$1.01 Cure for Spring Colds

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Ponchos, Rain Gear & Outer Wear

Best Cure for a Spring Cold?

Don’t get one.

These handy things are so inexpensive and small you can keep one in your desk, one in your briefcase, one in your  backpack, one in your  glove compartment of your car, one in your first aid kit and a half dozen in the kitchen junk drawer! Take along to every outdoor event this Spring, too.

Emergency Poncho

Prescription Drug Overdose a Leading Cause of Death

DRUGSDeaths from drug overdose have risen steadily over the past two decades and have become the leading cause of injury death in the United States. Prescription opioids—a class of prescription drugs used to treat both acute and chronic pain – were involved in 37 percent of drug overdose deaths in 2013. Sales of these drugs nearly quadrupled from 1999 to 2013, and overdose deaths quadrupled in lockstep.

To learn more about CDC’s role in reducing prescription opioid overdose deaths as part of the HHS initiative:

TB Threatens to Kill 75 Million People

Tuberculosis – Drug-resistant TB Threatens to Kill 75 Million People by 2050, Cost $16.7 Trillion.

Over the next 35 years, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis will kill 75 million people and could cost the global economy a cumulative $16.7 trillion – the equivalent of the European Union’s annual output, a UK parliamentary group said. If left untackled, the spread of drug-resistant TB superbugs threatens to shrink the world economy by 0.63 percent annually, the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Tuberculosis (APPG TB) said, urging governments to do more to improve research and cooperation. “The rising global burden of multidrug-resistant TB and other drug-resistant infections will come at a human and economic cost which the global community simply cannot afford to ignore”, economist Jim O’Neill said in a statement. The WHO said last year multidrug-resistant TB was at “crisis levels”, with about 480,000 new cases in 2013.

Learn more about TB –

Source: http://www.reuters.com/

Tips From Former Smokers

smokerConsidering giving up the puff?

Are you a former smoker wishing to help others quit?

  • Smoking can cause colorectal cancer and vision loss (macular degeneration), two critical health problems addressed in this year’s Tips From Former Smokers campaign.
  • The Tips campaign is a “best buy” for public health, costing only $393 per year of life saved—see how it works in this infographic [PDF-1.6MB].
  • You can promote smoking cessation by using and sharing Tips campaign resources, including videos, social media messages, print ads, buttons, and more.

TB: Know about Tuberculosis

TB – Since the early 1900s, immigrants and refugees applying for a visa to come to the United States undergo a medical examination that includes TB screening.

Early in 1996 OSHA issued Tuberculosis Directives that enforce the 1994 Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Tuberculosis Prevention Guidelines, and allow for the wearing of new classes of NIOSH approved respirators/masks as well as HEPA masks.

tuberculosis-institution-tileFirstAidMart’s training products on “Guarding Against Tuberculosis” include the changes in respiratory protection requirements. These products are designed to assist facilities and operations whose employees have a risk of exposure to tuberculosis. They also help employees understand the nature of the disease, as well as what they can do to protect themselves from infection. Topics covered in these products include:

  • Epidemiology and symptoms of tuberculosis.
  • Modes by which tuberculosis is transmitted.
  • The CDC Guidelines.
  • The Exposure Control Plan.
  • Recognition of exposure situations.
  • Practices to prevent exposure.
  • Administrative and engineering controls.
  • Selection and use of personal protective equipment (including respirators).
  • and more.

In 2007, CDC began implementing the screening guidelines, which require people suspected of having TB to receive a much more sensitive sputum culture test to confirm TB to ensure that people who do have TB receive treatment before they arrive in the United States. These requirements have now been completely implemented in all countries with U.S.-bound immigrants and refugees.

From 2007 through 2012, half of the 3.2 million arrivals of immigrants and refugees to the United States were screened for TB using the 2007 screening guidelines. Out of more than 4,000 TB cases diagnosed using the screening guidelines during this period; nearly 2,200 were smear-negative and culture-positive. These cases would likely have been missed under the previous screening requirements. The results of this study showed that the updated overseas screening guidelines led to a roughly one-third decrease in the number of TB cases among foreign-born persons within their first year in the United States.

Is your water safe? Groundwater Hazards

Groundwater – we think it’s better than municipal water since it doesn’t have all that gnarly chemical processing… is it?

Read about Arsenic and Old Pipes

If your water comes from a private well, let your healthcare provider know, especially if you have an infant at home.

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Generators: A Medical Market Must

A standard home will experience a power outage during a major storm or power line mishap. During this time of year we are at a high risk for power outages caused by ice and snowstorms. The initially concern here is the cold temperatures, but these power outages can last anywhere from a few hours to several days. Beyond the risk of cold temperatures, the lack of power can lead to even bigger safety and health concerns. Not only are homes affected by these power outages, medical offices can experience a much bigger devastation.

GeneratorMedical offices rely on power for almost everything they do. Without power, medical staff wouldn’t be able to communicate with their patients, access medical records or perform procedures. If any medical office doesn’t have access to power they wouldn’t be able to serve their patients in a safe and healthy environment. This could be devastating to any medical office and all of the patients involved, particularly in a smaller town with little access to other medical providers.

The solution to this problem is investing in a generator. All medical offices can benefit from having a generator to back-up their power in the case of a power outage. Patients are relying on their medical practitioners to keep them in a safe and healthy environment, and a generator can help them do that no matter the weather or power situation. Additionally, if your office is capable of moving your patients to another functioning office, in the meantime, ­ refrigerated medicine and machinery is still at risk. No matter the size of your office, power is a must.

Regardless of whether you own your building or rent your space, you have the capability of having a generator. For medical offices who rent from their building, a generator can move with you. Most generator businesses will move the generator for you, so it takes the stress off of your business. If you own your space and decide to sell it, a generator can significantly increase your property value for corporate buyers. They see a generator as an asset to their business, and it could make the deal. If you are still not convinced that a generator is right for your medical business, there are a few other things you should know.

If your business does install a generator you then qualify for a tax refund, which can cut down on the costs of installation. Additionally, the costs of losing business and medical supplies during power outages are things to consider when assessing the initial costs of buying a generator. Overall, it is all about your patients and their trust. When you have a generator to back-up your power– your patients can trust that no matter what your business will always work to maintain their health and safety.

Now that you see the major benefits about investing in a generator for your medical business, here’s a little more information about generators:

How to buy~
• If you have decided to buy a generator for your medical business then first do your research.
• Contact a generator business near you for an estimate and more information about their process.
• A generator business, like Georgia Generator, will help you in the buying process as well as install your generator.
• Once you have had your generator install, they will service your generator to make sure it is always ready to provide you power when you need it.
• Additionally, if you decide to move locations then most generator companies will move it to your next location.

How they run~
• Seconds after there is a power outage your generator will automatically kick in and start producing power for your office.
• Then a couple seconds later your designated emergency circuits will have full restored power.
• After that, the generator will monitor for your utility power to start working again. If it doesn’t your generator will continue to provide your power. If you do regain utility power then the automatic transfer switch will safely transfer the power back to utility and will go into a cool down mode.
• Once the power outage is completely over and your building is back to its utility power, then the generator will shut down and wait for the next mishap.

Written by Clayton Preble of GenSpring Power. Clayton is one of the top 25 standby generator dealers in the United States.

How to cut the high cost of falling

One out of three persons aged 65 and older falls annually and 20% to 30% of falls result in injury.fall-safety

A new study finds that community-based fall prevention programs are feasible and effective and save money.

Falls are the second leading cause of death each year in the United States (after traffic accidents)! Over 10,000 people are killed every year as a result of falls…and 200,000 to 300,000 people are disabled. Eight-five percent of all falls that occur on the job result in “lost work time”.

Our training products on “Fall Protection” provide the information employees need to work safely when they are “off the ground”, and assist in satisfying the major training requirements in the OSHA Standard on Fall Protection. Topics covered in these products include:

  • The seriousness of fall hazards.
  • Types of environments where falls may occur.
  • The “Fall Protection Plan”.
  • Concentrating and keeping a clear head.
  • The importance of housekeeping in preventing falls.
  • Measures that can be taken to protect against falls.
  • Protective equipment.
  • and more.

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Seniors Staying Alone: A Few Tips to Make Things Easier

We’ve talked about Winter Hazards for Seniors in our Articles:

Further on the subject of Senior safety is general mobility and slips, trips, and falls… especially for seniors that are alone, with no full time caregivers.

Seniors Staying Alone: A Few Tips to Make Things Easier

If you have an elder at home that needs to be cared for all the time, you probably have your hands full with a lot many things. Be it loss of sight, sound, or memory, incontinence, depression, or immobility that the elder is affected with, he/she is going to be largely dependent on you and others in the house for everything.

It might be difficult for you to imagine leaving the senior person alone at home for an hour or a whole week. But what will you do if you’re faced with such a situation? You need to be prepared for the same so that when need be, you can leave the senior person alone at home without worrying about them.

Here are some tips that will help you take better care of the elders you care about. Whether they live on their own or need to be left alone for a couple of hours or days, making use of these tips will take the burden off your shoulders.

Tips on Proofing the Home

Even if you don’t ever leave the seniors home alone, you can’t keep a watchful eye on them 24/7. As such, it’s important to proof your home to minimize risks.

  • The floors need to be clear of unwanted items. Articles lying about can cause seniors to trip and hurt themselves.
  • Take extra care if you have stairs inside the house. Objects should never be left at the head and foot of the stairs in particular.
  • Electrical cords that don’t lie flat are a risk; secure them appropriately.
  • Make sure that you don’t have any throw rugs inside the house as they can cause seniors to slip and fall. If you must have rugs, secure them with rubber anti-slip liners. The rug also needs to lie flat against the floor.
  • The bathroom floor should be free of objects. Install anti-slip mats in the bathtub and shower.
  • Ensure that there is adequate lighting in all the rooms. Install nightlights so that the floor is clearly visible.

Tips to Help Decide If the Senior Can Be Left Alone

Not all seniors can be left alone to fend for themselves; even if it be for a short while or a few days. In case of an emergency, entrust the senior person to the care of a responsible adult or a professional care giver.

To decide if the senior person will be okay on their own, you need to consider a few things. If the person is bed-ridden, may wander off, cannot read warning signs, isn’t able to access emergency services by themselves, cannot ask for help, etc., then leaving them alone won’t be the right thing to do.

Even if the person needs to use a folding scooter or any equipment that helps with mobility, he/she can be left alone if they can carry out basic functions without assistance from others. They should be able to prepare simple meals or re-heat meals on their own, access the toilet without problems, be aware of the surroundings, and most importantly, be able to ask for help in case of an emergency.

Tips for Seniors Living Alone

These tips will help seniors who are living alone or those that have to stay alone for a few hours or days.

  • Ensure that all items that the senior person will be in need of are placed within easy reach. Also keep dangerous items like toxic fluids out of their reach.
  • Smoke alarms should be operating properly. Replace the batteries with new ones every six months.
  • Leave notes on appliances such as burners, the oven, the coffee machine, the hair dryer, etc. to remind seniors to turn them off after use.
  • A fire extinguisher should be handy around the fireplace and in the kitchen. Seniors should also know how to operate one.
  • Medicines should be kept handy. If the senior person has cardiac disease, or diabetes, or if he/she is affected with a chronic illness, it will help to keep medicines stashed in different areas of the house. This way, the senior person won’t have to rush from one place to another in case of an emergency.
  • Avoid telling everyone that the senior person is going to be alone at home. Seniors living on their own shouldn’t disclose this information to strangers or delivery boys.
  • You don’t have to be best friends with neighbors, but mingle with them a bit. They are the ones that will be able to first notice anything wrong. You might want them to be aware of the senior person’s health condition.
  • Have a friend or relative call or pay a visit every day. Get a lock box installed outside the house so that trusted individuals can get into the house in case there’s an emergency. Never leave keys in obvious places such as under the carpet or pots.
  • If the senior needs to use a mobility scooter to get around, or if he/she suffers from vertigo, epileptic seizures, etc., consider repositioning locks to a lower level.

Conclusion

By following the tips mentioned here, seniors shouldn’t have a problem when left alone for a while. The safety measures stated here will also be of use to seniors who wish to live independently.

By ensuring you’re doing the right things, you’ll have to deal with less stress regarding the safety of your loved one. When you know that everything has been taken care of and that things are in control, you’ll have nothing to worry about.

Some Content by Julie Howard – See Julie Howard’s blog @ Safety.com

Winter Safety Campaign

We are Ambassadors of NOAA & The Weather Ready Nation Program!

We are Ambassadors of NOAA & The Weather Ready Nation Program!

As Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors, we try to keep our readers up to date with the newest resources and information for safety in each season, and for all types of weather and climates.

“Meteorological Winter” is December, January, and February.  Winter is a dangerous season, with many risks, and a lot to prepare for.

Winter Safety Campaign

Winter storms, snow, windchill, frost, ice and extreme cold are a coast-to-coast threat to the United States and its territories. Even Hawaii gets snow on its Big Island and frost is a major threat to crops in Southern states. Major cities as far south as Atlanta and Dallas have been paralyzed by snow and ice. Extreme cold is a relative term. In Miami it is defined very differently than in Fairbanks. This page is designed to teach you how to stay safe in a winter storm or in abnormally cold weather for your area. If you know what to do before, during, and after a winter event, you can increase your chances of survival.

Here are some articles to help you prepare for a safe winter:

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