ICE and your cell phone

Are you familiar with ICE? This stands for In Case of Emergency. All Apple iPhones have a built-in health app. If you have an Android phone follow the direction here. Why should you complete the ICE app?This app puts your emergency health information on the lock screen of your phone so EMTs, police, or the …

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Winter Precautions

Are you prepared for winter weather? Many people prefer to remain indoors during winter, but staying inside is no guarantee of safety. Take these winter precautions to make dealing with winter weather easier. Prepare your home. Install weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows. Insulate water lines that run along exterior walls. Clean out gutters and …

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Safety and Technology

The dictionary defines safety as” the condition of being protected from or unlikely to cause danger, risk, or injury”. A synonym of safety is security. And with security comes many images of your computer crashing. Ever had your computer crash, or hacked by a virus. Use these helpful tips to add some security to your …

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How Prepared Are You?

National Preparedness Month Each September we recognize National Preparedness Month.  I was reminded of this when my granddaughter told me over the weekend that her school held a “lockdown” drill this past week. We wish it were a time when all we had to worry about in NC were hurricanes. Disasters come in many forms. …

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Shock – Be Prepared

Although the traditional hallmark of shock is hypotension (where the systolic blood pressure is less than 90 mmHg) this can be a late or misleading sign and is considered a medical emergency. It is therefore critical that other signs and symptoms are identified early by frequent observations to detect a patient’s deteriorating state and respond before …

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HCP safety in the workplace

HCPs encounter many health and safety challenges, making it a dangerous profession. However, being aware of issues and practicing safety in the workplace, and with patients, can eliminate many before they happen. I recently read an article on the Spring Arbor Univeristy website that I want to share regarding workplace safety. Although they have used …

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Where is my purse? wallet? cell phone?

At a restaurant, do you hang your purse on the back of your chair and “forget” about it? Do you lay your wallet and/or cell phone on the table? When shopping, do you leave your purse in your cart and walk away from it for only a moment? How often are you aware of your …

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Oh my aching back….

Heavy lifting is a reality for many healthcare professionals. Whether lifting heavy equipment, maneuvering carts, or lifting patients, knowing how to lift properly can save your back. The classic advice is to bend with your knees, not your back. Do NOT push or pull. Get as close to the load as possible. Try to keep …

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It’s like a heatwave….

You don’t have to be in the Arizona desert to experience a heat wave. Many areas of the country are still experiencing record high temperatures. With the lack of summer rain it is quickly becoming one of the hottest summers in history. This means that more people will be suffering from heat exhaustion and heat stroke …

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