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Beware the button

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News

They’re in all sorts of electronic gadgets and toys. The problem starts when your toddler grabs hold of one. Some call them button batteries because of their resemblance to buttons. But they’re also health hazards if a young child swallows them. The large 3-volt lithium batteries are especially dangerous because they react with saliva to generate a chemical reaction that can cause serious damage to tissues and even death. “Because it is a battery, the circuit can be completed,” Dr. Tim McEvoy, an emergency medicine physician at University Health System, said in an interview on KSAT’s SA Live program. “ …Read More >

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Don’t spend July 4th in the emergency room

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News

They’re loud, exciting and colorful — steeped in the traditions of our nation’s Independence Day celebrations. We’re talking fireworks, of course. Unfortunately, they also send some 3,000 children a year to emergency rooms across the country with painful burns and blast injuries that are completely avoidable. You can still enjoy the spectacle while keeping your kids safe, said Dr. Lillian Liao, pediatric trauma and burn director at University Hospital, and assistant professor of surgery at UT Health San Antonio. “As we enjoy the company of our family and friends, barbecue and watermelon — all in celebration of our freedom this …Read More >

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An awkward conversation

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

Would you be willing to have an awkward conversation with another parent if it might save a life? That’s the premise of the ASK Campaign (Asking Saves Kids), which encourages parents to ask the parents of their children’s friends about access to guns in the home. One out of three homes with children has a gun, and close to 1.7 million children live in a home with a loaded, unlocked gun, by one estimate. The results can be tragic. Thousands of children nationwide are injured and killed by guns each year as a result. “We really want to educate parents …Read More >

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Hitting the road Memorial Day Weekend? Read this first.

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

The long Memorial Day Weekend marks the start of summer travel season. In fact,  AAA predicts that 39 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this weekend — the most people since 2005. A strong economy and still-affordable gas prices are among the reasons. The downside of all that travel, of course, is the risk of injury and death on our highways — particularly for those who fail to properly secure themselves and their families in cars. The Texas Department of Transportation is putting out the word through its Click It or Ticket campaign that seat belt laws will …Read More >

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Celebrating the New Year safely

Categories: Emergency care  /  News

To many, New Year’s Eve means silly hats, noisemakers and fireworks displays. To help you and your loved ones have a safe and happy New Year’s holiday, Health Focus SA is offering this rerun of our July 4 column on fireworks safety. Don’t think of it as old news. Think of it as timeless advice. If your celebration plans include Champagne — or any other adult beverage — recruit a designated driver or take a bus or taxi home. The Texas Department of Transportation has an easy-to-use site, SoberRides.org, which uses your location to help you find alternate transportation. And AAA Texas offers …Read More >

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Spooky but safe

Categories: Children's Health  /  News  /  Wellness

Once again, spooky pint-sized trick-or-treaters will soon be roaming neighborhoods in search of goodies. Unfortunately, Halloween also brings a spike in injuries and emergency rooms visits. Here’s how you and your kids can stay safe and still have plenty of fun. “It is one of the top four days of the year that children go to the ER for injuries,” said Dr. Bruce Adams, chairman of emergency medicine at the UT Health Science Center and University Hospital. The most serious injury is children struck by cars. “We see a four-fold increase in children struck by cars on Halloween,” Dr. Adams said. …Read More >

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The safest possible ride home

Categories: Children's Health  /  News  /  Pregnancy

It’s one of the most memorable moments in life, bringing a newborn home from the hospital. But a new study suggests that moment might be fraught with peril. The study, presented Monday at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition in San Diego, found that 93 percent of parents making that trip home from the hospital made at least one major error when it came to installing the infant’s car seat, or in securing the infant in the seat. “Car safety seats can be difficult to use correctly for many families, and we need to provide the resources …Read More >

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Avoiding a painful Fourth of July holiday

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

“It didn’t light!” Those words are often heard before some pretty serious injuries each July 4, as children rush back to inspect a firecracker or Roman candle they wrongly think failed to light — only to have it explode in their faces. On average, about 40 patients a day are treated for fireworks-related burns at University Hospital’s Emergency Department throughout the month of July. Many of these could have been prevented, said Dr. Lillian Liao, medical director of pediatric trauma at the hospital, and assistant professor of surgery at the UT Health Science Center. “Handling fireworks can quickly lead to …Read More >

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You versus car

Categories: Blog  /  Emergency care

It’s all too common at University Hospital for us to take care of people hit by cars and trucks while crossing the street — more than 200 a year, on average. Nationally, about one in 10 of these pedestrian injuries proves fatal, about 4,000 deaths per year. Texas ranks third in the nation in pedestrian deaths. Statistically, teens and young adults are the most likely to be rushed to emergency rooms across the country with these injuries — and a few of those have been in our local news in recent weeks. The saddest part is that almost all of …Read More >

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