Category: Safety

Fall Prevention Day is Coming

Fall Prevention Day is Coming

The fifth annual Fall Prevention Day, a free fall prevention community event, is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Sept. 23, behind the information desk on the third floor of the Center for Advanced Medicine. The event is part of Fall Awareness Day, which was declared by Gov. Jay Nixon and takes participants through

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Not If, But When: Disaster Preparedness

Not If, But When: Disaster Preparedness

In recent years, devastating tornadoes, hurricanes and fires; explosions at manufacturing plants; and mass-casualty shootings and bombings have brought home the fact that every town and city needs to prepare an effective and efficient response to a variety of community emergencies.
“St. Louis is vulnerable to tornadoes and flooding, and according to geologists, it’s pretty

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Fireworks and Eye Injuries

Fireworks and Eye Injuries

According to a story today from KMOX’s Fred Bodimer, “local eye doctors fear that the cancellation of many community fireworks displays due to extreme drought conditions may lead to more individuals setting off their own fireworks.”
Fireworks injure an estimated 13,000 people annually with a large number of cases seen in late June and early

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Barnes-Jewish, MO Highway Patrol Speak Out Against Distracted Driving

Barnes-Jewish, MO Highway Patrol Speak Out Against Distracted Driving

Representatives from trauma services at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the Missouri Highway Patrol spoke out today about the increase in fatalities resulting from mobile phone use while driving and the dangers of distracted driving. Also joining them at the press conference in our Center for Advanced Medicine was a University of Missouri professor who lost her son in a “distracted

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E. coli and food safety with Dr. Joe Primrose

If you’ve been following the local news, there have now been 32 official cases of E. coli diagnosed in and around St. Louis.
E. coli is a strain of bacteria that can come from food, and it can make you very sick and in some cases cause death.
Dr. Joe Primrose discusses what E.

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Cardinal Fever – at the ballpark with Dr. Tan

We caught up with Dr. David Tan, who is the chief of the EMS Section of the Department of Emergency Medicine here at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. You may have seen him and members of the department at the Cardinals Games, treating fans on-site or preparing them for a trip to the hospital.  We were curious as

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Taking A Look At Eye Safety Pt 6 – medications

Have you ever grabbed the wrong medication from the medicine cabinet, taken it, and realized your mistake only after the symptoms set in?
This can be a pretty scary situation. Now imagine if the medication was for your eyes…
Dr. Gil Grand discusses what you should do if you’ve taken the wrong medicine for your

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Taking a look at Eye Safety Month Pt 5 – darts and guns

Summers in a small town required making your own fun.
We would frequently hold lawn dart contests during barbecues with the neighbors, and when visiting my grandparents lake house, we’d line up the pop cans on a fence and try to hit them with a BB gun. Both were equal parts fun, and as it

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Taking a look at Eye Safety Month – Pt 4

How often do you mow your grass?
How about edging your lawn with that very powerful, motorized trimmer?
Each time you do, you risk great injury to your eyes.
If a lawn mower kicks up a stick, rock, or some other hard object, it can easily become a targeted trajectory aiming right at your eyes.

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Jeepers Creepers….protect those peepers this Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner, and you may already be thinking of what you’ll dress up as, or perhaps you already have your costume picked out. Are you planning on completing that costume with some funky contact lenses?
Perhaps some mesmerizing orange ones that would befit a Cullen vampire?
Or perhaps you’re going for

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