Sturdy's ED Offers Winter Safety Tips
The Emergency Department (ED) staff at Sturdy Memorial Hospital would like to provide some information on staying safe and healthy this winter. Though many may be focusing on how to stay warm, there are safety precautions that everyone should be taking in these winter months.
Here are some winter safety and health tips from the ED and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to follow this winter:
- Stay warm and dress properly for the weather. Make sure exposed skin is covered, especially in young children because their skin is more sensitive. Wear layers of clothing and a hat to keep your body insulated.
- Wear the proper footwear to avoid falls. Footwear is your best tool in preventing falls; high heels and shoes with slick soles can make you slip and fall. Instead, wear properly fitting, sturdy shoes/boots with non-skid, slip resistant soles.
- Sleep Hygiene. Good sleep habits and regular sleep, or sleep hygiene, are key parts to keeping yourself healthy.
- Be sure to go to bed at the same time each night, rise at the same time each morning and avoid large meals before bedtime.
- Drive safe. With the snow and ice creating already unfavorable driving conditions, driving while drowsy can be even more dangerous. Lack of sleep is responsible for motor vehicle crashes causing injury and disability each year. Be sure to get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep each night, drive cautiously, and warm-up your car each morning so ice on the windshield doesn’t obstruct your view.
- Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions – such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression.
The Sturdy Memorial Hospital Emergency Department is equipped to handle some of the most serious situations life has to offer and treats close to 50,000 patients annually. Staffed by physicians and nurses who are career emergency professionals and/or have been extensively trained in treating emergencies, the ED is open 24 hours a day.