Health Tips

  • Wrapping to Roll

    ready-buttonHere we are in the last week of the Year... have you resolved your Resolutions?

    Are you Ready for whatever comes your way?

    If now, here are a few suggestions we've offered that may give you some last-minute inspiration, or may guide you on making your New Year resolutions in a few days:

  • Decorative "Snow" & Asthma

    Spray Snow 2Be cautious of using decorative "Snow" during the Holidays ass well as exposure to areas decorated with this festive fluff. Especially if you have COPD or Asthma.

    According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Artificial snow sprays can irritate lungs if inhaled. To avoid injury, read container labels; follow directions carefully.Spray Snow

     

  • Holidays and Drunk Drivers

    OK - no judgments about drinking... many do, and many do even more so during the Holidays, but don't get behind the wheel! Hitch a ride, take a cab, walk, or stay put!

    WINTER EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS KIT PACKIn the United States, motor  vehicle crashes are in the top 10 causes of death for people aged 1-54, and  over 30,000 people are killed in crashes each year. In 2013, crash death  resulted in $44 billion in medical and work loss costs. Learn more about the Cost of Motor Vehicle Crash Deaths.

    During the Holidays, DD rates soar. So do drinking related motor vehicle deaths. It's bad enough that we all have to consider Winter Driving Safety Issues, why make it worse with impaired senses and reaction times?

    Sobering Facts: Drunk Driving State Fact Sheets

    Drunk-DrivingFind state-specific fact sheets below that provide a snapshot of alcohol-involved deaths and drunk driving and an overview of proven strategies to reduce or prevent drunk driving. View and download data, and identify strategies to help keep people safe on the road – every day.

    About one in three traffic deaths in the United States involve a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. Drivers with a BAC of 0.08% or higher (i.e., drunk drivers) are considered alcohol-impaired by law. Thanks to dedicated efforts, rates of drunk driving and alcohol-related fatal crashes have gone down in recent years. Still, drunk drivers got behind the wheel about 112 million times in 2010. Learn more about effective interventions for reducing and preventing drunk driving.

     

  • Pathogens

    Pathogenic Microorganisms... sounds like either cool science, or science-fiction/horror, eh?

    BBPBloodborne Pathogens are a common concern in medical, as well as First Aid practices.

    Different types of Pathogen protections including Antimicrobial Wipes, Bloodborne Protection, Disinfectants, Fluid Control Solidifiers, BBP & Personal Protection Kits, Germicidal Wipes, Personal Protection Products & Sharps Disposal. Many of our Customers are asking about Ebola Prevention and Protection.

    HIV? BBP!

    Fighting against Airborne Pathogens includes protecting the eyes, nose, and mouth from contact as well as guarding against germs. We offer kits to prevent the spread of germs and pathogens as well as masks to adequately protect the face from contamination. Pandemic illnesses, such as Ebola, can outbreak at any given time, making active preparedness crucial!

    PEOPLE. PATHOGENS. PROTECTION: The biggest challenges are always the unknowns–the things we can’t predict, which seem to come out of nowhere and command our attention. I was called to Vietnam in 2003 when SARS struck... Not every outbreak grabs the headlines like SARS and Ebola. There are many diseases which rarely get talked about in the media, but which could be just as devastating if left unchecked. These diseases appear every day in all corners of the globe. You can think of it like a game of whack-a-mole – as soon as you bring down the hammer in one direction, something else pops up. We were focusing our resources on Ebola in West Africa, but we couldn’t let our guard down against all of these other diseases. In 2014 alone, CDC’s Global Disease Detection Centers assisted countries with 319 outbreaks. Only one of these was Ebola.... Read more from Joel Montgomery, PhD @ CDC

     

     

  • Mickey Measles

    Measles Linked to Disneyland...
    In our year in review, we look back at the highly publicized measles outbreak linked to Disneyland Resort Theme Parks in California. The outbreak quickly became a multi-state public health incident that resulted in a total of 147 cases. Among the reported measles cases, a majority of patients were unvaccinated or had an unknown or undocumented vaccination status. Read more about the outbreak, why measles is a big deal in the United States, and how you can protect yourself.

    VARAZDIN, CROATIA - SEPTEMBER 2, 2007:  Helium baloon in the shape of Disney's character Minnie and other Disney characters

    In 2000, the United States declared that measles was eliminated from this country. The elimination of measles in the U.S. was due to a highly effective measles vaccine, a strong vaccination program that achieves high vaccine coverage in children, and a strong public health system for detecting and responding to measles cases and outbreaks.

    Are you getting the vaccines you need?

    Vaccines.gov says – Find Vaccines Near You!

    Before a measles vaccine became available in 1963, 3 to 4 million people in the United States were infected with measles each year, resulting in an estimated 48,000 hospitalizations and 400 to 500 deaths. Most people in the U.S. today are protected against measles through vaccination, so measles cases are uncommon compared to the number of cases before a vaccine was available. However, the risk of measles re-establishing itself as a prominent disease in the U.S. is possible—especially if vaccine coverage levels drop.

    Today, measles is still endemic in many parts of the world, and measles outbreaks in the U.S. occur when measles is brought into the United States by unvaccinated travelers (Americans or foreign visitors) who get measles while they are in other countries. These travelers can spread measles to other people who are not protected against the disease, which sometimes leads to outbreaks. While the source of the Disneyland-associated measles outbreak was not identified, it is likely that a traveler (or more than one traveler) who was infected with measles overseas visited one or both of the Disney parks in December during their infectious period and infected other visitors to the park.

    Learn more at CDC  measles-infographic

  • Food for Thought

    Foodborne Illness is not a topic not often covered in typical lists of  Holiday Health and Safety Tips, but it should be!

    This year, the CDC is sponsoring a Holiday Food Safety Twitter Chat.

    Holiday foods can create lasting memories. Join us for a lively Twitter chat with food safety experts and guest foodies who'll share tips on planning and preparing holiday meals that are safe, healthy, and worth remembering.

    December 9, 2015, 2-3 PM EST.

    Holiday Food Safety Twitter ChatTo see messages but not send messages:

    • Type "#CDCFoodChat" into the search box on Twitter.

    To ask questions and share info:

    • Log into your Twitter account or create one for free if you do not have one.
    • Follow @CDCgov and @CDC_NCEZID on Twitter.
    • Retweet #CDCFoodChat announcements from @CDCgov, @CDC_NCEZID, and partners

    Read up and Learn more about Holiday Food Safety:

    Food Safety

    Killer Food

    Holiday Eating Tips

    It's Turkey Time: Safely Prepare Your Holiday Meal

    My Baby and Me – Food Safety During the Holidays when you are Pregnant

    What do successful party givers, seasoned home cooks, and culinary professionals have in common? They focus on the entire food experience—starting with the planning and preparation. This year, spend an hour learning and sharing tips and techniques for memorable holiday dining and bring food safety home for the holidays.

    Chat Topics

    • Prepare for your holiday meal—from the grocery store to your cutting board. Learn how to be the host of the season by practicing safe and healthy food preparation. Remember these simple steps: wash hands and surfaces often, avoid cross-contamination, cook foods to proper temperatures, and refrigerate promptly.
    • Host or a guest? Keep food safe when serving and transporting. Learn the best ways to avoid the naughty list by keeping hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Refresh yourself on the two-hour rule to have a memorable and germ-free buffet.
    • Problem foods. Certain foods come with a higher risk of food poisoning than others. Learn which foods have the potential to make you toss your cookies if they aren't prepared properly!
    • Enjoy the leftovers. The party can live on if your guests take a doggie bag to go, but don’t give your guests doggie bags with germs! Learn how to store leftover goodies and how long is too long to keep foods unrefrigerated.

    Hosts

  • Cold Injuries

    winter-iconWe talked about the cold Winter already settling in on us yesterday in our It’s Cold! post.

    What happens if you didn't follow those Winter Safety Tips and find yourself suffering?

    Learn about Frostbite & Hypothermia

    How to Avoid Frostbite

    Winter Weather: Frostbite

    Do You Know the Signs of Hypothermia?

    Recognizing Hypothermia

    Don't forget Cold Stress & Cold Weather Safety, too!

  • It's Cold!

    SnowflakeThe weather outside is frightening... well that may be a jolly holiday jingle, but it spells danger, too!

    Even here is Sunny Southern California, temperatures are dropping to freezing levels, a sever winter is anticipated, and nationwide, we all need to be ready for winter safety.

    Remember to follow Winter Safety Tips including considering Warmth and Winter Fire Safety.

    Some great resources for Winter Safety and Preparation include:

    Winter Safety Campaign

    Safety Tips For Using Your Log Splitter This Winter

    Winter Weather Pet Safety

    Working in a Winter Wonderland

    Prepare for Winter Temps

  • Post Holiday Blues

    Back to work after a four day weekend... may have just had 4 days off in a row (we did!)

    Some find it hard to get back into the swing of things.

    How can this be made a little easier?

    1. Eat well. It is too easy to get bogged down the the morass of emails and phone messages that piled up and forget that you need to eat regularly and drink plenty of fluids. Take care of yourself and  you'll be more productive.
    2. Organize. It may seem overwhelming, but if you take the time at the beginning to organize your priorities, group like work together, and make a plan, you'll get caught up and back in the groove faster.
    3. Don't stress. While everything may seem urgent, in retrospect it won't be. Remember that most clients and customers are just coming off a long holiday weekend as well, and they'll understand that you are catching up.

    (Practice now... we've still got two more long holiday weekends coming up!)

  • The CDC Says: Give the Gift of Preparedness

    As the holiday season quickly approaches and holiday shopping begins, find a gift that truly show those you love how much you care—the gift of preparedness. Check out Public Health Matters latest post for ideas on creating the perfect emergency kits for your friends and family:

    While an emergency kit may not be on any of the top-ten big name gift lists this season, a starter kit could end up being the most important gift you give your friends and family this year.  Most of us would love to be a little more prepared, but have not made the time or don’t know where to start. Often, just taking the first step towards getting prepared is the hardest part. Give your friends and family the gift of being prepared for the unexpected.

    Need creative ideas for your gifts of preparedness? We’ve got you covered with these gift ideas:

    The Starter Kit

    Help get your friends thinking emergency prep with a few key items to start their emergency kit. Pack the items in a small plastic storage container or water-proof bag that can be stored easily. Include the following items:

    • First aid kit (You can get a pre-made kit)
    • Flashlight and extra batteries
    • Portable phone charger (also sometimes known as a portable battery. This charger should be rechargeable and have the ability to charge a phone without being plugged into a power source)
    • Manual can openers (and a reminder that every emergency kit should include a three-day supply of food and water)

    Emergency Prep for Kids

    Sometimes the best way to get families thinking about emergency preparedness is through teaching kids about the importance of having an emergency kit, an emergency communication plan, and a family emergency response plan for every disaster.

    Get kids excited and interested in emergency preparedness with CDC’s Ready Wrigley activity books. You can print coloring books for disasters including, extreme heat, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and winter weather.  Help kids check-off items on Ready Wrigley’s emergency kit list with some of the following items:

    • Flashlight and extra batteries
    • A battery-powered or crank weather radio
    • Small and portable games or activities that can entertain kids if they have to shelter in place or evacuate to a shelter. (Small board games, playing cards, books or stuffed animals are good items to consider).

    Emergency Kits for the Road

    Is you car ready for winter graphic with cartoon bird and car emergency kit suppliesFor the car-lovers or new drivers on your list, consider putting together a kit of emergency supplies they can keep in their car. Plan your gift based on local hazards. If you live in an area that gets significant amounts of snow you may consider including a windshield scraper, extra hats, coats, mittens, and blankets. For any emergency, your car kit include these basic items:

    Basic tool kit with pliers, a wrench and screwdriver

    Jumper cables (you may consider purchasing a “roadside emergency kit” from your local auto shop that also includes reflective triangle markers, gloves, and a flashlight)

    – First aid kit

    – Cellphone charger (either or a car charger, or rechargeable portable charger)

    Pets and Pet Lovers

    young girl with shopping bags and a pug dogRemember to include pets in your emergency planning. Whether you are thinking of gifts for your furry friends or a gift for the pet lovers in your life, put together a gift of the following pet emergency kit items:

    • Extra food and water for your pet, including an extra water and food bowl.
    • Sturdy leash, harness, and carrier to transport pet safely. A carrier should be large enough for the animal to stand comfortably, turn around, and lie down. Your pet may have to stay in the carrier for several hours.
    • Pet toy and a pet bed that can easily be stored and taken if you are forced to evacuate. (Remember to always check with your local emergency shelters before a disaster to find out which shelters take in pets).

    All of these emergency packages are great gifts to help friends, family, or yourself start an emergency kit. Check out CDC’s Emergency Preparedness and You page for more tips on how to be prepared for any emergency.

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