Category: Safety

Taking a look at Eye Safety Month – Pt 3

When’s the last time you hung up a picture in your house? Do you remember what tools you used?
Probably a hammer and a nail, right?
What about goggles? No?
Well, in the famous words of Dirty Harry, you might want to ask yourself “Do I feel lucky?” Because you did indeed get lucky.
Dr.

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Taking a look at Eye Safety Month – Pt 2

Under the bathroom sink.
In the laundry room.
In the kitchen pantry.
These are places where ordinary house cleansers usually live. And it’s these cleansers that can do some major damage to your eyes.
Acids. Alkali. Abrasive chemicals and products with fumes. These are the things that, if you don’t take precautions, could cause irreparable

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Taking a look at eye safety – Part 1

Eye safety is something many of us take for granted. I know this to be true, especially after meeting with Dr. Gil Grand, a Washington University ophthalmologist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
As October is Eye Injury Prevention Month and Home Eye Safety Month, I’d wanted to produce a piece on eye safety. Dr. Grand had much

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Keeping our athletes safe – on the field and in the kitchen

Hard hits. Fast swings. Explosive kicks. Exhausting practices, sometimes in the heat or freezing cold.
If you’ve ever been to a live  high school or university sporting event, whether it’s football, soccer or even hockey, you will agree that there is an element of danger whenever athletes get on the field for practice or the

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Safety tips for starting up your furnace this fall

After months of sweltering heat, these cooler temps are fabulous! When I woke up this morning, I was actually chilly getting out of bed – and hey, I’m not complaining.
As these cooler temps prevail, you may be tempted to turn on your furnace in the morning to keep the chill at bay. If so,

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Sudden death in young athletes – the hidden danger of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

The school year has started, and along with that comes sports – basketball, football, hockey and the like. For many kids and young adults, it’s something they look forward to all summer long.
But for some young adults, a medical condition that for many goes unnoticed and untreated can lead to death. This was the

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Be Safe This Weekend

No, I’m not talking sore muscles from being a weekend warrior, I’m talking about food safety.
Foodborne illness is the term used for the food poisoning that results from eating foods full of bacteria. Symptoms can include cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.  Anyone with a weakened immune system (pregnant women, older folks, transplant recipients) is

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At BJH, you learn something new every day…

As part of my job, I get to speak periodically at new employee orientation. What I like about it is seeing all the new team members who, in a few short hours, will be starting their new jobs here at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
Typically, I arrive just as another presentation is ending. Today, I got in

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Drug shortage is a bitter pill for patients and pharmacies

Don’t take it for granted that your pharmacy can fill the prescription your doctor just wrote. Or that the chemotherapy you need to treat your cancer is waiting at the hospital for you. Or even that the anesthesiologist will be able to put you to sleep for surgery.
Drug shortages are regularly hitting hospitals and pharmacies

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What to do if you have a bug in your ear

Matt Holliday, left fielder for the Cardinals, had a recent run-in with a moth. It flew into his ear during a game, which caused him to seek immediate medical attention.
He did exactly the right thing – when a bug gets into your ear, you shouldn’t try to remove it yourself. Let a medical professional

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