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Survival Odds Improving for Severe Burn Victims

Posted 5 days ago by

FRIDAY, March 16, 2018 – The odds of surviving severe burns have steadily increased in recent decades, researchers report. "Remarkably, a patient up to the age of 40 who has sustained a 95 percent body burn now survives half the time, whereas in earlier times a 50 percent body burn killed that same person," Dr. David Herndon said in a news release from the American College of Surgeons. He's ...

Staying Warm, Cozy and Safe by the Fire

Posted 25 Dec 2017 by

SUNDAY, Dec. 24, 2017 – Holiday gatherings might not seem complete without a warm crackling fire, but when a get-together includes kids, safety needs to be on everyone's mind. First of all, a window should be cracked open to provide proper ventilation whenever a fire is burning, advises the American Academy of Pediatrics. Then, the group suggests, take these additional steps to help avoid ...

Health Tip: Fry Your Turkey Safely

Posted 22 Dec 2017 by

-- Fried turkey has become a trendy dish for the holidays. Here are some safe-preparation suggestions, courtesy of the U.S. National Safety Council: Set up the fryer more than 10 feet from the house. Keep children away from the fryer. Locate a flat area to ensure that the oil is even and steady. Use a thawed and bare turkey. Use caution when handling the fryer lid. The handle may become very hot ...

Health Tip: Prevent Fire Deaths and Injuries

Posted 23 Nov 2017 by

-- The American Red Cross says it responds to more than 64,000 disasters annually – mostly home fires. Every day, about seven people are killed and 36 people hurt in home fires. The organization's goal is to cut these numbers by 25 percent by the year 2020. Here's what you can do to help, the Red Cross says: Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including inside bedrooms and outside ...

How to Stay Out of the ER This Thanksgiving

Posted 22 Nov 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22, 2017 – Taking some simple precautions can help keep you and your family healthy over the Thanksgiving holiday, says an emergency medicine expert. "A few simple steps to avoid preventable injury or illness can go a long way toward making sure you safely enjoy the holiday," Dr. Paul Kivela, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, said in news release from the ...

Daytime Wounds May Heal Faster Than Nighttime Ones

Posted 8 Nov 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 – Your internal body clock is the reason why wounds heal faster if an injury occurs during the day rather than at night, new research suggests. Experiments with skin cells and other cells in mice showed that daytime wounds healed about twice as fast as nighttime wounds. Then, when analyzing the wound recovery for 118 people with burn injuries, the researchers found that ...

Robots May Be Cleaning Your Hospital Room Soon

Posted 2 Nov 2017 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 – Hospitals are jumping on a tech trend, enlisting the help of germ-killing robots to tackle a potentially life-threatening but preventable issue: health care-associated infections. For instance, Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville will begin deploying robots this month to protect hospitalized patients from harmful germs, including MRSA (methicillin-resistant ...

Timely Tips for First-Degree Burns

Posted 24 Oct 2017 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 – First-degree burns are common and many can be treated at home, a dermatologist says. Unlike second- or third-degree burns, first-degree burns involve only the top layer of skin and often occur after contact with hot surfaces, like a curling iron or a stove. Sunburn can also be a first-degree burn. A first-degree burn may cause red and painful skin and mild swelling. ...

Firefighters Exposed to Carcinogens Through the Skin

Posted 18 Oct 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 – Firefighters face many known hazards on the job, but one area that hasn't been well researched is how their skin's exposure to hazardous chemicals might increase their risk of cancer. It has long been known that firefighters have higher rates of several types of cancer than people in the general population. In a new study, researchers at the University of Ottawa ...

Health Tip: Suggestions for a Healthy Halloween

Posted 9 Oct 2017 by

-- Children look forward to Halloween more than many other holidays, but the occasion doesn't come without potential dangers. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests how to keep your family safer on Halloween: Store-bought costumes should be labeled "flame-resistant." If you make your own costume, use flame-resistant fabrics, such as polyester or nylon. Kids should wear bright, reflective ...

Health Tip: Keep Kids Safe From Fire and Heat

Posted 27 Sep 2017 by

-- It's important to teach children from a young age the danger of fire. By setting clear and concise fire-safety rules, you will decrease the likelihood of dangerous burns. TheU.S. Fire Administration offers these suggestions: Keep children at least three feet away from anything hot, such as candles,space heaters and stovetops. Keep smoking materials locked up in an out-of-reach place, Never ...

Health Tip: Stay Safe During a Lightning Storm

Posted 1 Sep 2017 by

-- Thunder and lightning storms are a fixture of summer's heat and humidity. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests how to stay safe when lightning is near: As soon as you hear thunder, go inside, preferably in a safe building. After you see lightning, start counting to 30. If you hear thunder before you reach 30, go indoors. If you cannot find shelter, remain as low to the ...

Health Tip: Seek Safety From Lightning

Posted 5 Jul 2017 by

-- If you're caught outside during a thunderstorm, go inside immediately. If that's not possible, the National Weather Service suggests: Stay away from open fields, hilltops and ridge tops. Avoid tall objects, including single trees. In the woods, gather near a group of low trees. If you are with several people, stand apart to avoid the possibility of sharing lightning current. If you're ...

Eye Docs Debunk 5 Fireworks Myths

Posted 2 Jul 2017 by

SUNDAY, July 2, 2017 – Firecrackers, sparklers and bottle rockets may seem harmless enough, but there's really no such thing as safe fireworks for consumers, eye doctors warn. Each year, about 10,000 fireworks-related injuries are treated at U.S. emergency departments. Most of those cases involve children, including many who suffer eye injuries, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology ...

Summer Fun Is Not Without Hazards

Posted 16 Jun 2017 by

FRIDAY, June 16, 2017 – Preventable deaths spike during the summer in the United States. But, following some simple safety measures can reduce accidents, the National Safety Council says. "Someone dies every 4 minutes because of something we know how to prevent," said Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the public service organization. In 2015, there were more than 146,500 preventable deaths ...

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