Happy 4th of July – Staying Safe This Independence Day

Independence Day is this weekend which for many Americans means celebration, fun with family and friends, barbeques, trips to the beach and of course, fireworks.

We urge everyone to stay safe this 4th  of July and remind you to be especially conscious of your safety around fireworks. According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), in the month around the 4th of July, approximately 240 people go to the emergency room each day for firework-related injuries. In 2013, 65 percent of all firework injuries occurred during that time.

In the event of traumatic injury or burns, it is critical that treatment is received as soon as possible. If not treated right away, wounds from severe burns can cause infection, fever and severe scarring. And receiving care at a trauma center within 60 minutes of initial traumatic injury greatly increases a patient’s chance of survival.

Fortunately for South Florida, Kendall Regional Medical Center, is home to a Level II trauma center capable of treating the most serious of injuries resulting from accidents, falls and car wrecks, but Kendall Regional is probably best known for its state of the art burn center with a multidisciplinary team of burn care specialists.

Every community in Florida needs and deserves access to these types of life-saving facilities will continue to work with all stakeholders to ensure access to trauma care for every corner of the state.

We wish you and yours a very happy, healthy and safe Fourth of July!For more firework safety tips from the CPSC, please visit the following link.

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ORMC’s trauma center completes probationary period as Level II facility

Ocala Star Banner

June 19, 2014
By Fred Hiers

The probationary period for Ocala Regional Medical Center’s trauma center ended Wednesday, making it a full functioning Level II trauma center serving Marion and surrounding counties.

However, the center is still the subject of legal and administrative challenges.

The trauma center opened its doors in December 2012 and since then has treated more than 3,000 patients.

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Hurricane Season: Find Your Trauma Center and Be Prepared

This week, during national Hurricane Preparedness Week, it is important for all Floridians to take the proper precautions to prepare not only yourselves, but also your families and businesses for hurricane season.

While being prepared for emergencies at all times is important, knowing what to expect during hurricane season, which is from June 1 until November 30, is vital.  With the Gulf of Mexico bordering one side and the Atlantic Ocean bordering the other, Floridians cannot afford to take hurricane season lightly.

Hurricanes are especially dangerous and can affect Floridians throughout the state, because they can result in many different types of extreme weather.  As noted by the National Weather Service, “hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes and rip currents.”

First and foremost, all Floridians need to be conscious of the National Weather Service alerts.  Additionally, Floridians should: note the location and contact information for your nearest trauma center; secure your homes and businesses; create and go over emergency plans with families and co-workers; and pack and keep the necessary supplies, such as flash lights, bottled water and a first aid kit.  A detailed hurricane supply list can be found in many areas, including on the Bay News website.

Now more than ever it is important to understand the irreplaceable service our local community trauma centers provide.  In times of disaster, traveling long distances to receive trauma care may not be an option.  The HCA Florida Trauma Network is fighting to continue protecting citizens in the communities we currently serve.   In the meantime, our staff will be prepared to protect Floridians in need 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—no matter what hurricanes or other disasters bring our way.  We encourage you to also protect yourselves by taking this week to prepare for hurricane season.

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