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Dodging Summer Dangers

Englewood Hospital Offers Safety Tips to Beat the Heat

(Englewood, NJ, June 21, 2012) –Summer is now in full swing, but nothing derails a day of fun in the sun like a trip to the emergency room. According to the American Red Cross, nearly 70-percent of Americans have been involved in at least one summer emergency. The experts at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center offer advice to help families stay healthy and safe - whether they hit the beach, fire up the grill or explore the great outdoors.

“While it is important to exercise safety year round, it is especially critical during the summer months when kids are out of school, adults are on vacation and we see an uptick in heat-related illnesses or injuries,” said David Istvan, MD, Chief of Emergency Care Services at Englewood Hospital. “Common ER visits during the summer include cases of heat exhaustion, severe sunburn and dehydration.”

The following are tips on how to keep your family safe and healthy all summer long:

Gear Up: Skip a trip to the ER by strapping on a helmet, elbow pads, knee pads and other protective gear. This equipment can significantly reduce the risk of injury when riding bikes, skateboards, scooters and all-terrain vehicles. Wearing closed shoes also help keep feet safe.

Swim Safety: Avoid potential pool or hot tub disasters by installing barriers, door and pool alarms. To prevent drowning, never leave children unattended and enroll them in water safety and swim classes. Also, remember to store chemicals out of reach of children.

Gas Grilling: When cooking outdoors, it is important to check gas grill equipment to stop a possible gas leak before it starts. Make sure air tubes that lead into the burners are not blocked by food, grease or bugs. Inspect the grill hose for holes, cracks or wear and tear. Do not turn on the gas or attempt to light the grill if you spot any damage and replace faulty parts before use.

Trampolines: Cover the springs with shock absorbing pads and use a safety net. Make sure it is not near any trees or other structures and only allow one person on the trampoline at a time. Supervise all jumping activities and create a “no somersaults” rule to prevent serious head and neck injuries. Keep kids under six off of full-sized trampolines.

Sun Safety:

Lather Up: Create a protective barrier between you and those scorching hot, ultraviolent rays. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Don’t be shy with the sunscreen. Use SPF 30 or higher, even on overcast days, to help reduce your risk.

Stay Hydrated: Your body’s water reserves can run dangerously low during an active day outdoors, which is why it is so important to remember to replenish that lost liquid. Grab a bottle of water or sports drink and start chugging, even if you aren’t thirsty. Avoid caffeinated beverages and alcohol, which contribute to dehydration.

Be Cool: Lightweight clothing in reflective colors such as white can help you stay cool, while also offering an added layer of protection from the sun. Seek out a shady spot or head indoors to help stave off heat exhaustion or heat stroke, which can sometimes be deadly.

To learn more about Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, call 866-980-3462 or visit www.englewoodhospital.com.

 
About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
 
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides the highest level of compassionate, patient care and safety through a broad range of advanced clinical programs, 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 acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in many disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.  Its Vascular Fellowship Program has trained a generation of world-class vascular surgeons.  Additionally, many members of Englewood Hospital’s medical staff serve as faculty at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous accreditations from the Joint Commission and other organizations and is among the four percent of hospitals nationwide honored with the prestigious Magnet nursing award, a distinction that has been earned three times by its nursing staff.