By plane, train, or automobile, countless people will be traveling this
holiday season. If you’re one of them, there are some steps you
can take to protect your health and safety. Should you have any medical
concerns during your stay in the Thousand Oaks area, the emergency room
Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center will be happy to assist you.
Reducing Your Risk of Illness
Traveling can place you in contact with many different germs. One way to
protect yourself is to avoid touching your face. When you touch a surface
and then touch your face, you can
transmit germs to the mucous membranes of your nose, mouth, and eyes. You could also bring along disinfecting
wipes to clean the armrests and tray in an airplane, or take a small bottle
of hand sanitizer. Drink plenty of bottled water while you travel to keep
your mucous membranes moist, which helps guard against infection.
Being Prepared for Emergencies
If you’re planning to take a road trip this holiday season, it’s
a good idea to pack an emergency kit. Bring along basic first aid supplies
and extra prescription medicine, if anyone in the family requires it.
Ideally, an emergency kit should also contain bottles of water, flashlights,
flares, blankets, and non-perishable protein bars. Remember to have your
car tuned up before you leave, and make sure the mechanic checks your
tires and brakes.
Keeping Your Kids Safe
Traveling with young children can be challenging. If your baby or child
has a health condition, consider checking with his or her pediatrician
to make sure it’s safe for him or her to travel. If you plan to
rent a car, check whether appropriate car seats are available. Remind
young children to stay close to you at rest areas and to avoid talking
The staff at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center of Thousand Oaks would
like to extend holiday well wishes to our neighbors. Our community hospital
is pleased to provide top-notch cardiology services, emergency room services,
and many more. To learn more about our hospital services, visit us on
the Web or call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (877) 888-5746.