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Avoiding Wrong Site Surgery

Wrong-site surgeries include surgery on the wrong side or site of the body, on the wrong patient and/or performing the wrong surgery. It’s the No. 1 safety concern for 65 percent of operating room nurses, a Medline national survey found. Wrong-site surgeries happen up to 40 times a week in the U.S., according to the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare.

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Don’t Forget Toy Safety When Buying Online

More people are expected to do their holiday gift shopping online and to buy toys early because of Covid. Being aware of common toy hazards before buying can help prevent injuries. Some top toy hazards are: Toys with Small Parts, Magnets, Balloons, Toys that shoot objects into the air, Toys that are too loud, Scooters & other riding toys, Toys with toxic materials, & Chargers & adapters.

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Halloween Safety During Covid

Coronavirus has affected almost everything we do – including celebrating Halloween.
The CDC recommends lower risk activities:
Carving pumpkins with members of your household or with friends at safe distance outside; Have a virtual Halloween costume contest; Decorate your home; Have a Halloween movie night with members of your household; Have a Halloween scavenger hunt.
The CDC says using a costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask during Covid.

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Toy Magnets Can Kill or Seriously Injure Children

if a child swallows high-powered magnets, the magnets will attach to each other and block or obstruct their intestines which can lead to serious injuries. If you think your child has ingested one or more magnets, don’t wait. Get your child to your local hospital so they can be x-rayed as soon as possible.

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National Teen Driver Safety Week Is October 18-24

In its 13th year, National Teen Driver Safety Week takes place October 18-24. With more than 815,000 licensed teen drivers in Florida, it is so important for teens to practice safe driving. The week is dedicated to reinforcing safety rules with teens so that they can be safe behind the wheel and if they are riding with friends. It’s a great time to remind teen drivers about the dangers of distracted driving, alcohol, drugs, speeding and not wearing a seat belt.

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