Is Your Home Fire-Safe?

When was the last time you thought about fire safety and prevention in your home? From 2012-2016, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of around 355,400 home fires per year, which caused a total annual average of 2,560 civilian deaths and 11,670 injuries. Fire safety awareness is an essential first step to avoiding such a situation yourself. October Fire Safety month may be over, but it is always a good time to make sure you have everything you need to keep yourself and your family safe. Here’s a quick and easy checklist to go over: Check that your home…

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How Power Outages and Natural Disasters Interrupt Hospital Operations

Hospitals are far more vulnerable than they appear. Even a brief power outage can place patients at risk. Below, we highlight a few examples of the perils prompted by natural disasters and accidental outages: The Peril of Natural Disasters Hurricane Katrina serves as a particularly notable example of the havoc natural disasters can wreak on otherwise reliable hospitals. Many survivors recall the terrors that overtook medical professionals and patients alike as floodwaters approached Memorial Medical Center, where the power was quickly knocked out — and where temperatures soon exceeded 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Eventually, staff members were forced to evacuate patients…

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A Basic Checklist For Getting the Attention You Need in the Emergency Room

While TV shows make emergency room scenarios seem fast-paced, real-life visits to the ER may involve a surprising amount of waiting. Between wait times and slow treatments, experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that the average patient spends a full two hours in the emergency room. During that time, many patients feel all but invisible. Doctors may be too rushed and too frenzied to respond appropriately to their concerns. This is no time to give up, however. The following tips will help you gain the attention you so desperately need at this critical time: Don’t Minimize…

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How to Avoid the Most Common Fall Sports Injuries

From football to cross-country, a variety of fall sports encourage athletes to stay active, even as the chill of autumn begins to take over. These sports encourage us to move our bodies when we’d rather stay cozy inside. Unfortunately, they can also prompt their fair share of injuries. That being said, a variety of preventative measures can be employed to keep the risk of such injuries to a minimum. An effective regimen begins with knowledge, so we’ve highlighted a few of the most common conditions—and reliable prevention methods—below: ACL Tears Easily the most common knee injury among football players, ACL…

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Preventing Halloween Costume-Related Injuries

When you picture top Halloween safety issues, you probably imagine drunk drivers or laced candy. In reality, however, the very costumes your children wear while trick-or-treating may pose the greatest risk of all. The following are among the most dangerous costumes worth avoiding this year: Floor-Length Outfits Costumes that drag behind kids can serve as a major tripping hazard. Yes, it’s annoying to hem up ill-fitting outfits, but it’s far worse to see your children trip and fall. Cosmetic Contact Lenses Older children or teens may beg for cosmetic lenses that turn their eyes spooky colors. Like any contacts, however,…

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Halloween 2019 Safety Tips For Children

It is that time of the year again for jack-0-lanterns, costumes, and candy. No matter how you plan to celebrate Halloween this year, its always important to stay on top of safety for this year’s events. Making sure kids have safe arrangements for trick-or-treating, or other activities, will ensure no unforeseen accidents ruin the fun. Costumes Try to pick a costume with bright or reflective colors to make kids more visible at night Opt for face paint over face masks which can obstruct kids’ vision Pick a costume that kids can move freely in that will minimize tripping hazards Trick-Or-Treating…

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What to Know About the 2019 Flu Season

Recent Flu Seasons The past two flu seasons have been particularly bad. The flu vaccine last year had an effective prevention rate of only 29%. This was caused by an unfortunate surprise in the late half of the season. A new strain, H3N2, began rapidly infecting people late in season, showing one of the problems with managing the influenza virus. Vaccines only protect against a specific strain of the flu virus. Additionally, the vaccine takes a relatively long amount of time to prepare, so any deviant strains that appear in a given flu season can wreak havoc. Predictions for this…

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Mission-Critical Tips For Operating Drones Safely

Recreational drones are more popular than ever, and for good reason — unmanned aircraft may not literally take us to new heights, but they certainly expose us to gorgeous scenery while providing amazing opportunities for capturing footage. But while these aircraft are a joy to operate, they can also prove surprisingly dangerous. The following are among the most important considerations to keep in mind as you strive to operate unmanned aircraft in the safest and most responsible manner possible: Fly Below 400 Feet One of the FAA’s most stringent regulations involves the height at which you can safely operate your…

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Common Obstacles to Accessing Health Care Records — And How to Deal With Them

From medical malpractice cases to sheer curiosity, a variety of situations and circumstances may prompt you to seek access to critical health care records. Unfortunately, these can prove surprisingly difficult to obtain — even when the need for access is urgent. Below, we highlight a few obstacles you may face along the way, as well as viable solutions: Noncompliance With HIPAA And Other Regulations A variety of rules and regulations promise to improve patient access to medical records, but far too many hospitals and clinics remain noncompliant. Many patients are never informed of their rights under the Health Insurance Portability…

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Dealing With Health Anxiety After a Bad Experience With a Doctor Or Nurse

Visiting the doctor may not be a delightful experience, but it should, at minimum, be tolerable. If you’re like many patients, however, you dread annual physicals and other necessary appointments. This fear may stem from negative past experiences, which likely have left you feeling anxious about return trips. Outright avoidance is not a viable solution, however. Visiting the doctor is akin to maintenance on your vehicle; by stopping by regularly, you can avoid greater problems down the road. For the sake of your health, it is critical that you address your medical anxiety as soon as possible. These suggestions should…

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