 73F (23C). Alas, the next several days are to be much colder, with highs in the 40’s (~ 5 to 8C), lows near or below freezing, and snow forecast for Tuesday.

Amidst laundry and other normal weekend tasks, Barbara and I will be working on kit stuff today.


11:05 – I’m thinking about what to include in the medical kit, and I’ve decided to include a heat-sealed ziplock bag of oral rehydration salts sufficient to make 20 liters. That may seem an obscure choice, but serious diarrhea can kill in very short order. The contents needed to make up 20 liters are:

sodium chloride – 52 g
dextrose – 270 g
potassium chloride – 30 g
trisodium citrate dihydrate – 58 g
zinc sulfate (150 mg of zinc)

Actually, zinc sulfate isn’t included in the standard ORS formula, but zinc at 10 to 20 mg/day is recommended in conjunction with ORS therapy, so I decided to include it.