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SAFETY AT WORK –

Every Worker Deserves to Make It Home Safe from Work – Every Day:

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, 4,821 people – more than 13 per day – died while doing their jobs.  Implementing safety measures can change these statistics drastically.
  • Employers who show they care about the safety of their employees see improved morale, increased productivity, lower costs, and most importantly, fewer injuries.

*Every 7 seconds…a worker is injured on the job

  • 540/hour
  • 12,900/day
  • 90,400/week
  • 4,700,000/year

*99,000,000 production days were lost due to work-related injuries in 2014.

Most Common Types of Injuries Keeping Workers from Work:

  • Sprains, strains, and tears
  • Soreness or pain
  • Cuts, lacerations, or punctures

Top 3 Workplace Injury Events Resulting In Lost Work Days:

  1. Overexertion 35% – Lifting or lowering/repetitive motions.  Helpful Tips:  avoid bending/reaching/twisting when lifting and take frequent, short breaks
  2. Contact with Objects & Equipment 25% – Struck by or against object/equipment; caught in or compressed by equipment/objects; struck, caught, or crushed in collapsing structure, equipment, or material.  Helpful Tips:  store heavy objects close to the floor, be aware of moving equipment/objects in work area, and wear proper personal protective equipment (PPE).
  3. Slips, Trips, & Falls 35% – Falls to a lower level and falls on the same level.  Helpful Tips:  place the base of ladders on even and solid surfaces and use good “housekeeping” practices.

Top 5 Occupations With the Largest Number of Workplace Injuries Resulting in Lost Days of Work:

  1. Service – including firefighters & police
  2. Transportation/Shipping
  3. Manufacturing/Production
  4. Installation, Maintenance, and Repair
  5. Construction

SAFETY ON THE ROAD –

*In 2015, more than 38,000 people died in MVCs (motor vehicle crashes); some of these fatalities involved people who drive for a living.

*The 3 biggest causes of fatalities on the road are:

  • Alcohol
  • Speeding
  • Distracted Driving

Impaired Driving:

Impaired driving is driving while drunk, drugged, drowsy, and/or distracted.  All are dangerous.  All are preventable.

Impairment Begins with the First Drink:

*In the 1980s, the U.S. saw a significant reduction in alcohol-involved crashes.  This was due to such strategies as lowering the legal driving limit to 0.08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC), increasing the minimum legal drinking age to 21, and instituting educational campaigns about the dangers of drinking.

*However, 20 years later, drivers with BAC at or above 0.08 have remained involved in 1/3 of all traffic fatalities in the U.S.  That’s about 10,000 lives lost every year.

Paving the Way to Safer Roads”

  • With advancements in cellphone technology, distracted driving has been an increasing, and misunderstood, trend.
  • 80% of drivers across America incorrectly believe that hands-free devices are safer than using a handheld phone.
  • Distracted driving, regardless if hands-free or handheld, is a dangerous threat to roadway safety.

Multi-Tasking – The BIG, FAT MYTH:

  • The brain quickly toggles between tasks – BUT – can’t do two things at the same time!
  • The activity in the area of the brain that processes moving images decreases by up to 1/3 when listening to talking on a phone!

 

National Safety Month

June is National Safety Month.  Visit http://www.nsc.org/pages/home.aspx for more tips, information, and facts on safety.

National Safety Month is in place to raise awareness of what it takes to “Keep Each Other Safe”.  Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death – at work, on the road, and in our homes and communities.

SAFETY AT HOME –

Top Causes of Unintentional Injury and Death in Homes & Communities:

* According to Injury Facts 2017, about 146,571 people died from unintentional injury-related deaths in 2015.  That’s 146,571 times that someone’s ordinary day turned tragic!

* These deaths are at an ALL-TIME HIGH.  Often, the tragedies happen when least expected – during vacation, doing chores at home, or driving across town–and they are preventable.

#1 – Poisoning:

In 2011, poisonings overtook motor vehicle crashes (MVCs) for the first time as the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for all ages combined.  Poisoning deaths are caused by gases, chemicals, and other substances, BUT prescription drug overdose is by far the leading cause of these deaths.

#2 – Motor Vehicle Crashes (MVCs):

MVCs are the 2nd leading cause of unintentional injury-related death, overall.  Impaired driving, distracted driving, speeding, and inexperience can cause a life to be cut short in the blink of an eye.

#3 – Falls:

More than 33,000 people died in falls in 2015.  Falling is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury-related death over all age groups – – BUT, it is the #1 cause of death for those 65 and older.  Good news? – Aging in itself does not cause falls.

#4 – Choking & Suffocation:

Suffocation is the 4th leading cause over all age groups.  Choking on food and other objects is the primary cause.  Suffocation is the 2nd leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for people 87 and older.  Mechanical Suffocation is the #1 cause of death for infants.

Mechanical Suffocation –

*By far the leading cause of death in children under 1.

*Fatal injuries in the 1st year of life numbered 1,160 in 2013, or about 29 deaths/100,000.  Mechanical suffocation constituted the majority (80%) of all injury-related mortality cases for infants.

*Infants who die from mechanical suffocation lose the ability to breathe due to strangulation, or smothering by bed clothes, plastic bags, or similar materials.

#5 – Drowning:

Not including boating incidents, about 10 people drown every day.  It’s the 5th leading cause of unintentional injury-related death over all ages, and the #1 cause for children ages 1-4.  This is mostly due to children falling into pools or being left unattended in bathtubs.

#6 – Fires & Burns:

The 6th leading cause of these deaths over all ages.  About 2,646 deaths were caused by burns and injuries related to fire in 2015.  Often, fires start at night when families are asleep.  A working smoke alarm will cut the chances of dying in a fire by 1/2.

#7 – Natural & Environmental Incidents:

Disasters are front-page news even though lives lost are relatively few compared to other unintentional injury-related deaths.  Weather-related disasters claim hundreds of lives per year.  NSC encourages families to learn all they can about emergency preparedness, and always have an emergency kit on hand.

*Check back later this week for a post on safety at work and on the road

June – Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness

Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

Everyone who has a brain is at risk to develop Alzheimer’s – a many times misunderstood disease.

#ENDALZ – Go Purple

Did You Know?

  • Alzheimer’s IS fatal.  It kills more than breast and prostate cancer combined.
  • Alzheimer’s IS NOT normal aging.  It’s a progressive brain disease without a cure.
  • Alzheimer’s IS MORE than memory loss.  It appears through a variety of signs and symptoms.

How About Some Facts?

  • Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • More than 5 MILLION Americans are living with Alzheimer’s – By 2050 that number COULD BE 16 MILLION.
  • Every 66 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops the disease.
  • 35% of Alzheimer patient, or other dementia, caregivers report their health has declined due to care responsibilities – compared to 19% of caregivers for older people without dementia.
  • 1 in 3 seniors die with Alzheimer’s or another dementia.
  • Since 2000, deaths from heart disease have decreased by 14% – deaths from Alzheimer’s disease have increased by 89%.

So, What Is Dementia?

  • A general term for the decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with everyday life.  Memory loss is one example.
  • Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia.
  • Dementia is not a specific disease – it is an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms.  Alzheimer’s accounts for 60-80% of cases and vascular dementia (occurs after stroke) is the second most common type.
  • Dementia is often incorrectly referred to as “senility” or “senile dementia” – reflecting the formerly widespread (but incorrect) belief that serious mental decline is a normal part of aging.
  • While symptoms of dementia vary greatly, AT LEAST 2 of the following core mental functions must be significantly impaired to be considered as dementia:
    • Memory
    • Communication and language
    • Ability to focus and pay attention
    • Reasoning and judgment
    • Visual perception

MANY PEOPLE HAVE MEMORY LOSS-

This does not mean they have Alzheimer’s or another dementia – learn more by visiting your doctor.

And, What Is Alzheimer’s?

  • A type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior – symptoms usually develop slowly at first and worsen as time passes.
  • It is not a normal part of aging.  The greatest RISK FACTOR is increasing age, and the majority of people with the disease are 65 and older.
  • However, it is not a disease ONLY OF OLD AGE.  Approximately 200,000 Americans under 65 have what is referred to as “younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease” or “early-onset” Alzheimer’s disease”.
  • Alzheimer’s gets worse over time.  It is a progressive disease.
  • Alzheimer’s has no current cure, but treatments for symptoms are available, and research continues.

Find out more at http://www.alz.org/

Kids’ Fitness Camp!

Kids’ Fitness Camp!

Jun 19, 2017

LMC - Kids Fitness Camp - Hallettsville

COMING SOON TO THE LMC FITNESS CENTER!

ATTENTION ALL PARENTS & KIDS:

The Lavaca Medical Center Health and Wellness Center will be holding a SUPER KIDS FITNESS CAMP this summer!!

The camp will begin Thursday, July 6th and will go through Thursday, August 3rd – TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS only – from 4 -5 pm.

Camp classes will be held in the Fitness Center and taught by Misty Strode.

Kids ages 7-14 are welcome and encouraged to apply!  Applications are available in the LMC Fitness Center.

One Time Fee:  Members – $30 per child / Non-members – $40 per child

JOIN OUR SUPER KIDS FITNESS CAMP AND GET SUPER FIT THIS SUMMER.  TELL YOUR FRIENDS!

Awareness Post #3

Scleroderma:

  • Systemic sclerosis
  • A chronic connective tissue disease – generally classified as one of the autoimmune rheumatic diseases
  • Greek words meaning:  “sclero” hard and “derma” skin
  • Hardening of the skin is one of the most visible manifestations of the disease
  • The disease varies from patient to patient

Scleroderma Is Not:

  • Contagious
  • Infectious
  • Cancerous
  • Malignant

*How Serious Is Scleroderma?

  • It’s effects can range from very mild to life threatening
  • Seriousness depends on the parts of the body affected – and the extent to which they are affected
  • Prompt and proper diagnosis and treatment by qualified physicians may minimize symptoms and lessen the chance of irreversible damage

*How Is Scleroderma Diagnosed?

  • A diagnostic process
  • May require consultation with rheumatologists (arthritis specialists) and dermatologists (skin specialists)
  • Requires blood studies and sometimes other specialized tests

*Who Develops Scleroderma & When Does It Develop?

  • An estimated 300,000 Americans have scleroderma
  • About 1/3 of those have the systemic form
  • There may be many misdiagnosed or undiagnosed cases – due to difficulty of diagnosis and similarity to other autoimmune disorders
  • Localized scleroderma – more common in children
  • Systemic scleroderma – more common in adults
  • Overall, female patients outnumber male, 4-1
  • Not a directly inherited disease, but may be a slight predisposition to scleroderma in families with a history of rheumatic diseases
  • Onset most frequently occurs between the ages of 25-55

*What Is the Cause of Scleroderma?

  • Exact cause still unknown
  • It is known that scleroderma involves an overproduction of collagen

*What Is the Treatment?

  • Some treatments are directed at decreasing activity of the immune system
  • Mild cases of disease may not require treatment or medication
  • Occasionally, people can discontinue treatment when scleroderma is no longer active

*Types of Scleroderma:

  • Localized – relatively mild
    • Morphea
    • Linear
  • Systemic – can affect internal systems
    • Limited (CREST syndrome)
    • Diffuse (higher risk of developing sclerosis)