Gardening this summer?

Did you know that gardeners can be prone to tetanus infections? Whether you’re new to gardening or have a green thumb, remember to keep your health and safety a priority. 84% of Americans participate in gardening or yard work every year; 31% of tetanus cases reported between 1998 and 2000 came from garden, yard, or farm injuries. Tetanus …

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Five Ways to Stay Safe During a Hurricane

Our hurricane season has begun. From June 1st thru November 30th each year we have the most hurricanes. While it may be fun to see the different names of the season, it is no fun to get caugh unprepared.

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Tips for Beating the Heat

Winter is finally over and as we head into spring and summer there are precautions we can take to avoid heat exhaustion. Water – Drink plenty! It is our best defense against dehydration and becoming overheated. Clothing – Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothing. Wear UV protection clothing. Meals – Small meals lesson a heavy …

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Home Assessment Regarding Falls

No matter what age we are, we should always take time to evaluate our home for safety. Remember to assess the outside of your home also. Do you use throw rugs and carpets? These can be a tripping hazard and in most instances should be removed. Do you wear floppy slippers or a long bathrobe? …

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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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