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Month: June 2019

Burn Prevention Tips and Treatment: A Summer Guide

Burn Prevention Tips

Summer is a time for campfires, barbecues and spending time in the sun; people of all ages enjoy these activities, and for the most part, come away happy, healthy, and uninjured. However, some of the most enjoyable summer activities present a risk for burns.

Burn Prevention Tips

Protect yourself and your loved ones this summer with these simple burn prevention tips.

Sunburn

One of the most common injuries seen during summertime is sunburn, which is essentially a type of radiation burn caused by excessive exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Sunburn is not only uncomfortable (or even painful at severe levels), consistent unprotected overexposure to sunlight can dramatically increase the risk of skin cancer. Always use sunscreen with a high SPF rating whenever you plan to spend any extended time outdoors. Be sure to reapply with the proper amount (most people use far too little) at regular intervals and after swimming or bathing. There are a number of UV blocking shirts and hats that provide significantly more protection than regular clothing.  

RELATED ARTICLE: Heat Exhaustion vs. Heat Stroke – Do You know the Difference?

Cooking Burns

Summertime means grilling with friends and family for many Americans. Whether you cook indoors or outside this summer, be cautious around hot cooking equipment such as stoves, gas grills, charcoal grills, and smokers. These devices can easily cause serious burns or even start fires if left unattended or mishandled. Never leave grills or other hot cooking equipment unattended. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and keep a fire extinguisher close to all cooking areas. Once the charcoal is lit, NEVER spray additional lighter fluid on it. The fire can trail up to the bottle and explode in your hand!

Burns from Open Flames and Campfires

A bonfire can be the perfect way to end a fun summer day, but open flames always present a fire and burn injury risk. A sudden gust of wind can send flames flicking toward those around a campfire or bonfire, and the wind may also carry away flaming bits of kindling that can cause fires elsewhere. If you build a campfire or bonfire, use stones around the base to keep embers and kindling at the bottom of the fire from blowing in the wind. Have dousing materials at all times, and never leave any open flame unattended.

Hot Surface Burns

Your kids may enjoy the local playground, but visiting midday or in the afternoon after the metal surfaces, ladders, and slides have been baking in the sun all day can easily mean severe burns from contact with hot surfaces. If you take your kids to a playground with any type of metal equipment, try to time your visits earlier or later in the day, either before the equipment has a chance to heat up or after it has been able to cool down from the midday heat.

Be sure to keep first aid supplies nearby or have some type of emergency plan. Most burns require immediate medical attention. If the pain from a burn does not subside within ten to twenty minutes or after taking over-the-counter pain medication, or if the burn entailed serious visible damage to the victim, they may require immediate medical care. Feel free to call Premier Urgent Care at (773) 891-2890 with any questions. As always, for more information, visit https://premierucchicago.com.

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Heat Exhaustion vs. Heat Stroke: Do You Know the Difference?

Heat Exhaustion vs. Heat Stroke
One of the most well-known risks of venturing out in the summer is the effect heat can have on the body. Primarily, heat causes two kinds of injury – heat exhaustion and heat stroke – but many people do not know the difference. This post will outline the effects heat exhaustion and heat stroke have on the body and how dehydration and failure to rest can lead to both. In addition, we will describe preventive measures such as proper hydration, resting in shaded areas, and wearing light, loose clothing.

Generally, heat stroke is more serious than heat exhaustion.

Heat Exhaustion Symptoms

  • General weakness
  • Increased heavy sweating
  • Weak but fast pulse or heart rate
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Risk of fainting
  • Cold, clammy skin

Heat Stroke Symptoms

  • Elevated body temperature above 103 degrees F
  • Rapid and strong pulse or heart rate
  • Loss or change of consciousness
  • Hot, dry, red or moist skin

Certain things can aggravate heat-related illness, such as dehydration, wearing tight or heavy clothing, and drinking alcohol.

Tips to Avoid Heat-Related Illness

The CDC gives us these helpful tips to avoid heat stroke and heat exhaustion this summer.

  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Stay in an air-conditioned space as much as possible. If you do not have AC in your home, walk around a shopping mall or visit the public library, as just even a few hours spent in air conditioning can aid your body in staying cooler when you do eventually venture back out into the heat.
  • Limit outdoor activities to when it is coolest outside, such as first thing in the morning or in the evening. Rest often in shady areas to give your body a chance to recover. 
  • Avoid exercising outside during the heat. If you do have to work or exercise in the heat outdoors, start slowly and pick up the pace on a gradual basis. If you become weak, faint, lightheaded or confused, stop all activity and go indoors.
  • Wear sunscreen of at least SPF 15, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses when going outdoors.

Contact Premier Urgent Care Chicago

Premier Urgent Care is your source for attentive, high-quality healthcare throughout the South Side Chicago area. Our urgent care services are quick, convenient, and compassionate, thanks to a highly-trained staff and board-certified physicians and physician assistants. If you have a healthcare emergency, from heat stroke and heat exhaustion to anything else, call us at 773-891-2890.

Better Providers. Better Care.

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No appointment needed.
Call (773) 891-2890.
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How to Avoid Child Drowning

Adult practicing CPR - Prevent Child DrowningIn this post, we look at child drowning. Children experience drowning risks that differ from adults – many children drown because they are curious and unsupervised. Drownings are the leading cause of injury death for young children ages one to 14, and three children die each day from drowning, says the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fortunately, there are ways to prevent child drowning.

Keep reading – In this post, we…

  • Detail ways to prevent children from accessing the water unsupervised, such as pool fences, pool covers, and removing tempting toys from pools.
  • Detail prevention tips for parents, like swimming lessons, encouraging children to jump feet first and staying within arm’s reach at all times.
  • Encourage parents to learn lifesaving measures. 

Barriers to Entry

Install a fence around your pool. Many states require pool fences, especially for in-ground pools. The fence should have a locking mechanism that cannot be opened by a small child. Above ground pools should have foldable and lockable ladders, but even that may not be enough. The top piece of advice is: know where your children are at all times. Supervise them when outside, and install alarms on any doors that could be opened onto the pool area by small children so you are alerted if they venture out.

When the pool is not in use, remove all tempting toys and floats from the water. Kids are curious and love to play. They may not understand the inherent danger of playing with toys near the pool or climbing on an innocent-looking float until it is too late.

Finally, when pool season is over for the year, install a properly fitted, rigid pool cover that keeps debris out, as well as children and pets that could fall into the pool area.

Child Drowning Prevention

Teaching your kids how to avoid drowning is the best way to keep such a tragic event from happening in the first place. Make sure they know about the dangers of unsupervised swimming and that a caregiver must be watching over them in the pool at all times. They need to know how to swim in the event they do fall into the pool. Enroll them in swimming lessons at the local YMCA or gym, or host them at your own pool with a certified swim instructor.

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-play/Pages/swim-lessons.aspx

Also, encourage your children to jump feet first, especially into water they have never been in before or where they can’t see the bottom, such as a lake. Keep little ones within arm’s reach at all times.

If you do not know CPR, what are you waiting on? Learn it! You could save a life in the time it takes the paramedics to arrive on the scene.

As parents, we should learn lifesaving measures to prevent accidents from happening in our own pools and at pools of neighbors and friends. Make sure the pool area is equipped with life vests and make sure the kids know how to use them. Take a CPR course yourself so you can provide lifesaving techniques to a child before paramedics can arrive.

Contact Premier Urgent Care Chicago

Premier Urgent Care Center provides high-quality healthcare throughout the Chicago area, with urgent care services that are quick, convenient, and compassionate. We have a staff of highly trained and board certified physicians and physician assistants who can address the immediate healthcare needs of your whole family. To learn more, call us at 773-891-2890.

Better Providers. Better Care.

Learn why patients have come to trust Premier Urgent Care.

No appointment needed.

Call (773) 891-2890.

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How to Avoid Drowning

Drowning Dangers - Man Being Pulled from Water before DrowningOne of the best ways to beat the heat and have fun this summer is to go for a swim. Swimming provides excellent exercise and is a vital part of many family vacations and recreational opportunities offered in the summer. However, summer is the time of year when you and your loved ones are most at risk for drowning. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 people die from unintentional drowning every day, with drowning being the fifth leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. Keep reading for tips on how to avoid drowning, such as:

  • Using life jackets
  • Avoiding alcohol
  • Maintaining proper emergency equipment

Wear a Life Jacket

As adults, we tend to think that only kids need life jackets. But even if you know how to swim, life jackets are a critical component for enjoying a day out on the water. Life jackets should be worn during water sports including boating and jet skiing. Wearing a life jacket can reduce the risk of drowning by up to 50%.

Avoid Alcohol

Among teens and adults, alcohol use is involved in 70 percent of deaths involving water recreation and 20 percent of boating deaths. It’s best to stick to water and fruit juice for hydration while swimming, boating and boarding.

RELATED ARTICLE: Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

Know How to Respond to an Emergency

If you notice someone is missing, check the water first. If you see someone drowning, it is best to “throw before you go.” Throw a flotation device to them from boat, dock, or pool deck. If you enter the water, approach the victim from behind. A drowning person will panic, latch onto you, and possibly take you under with them. If you own a pool, make sure you have flotation devices in the pool area and the pool skimmer on the deck. You can use the pool skimmer to pull the person to the edge.

If you do not know CPR, what are you waiting on? Learn it! You could save a life in the time it takes the paramedics to arrive on the scene.

Contact Premier Urgent Care Chicago

Premier Urgent Care Center provides high-quality healthcare throughout the Chicago area, with urgent care services that are quick, convenient, and compassionate. We have a staff of highly trained and board certified physicians and physician assistants who can address the immediate healthcare needs of your whole family.

Check in next week for the second in this two-part series on drowning.

Better Providers. Better Care.

Learn why patients have come to trust Premier Urgent Care.

No appointment needed.
Call (773) 891-2890.
Insurance accepted.