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The Heat Is On
Especially as temperatures rise, be aware of these potential health hazards:
- Heat-related illnesses and dehydration
- Food poisoning
- Swimming injuries and drowning
- Stings and bug bites
If you’re planning to travel this summer, having certain medical information handy can make a difference in a medical emergency. Carolyn Hafen, RN, Emergency Room Director for Spring Valley Hospital, advises keeping the following information in a safe yet easily accessible place to bring to the ER:
- List of medications and the dosage you’re currently taking, as well as information about any allergies to medication
- Names of your primary care physician and/or specialists with phone numbers (include area code with all phone numbers)
- Phone numbers for your local pharmacy and relatives/family friends who may be contacted
- Copy of your living will or advance directive if you have one
- Driver’s license (or copy)
- Proof of insurance and an insurance contact phone number
Did You Know...
The majority of scorpion stings cause local pain with minimal to no inflammation. However, approximately 10 to 30% of patients who are stung by scorpions can have a life-threatening reaction.* This is especially true in children less than 10 years of age, so they should get immediate medical care if they are stung by a scorpion, says Robert Wilkinson, DO, Medical Director of the Pediatric Emergency Department at the Children’s Medical Center at Summerlin Hospital.