Ocean Medical Center Offers Summer Safety Tips for the Whole FamilyWith the warm weather comes a variety of outdoor activities and fun in the sun. Unfortunately, many children and adults end up visiting the emergency department due to accidents that could have been prevented.
"We experience an increase in visits to both of our emergency departments during the summer months," says Bradley Pulver, M.D., medical director of Emergency Services for Ocean Medical Center in Brick and its satellite emergency department, Ocean Care Center in Point Pleasant. "Taking a few easy precautions to avoid accidents can help families keep safe and make the most of summertime fun."
Dr. Pulver offers some simple tips to keep safe and healthy this summer.
. Wear sun block to prevent sun burns, and reapply sunscreen after being in the water.
. Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.
. Limit physical activity whenever high heat and humidity reach critical levels.
. Be careful to watch for flame flare-ups when cooking greasy foods.
. If the grill is portable, be sure to place it in a safe place that is not too close to your home or other buildings that can be damaged by the heat, and not too close to seating areas.
. Keep children a safe distance from the grill, and always supervise them if doing something fun like toasting marshmallows.
. Take special care of food when at outdoor gatherings to avoid food poisoning. Whenever possible, keep food indoors and refrigerated or on the stove until it is ready to be served outdoors.
. Store cold food in a shaded area, in a cooler with ice, keeping the temperature below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
. Hot food should be kept in insulated containers or wrapped well, maintaining at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
. Don't leave food out for more than two hours, and not more than one hour if the outdoor temperature is over 90 degrees.
. Never leave children unsupervised while swimming, or if they are playing near a pool that is not secured by a gate.
. Float or swimming aids can create a false sense of security. Adult supervision is the best defense when children are swimming.
. Only swim in designated areas that have a lifeguard.
. Don't swim after-hours when a lifeguard is not present.
. Be careful of riptides. Check with the lifeguard to know about water conditions and possible strong currents or riptides.
. Swim with a buddy whenever possible, and always supervise children.
. Keep lamp oils out of the reach of children. They can easily be mistaken for apple juice, and when swallowed, can cause damage to the lungs and even death.
. When mowing the lawn, always wear sturdy shoes and wear eye protection to prevent injuries from flying objects.
. Always turn off the mower and wait for the blades to stop completely before unclogging any grass buildups or trying to fix a problem.
. Children under 12 should not use walk-behind lawn mowers, and children under 16 years should not use ride-on mowers.
For those individuals who may require emergency care, Ocean Medical Center offers two convenient locations for immediate service. The Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Emergency Care Center recently opened at Ocean Medical Center in Brick, and is the newest Emergency Department in the state. It is specially designed for a private, comfortable and tranquil experience, provided by an experienced and highly trained medical team. Additionally, Ocean Medical Center offers a satellite emergency department in Point Pleasant at the intersection of Routes 35 and 88. The Ocean Care Center specializes in minor emergencies such as breaks, sprains, stitches, burns and stomach ailments. For more information about the high quality and personal emergency services at both locations, visit www.OceanMedicalCenter.com or www.OceanCareCenter.com.
About Ocean Medical Center
Standing out as a premier medical center along the Jersey Shore, Ocean Medical Center is home to exceptional talent, state-of-the-art technologies, and a growing medical campus, all surrounded by a community that offers quality of life for individuals and families of all ages. Ocean is a 315-bed non-profit community hospital located in Brick, New Jersey that provides health care programs and services in all major medical disciplines. Some key services include designation as a Primary Stroke Center; brain lab and neurological surgery; DaT Scan and advanced imaging technology; DaVinci robotic surgery; general, thoracic, bariatric and vascular surgery; comprehensive cancer care and radiation therapy technologies; a Joint Commission accredited orthopedic program; one of the nation's most advanced cardiac catheterization laboratories and cardiac services; maternity, Acute Care of the Elderly, and critical care services. The Medical Center recently completed a four-level expansion that has transformed the campus through an $82 million project that sets a foundation for future decades of growth. The main component of the project is a new 44,300 sq. ft. Emergency Department. The Medical Center features Magnet award winning nurses who work in collaboration with the medical staff, and is a System Partner, along with the other Meridian Health facilities, with the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Ocean Medical Center also operates the state's first Satellite Emergency Department in Point Pleasant, called the Ocean Care Center. The Medical Center has grown tremendously since opening in 1984 and is well positioned to evolve and respond to the changing community and health care landscape.