We know it’s a full-time job taking care of your family’s health and safety, so we’re committed to doing all we can to help. That’s why we’ve presented this roundup of our top 9 health and safety blogs of 2017. Whether you’re concerned about snakebites, the opioid crisis, burns, texting on the toilet or other hot topics, we’ve got the expert advice you’re looking for — including ways to keep your family out of the ER.
Health and Safety Blog No. 1: Do You Know What to Do in a Snakebite Emergency?
Snakes have been in the news for the last few years, flushed out of their natural habitats by several consecutive wet seasons in North Texas. 2018 could very well follow that trend, so brush up on your snakebite emergency skills. You might also want to add these blogs to your list of serpent-themed surfing:
Health and Safety Blog No. 2: First Aid for Burns: 5 Things You Should Never Do
We all learned “stop, drop and roll” in school but not how to treat burn injuries. Some of the most common burn treatment myths, such as using butter, are just that — incorrect information that can cause more harm than good. This blog will teach you how to recognize the severity of a burn and how to avoid the most common mistakes people make when treating burns. If you’re looking for an advanced degree in burns, add these to your reading list:
Jason West, MD, an emergency medicine physician at Medical City Denton, discusses when to go the ER for a burn and how to tell what percentage of a person’s body is burned.
Health and Safety Blog No. 3: Bathroom Blues: Are You Taking Your Tech to the Toilet?
The No. 3 spot goes to constipation and hemorrhoids. As well it should, since our expert says it takes just 20 minutes a day lounging in the loo to bum out your bum.
Health and Safety Blog No. 4: 10 Signs You Need to Go to the ER
From chest and abdominal pain to persistent vomiting, diarrhea and depression, this blog is packed with tips for how to recognize when your symptoms need emergency medical attention.
Manisha Gupta, MD, an emergency medicine physician at Medical City Denton, explains when your stomach pain warrants a trip to the ER.
Health and Safety Blog No 5: Five Opportunities and Insights from “13 Reasons Why”
“13 Reasons Why” became the most-watched Netflix show when season one debuted last March. Based on a novel, the story centers on teen suicide and got parents, teachers and kids talking about this previously taboo subject. In this blog, our Medical City Green Oaks Hospital expert offers insight into how to use the show as an opportunity to talk to your own kids about depression, bullying, sexual assault and more.
In the follow-up blog, How “13 Reasons Why” Can Be a Lessons for All Ages, our expert discusses the growing rates of suicide in middle-aged adults and seniors.
Health and Safety Blog No 6: What You Need to Know About RSV
RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) is the virus responsible for a whole host of respiratory conditions, including colds, bronchitis, pneumonia and croup. Most children will have had an RSV infection by the age of two. In kids younger than 3, RSV can cause a dangerous illness called bronchiolitis — the most common cause of hospitalization in infants 12 months old and younger.
Health and Safety Blog No 7: The Growing Opioid Crisis: What You Need to Know
Labeled an epidemic by the CDC, the opioid crisis continues to take the lives of Americans of every age, race and socioeconomic level. In fact, drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among those under 50. Read what our expert has to say about this growing concern, learn how to spot opioid abuse, discover common drugs you may not have known were opioids and find out what type of drugs you should never mix with opioids.
Health and Safety Blog No 8: How Much Water Do You Need to Drink Every Day?
The human body is made up of mostly water and yet almost 70% of us don’t drink enough to keep our bodies functioning properly. Symptoms of dehydration begin when we’ve lost just 1% of our water. At 2-3%, things start to crash. Could your fatigue, irritability, headache, dry skin or fuzzy brain be “cured” just by drinking more water? Read this and find out.
Health and Safety Blog No 9: Heartburn or Heart Attack? How to Save Your Own Life.
The symptoms of heartburn and heart attack can be surprisingly similar. In fact, heartburn is often a sign of heart attack, especially in women. Our experts discuss how to tell the difference between the two and when to call 911 or head to the nearest ER.
Steven Kaster, MD, a gastroenterologist at Medical City McKinney, shares the signs and symptoms of heart attack and heartburn and how to tell the difference.
Matt Bush, MD, an emergency medicine physician at Medical City Dallas, shares how to save a life with hands-only CPR.
For expert emergency care whenever you’re concerned about your family’s health and safety, one of our many Medical City ER locations across North Texas has you covered. With average wait times posted online, if you do have an emergency, you can spend less time waiting and more time on the moments that matter most.