1. How do I stay safe if I plan on going to BBQs and cookouts during the summer? The summer is a great time of year to get together with family and friends, especially in Northern New York and Vermont. With COVID-19 still spreading in some areas of the country, it’s best to keep social […]
Though traditional Fourth of July celebrations and activities will look a bit different this year, we expect that fireworks displays will continue in one way or another now and into the coming weeks. Yet, the thrill of fireworks can also bring danger. On average, 180 people go to the emergency rooms every day in the United States […]
All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are a popular recreational activity and they can be a useful tool for those who own large areas of land or farms, however the UVM Medical Center reports a threefold increase in ATV-related injuries in the Emergency Department this season.
As we shift to a longer-term acceptance of our new reality, many patients in our older adult population have been asking great questions about their health, their risk of contracting COVID-19, and how to live a healthy lifestyle while social distancing. Learn more in this Q+A with UVM Medical Center geriatrician Amelia Gennari, MD, about how older adults can stay safe during this time.
The school year is ending and many summer camps and childcare programs remain closed prompting families to get creative in the way they entertain their children. More and more of these popping up in backyards, now seems like a good time to talk about safety.
February 4-10 is Burn Awareness Week. Burns are an extremely common injury. According to the American Burn Association, someone in the United States sustains a burn injury requiring treatment almost every minute. That’s approximately 486,000 serious burn injuries a year! In fact, the University of Vermont Medical Center has seen more than 300 clinic visits […]
While winter can be a beautiful time of year, storms and cold temperatures can be dangerous. Prepare and plan for how you and your family will stay safe with this checklist! Home Repair roof leaks and remove tree branches that could weigh down with ice or snowfall. To prevent freezing, insulate pipes (insulation, plastic, and […]
A transition of care is the movement of a patient from one health care setting or provider to another. Examples are: discharge from hospital to home; admission from home to a hospital; or movement from one unit to another within the hospital. Transitions of care typically involve the coordination of care and “hand-off” communication. This is where important information can sometimes be overlooked, missed, or miscommunicated. One study estimated […]
Health care associated infections (HAIs) are among the most common complications of being a patient in a hospital. On average 247 people die every day as a result of HAIs, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). At the University of Vermont Medical Center, the Office […]
As we celebrate National Patient Safety Week, I remember the experience of when one of my family members was the patient. From the lens of a family member you gain a different appreciation for the absolute importance that each member of the team has to assure patients receive optimal care in a safe environment. Patient […]