Summer Injuries

For most Texans, summer means fun in the sun. But it’s also the time of year when fun-seeking kids and adults are most likely to be injured. Dr. Shannon Orsak, founder of local St. Michael’s Elite Hospital, says, “Summer’s a wonderful time of year. But here in the medical world, we see distinct patterns to summer injuries. Many that could be easily prevented!”

Heat Exhaustion
Whether you’re out exercising or just hanging out, always be aware of the heat and humidity. “Make sure your body stays cool,” explains Dr. Orsak. “Symptoms of heat exhaustion including vomiting, nausea, or dizziness. If you experience any of these symptoms, don’t ignore it. Follow up with your primary care doctor, urgent care, or an ER…because things could get worse. An electrolyte imbalance can cause a cardiac or neuro event to occur.”
While it’s most prevalent in the summer months, heat exhaustion can happen at any time. “If you can, run or exercise early in the morning or late in the evening. You can also put a cool rag behind the neck or under the arms. It’s also important to note that your car can be nearly 50 degrees hotter than the outside temperature on a summer day. Never leave kids or pets in the car.”

Fireworks, barbeques, and the sun itself are all integral parts of a Texas summer. “Parents, keep the heat away from the kids,” says Dr. Orsak. “Teach children to respect fireworks and fires. Here too, supervision is key. And don’t forget about the sun. Sunblock is a must for both yourself and your child when spending time outdoors.”

It’s not like in the movies, there’s no wild flailing and commotion. Dr. Orsak says, “A child will simply slide into the water, very silently and very quickly. Drowning and adult supervision go hand-in-hand. Swim lessons and life jackets are both invaluable, but they are not a substitute for supervision.”

Children and adults should wear helmets when biking, skating, skateboarding, or riding scooters, all-terrain vehicles, and horses. “A lot of parents and children think of scrapes and bruises as badges of honor…and maybe they are!” says Dr. Orsak. “But a traumatic brain injury is no badge of honor. Wear a helmet.”

“I wish you all a happy summer,” says Dr. Orsak. “Take care and stay healthy!”

St. Michael’s Elie Hospital
16000 SW Freeway (at Hwy 6), Sugar Land, TX 77479

St. Michael’s Elite Hospital is a participating provider for Medicare and bills all insurances. Your insurance MUST pay in-network benefits at the ER of YOUR CHOICE whether the emergency room you choose is “in-network” or “out-of-network.”

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