Feature: June/July 2015
Summer: Seasonal Safety Issues
Summer safety issues include heat-related illnesses, sun exposure, water safety concerns, and use of fireworks or concern about fire. Extremely hot weather can cause sickness or even death.
Who is at highest risk for heat-related illness:
- Older adults
- Young children
- People with mental illness and chronic diseases
- Athletes who exercise outdoors
- Outdoor workers
- People experienceing homelessness
During very hot weather:
- Check on at-risk friends, family and neighbors twice a day
- Stay cool and avoid direct contact with the sun
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and don't wait until you're thirsty to drink more
- NEVER LEAVE INFANTS, children or pets in a parked car
- Watch for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Seek medical care immediately
See Safe Kids Seattle South King for local summer 2015 safety events and resources promoting car seat checks and bike helmet events.
The following are links to some websites that provide information on this topic in other languages or audio/visual formats.
Healthy Roads Media: "Emergencies" - multiple emergency preparedness topics including heat waves, how to use 911, flooding, fire safety at home, etc (Arabic, Bosnian, Somali, Spanish)
MedlinePlus: "Sun Exposure" (Arabic, Chinese, French, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Somali, Spanish)
Washington State Department of Health: "Hot Weather Safety", (Chinese, Korean, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Ukranian, Vietnamese, and large type)
Public Health: Seattle & King County: "Hot Weather and How To Stay Cool", (Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese)
Health Reach (formerly Refugee Health Information Network - RHIN): "Heat Waves", (Arabic, Bosnian, Somali, Spanish)
Health Information Translations: "Sun Safety Tips", (Arabic, Chinese, French, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Somali, Spanish)
Children's Hospital & Medical Center, Seattle: Water and sports safety materials, and sun exposure information, in some other languages. Also, other safety topics, e.g. bicycle safety, booster seats.
Migrant Children Health
of the hyped claims and concerns over health risks from unaccompanied
migrant children stem from ignorance, if not racial prejudice. The
answer to responding to disease challenges is not scaremongering, not
pointing fingers at migrant children, but rather ensuring that
appropriate treatment is in place for them, regardless of where
geographic borders lie. The following resources provide background
information on the problem, factual information to help educate, and
ongoing initiatives to address the misinformation.
Caring for Survivors of Torture - Selected New Resources
Obtaining Survivor Histories - Video Clips and Clinical Pearls
These videos are part of a series of short clips giving examples of issues to be aware of when obtaining a patient history. The clips are from interviews with patients of Dr. Carey Jackson (used with permission) demonstrating aspects of torture histories commonly encountered among torture survivors. New clips:
- Witnessing the Torture of Others: An Example of Mass Torture in Cambodia under Pol Pot
- Catastrophic Illness Triggers
- The Experience of Reactivation
Sequelae of Torture: Traumatic Brain Injury - Video
40 minute video presentation by Dr. Carey Jackson about working with torture survivors. Topics include mechanisms of traumatic brain injury, symptoms of TBI, and how to assess and treat.
Ritual Female Genital Cutting: Promoting Cultural Versatility and Safety in Medical Practice
Originally presented or referenced at an event organized by Seattle
University Students for Sexual and Reproductive Justice on December 5,
2014, materials include a video of the presentation given by speakers
Drs. Elinor Graham, Anisa Ibrahim and Anab Abdullahi, presentation
slides, intake form used to document patient history and exam, and links
to related journal articles.
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