Halloween is one of the top holidays for children’s emergency room visits. Be prepared for Halloween emergencies by making sure you are able to check off these 10 important items. CHI St. Luke’s Health emergency departments and Baylor St. Luke’s Emergency Centers are always open, even on holidays. Life happens. Plan for it.Read More
As children begin exploring their surroundings, there are various opportunities for them to get into unsafe situations. They can easily fall off of furniture, down stairs, or out of windows, causing potentially fatal injuries. Here are a few tips to help prevent these falls from occurring.
In case of emergency, how will the emergency medical team know about your allergies? If someone without professional training were the only one available, will he or she know how to reach your emergency contact? Put all these concerns to rest by adding your Medical ID on your iPhone in six easy steps.
Sprains, strains, and breaks are incredibly painful, and sometimes difficult to tell apart. Often, the pain is similar in each case. While it’s best to ask a doctor to diagnose an injury, knowing the basics about sprains, strains, and breaks can help you be prepared and know when you need emergency medical attention.
Summertime means beaches, pools, and fun in the sun. But with all that heat comes an unexpected risk– kidney stones. Warm weather brings with it a warning. You are more likely to suffer a kidney stone during the summer than any other time of year. To avoid the increased chance of this condition, follow our advice and always consult with your Baylor St. Luke’s Health Network physician.
Are you prepared for hurricane season? Discover what you need to have ready in case a storm comes your way! Planning ahead for this type of natural disaster is important; waiting until you’re dealing with the threat or the aftermath of a hurricane, tornado, flood, or fire can result in valuable loss. Experts at the American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency say planning and preparing for these instances in advance is key. Here are a few simple ways that can help you stay prepared in the event of an unforeseeable disaster.
During the summer months, we often spend more time outside enjoying the warm weather. But serious insect bites and stings can quickly turn your day around for the worst. Bug bites and stings are often mild and only produce minor skin irritation. However, certain insects can trigger a toxic or allergic reaction that requires emergency medical attention. Children tend to be more dangerously affected by insect bites and stings than adults. Staying informed will allow you to recognize the signs of a dangerous reaction.
While lightning storms can occur anywhere at any time, more lightning strike casualties occur in specific locations and during certain seasons. Texas is among the top ten states for lightning strike injuries and fatalities in the country and is one of the top two states for work-related lightning strikes. Summer is a high time for lightning casualties, especially the month of July, and the large majority occur in the afternoon between 12 and 6 PM. Discover how you can stay safe during a storm and what you need to do if lightning strikes.
What is sickle cell disease?
Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder, meaning it is passed down through the parents’ genes. A person will be born with sickle cell disease only if two genes are inherited– one from the mother and another from the father. Hemoglobin, marked as the flawed protein in the red blood cells, carries oxygen to the tissues of the body. So, sickle cell disease interferes with the delivery of oxygen to the tissues.
Eating disorders affect both women and men of all ages. The three most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. If you or someone you love may have an eating disorder, visit a healthcare professional for medical support, and know that you are not alone.