Staying safe over the break
Published at: 21 Dec 2018
GV Health’s Dr Mark Patterson, who celebrates three years with the hospital in February, said that the GV Health Emergency Department (ED) is a fast paced, busy environment which generally sees an increase in a wide range of admissions related to the hotter months.
Extreme heat causes more deaths in Australia than natural disasters. Those most at risk are the elderly, young children and those with existing health conditions.
“Dehydration is the big one,” said Dr Patterson. “It’s very important to reinforce that people stay very well hydrated, stay in the shade and regularly apply sunscreen.”
Those playing sport in particular should take care to ensure they’re drinking enough water and taking regular breaks between periods of exertion.
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“If you’re travelling for the holidays, try to stay calm,” said Dr Patterson. “It’s better to arrive a bit later than injured, or worse.”
Common sense is key when considering you and your family’s wellbeing during the holiday season.
“It’s the same everywhere,” said Dr Patterson. “Stay hydrated, stay cool, stay calm and be sensible when it comes to celebrations. We don’t want to see you or a loved one in the ED this Christmas!”