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Safety tips for your 4th of July holiday

80408326We’ve waited for it all winter — and now summer is finally here! A long 4th of July holiday weekend with beautiful, sunny weather is expected.  While we anticipate fun at the lake, picnics, and celebrations — injuries can stop fun in its tracks.  Most injuries are entirely avoidable, so a little prevention goes a long way to help you keep you and your loved ones safe.

“Over the 4th of July, we often see injuries related to drinking too much alcohol,” explains Hennepin County Medical Center emergency physician Dr. James Miner. “But there’s also  summertime trauma like motorcycle and car accidents,  boating accidents, and fireworks injuries.  Of course we see more fireworks injuries over the 4th of July holiday than any other time of the year, and these are usually eye injuries and burns.”

Some simple precautions surrounding the use of fireworks can help keep you out of the emergency department:

  • Always have a bucket of water or hose handy.
  • Never give fireworks to young children.
  • Light fireworks a safe distance from people and flammables.
  • Never try to relight a dud.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pockets.
  • Place used firework pieces in a metal container and douse with water.

These safety tips and more are available on HCMC’s Outdoor Safety web page at hcmc.org/outdoors.  Have a safe, happy,  fun 4th of July weekend!

Verified since 1989 as a Level I Trauma Center for adult and pediatric patients, Hennepin County Medical Center is a comprehensive academic medical center and public teaching hospital with the largest emergency department in the state. In addition to the 462-bed acute care hospital and primary care and specialty clinics located in downtown Minneapolis, Hennepin offers primary care clinics in Minneapolis and suburban Hennepin County.

EMS dispatcher helps 9-year-old 911 caller get emergency care for his baby sister

Tom Polzin

Hennepin EMS Dispatcher Tom Polzin and Minneapolis 911 Operator Lori Patrick will be joining 9-year-old Rodrigo Sanchez Sosa of Minneapolis in receiving the “Local 9-1-1 Heroes Award” from the National 911 for Kids Program; in conjunction with the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International Convention on August 20 at 6:00 pm.

On May 5, 2012, Sosa’s baby sister was unconscious from a prolonged seizure, so he called 911. Lori Patrick received the call, and recognizing the severity of the emergency, transferred it to Hennepin EMS Dispatcher Tom Polzin.   Thanks to the calm, composed way Sosa described his sister’s symptoms, Polzin was quickly able to assess the situation and send the ambulance.  He then remained on the phone with Sosa until emergency responders arrived. Continue reading

Severe weather preparedness tips from HCMC

Minnesota Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 16-20, 2012.  Emergency preparedness experts at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) encourage you to take time to talk to your family, neighbors and co-workers about how you can prepare for severe weather events.

“Be sure you have identified a safe location within your home for family members to meet when storms are approaching,” explains Mark Lappe, Program Manager for Hennepin County Medical Center’s Emergency Management. “A  basement area with no windows is preferred. If you live in a mobile home or apartment discuss the safe meeting location with the management or landlord. In the event of damage to your home you should have a kit prepared that includes essential items.”

Lappe suggests that the following items be included in weather emergency kits :

  • A weather radio and flash lights with extra batteries
  • Bottled water and non perishable food items
  • Water sanitation supplies
  • Copies of all important documents and store them in a  secure location away from home
  • Extra cash
  • A list of all important numbers such as insurance policy numbers, drivers’ license, passport numbers, etc.
  • A “Go Bag” for each member of the family which includes clothes, medicines, toiletries and pastime items (books, cards, etc.)
  • Tennis shoes, helmet, car seat Continue reading

Concerned individuals, including Jack Jablonski family, speaking out about immediate changes for safer hockey

In light of the recent tragic incident involving Benilde St. Margaret Sophomore, Jack “Jabby” Jablonski, who sustained a severe spinal cord injury from a check from behind that sent him headfirst into the boards, Jack’s family members and hockey leaders are speaking out for immediate changes to hockey to make it safer for our nation’s youth.

WHAT: A press conference covering pointed statements and a call-to-action for USA Hockey to strictly enforce the rules as outlined in the USA Hockey Official Rules & Casebook, particularly on body checking and the boarding penalty.

WHO: Max, Leslie & Mike Jablonski; Ken Pauly, head coach of Benilde St. Margaret Boy’s Hockey; Lou Nanne

WHERE:

Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis

730 S. 8th Street Entrance, Room # RL110

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 12, 1:30 p.m.

WHY: 

  • To create a safe environment for all hockey players, especially children.
  • We are witnessing an increase in dangerous contact in hockey — a 100 percent increase over the past decade in visits to the hospital due to violence in the sport.
  • If the USA Hockey Rules were enforced more assertively, checking directly into the boards without intention of playing the puck would be called as boarding penalties. They typically are not.
  • What does the USA Hockey rulebook say about boarding? A minor or major penalty shall be assessed to any player who commits any action that causes an opponent to be thrown violently into the boards…The purpose of a body check is to separate the opponent from the puck. Any time a player delivers a check for the purpose of intimidating or punishing the opponent, and therefore causes the opponent to be driven excessively into the boards, a boarding penalty must be assessed.
  • Already, the Minnesota State High School Hockey League is addressing this issue.
  • USA Hockey leaders are at a national meeting in Florida this weekend. A loud call-to-action is necessary to ensure that we place pressure on this governing organization to immediately address this urgent issue. We want referees calling boarding penalties and fans to support the referees that do so.
  • A campaign is being launched to drive change involving governing bodies, parents/fans, players, coaches and referees.
  • To create a safer  hockey environment so that no other player EVER sustains an injury like Jack Jablonski.   We can’t let this happen again.  We must drive immediate change.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS:  Q&A to follow remarks.

Media Contact: Mardi Larson, 612.928.0202,  or mardi@mardilarson.com or Christine Hill, 612.919.8711 or media@hcmed.org