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Avoiding the Hospital during the Holidays
Tuesday, December 6, 2016

As you busily prepare for family gatherings, we hope you’ll spend more time with your family and less time seeking medical care.  With all of the hustle and bustle, distractions can easily lead to injury. 

Stay safe and avoid these common hazards:

o   Falls – We see patients injured by falling in a variety of situations, but putting up decorations or slipping on ice are among the most common during this time of year. Avoid injury by treating slick pathways, walking cautiously, and wearing shoes with adequate grip.  Also, don’t hang or remove decorations if the conditions aren’t safe and always have someone around who can help if needed.

o   Car accidents – Weather conditions, sleepy drivers, and intoxication can combine to make the road a dangerous place to be.  We recommend having a plan in place before you leave home.  Decide in advance where you will stay or who will drive if the roads get bad, you’re too tired or if you’ve been drinking. 

o   Fires – In the kitchen, around the tree, or near a candle, a fire will ruin your yuletide.  Exercise caution by keeping heat and flame sources well clear of flammable objects like decorations, wrapping paper, and furniture.  Never leave a flame unsupervised. 

o   Overdrinking – Tempting as it may be to have one more drink, please exercise caution.  Even if you won’t be driving, drinking too much can leave you miserable the next day, and even lead to alcohol sickness.

If you are unfortunate enough to fall victim to an injury, we have 10 locations across Cincinnati, Dayton, Middletown, and Northern Kentucky areas that are open 7 days a week and 363 days a year.  No appointment is necessary.

 

From all of us at Doctors’ Urgent Care Offices, we hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday. 





 

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