Injuries

Burns: Fundamental First Aid for Families

Monday, June 15th, 2020

Kids play hard. Only first time parents think that they can protect their children from every potential danger or injury. Soon, even these parents come to realize that children will get hurt from time to time, no matter how careful they are. It is important to be prepared to handle minor injuries, scrapes, and bruises with more than just a kiss on the boo-boo. Here are some basic first aid tips for burns.

You’d think kids would be nowhere near a fire, but there are a lot of opportunities for your little one to get burned. They could try to help in the kitchen and have an accident, they could be baking alone for the first time and forget to use an oven mitt, or they might get too close to a campfire before anyone can catch them.  (more…)

What to Do When a Tree Limb Falls

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

Spring storms can often weaken tree limbs or cause dead trees to fall. This can be very hazardous, and some injuries could be serious. If you have a tree limb fall on you or someone else in your yard, you will likely need to seek medical attention. Here’s what you should do.

Carefully Remove the Tree Limb

The first priority is to free the person from the tree limb. Lift the limb and slide it over to the side carefully, trying not to bump or jar the person. If the tree limb is too large to lift, you may need to call for help.

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Kids and Springtime Bruises and Scrapes

Saturday, February 15th, 2020

The winter was cool and breezy, and the children didn’t have as much time to play outdoors as they do the rest of the year.  But soon spring will be upon us, and children everywhere will be begging to play outside every minute of daylight. 

You can’t be there for your child the entire time they are outside. There is no way to keep them from getting hurt from time to time, and every child gets bumps, bruises, and scrapes that need nothing more than some basic first aid, sometimes more than once a day.

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Winter Safety Tips and What to Do When Injuries Happen

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

Although Florida doesn’t get the winter weather that other states see, there are still potential hazards in the wintertime that you should avoid for your health and wellbeing. While they are rare, winter weather storms can happen in Florida. It is important to know how to cope with these storms and what to do when an injury does occur. 

Stay Indoors

Most Floridians are woefully unable to cope with a winter storm. Many people in Florida do not own a heavy coat unless they frequently travel to colder climates. To keep yourself healthy and safe, the Department of Health recommends that during cold weather snaps and storms that you stay indoors as much as possible. 

If you do venture outside, make sure that you are bundled up to avoid becoming ill from exposure to the cold. You should also make sure that you are careful on any slippery spots on sidewalks and drives, which can happen if temperatures dip below freezing after a rainstorm. If you do have a fall, make sure that you seek medical treatment right away to make sure that you don’t injure yourself further.

Don’t Wait to Seek Treatment

If you or a loved one are injured during the winter or at any other time, it is a good idea to get checked out by a doctor as soon as possible. Even if you think your injury is minor, if you are unable to put pressure or weight on the affected limb, you should get it checked out just to make sure that a more serious injury has not occurred. You may also need stabilizing treatment, such as a brace, wrap, or even cast.

If you or a loved one become injured this winter, contact us immediately for an appointment or walk into our urgent care clinic.

Impact! What to Do When a Limb Is Struck by Objects or Falls

Sunday, December 15th, 2019

There are many different situations in which something might fall on your arm, hand, foot, or leg. There are many more instances in which you might injure these limbs because of a fall. It is important that you know what to do in these situations so that you don’t injure yourself further. Here are some tips.

Avoid Weight

If you have injured a limb, you should avoid lifting or putting weight on it until you are certain that you have not caused a serious injury, such as a break. If you injure your foot, ankle, or leg, you should avoid putting weight on it. If you injure an arm, elbow, wrist, or hand, you should not lift anything heavier than a cup while you are recovering.

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Three Reasons Not to Take Chances with Elderly Slip and Falls

Friday, November 15th, 2019

It can be difficult for anyone to know when they need to see a doctor right away after a slip or fall. But for elderly patients, the decision can often be even harder. There are several good reasons that every elderly patient who slips and falls should be checked out by a doctor fairly quickly.

Brittle Bones

As we age, our bones naturally become more brittle and lose some of their strength. This can be further exacerbated by medical conditions and hormone changes. This means that the elderly are at an increased risk of fractures from slips and falls. Even if the pain does not seem to be severe, you should go see a doctor right away.

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Three Common Household Accidents and What to Do

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Household accidents happen all the time to people of all ages. Most of the time, household accidents do not result in injury severe enough to visit a doctor. Most minor injuries can be treated with a basic home first aid kit, but there are some instances when household injuries should be checked by a doctor. Here are three common household accidents and what to do when they happen.

Trips and Falls

Trips and falls happen most often to children and the elderly, but anyone can suffer a fall. Most of the time you don’t need to worry about seeing a doctor for a fall. But if you hit your head in your fall and experience drowsiness or vomiting, you should see a doctor for a possible concussion. You should also see a doctor if you have pain and cannot put weight or pressure on any limb after a fall. If your fall seems to have come out of the blue or because you got dizzy, you should also see a doctor.

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When to Take an Infant to Urgent Care After an Accident

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

Whenever your child has an accident, it can be a bit terrifying. Infants can cry very loudly and very hard if they are hurt, even if the injury is minor. It can be difficult to know when your infant’s accident requires medical care. No matter how careful you are, your infant could have an accident, especially if they are learning to crawl or walk. It is important to know when to take them to the doctor and when at home care is enough. Here are some signs you need to take your infant to urgent care.

Crying that Doesn’t Stop

Your infant is likely to cry even with a minor injury, but they should be able to be soothed. If the crying simply won’t stop and your infant cannot be calmed down, it is a sign that they are in significant pain. Since your infant can’t talk to you and tell you where or how much it hurts, constant crying should be addressed with a trip to the doctor for a complete examination.

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When to See a Doctor for Eye Injuries

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

You don’t want to run to the doctor for every accident, but sometimes it can be difficult to know whether or not you should be seen. When these occasions occur, it is a good idea to be on the safe side and see a doctor. Urgent Care is a great way to address these accidents and minor injuries. Some injuries may seem more severe than they really are, such as eye injuries. Here are some basic tips for when to see a doctor for an eye injury.

Change in Vision

Any changes in your vision following an eye injury should be addressed immediately by a physician. These include double vision, seeing spots or floaters, or problems with light. Changes in your vision could be a sign that the eye was severely damaged in the accident.

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Why You Should Seek Treatment After an Auto Accident

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Many auto accidents result in only minor damage, and no one will appear to be seriously injured. Often, people make the mistake of not seeking medical treatment after a minor accident because no injuries are visible or causing pain. However, there are several reasons that you should seek treatment even if you feel fine.

The Rush of Adrenaline

When you are in an auto accident, your body goes into survival mode, releasing high amounts of adrenaline. Adrenaline naturally suppresses pain receptors. This means that you could have a serious injury such as a fracture, but not have any pain or indication of the injury. It can take two to three days for the adrenaline to wear down to the point that you begin to notice your symptoms.

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