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Sandra Sgambati                                       Cynthia Valentino
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For Immediate Release

Summer Safety
Safeguard your family to help ensure a fun and healthy summer season

Englewood, NJ – Referred to as “trauma season” in many hospital emergency departments, summer presents a host of potential dangers for both children and adults. By taking a few simple precautions, common summer injuries can be avoided. The following are tips offered by the healthcare experts at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center (englewoodhospital.com):

Beware leaves of three. Poison oak, ivy, and sumac are all known to cause an allergic, itchy reaction when exposed to the skin. Though these itchy red bumps or blisters cannot be cured, there are ways to lessen the discomfort they inflict while they heal, such as cool showers and over-the-counter calamine lotions. Take the time to educate yourself and your family about the potential plant dangers in your area and what should be avoided.

Gear up. “The number of injuries related to leisure activities like sports, yard work, and home improvements typically increases over the summer,” says David Istvan, MD, Chief of Emergency Medicine at Englewood Hospital. “By wearing the appropriate equipment, such as a helmet, eye protection, or knee and elbow pads, children and adults may avoid injuries or lessen the severity of accidents.”

Bug off. Whether you are allergic or not, summer insect bites can be quite frustrating. Arm yourself by using a product containing the ingredient DEET or Picaridin. In the event you or someone you know suffers from a bug bite, a hydrocortisone cream can provide itch relief. Remember: any rash accompanied with a sore throat or fever could signal a serious infection and should be examined by a healthcare professional immediately.

Drink up. Rising temperatures can easily result in dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Keep a bottle of water with you at all times and seek shade whenever possible.

Shield yourself. Too much sun exposure can leave the skin sunburned and irritated. Apply a sunscreen with an SPF [sun protection factor] of 30 or higher every two hours and immediately after swimming or sweating excessively. Lightweight, breathable long-sleeved shirts and pants can also help protect the skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

 

 


 
About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
 
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides patients with the highest level of compassionate care through a broad range of state-of-the-art clinical programs and the most advanced treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this thriving, acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in a variety of disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.  Englewood Hospital is home to a Vascular Fellowship Program that has trained a generation of world-class vascular surgeons.  Additionally, many members of the medical staff at Englewood Hospital serve as faculty members at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous accreditations from the Joint Commission and other organizations and is among the six percent of hospitals nationwide honored with the prestigious Magnet nursing award, a distinction that has been earned twice by its nursing staff.