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    In The Know #HealthAwareness - September is Sepsis Awareness Month

    *Anyone can get an infection, and almost any infection can lead to sepsis.

    What Is Sepsis? The body's extreme response to an infection - and it is a life-threatening medical emergency. Sepsis happens when an infection you already have triggers a chain reaction throughout your body. Infections that lead to sepsis most often start in the
    -urinary tract
    -gastrointestinal tract
    Without timely treatment, sepsis can rapidly lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death.

    What Causes Sepsis? When germs get into a person' body, they can cause an infection. If you don't stop that infection, it can cause sepsis. Bacterial infections, viral infections, or fungal infections can result in sepsis.

    Sepsis Quick Facts:
    Each year...
    -About 1.7 million adults in America develop sepsis.
    -At least 350,000 adults who develop sepsis die during their hospitalization or are discharge to hospice.
    -1 in 3 people who dies in a hospital had sepsis during the hospitalization.
    -Sepsis, or the infection causing sepsis, starts before a patient goes to the hospital in nearly 87% of cases.

    How Can You Get Ahead of Sepsis?
    1. Prevent Infections
    2. Practice Good Hygiene
    3. Know the Signs & Symptoms
    4. Act FAST
    *Sepsis is a medical emergency. If you or your loved one has an infection that is not getting better, or is getting worse, ACT FAST. Get medical care IMMEDIATELY. Ask your healthcare professional, "Could this infection be leading to sepsis?" and if you should go to the Emergency Room.

    Information gathered from the CDC. Please visit Sepsis to learn more.

    In The Know - Summer Safety -> Snake Identification

    Is It Venomous?
    No single characteristic is shared by all venomous snakes in Texas. Learn to identify species that live in your area instead. There are two broad categories of venomous snakes in Texas - Pit Vipers and Coral Snakes.

    Identify: Pit Vipers
    All have an opening on each side between eye & nostril called a "pit".
    Venom glands on the sides of their heads.
    Triangular head appearance.
    *There are three types of Pit Vipers in Texas: rattlesnakes, copperheads, & cottonmouths.**
    rattlesnakes - only snakes with rattles.
    copperheads - thick bodies, no rattles, alternating light & dark bands that look like an hourglass from above.
    cottonmouths - also called water moccasins - found near or in water, triangular heads with slender necks, white mouth interior.

    Identify: Coral Snakes
    Only one species of the group in Texas - the Texas Coral Snake.
    Slender bodies, small heads.
    Alternating rings of bright red, yellow, & black.
    Less aggressive than Pit Vipers.
    Extremely potent venom.
    Order of colored rings can be used to distinguish them: "Red Touch Yellow Kill a Fellow". Red & yellow together=Texas Coral Snake. You can also think of a stoplight - yellow means caution & red means stop. If read & yellow touch - STOP & don't touch the snake!

    Similar BUT Non Venomous
    *Bull snakes, Hog-nosed snakes, Water snakes, & Scarlet/Milk Snakes**

    Snake Bites & First Aid
    *Many "home remedy" snake bite treatments are not helpful and may actually be harmful.**
    Anyone bitten by a venomous snake should be immediately taken to an emergency care facility (i.e. emergency room).
    If possible, and only if safe, try to identify the snake to inform the doctor (who in turn can more quickly provide the antivenin).
    *Aside from that, there are very few things you should do.**
    Keep the person calm & reduce their physical exertion as much as possible.
    Have them remove all jewelry (rings, bracelets, watches) or restrictive clothing near the site of the bite so blood flow is not restricted if swelling occurs.
    DO NOT apply ice to the bite or make a tourniquet, & DO NOT make an incision on or near the bite.
    *These "treatments" may harm the victim. The best treatment for a snakebite victim is that given by a doctor.

    *A bite from a non venomous snake should be treated as a puncture wound -
    Wash area well.
    Apply pressure if bleeding.
    Keep clean while wound heals.
    If signs of infection develop (redness, swelling, pain) seek medical care.

    Information from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension & Dr. Maureen Frank, Assistant Professor & Extension Wildlife Specialist.

    In The Know - Stay Safe Around Water! Drowning Can Be Prevented

    In the United States, Drowning Is a Leading Cause of Death For Children:
    - More children ages 1-4 die from drowning than any other cause of death except for birth defects.
    - For children 1-14, drowning is the 2nd leading cause of unintentional injury death after motor vehicle crashes.

    While Children Are At Highest Risk, Anyone Can Drown. Every year in the U.S. There Are An Estimated:
    - 3,960 fatal unintentional drownings, including boating-related drowning. An average of 11 drownings per day.
    - 8,080 nonfatal drownings. An average of 22 nonfatal drownings per day.

    REMEMBER: Drowning happens in SECONDS and is often SILENT. It can happen to ANYONE, anytime there is access to water.

    Drowning Prevention Tips:
    1. Learn basic swimming and water safety skills.
    2. Build fences that fully enclose pools.
    3. Supervise closely.
    4. Wear a life jacket.
    5. Learn CPR.
    6. Know the risks of natural waters.
    7. Avoid alcohol.
    8. Use the buddy system.
    9. Take additional precautions for medical conditions.
    10. Consider the effects of medications.
    11. Don't hyperventilate or hold your breath for a long time.

    Learn more on the CDC Website at: Water Safety & Drowning Prevention

    In The Know - Summer Heat & Heat-Related Illness Prevention


    It's HOT in Texas - and the temperature isn't finished rising yet!

    Read up on some tips you can follow to stay as safe as possible in the heat. Stay COOL, stay HYRDRATED, & stay INFORMED this Summer!

    Visit this link to get information on how to beat the heat: Tips For Preventing Heat-Related Illness
    {Use the menu to the left to navigate more information & tips!}

    In The Know - May: Stroke Awareness


    Don't delay - call 9-1-1 right away if you spot the signs of stroke in yourself or someone else. See image below for 5 symptoms to look for. And use F.A.S.T. as an easy acronym to help you remember them - and perhaps save a life!
    If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T. and do the following test:

    F - *face* Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
    A - *arms* Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
    S - *speech* Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is speech slurred or strange?
    T - *time* If you see any of these signs, call 9-1-1 right away! Note the time that the symptoms first appeared. Do not drive to the hospital or let someone else drive you. Call for an ambulance so that medical personnel can begin lifesaving treatment on the way to the ER.

    Acting F.A.S.T. can help stroke patients get the treatments they need. The stroke treatments that work best are only available if the stroke is recognized & diagnosed WITHIN 3 HOURS of first symptoms. Stroke patients may not be eligible for these if they don't arrive at the hospital in that time frame.

    For more information click here: About Stroke

    In The Know - May: Mental Health Awareness

    Mental health includes emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing. It's an important part of overall health, and affects how we think, fell, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices.

    Mental health is important at every state of life, from childhood and adolescence, through adulthood.

    Mental Health in America - Facts & Figures:

    -1in 5 adults (52.9 million adults) in the U.S. experienced mental illness in 2020.
    -Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34.
    -1 in 6 adolescents (aged 12-17) in the U.S. experienced a major depressive episode in 2020.
    -54% of adults with mental illness did not receive treatment in 2020.
    -The average delay between symptom onset and treatment for mental illness is 11 years.

    For more information on Mental Health Awareness click here:
    Taking Care of Your Mental Health

    And here: National Council for Mental Wellbeing


    In The Know - April: ATV Safety & Stats

    ATVs: Big, Real, Rough, Tough, and Sometimes...Deadly.

    Warmer weather means more time spent enjoying outdoor activities. One such past time is riding ATVs. Unfortunately, each year 650 deaths and 100,000 injuries can be attributed to ATV accidents. Read below for more statistics on ATV accidents, as well as safety tips to follow for proper ATV operation.

    - Most ATV accidents occur in the months of May-September
    - Injuries sustained in ATV accidents usually affect: the arms and hands (29%), the head or neck (27%), the legs and feet (22%), the torso (20%), and other areas (2%).
    - On average, 77 children (under age 16) and 532 adults die in ATV related accidents each year.
    - 32% of ATV fatalities occur on paved surfaces.

    How To Be Safe on an ATV:

    Wear a helmet - be safer with eye protection, boots, gloves, long pants, and long sleeved shirt.

    Never allow more riders than the ATV was designed for.

    Get training from a qualified instructor.

    Stay OFF paved roads and use extreme caution when crossing one is necessary.

    Never let a child under 16 ride an adult ATV - use the right machine for the right age.

    As you enjoy ATV fun, make sure to follow all safety precautions to ensure the wellbeing of you, and all around you!

    Information from: the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

    Midday Meet - Featured Topic: Beyond the Basics-Aquatic Therapy

    Lavaca Medical Center is happy to introduce a new informational session program being held at the facility. Join us on Thursday, March 24th as we kick-off "Midday Meet" with our first presenter, Kim Brandt, PT/LMC Rehab Director - as she shares information on aquatic therapy. The presentation will be held in the Johnson Conference Room from 11 a.m. to Noon. Light refreshments will be provided.

    In The Know - March: Brain Injury Awareness Month

    March is Brain Injury Awareness Month.
    A concussion, sometimes called a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), is considered the most common type of brain injury. Concussions account for hundreds of thousands of emergency room visits each year.

    This month, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) discusses minimizing the risk of concussion, or other serious brain injury, in our children and teens. Use the link below to visit the CDC website and its concussion resources.

    Heads Up - Brain Injury Awareness Month

    In The Know - Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

    Carbon Monoxide (CO) exposures and poisonings happen more often during the fall and winter months. Check out the CDC article below for information on symptoms of CO poisoning, key facts, and steps you can take to protect your family and yourself during the colder months of the year (and all year round). Click the link below to visit the article.

    Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

    "In The Know"

    Lavaca Medical Center wants to keep you "In The Know" when it comes to various topics, by sharing important information and tips that may affect you and your family! Check the In The News section often for tips and educational articles that we will share!

    Blood Drive @ LMC

    The need for blood is always high even when the amount of dedicated donors isn't. Please share this invitation with your friends, family, and co-workers and let them know the importance of donating. Local patients are depending on you.

    All donors will receive points valued at $20 for an e-gift card. O+/- blood type donors will receive an additional $10 Amazon gift card, and all donors will be entered into a raffle for a $60 Visa gift card for this blood drive only!

    Walk-ins are welcome and needed!
    Lavaca Medical Center
    09/20/21 (12:00 pm - 05:00 pm)
    1400 N Texana St
    Hallettsville, TX 77964

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