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Spring Cleaning On A Ladder? Let Surepoint Help Keep You Safe

Ladder Safety Tips for Spring Cleaning Warriors

Each spring, thousands of homeowners feel inspired to clean their gutters, wash the windows and maybe even organize the clutter in the attic. Yes, it always feels good to get a fresh start after a dreary winter, but before rushing into anything it’s important to make sure your ladder is in proper working order. Falls are a leading cause of home injuries and fatalities, so brush up on these ladder safety tips first.

Minimize your risk with these tips:

  • Inspect the ladder for broken steps, locks and missing parts. If everything seems fine, go ahead and set it up.
  • Don’t use metal ladders near electrical equipment, power lines or in puddles.
  • Make sure the ladder is on a clean and even surface and that it can’t get caught on any indoor rugs or garden hoses if you’re outside. Also, make sure it isn’t in the way of any doors.
  • When climbing a ladder and cleaning or taking boxes out of the attic it’s a good idea to use the buddy system. Have someone nearby to keep an eye on you in case you get into trouble or need an extra hand.
  • Always keep both feet on the ladder and be careful when ascending or descending.
  • Never climb onto the ladder’s top step. Use the other steps and hold on when you can. While it may be difficult to hold on while cleaning the gutters or windows, it could save you from an injury.

According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, most ladder deaths are from falls of 10 feet or less. Also, there are more than 164,000 emergency room visits for ladder injuries each year and 300 deaths.

Common causes of ladder injuries include:

  • Failure to set up the ladder properly
  • Losing your balance or missing a step
  • Reaching too far while on the ladder
  • Using the wrong type of ladder for the job at hand. Learn more about choosing the right ladder from the National Safety Council.
  • Using old or damaged ladders
  • Incorrect setup or placement of the ladder

Common injuries from ladder accidents include broken bones, sprains and strains or cuts and bruises. All of these can be treated at your nearest emergency room or urgent care. More serious injuries can result in trauma with internal bleeding, damaged organs and death.

If you or a loved one suffers a ladder-related injury please come in. Surepoint ER is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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Common Baseball Injuries and How to Avoid Them

 

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Even though baseball is not technically a contact sport, like hockey and football, it still produces a lot of injuries.

That’s not surprising considering how long baseball season lasts. The regular season for MLB consists of 162 games for each of the 30 teams in the National League and American League. Because this season is so long, you need to know about common baseball injuries that happen and ways to avoid them.

Arm Injuries

Perhaps the most common injuries that occur in baseball are associated with the arm, as it’s used by almost every player on the field. A lot goes into throwing a baseball as well, which puts the joints in the elbow, wrist, and shoulders through a lot of abuse. If you feel any pain during practice or a game, it’s important to stop playing and visit a doctor. You may have overused your arm to the point where you get tendonitis. This condition is characterized by mild swelling, tenderness, and dull aches. You need to get medical treatment as soon as possible so you don’t make the injury worse.

To prevent these common baseball injuries from occurring, you need to adequately stretch your arm before doing any exercise or baseball activity. Resting your arm is also paramount, especially if you’re a pitcher. Try to keep your arm warm between innings, which is possible if you keep a jacket on. Lastly, you need to keep ice and heat on your arm between practices and games to reduce inflammation and promote blood flow. That way, your arm can heal much more quickly.

Head Injuries

Severe injuries often result when players are hit in the head by a baseball, and this happens more than you’d think. That’s why you should always wear the right gear, especially high-quality helmets and mouth guards. They’ll protect your face and could prevent you from losing a few teeth after a severe hit.

Leg Injuries

There are a lot of explosive movements involved in baseball, especially when you bat and take ground balls. This rapid explosion makes it easy to pull a muscle. That’s why you need to stretch adequately before games and keep the blood flowing between innings by jogging in place or around the field. These simple routines help you avoid pulled hamstrings and hip-flexors.

Preventing Common Baseball Injuries

Baseball is inherently dangerous, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it. You just need to take the necessary precautions before, during, and after doing any type of baseball activity.

Sources: Tendonitis, drugs.com (https://www.drugs.com/health-guide/tendonitis.html)

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How Much Do You Know About Public Health?

If you’re like most Americans, you probably don’t know much about public health even though it has the potential to affect everyone. Sure, you could come up with an educated guess, but since we’re in the middle of National Public Health Week we decided to help you out.

By definition, “Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play.” This means people are working to make sure we are as healthy as we can be for as long as possible. Public health examines:

  • Health – What are the overall health issues of those in the community? Does everyone have access to high-quality, affordable healthcare?
  • Education – Are graduation rates increasing? Do all students have access to public school?
  • Economy – Is there upward mobility? Can people break out of the cycle of poverty?
  • Safety – Does the community have sidewalks? Are streets well lit? What about safe playgrounds for children to play on? What about affordable housing that will keep more people off the streets?
  • Food – Does everyone have access to affordable, nutritious food?
  • Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco – How many people are using these substances?

These socioeconomic factors play a significant role in someone’s health status. If a child grows up in poverty he may not be able to eat healthy, nutritious meals. If he lives in an unsafe neighborhood without access to well-lit streets and clean playgrounds he may grow up to be obese and have many health problems.

Then, let’s say he grows up and can’t afford quality healthcare. He could become a burden on the system by using the ER when he could have gone to urgent care or a regular doctor’s appointment. This ultimately drives up the cost of healthcare for everyone. It also uses emergency room resources that may be needed for critically ill patients, or those who have been in accidents or suffered some other kind of trauma.

As emergency medicine providers, we have treated patients like the one just described. And we understand how some people seem to have the cards stacked against them while others seem so “lucky.” So today, during National Public Health Week, we encourage you to learn more about public health.

If you or someone you know is suffering from a life-threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1. Otherwise, head on over. We are always open.
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