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From hiking and picnics to pools and trips to the lake, there’s plenty of summer fun to be had, but
that also means there’s a lot more opportunity for burns, bites, accidents and injuries. When your
summer’s not so fun, turn to the board certified emergency team at Good Shepherd Medical Center.
Here are a few “rules” to help you and your family stay safe this summer:
1. Keep Your Cool
Wear a hat and loose-fitting clothing
that are light-colored and lightweight,
drink water every 15-20 minutes
and plan outdoor activities before
11 am or after 5 pm. Always use a
sunscreen of SPF 45+ and reapply
every few hours.
Never
leave
children or pets alone in a parked
car, even with windows cracked.
2. Take Heat Exhaustion Seriously
Symptoms can vary, but look for
heavy sweating, nausea, fainting,
fatigue, headache, dizziness and
cool, moist skin despite the heat.
Get out of the sun immediately;
loosen clothing; and drink cool water
or a sports drink. If the symptoms
do not improve or the symptoms
worsen, seek medical treatment.
3. Soothe a Sunburn
Always avoid sunburns. If you do
get burned, drink extra water, take
a cool shower, use a moisturizer
with aloe vera and take an
over-the-counter pain reliever
if necessary. Do not pop any
blisters. If a blistering burn covers
more than 20 percent or more
of your body, and you have fever
and chills, get to the ER.
4. Bug Out
Use an insect repellent, such as
DEET, and eliminate any standing
water to keep mosquitos at bay.
Keeping the yard free of tall grass
or brush can help deter ticks. If a
member of the family is allergic
to bee stings, be sure to have an
EpiPen® on hand for use if needed.
5. Use Your Head and
Wear a Helmet
Get the whole family into
the habit of wearing a
helmet when rollerskating,
skateboarding or riding a
bike, scooter or ATV. Helmets
provide the best protection
against head injury at any age.
Additional protection could
include elbow and knee pads
and gloves.
6. Get in the Swim of Things
It only takes seconds for a trip to
the lake or a day at the pool to go
wrong. Always supervise children
when in or around water. Teach
children about water safety and
how to swim as soon as possible.
Good Shepherd Medical Center:
The GSMC Emergency
Department is a Level II Trauma Center with 24 treatment rooms,
two triage areas, two trauma bays and four OB/GYN rooms.
NorthPark Medical Plaza:
Good Shepherd’s NorthPark
Emergency Department, located on Hawkins Parkway,
features state-of-the-art exam rooms, an onsite lab and
full digital imaging suite.
Kilgore Emergency Center:
Good Shepherd’s Kilgore ER
is equipped with 11 exam rooms, an onsite lab and a full
digital radiology suite, including X-ray, CT and ultrasound.
Good Shepherd Medical Center – Marshall:
The Good Shepherd
– Marshall Emergency Department is a Level III Trauma Center
with 12 treatment rooms, one triage area, two trauma bays
and two OB/GYN rooms.
Summer
Safety
Rules!
The Institute for Healthy Living will offer a session of swim lessons for children of all
skill levels, July 20-30. The cost is $90 per child for members and $110 per child for
non-members. Call the Institute at 903-323-6500 for more information or to register.
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY
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