Children and accidents go together, but there are preventive measures that families can take.
Carl Wentzel, M.D., board-certified emergency medicine physician and medical director for Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center and Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View's emergency departments, offers these 10 safety tips to help keep children safe:
• Bikes: "Use your head, wear a helmet." It is the single most effective safety device available to reduce head injury and death from bicycle crashes.
• Wear the appropriate, proper-fitting sports equipment to prevent injuries.
• Put medicines up and away and out of sight. Make sure that all medicines, including vitamins and adult medicines, are stored out of reach and out of sight of children. (In 86 percent of emergency room visits for medicine poisoning, children got into medicine belonging to an adult.)
• Don't let children play on high porches, decks, stairs or balconies. It seems obvious, but it's still important to note.
• Screens are meant to keep bugs out, not children in. Properly install window guards to prevent unintentional window falls. For windows above the first floor, include an emergency release device in case of fire.
• Don't let children climb on furniture or use drawers or shelves as steps.
• Secure TVs and furniture to the wall using mounts, brackets, braces, anchors or wall straps to prevent tip-overs.
• Teach children never to go near or in water without an adult present. Remember that water wings, noodles and other items can create a false sense of security for children and should not be used in place of life jackets.
• Working smoke alarms reduce the chances of dying in a fire by nearly 50 percent. They are a critical first step for staying safe, but in order to be effective, they have to be working properly. For the best protection, install smoke alarms on every level of your home and in every sleeping area. (Checking them twice a year — peg it to when the clocks change as an easy reminder.)
• Model safe driving habits, wear your seat belt, obey traffic laws and no texting.
What: Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View Family Safety Fair
When: 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 24.
Where: Bon Secours Health Center at Harbour View, 5818 Harbour View Blvd., Suffolk.
Activities include bike safety demonstrations, car seat safety checks, child fingerprinting and stranger danger, and school bus safety. Suffolk Fire and Rescue vehicles will be on display and there will be speed and agility events from Bon Secours InMotion.
Breastfeeding Peer Counselors of the Hampton WIC office are asking people to celebrate "World Breastfeeding Week" from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Aug. 15, at 100 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton.
The event will feature representatives and information from Breastfeeding Mamas, Head Start, Kool Smiles (dentists), nutritionists, an immunization clinic, Hampton Healthy Families, FAMIS (children's insurance), car seat program and vision screenings. There will be snacks, prizes, face-painting and games. To RSVP, call 757-767-1140, Ext. 21413 or Ext. 21405.
Sentara Life Care has started using NuScriptRX, a bar-coded drug-dispensing model at seven nursing centers, three assisted living villages and its two PACE (elderly care) centers in Hampton Roads.
It is designed to increase patient safety, reduce waste, costs and medication administration time, while improving access around the clock.
The automated dispensers will keep frequently used medications on site at each Sentara Life Care location, according to a news release. It will also allow access to newly admitted patients after hours.
The system includes the resident's name, room number and time of administration. It replenishes routine medications weekly instead of monthly -- that helps to reduce waste as prescriptions change and meds are often discontinued.
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