Safety

June 22, 2021

How to Avoid Burns from Fireworks, the Grill and the Sun

The Fourth of July is a holiday filled with fireworks, food and fun in the sun! Before enjoying your holiday weekend, make sure you are taking the right safety precautions to avoid getting burned this summer. Fireworks burns In 2014, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported 10,500 people treated in ERs across the country […]

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June 8, 2021

Fun in the Sun: Summer Weekend Safety Tips

Summer offers many opportunities for weekend fun – especially this long holiday weekend. It’s become tradition to spend this time under the sun and in the water, welcoming the arrival of the warm weather. But with this celebrating comes an increased risk for injuries, so making safety a part of your summer weekend plans is […]

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May 27, 2021

We Should Hold Nurses in Our Hearts the Whole Year Round, But Especially This May

By Tom Neal, RN, MBA, MHA We owe all frontline healthcare workers a huge debt of gratitude for their selfless devotion to their patients, willingness to risk contracting the COVID-19 virus themselves or bringing it home to their families, and amazing ability to adapt expertly to the ever-changing realities that the virus constantly presented. Since […]

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April 23, 2021

The Single Step You Can Take to Reverse the Toll of COVID-19 on the Plateau: Taking the Vaccine

By Tom Neal, RN, MBA, MHA From a public health perspective, there is no more important step that the residents of the Highlands and Cashiers Plateau could take now than to get the COVID-19 vaccine. This simple act, along with continuing to practice the “3 Ws” — washing hands frequently, wearing a mask, and waiting […]

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April 8, 2021

Turn Around, Don’t Drown — Plus Other Ways to Stay Safe during a Flood

Water can overflow and flood for a slew of reasons, including excessive rain, ice melting from snowcaps, high sea levels and coastal storms. The water accumulation can be slow moving — or come on quickly — destroying everything in its path. “The vast majority of fatalities that we see during severe weather storms today are […]

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March 26, 2021

Transylvania Regional Hospital Rolls Out Innovative “Beyond the Mask” Program to Enhance Caregivers’ Connections with Patients during COVID-19

By Michele Pilon, MS, BSN, RN, NE-BC It’s hard to come up with an area of our lives that COVID-19 hasn’t touched. Gathering with friends and family in our homes and in public places became a thing of the past, as did going to the movies, attending sporting events and even browsing around your favorite […]

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March 26, 2021

Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Team Members Work to Build a Culture of Safety through Clinical Protocols and Human Connection

By Tom Neal, RN, MBA, MHA Patient safety is a term you hear constantly in the healthcare industry, and though the two words are simple and easy to understand, the efforts to ensure that patients are kept safe are complex and all-encompassing. At Highlands-Cashiers Hospital (HCH) and the Eckerd Living Center (ELC), we look at […]

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December 28, 2020

Winter Weather Safety: Plan and Pack before You Go

According to the CDC, winter cold kills twice as many people as summer heat in the US. Many of these deaths are preventable, which is why we are offering this winter weather safety advice. Before traveling in winter weather, plan for the weather by checking your route and your car. Remember, even if you just […]

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October 23, 2020

5 Benefits of Doctor Visit Curbside Check-in

By Robert A. Poarch Masks. Social distancing. Elbow bumps. Hand sanitizer. This is our new normal. So, when it comes to seeing your doctor, you should know that there are precautions in place to make sure you’re coming into a safe environment for your care and our staff. And, that starts even before you enter […]

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September 28, 2020

Happy Anniversary MAMA!: Looking Back and Looking Forward

By Erin Young and Robert A. Poarch This September 29 marks another year closer to three decades for Mission Health’s helicopter emergency transportation program we affectionately refer to as MAMA. This July, the Mountain Area Medical Airlift team transported their 25,000th patient. And, the team is looking forward to the arrival of a new, modern […]

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