Category: Injury

A Shared Approach to Preventing Opioid Overdoses

The COVID-19 pandemic has posed unique challenges to most Americans, but the pressures experienced by some people who use drugs have been particularly severe. Provisional data indicate that opioid overdoses have increased during the pandemic, but preventing overdose is possible. There are specific actions that we can take to save lives. Spot the signs of Read More >

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Must-Haves for Your First-Aid Kit

First-aid kits are nothing new. They go back over 100 years to when, as the story goes, Robert Wood Johnson debuted the first-aid cabinet in 1888.(1) First-aid kits have changed over the years, but they are as useful as ever. They make it possible for ordinary people to be the help until professional help arrives. Read More >

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The Hero Within: Knowing Hands-Only CPR & How To Use An AED Can Save Lives

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The first week of June was National CPR/AED Awareness Week. In belated observance, Public Health Matters looks at how people can confidently help someone in cardiac arrest. The numbers are staggering. About 350,000 people have a cardiac arrest outside of the hospital each year, and about 9 in 10 of them die. (1) Bystanders and Read More >

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Even More Practical Skills for the Holiday Host(ess) with the Mostest

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This is an updated version of a post first published on December 17, 2018. Around this time last year, we published a post titled 5 Practical Skills for the Holiday ‘Host(ess) with the Mostest.’ And just like last year’s fruit cake, we’re baaaack with more do-it-yourself skills to help you prepare your health for the Read More >

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Happy Hauntings: 13 Tips for a Healthy Halloween

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In observance of Halloween, here’s a baker’s dozen ways to prepare and protect your family’s health and safety during trick or treat. Treat smarts All treats and no tricks makes Halloween enjoyable for everyone. Eat only factory-wrapped treats. If you have any doubt about the safety of a treat, throw it out. Carrying a glow Read More >

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Vitally Important: Collect, Protect Essential Records before an Emergency

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September is National Preparedness Month. Throughout the month, the Center for Preparedness and Response will publish posts that highlight the work of public health departments as it relates to personal health preparedness themes. This week’s theme is Paperwork. What do we mean when we advise people to collect and protect important paperwork? What classifies as Read More >

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