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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 >

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Summer Safety Tips: Learn How to Prevent Heatstroke

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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 >

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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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Yes, it’s hot. Don’t roast

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News

The official start to summer is June 21. Tell that to the sun. South Texas temperatures have already pushed past the 90-degree mark and show no sign of stopping. With that much energy from the sun bombarding us all, it’s important to take some precautions to keep from getting burned, dehydrated — or worse. With that in mind, we’re recycling a helpful interview on sun safety we did last year with Dr. Bruce Adams, chair of emergency medicine at University Hospital and UT Health San Antonio. Stay safe out there! When too much sun makes summer less fun

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Common ground on preventing gun violence

Categories: Emergency care  /  News  /  trauma

After each high-profile tragedy involving gun violence, the debate begins anew over gun rights and restrictions. And with that debate, Americans show themselves to be as divided as ever. Surgeons — those charged with treating the countless thousands each year who are injured by gunfire — are just as divided as the rest of us, it turns out. The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma has surveyed its members on the subject since 2014. “More than half of the survey respondents hold the view that firearms are beneficial and important for personal liberty and self-protection. About a third believe …Read More >

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Keeping your kids from making a toxic mistake

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News

Through the eyes of a toddler, the world is a collection of fascinating shapes and sizes and colors. Some of those colorful shapes contain things that taste pretty good when Mom or Dad pour them into a bowl or cup. The problem is when things that don’t taste so good — that might even be poisonous — come in similar colorful shapes. And curious kids decide to take matters into their own hands — grabbing the big bottle of disinfecting cleanser that looks a lot like apple juice — when their frazzled parents step out of sight. “A lot of …Read More >

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A watchful eye on sports injuries

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

Spring means baseball. And with baseball — and many other sports — it also means parents need to keep a watchful eye open for injuries in their young athletes. Dr. Caitlyn Mooney, a pediatrician with University Medicine Associates, urges parents to take sports injuries seriously. Kids can have special issues when it comes to injuries. They also need plenty of time to heal. With children specializing in a specific sport at an early age, they run the risk of injuries from overuse. In baseball, that might mean a pitcher not resting an arm. Running and jumping can lead to more than …Read More >

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Fever 101

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

Fever. It’s often the first thing we check our kids for when they feel sick. But how to treat that fever — and when to worry about it — isn’t always clear. The first thing to know is that a fever isn’t an illness, but rather a symptom. It’s a sign your child’s body is fighting an illness or infection. Fever stimulates the body’s defenses, sending white blood cells and other “fighter” cells to attack and destroy the cause of the infection. A fever is generally considered to be a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, according to the American …Read More >

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Burn hazards are everywhere. Here’s how to keep your kids out of the emergency room

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

University Health System’s pediatric burn program treats more than 300 kids a year from throughout South Texas with painful burns. And during National Burn Awareness Week, our injury prevention team is offering a few tips in the hope of lowering those numbers. The biggest burn hazard for kids in our community? Year after year, it’s hot, sticky microwave noodles and soup. “Across the age spectrum, we see the majority of burns and scalds from hot soups and noodle bowls. It is important that if your kids enjoy eating noodle bowls, you are letting them cool before serving,” said Mandy Fultz, coordinator …Read More >

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