Tuesday, July 3, 2018

On the fourth of July we celebrate the red white and blue. That does not stand for sunburns (red), ambulances (white) and bruises (blue). Emergency department providers are reminding you to stay safe this Independence Day and avoid the most common reasons people travel to the hospital during the celebration.

Heat-related illness

The forecasted high on Wednesday is 90 degrees. According to the Emergency Department’s Dr. Travis Watson, the most common reason people go to the hospital on the 4th is due to the heat. That includes heat exhaustion and dehydration.

People likely to be more affected by the heat include the very young; people 65 or older; people who are physically ill; those with heart disease or high blood pressure; and people with a mental illness.

If you are outdoors, make sure to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and wear sunscreen. For best coverage, experts with Summit Health recommend using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

Alcohol-related visits

According to Dr. Watson visits to the emergency room from alcohol include intoxication, and injuries from people making poor decisions while under the influence.

Remember, if you’ve been drinking, you should avoid operation of any machinery, cars or fireworks.

Alcohol can also make you more dehydrated. If you’re going to drink, do it in moderation and stay safe.

Food-related visits

These visits to the emergency room include food poisoning. Remember to keep refrigerated food cold during the hot holiday.

People with certain medical conditions should be watchful of what they eat. Diabetes, congestive heart failure and other chronic diseases are prone to getting out of control based on people’s food choices.

Remember to call 911 if there is an emergency. Have a happy and safe 4th of July.

For more resources on summer safety visit, SummitHealth.org/Wellness