Summer is a great time to enjoy the warm, sunny weather by spending time outdoors and engaging in healthy and fun physical activities. However, this increase in activity is often accompanied by an increase in emergency room visits as well. Fortunately, there are several easy ways you can keep safety in mind while enjoying summertime activities this year to steer clear of some of the most common medical emergencies, like the ones discussed in the video above.
Falls are one of the most common injuries treated in the emergency room at any time of year. During the summer, falls are often associated with physical activities such as riding bicycles or skateboards, in addition to falls sustained due to sports activities or environmental hazards associated with tripping and loss of balance. Wearing high-quality, well-fitted shoes and protective gear during sports or while riding bikes, skateboards, and scooters is a simple way to prevent injuries associated with falls. Maintaining any play equipment you may have at home, such as trampolines or swing sets, can also help to reduce falls as well.
Foot Injuries and Infections
Swimming and beach activities are popular pastimes during the summer; however, pools and beaches can be hazardous environments without proper footwear. Avoid walking barefoot, even at the local pool or beach, and opt for swim shoes over flip-flops, which are more likely to cause trips, falls, and other injuries. Practice daily foot care by washing your feet with soap and water before drying them completely, and bandage any injuries you may have to prevent infection. If you do have cuts on your feet, avoid swimming until they have healed completely.
Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center wants you and your family to enjoy a fun, healthy, and safe summer this year. Our hospital in Thousand Oaks is proud to provide comprehensive healthcare services, including emergency care, cardiology, surgery, and joint and spine care. We invite you to learn more about managing your health on our informative website or call our Consult-A-Nurse hotline for personalized answers to your health questions at (877) 888-5746.