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Self-care Time Frames. Each symptom evaluation chart has a suggested time frame for using self-care measures. The time frame is underlined and in italics. If you don’t start to get better within the suggested time frame, see a health care provider.

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self care time frames
Self-care Time Frames
  • Each symptom evaluation chart has a suggested time frame for using self-care measures.
  • The time frame is underlined and in italics.
  • If you don’t start to get better within the suggested time frame, see a health care provider.
  • If at any time you think you are getting worse, see a health care provider. 
manage symptoms using self care
Manage Symptoms Using Self-care
  • Step 1. Prevent symptoms from occurring.
  • Step 2.Read and use the self-care measures.
  • Step 3. Use common non-medications/home remedies.
  • Step 4.Use available OTC medications.
  • Step 5. See a health care provider.
using over the counter medications otc
Using Over-the-Counter Medications (OTC)
  • OTC medications are available through the Self-care Program in the Self-care Pharmacy.
  • Follow all directions from the pharmacist as well as instructions on the package.
  • Follow all instructions on the self-care “green sheet”.
over the counter drugs otc rx
Over-The-Counter Drugs (OTC Rx)
  • Non-prescription medications.
  • Most OTCs relieve symptoms only.
  • Some cure minor medical problems.
  • Others prevent minor illness.
  • Make sure you read and follow the directions.
  • Learn to recognize generic names.
otcs that relieve symptoms
OTCs That Relieve Symptoms
  • Analgesics: Motrin IB (Ibuprofen - generic name)
  • Anti-Itch Creams: Cortaid (Hydrocortisone)
  • Cough Suppressants: Sucrets Cough Suppressant
  • Nasal Decongestants: Sudafed (pseudoephedrine - generic name)
  • Sore Throat Lozenges: Cepacol
otcs that cure minor illness
OTCs That Cure Minor Illness
  • Antifungals: Miconazole Cream
  • Antibiotic Ointments: Bacitracin
  • Acne Treatment: Benzoyl Peroxide
otcs that prevent illness
OTCs That Prevent Illness
  • Body Powders: Talcum Powder
  • Mole Skin: Mole Foam
  • Stool Softeners: Colace (Ducosate)
  • Skin Protection: Sunscreen
pharmacy
Pharmacy
  • Over-the-Counter Medication Usage Guidelines.
  • Report all known allergies.
  • Ask questions.
    • Frequency
    • Dosage
    • Side effects
    • Precautions
important points to remember
Important Points to Remember

You may use the Self-care Program and sick call at different times and in different situations.

  • Up to five OTC drugs can be issued at one time and all must relate to the chief complaint.
  • OTCs cannot be shared with your buddies.
  • OTCs can mask serious symptoms.
symptom evaluation charts exercise
Symptom Evaluation Charts Exercise
  • Scenario 1: Soldier thinks he/she has a cold. Symptoms: pain around the eyes and in the head, no fever, no cough, and a stuffy nose.
  • Scenario 2: Soldier strained or pulled a muscle during exercise.
  • Scenario 3: Soldier has menstrual cramps.
troop medical clinic tmc self care program treatment options for symptoms conditions

Sample

Green Sheet

TROOP MEDICAL CLINIC (TMC) SELF-CARE PROGRAMTREATMENT OPTIONS FOR SYMPTOMS/CONDITIONS

I am aware that I am participating in a self-care program. I understand that to properly perform self-care and safely treat any symptom(s) of conditions(s) that I may have during training I must follow the symptom evaluation charts. I also understand that I am responsible for carefully following the directions for use of any medication received through this program. I verify that I have read the self-care decision guide and the recommendations provided therein. I also verify that I am requesting treatment options(s) voluntarily. I also agree that I will not share medication with anyone and that I will be the sole user.

What allergies, to include medications, do you have?_________________________________________

What medicines are you presently taking? ______________________________________________

Print Name Print SSN Date

Signature Unit: Sex: M F

INSTRUCTIONS: After reading the Soldier Health Maintenance Manual and identifying the proper treatment option(s), find the symptom(s)/condition(s) that you have on the list below. Circle it. Then follow the line across to find the treatment option(s) for your symptom(s)/condition(s). Circle the treatment you would like to receive. Request the identified treatment option(s) from the Consolidated Troop Medical Clinic Pharmacy.

Treatment requests will be limited to five items.

NOTE: You can select Daytime OR Robo DM liquid but NOT BOTH. You can select Daytime OR SudaGest, but NOT BOTH.

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SYMPTOM/CONDITION:TREATMENT OPTION

Acne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Medication (Benzoyl Peroxide)

Allergies & Hay Fever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SudaGest Decongestant (Pseudoephedrine)*

Athletes Foot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Miconazole Nitrate Antifungal Cream

Blisters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mole Skin

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Band-Aid

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bacitracin Antibiotic Ointment

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Baby Powder (Talc)

Constipation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Genasoft (Ducosate)

Cough with congestion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daytime*

Cough (dry) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robo DM liquid*

Cut or Scrape . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bacitracin Antibiotic Ointment

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Band-Aid

Diarrhea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anti-Diarrheal (Loperamide)

Earache . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ibuprofen Tablets

Headache . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ibuprofen Tablets

Heat Rash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Baby Powder (Talc)

Insect Bite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Calamine Lotion

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cortaid Cream (Hydrocortisone)

Jock Itch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Miconazole Nitrate Antifungal Cream

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Baby Powder (Talc)

Muscle Pain & Inflammation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ibuprofen Tablets

Nasal or Sinus Congestion (without cough) . . . . . . . . . . . . . SudaGest Decongestant (Pseudoephedrine)*

Poison Ivy/Oak/Sumac . . . . . . . . . . . . Cortaid Cream (Hydrocortisone)

PreMenstrual Syndrome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ibuprofen Tablets

Ringworm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Miconazole Nitrate Antifungal Cream

Runny Nose or sneezing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SudaGest Decongestant (Pseudoephedrine)

Sore Throat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cepacol

Upset Stomach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maalox Antacid Plus

Vaginitis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gyne-Lotrimin (vaginal insert)

SAMPLE

using the green sheet
Using the Green Sheet
  • Scenario 1: Soldier thinks he/she has a cold. Symptoms: pain around the eyes and in the head, no fever, no cough, and a stuffy nose.
  • Scenario 2: Soldier strained or pulled a muscle during exercise.
  • Scenario 3: Soldier has menstrual cramps.
for emergency symptoms
For Emergency Symptoms
  • Self-care is only for minor health problems. If you are sick or hurt, get medical help right away. Tell your Drill Sergeant.
  • If you are very sick or badly hurt, call 911. Don’t risk your health.
get medical care for these signs and symptoms
Get Medical Care for these SIGNS and SYMPTOMS
  • Fever > 100.5 F
  • Severe pain.
  • Vomiting.
  • Blood in stools, urine, or vomit.
  • Any major injury.
  • Any dark colored or foul smelling discharge.
  • Shortness of breath, mental confusion, or fainting.
  • Signs of continuing infection.
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Self-care Quiz

1. Self-care is taking care of your own health for treatment of minor health problems.

a. True

b. False

  • I can get up to 5 self-care medications for minor health symptoms that I might have.

a. True

b. False

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Self-care Quiz

3. Ibuprofen tablets are available through the Self-care Program.

a. True

b. False

4. To use the Self-care Program, I have to fill out a “green sheet.”

a. True

b. False

5. If I answer “yes” to a question on a symptom evaluation chart, I must use sick call.

a. True

b. False

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Self-care Quiz

6. I can share medications from the Self-care Program with my battle buddies.

a. True

b. False

7. Information about over-the-counter (OTC) medications is located in the Soldier Health Maintenance Manual.

a. True

b. False

8. The pharmacist can answer questions that I may have about OTC medications.

a. Yes

b. No

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Self-care Quiz

9. If I have severe pain and vomiting, I should:

a. Get medical help right away.

b. Use the Self-care program.

10. If I have a symptom that is not in the book, I should use:

a. the Self-care Program

b. Sick call.

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