Safety

September 12, 2018

Care Options for Pediatric Patients Before, During and After Hurricane Florence

With Hurricane Florence setting its sights on the Carolinas, the storm is likely to affect western North Carolina later this week, through the weekend and into the beginning of next week. Since Tuesday, more than 1.5 million people have been ordered to evacuate 300 miles along the mid- to south- Atlantic coasts; evacuees are seeking […]

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September 11, 2018

When a Hurricane Hits the Mountains – Hurricane Safety and Preparedness Tips

By Samantha Kappalman Hurricane Florence is expected to affect the western North Carolina area into the weekend, bringing heavy rain, strong winds and more. Be prepared! Go to NCReady.org and download the NC Ready app to sign up for North Carolina Emergency Management alerts and get preparedness tips. Though we don’t have to evacuate here in the […]

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September 7, 2018

What Keeps Us from Getting the Care We Need? Social Determinants of Health

By Gabriel Cade, MD If I see you in the emergency department and end up sending you home it means that I think you’re going to live through your recent illness or injury. But that might not mean that you’re all of a sudden completely “healthy,” right? You’ve still got to take care of yourself. […]

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September 6, 2018

“Don’t Wait. Communicate.” How to Plan Before Emergency Strikes

By Samantha Kappalman Are you prepared when the unexpected happens? Part of our personal wellness includes being prepared in the event of an emergency. As summer comes to a close and the kids are back in school, now is an ideal time to revisit or create your personal and/or family emergency plans. The best time […]

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August 28, 2018

Need Care over the Holiday Weekend? 3 Care Options on Labor Day Weekend

Holiday weekends are an opportunity to spend time with friends and family, or simply enjoy a day off. Labor Day in particular is a popular weekend holiday to savor the end of summer with friends and family. Whether you’re spending the weekend by the pool, out in nature or in your own backyard, a holiday […]

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August 2, 2018

Are Pain Medications Safe for Babies While Breastfeeding?

By Lorrie Harris-Sagaribay, MPH, MotherToBaby North Carolina Safe and effective pain management requires careful consideration for anyone, but breastfeeding moms have an additional factor to consider: the possible effects of pain medications on their breastfeeding babies. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends avoiding the use of codeine and tramadol while breastfeeding. Codeine and […]

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July 12, 2018

Nailing Down the Facts – Is it Safe to Get a Manicure or Pedicure during Pregnancy?

By Lorrie Harris-Sagaribay, MotherToBaby North Carolina For many women, getting their nails done is an easy way to feel pampered, pretty or professional. But if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you might wonder if it’s safe for you to go to a nail salon and sit among the fumes or have chemicals applied to your nails. […]

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July 2, 2018

Waterfall Safety – Beware of the Dangers while Enjoying their Beauty

By Jonas Karlsson, MD Few things in the natural world awe and inspire as much as waterfalls. Western North Carolina is fortunate to have more than 250 waterfalls in the region, with hundreds of thousands of people visiting their splendor and magnificence every year. Unfortunately, waterfalls bring danger along with their beauty, and each year […]

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May 16, 2018

Bike Helmet Safety – How to Protect Your Child from Head Injuries

By Beverly Hopps Health Educator, Safe Kids WNC/Mission Children’s Hospital Riding bikes is a classic kids’ pastime, and it can be lots of fun for children of all ages. But unfortunately, accidents can happen. Some bicycle injuries are so serious that children can die, usually from head injuries.  That’s one of the reasons the U.S. […]

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May 4, 2018

May Is Bike Safety Month – 9 Tips to Ensure a Safe Ride

By Beverly Hopps Health Educator, Safe Kids WNC/Mission Children’s Hospital Spring is here and it’s a wonderful time to be outside biking with your family. Here are few bicycle safety tips that can keep you and your family biking safely: Always wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet. Wearing your helmet correctly is the single most […]

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