Hospital Happenings: July 2018
Think Safe This Summer!
Aaahhhhh, school is out and summer is in full swing. People are active and busy and unfortunately, so is our Emergency Department. The summer months always result in an increased number of visits to the ER. Here are a few reminders to help keep you safe and hopefully out of the hospital.
Always wear a bike helmet when riding your bike. Kids and parents too. It is great to see a family out on a summer evening bike ride with the kids wearing their helmets. It is disheartening to see the same family with mom and dad without helmets. It is important to be a role model for the kids. Your safety is just as important and your kids need you around! One of our friends had a serious bicycle crash last week and was pretty banged up. Even though he has a few broken ribs and some road rash, his helmet prevented him from being more seriously injured. He brought his helmet in, with a big chunk out of it, to show the others and to remind all of us to wear our helmets!
The skate park at Baldridge Park is an incredible asset for our community. Please remember to wear the proper protective equipment when rollerblading or roller-skating. This includes a helmet, wrist guards, elbow and kneepads. We have had several “weekend athletes” in the ER with broken wrists from not wearing the proper equipment.
Water safety is another area. When boating, kayaking and paddle boarding, make sure you all wear life jackets! Have enough life jackets, in the proper sizes, on your boat, for everyone on your boat. Teach your children how to be safe around water and make sure you all wear plenty of sunscreen!
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that you avoid deliberate sunbathing, wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and protective clothing. If you are in the sun, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30, even on cloudy days. Apply sunscreen about 20 minutes before going outdoors as this gives your skin time to soak in the sunscreen. All types of sunscreens, even water-resistant sunscreens, are most effective if reapplied often. If you use the spray sunscreen, make sure to rub it in so it reaches all parts of your exposed skin.
Above all, use common sense and be aware of your surroundings. We wish you a safe and fun summer season! We hope you won’t need the services of our skilled Emergency Department, but if you do, know that we are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
Leann Tobin, Community Engagement Director, MMH 240-7344