Category: Emergency care

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Evacuate smart

Categories: Emergency care  /  News

Hurricane Harvey taught South Texans that when you evacuate, you have very little time to grab needed items and go. We think we will remember clothing, personal papers, computers and family photos. But will you remember your prescriptions and medical records? Evacuate with the prescription Ida Duran, RN, a nurse educator at University Health System and a Harvey evacuation shelter volunteer, recalled, “We had a woman who came in requesting prescriptions for her medications. In a rush to evacuate, she left her home without any of her medications. She was able to tell the provider what the medications were for, …Read More >


Surviving snake season

Categories: Emergency care  /  News  /  trauma

If you live in South Texas, it’s a sure bet you’ve got some slithery neighbors. We’re talking snakes — from the harmless garden variety to the venomous kind. And while there are a few venomous snakes in our region — be they rattlesnakes, copperheads, water moccasins or coral snakes — the best advice is to give them a wide berth if you see one. “If you see a snake, stay away. Don’t get close to take a better look at it to see if it’s venomous,” said Dr. Shawn Varney, an emergency medicine physician at University Hospital and medical director …Read More >

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In the heat of the night

Categories: Emergency care  /  News

The sun has been particularly brutal during the recent string of triple-digit temperatures. But even the night can be risky for some during an extreme heat wave like the one we’ve been experiencing. While the heat wave has plenty of people fleeing indoors and waiting for sunset, high temperatures at night can still pose a health problem to those who don’t have air conditioning. If people aren’t comfortable opening their windows at night, or the house still does not cool down well, they could still suffer heat-related stress, said Dr. Mark Muir, trauma medical director at University Hospital and an assistant …Read More >

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Falon and Robert Griffin, with newborn Gracelyn Mae

When baby won’t wait

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News  /  Pregnancy

A restaurant bathroom is not the ideal place to deliver a high-risk pregnancy, but Gracelyn Mae wasn’t going to wait. Her parents, Falon and Robert Griffin, were heading to University Hospital so their baby could be delivered by Dr. Patrick Ramsey, an obstetrician and maternal-fetal medicine specialist. They stopped at the Chick-Fil-A at U.S. 281 and Evens Road — after closing time — to meet friends who would pick up their two older children, but Falon urgently needed to use the restroom. Employees opened the door and let them in. Then she started to give birth. “At that moment I realized, ‘Oh my …Read More >

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Don’t get burned!

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News  /  trauma

It’s another sweltering South Texas summer. Step outside and the risk of burns are everywhere — in addition to the everyday burn hazards that lurk inside our homes. University Hospital’s level I pediatric trauma center and burn program works to get the word out about burn risks. But how much do you know about burns? Take this burn quiz, courtesy of University Health System’s Health Library, and test your burn IQ. You might pick up a few tips on how to keep yourself and your family from getting burned.

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Surviving The 4th – With Fingers and Toes Intact

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care

The 4th of July is a time for food, family — and of course fireworks. However, before you light up that sparkler this holiday week, make sure to consider the hazards of fireworks and how to keep yourself and your children safe. Are fireworks safe for my family to use? According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 280 people a day visited emergency rooms across the country with fireworks- related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday last year. Here in San Antonio, University Hospital saw a number of injuries with our level I pediatric trauma center …Read More >

Summer safety tips: Keeping your kids safe in the water this summer

There’s nothing like spending a hot Texas summer day lounging in a pool, lake or river. However, as families head to the water this summer to cool off, it’s important that they remember the importance of practicing good water safety. Who is Most at Risk from Drowning? According to the World Health Organization, drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide with an estimated 360,000 deaths from drowning each year. Each day in the United States, 10 people drown. Of these, two are 14 years old or younger. Often, young children are the most at risk of …Read More >

Summer Safety Tips: Learn How to Prevent Heatstroke

Categories: Emergency care  /  News

With temperatures already reaching well into the upper 90s, it’s no surprise that many in San Antonio are starting to feel the heat this summer. The hot South Texas temperatures seem to be especially hard on those who work and play outside and are not used to the high temperatures, which puts them at an increased risk of heatstroke or heat illness. “The exertional stuff we see a lot of times are with athletes,” said Dr. Steven Moore, an emergency physician at UT Health San Antonio, “You start two-a-days in August and these people have been in air-conditioning all summer …Read More >

Summer Safety Tips: Preventing Hot Car Deaths

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News

Summer is here and for many of us it’s a time to kick back, relax and enjoy the hot summer days.  However, it’s important to remember that those hot summer days can be dangerous, especially to children, who are more susceptible to the heat. And one of the places kids are most vulnerable are in hot cars. According to Dr. Mark Muir, the trauma medical director at University Hospital, “Kids are smaller and they just have less surface area so they can’t get rid of heat as quickly. Adults, we sweat, we get rid of heat a lot faster. In …Read More >

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New report shows rise in gunshot wounds in children and motorcycle crashes

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News  /  trauma

University Health System released its fifth Community Trauma Report last week, identifying serious injury trends in Bexar County and South Texas based on the thousands of adults and children treated in University Hospital’s level I trauma center and level I pediatric trauma center each year. University Hospital treated 1,932 children and 5,361 adults with serious injuries in 2017. Those numbers have risen steadily over several years, in large part because it serves one of the fastest growing regions in the country. Among all patients, both children and adults, falls were the leading injury cause, followed by car crashes, burns, people …Read More >

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