WHAT IS THE MENINGITIS EMERGENCY PACK?
The Suresign Meningitis Emergency Pack contains the essential tools to help you spot some of the symptoms of Meningitis.
Rash Testing Bar: This is uniquely designed to increase magnification of the rash area to help confirm a meningitis rash.
Meningitis Information Leaflet: This is highly valuable as it details the key symptoms of meningitis, giving information on using the Rash Bar and what action to take if the symptoms have appeared. Details of 24 hour helpline are also included.
This product is unique to the SURESIGN range and a contribution from the sale of every pack goes to the Meningitis Research Foundation.
Easy to store
Suitable for babies and children
What is Meningitis?
Meningitis is the inflammation of the protective membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord, collectively known as the meninges. It can be caused by an infection of different organisms including bacteria and viruses. The illness can be life-threatening because of the closeness of the inflammation to the brain and spinal cord.
There are two main types of meningitis:
Viral meningitis is the most common and less serious type of meningitis. It will appear flu like with a fever and muscle pain and is most common in young children and babies. Most people recover from viral meningitis within a couple of weeks, without the need for specific treatment.
Bacterial meningitis can be caused by any type of bacteria and tends to be more severe than viral meningitis. The most common bacterial causing the illness however, are meningococcal and pneumococcal bacteria. If symptoms of the illness appear it must be treated immediately so as the infection does not damage the brain, infect the blood or result in death. Bacterial meningitis is most common in children and babies under the age of three, and in teenagers and young people aged 15-24. To treat the infection antibiotics are used. The only way to prevent against this type of meningitis is through a vaccine so it is best to ensure all vaccinations are up to date.
Symptoms of Meningitis
Symptoms of meningitis can develop rapidly, from a few days for viral meningitis to a few hours for bacterial meningitis.
Look out for common symptoms including:
• Severe headache
• Stiff neck
• Dislike of bright lights
• Very sleepy / difficult to wake
• Cold and pale hands and feet
In babies and small children you may also notice:
• Jerky movements
• Dislike of being handled
• Refusal to feed
• Tense or bulging soft spot on their head
• Pale skin
• Rapid breathing
If you are worried that someone has meningitis and they have a rash that doesn't fade when you press the rash test bar on it, you must seek medical help immediately.
Meningitis can occur at any age however babies and young children are at particular risk of infection. It also poses a high risk to those aged 15 – 24.
Meningitis may have complications, especially bacterial meningitis, and may lead to a range of temporary or permanent problems. These may include memory loss, learning difficulties, epilepsy, blindness, septicaemia, damage to hearing, kidneys, lungs and nerves, brain abscesses, stroke, and fluid on or in the brain or limb amputation.
Treatment and recovery of Meningitis
Routine vaccinations are available which can protect against some types of bacterial meningitis, including those caused by Haemophilus influenzae (Hib vaccine)a type of meningococcus (MenC) and invasive pneumococcal disease (PCV vaccine).
The MMR vaccination is recommended for children protects against for against viral meningitis caused by mumps.
Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has bacterial meningitis may need to take antibiotics as a preventative measure.
Treatment depends on which type of meningitis a patient has. Antibiotics are not effective against viruses so they will be used only for bacterial meningitis. Currently, there is no specific treatment for viral meningitis. Instead, patients need to be hydrated with fluids, given painkillers and rest in order to recover.
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WHEN TO USE THE MENINGITIS EMERGENCY PACK?
The pack should be stored in a convenient location to ensure if any symptoms appear, that you have the information to hand. You should check the symptoms against the information leaflet, and if a rash is present, you should check it using the Rash Testing Bar.
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HOW TO USE THE RASH TEST BAR?
Press the bar firmly on the rash (label side down) and rock it gently from side to side.
If the rash does not disappear, seek medical help immediately.
If the rash disappears under the rash test bar, keep an eye on the other symptoms, and if they become more severe, contact your doctor.
Information provided on this site is for general use only. If you have any concerns about any aspect of your health you should consult a healthcare professional for further medical advice.
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