Trauma & Emergency Care

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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April 19, 2021

Emergency Resources

Preparation is key to making sure you can respond to a disaster safely and securely. Use the resources below to learn more about what you should do during a disaster and how you can respond if you have a specific medical condition. Emergency Information for Specific Disasters Information and resources from the American Red Cross […]

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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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January 25, 2021

Behind-the-Scenes Heroes: The MedCom Team

By Robert A. Poarch Though not as visible as ambulance or Mountain Area Medical Airlift (MAMA) helicopter crew members, Mission Health’s MedCom communication specialists play just as important a part in saving lives. Working 12-hour shifts, 24/7 every day of the year, MedCom team members are central to all out-of-hospital patient transport to and requests […]

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November 18, 2020

MAMA Helicopter Flight Paramedic Embodies Personal and Community Pride

By Erin Young and Robert A. Poarch “One of the fascinating parts of the job is that we never know what we’re going to come across on any given day, but we’re prepared for facing the gamut.” – John Carrico John Carrico has been a flight paramedic on Mission Hospital’s MAMA (Mountain Area Medical Airlift) […]

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July 2, 2020

Waterfall Safety—7 Things You Should Know

By Cherry Odom, BSN, RN-BC Each summer, as more people visit the beautiful waterfalls of western North Carolina, there is an increase in related injuries treated in the emergency department. Waterfall Safety Tips “Perhaps people will heed warnings and follow safety guidelines, which may result in their enjoying the outdoors without suffering injuries,” said Dr. […]

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June 9, 2020

Healing through Supporting: Words of Inspiration from a Hospital Chaplain

By Robert A. Poarch “Gratitude is enormously important. It helps us pause and think about what we have, rather than what we don’t have.” — Jerene Broadway Jerene Broadway, a Staff Chaplain in Mission Health’s Department of Spiritual Care, has been at the hospital for almost 18 years, starting at the behavioral health facility Copestone. […]

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April 27, 2020

Heart Attacks during COVID-19 – Advanced Protocols Keep You Safe

By Robert A. Poarch “The message has to be out there. Don’t be afraid. Listen to your symptoms. Call 911,” warned Angela Solesbee, RN, CCCC, Code STEMI Coordinator with Mission Heart Services at Mission Health. Solesbee has been with Mission Health’s Code STEMI team for twenty years, and she said, “In my career here, this […]

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April 21, 2020

Having a Stroke? Emergency Departments Remain Open during COVID-19

By Carolyn Comeau Multiple news outlets have reported recently that hospital emergency departments across the country are experiencing noticeable drops in patients coming in who suspect they may be having a stroke, due to trying to heed widespread messaging about COVID-19. “This past month we’ve also seen an increase in stroke patients waiting too long […]

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April 10, 2020

Orthopedic Trauma Services Use Telehealth to Deliver Care during COVID-19

By Carolyn Comeau Social distancing, as this community grapples with COVID-19, means that homes have morphed into offices, classrooms and gyms. Healthcare delivery has had to follow suit — even within the typically “hands-on” realm of orthopedic services. “We often see an uptick in orthopedic injuries like fractures as the weather becomes milder,” said Michael […]

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