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Emergency Preparedness 2016

Dalton Daily CItizen, Dalton Magazine

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29 Be Prepared — Emergency Guide April Hooper Marketing Consultant 706.272.7770 Cell 706.979.4382 308 S. Thornton Ave. Dalton, GA 30720 Fax: 706.272.7743 To Advertise Contact Me ACE PLUMBING DRAIN CLEANING & ELECTRICAL Commercial & Residential Septic Repair Water Line Installation Water Heater Repair Any type plumbing needs Chris 706-270-2276 24 hour emergency service Avoid emergency room visits Emergency room visits are on the rise in the United States, but not all such visits are necessary. The National Center for Health Statistics estimates that ER visits rose more than 28 percent between 1995 and 2008 and are continuing to increase. Many argue that a large portion of these visits can be avoided and are caused by lack of access to other providers. One study by the American Action Forum estimates that waste in the healthcare system attributed to unnecessary ER visits totals $14 billion annually. Work safe and smart Emergency rooms report 18 percent more traffic in May through August than any other times during the year, according to Blue Cross Blue Shield. More people are participating in outdoor activities during this time period, leading to more injuries and medical emergencies. Some of the most common issues related to working outside are related to dealing with the summer heat. Overdoing it in hot, humid conditions can quickly lead to heat stroke or dehydration, so it is imperative to take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water while you're working outside. Doing so can help keep emergency rooms a little less busy during their peak time of activity. Learn first aid If you're interested in being better equipped to deal with emergency situations involving those around you, then taking up an American Red Cross training is a great option. The Red Cross offers first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) certification courses that could make a big difference in your ability to save someone's life in a crisis. The training could come in handy in many different environments, including the workplace, school, home and wilderness. Visit to find out more about the organization's offerings. More emergency room numbers (from 2010 Medical Care Survey by National Hospital Ambulatory) • Number of visits: 129.8 million. • Number of injury-related visits: 37.9 million. • Number of visits per 100 people: 42.8. • Percent of visits with patient seen in fewer than 15 minutes: 25.1 percent. • Percent of visits resulting in hospital admission: 13.3 percent. • Percent of visits resulting in transfer to a different (psychiatric or other) hospital: 2.1 percent. Emergency room visits

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