Dr. Ravi Raheja Gives Tips on News4Jax for Staying Healthy During the Game Season

Dr. Ravi Raheja Gives Tips on News4Jax for Staying Healthy During the Game Season

With fall comes cooler temperature, football games, and other fun outdoor activities. But with all the fun, there are also more health-related issues with cooler temperatures, games, and parties. Our Triage Nurses have documented that the flu has already broken in certain parts of the USA, and food poisoning and allergies are starting to rise. Read these tips from our Medical Director and CIO, Dr. Ravi Raheja, to share with your patients and staff on staying healthy during games and winter breaks. These tips can also be used by your office triage nurses as they answer patient phone calls and offer advice.

Alcohol Consumption

Every year there are over 10,000 alcohol-related deaths in the United States.

It only takes 2 drinks for a smaller person and 3 for a larger person to be significantly impaired This will put your employee at or above the legal limit to drive. Always remind them to Uber, Lyft or taxi their way home if they do not have a designated driver.

In addition, vehicle-related incidents, there are even more injuries due to alcohol lowering the inhibitions of people. People under the influence are more likely to engage in activities they would never do sober. Some could be harmless fun, but others can have serious consequences.

Most ER and Trauma doctors are expecting busy nights during big game weekends due to heavy drinking usually associated with the spirit of game day. According to Dr. Rose, a surgeon at Jacksonville Baptist Hospital, “Major football games are one of the busiest nights in the ER.”

Our triage nurses also see an increase in phone calls during both games and holidays due to injuries.

Sunscreen

With the cooler temperatures and overcast skies, people often think that sunscreen is not needed, but that is not true.

Recommend your patients to  apply sunscreen 30 minutes before they leave the house and reapply every 2 hours while they are outside. No matter what the weather is, a person can still damage their skin and get a sunburn. Even when the sun is behind the clouds, the UV rays are able to pass through. Along with sunscreen a wide brim hat and sunglasses can help protect from dangerous UV rays as well.

Food Safety

Tailgating can be a fun way to spend the day, but people often feel pressured to eat something with questionable quality. Remind patients  to not be afraid to say “no thank you” if they are unsure how the food was prepared or how long it had been sitting out. Food is generally okay sitting out for 2 hours. This does not apply to chips and other foods that do not need to be kept at a certain temperature. If a perishable food is sitting out longer than 2 hours it is better to toss it than risk getting sick.

 

Want to help your patients stay healthy and prevent unnecessary ER visits? Make sure you provide 24/7 access to a triage nurse. Your office nurses can triage patients and document the calls easily during the day using the MyTriageChecklist platform. TriageLogic also offers an outsources nurse triage service that can customize doctor orders to ensure seamless patient care when your office is not available to answer patient calls. Contact us today to learn more.

Dr. Ravi Raheja Gives Tips on News4Jax for Staying Healthy During the Game Season

With fall comes cooler temperature, football games, and other fun outdoor activities. But with all the fun, there are also more health-related issues with cooler temperatures, games, and parties. Our health ambassadors have documented that the flu has already broken in certain parts of the USA, and food poisoning and allergies are starting to rise. Read these tips from our Medical Director and CIO, Dr. Ravi Raheja on how to stay healthy during games and share them with your staff.  You can share these fall safety tips, and more, using your company centralized platform. And remember that employees are 5 times more likely to open a push notification or an event notification on their phone than they are to open an email.

 

If your goal is to promote general health and wellness, another important resource to share with your colleagues is to give them access to a trained medical professional 24/7. As we all know, health symptoms can happen anytime and anywhere. A trained medical professional ensures people get care advice right away to start feeling better and healthier. Many companies already provide access to a telemedicine doctor. Use your internal platform and communication tools to encourage usage of the online doctor. If you are finding that there is a hesitation to call a doctor for symptoms that may seem simple or because of the deductible expanse, looks for platforms that allow your company to provide the staff with free access to a nurse or a physical assistance (for example, check our Health Ambassadors  who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week). These Health Ambassadors are registered nurses that can help educate your employees on health issues as well as help them avoid unneeded and expensive emergency room visits.

 

 

Alcohol Consumption

Every year there are over 10,000 alcohol-related deaths in the United States.

It only takes 2 drinks for a smaller person and 3 for a larger person to be significantly impaired This will put your employee at or above the legal limit to drive. Always remind them to Uber, Lyft or taxi their way home if they do not have a designated driver.

In addition, vehicle-related incidents, there are even more injuries due to alcohol lowering the inhibitions of people. People under the influence are more likely to engage in activities they would never do sober. Some could be harmless fun, but others can have serious consequences.

Most ER and Trauma doctors are expecting busy nights during big game weekends due to heavy drinking usually associated with the spirit of game day. According to Dr. Rose, a surgeon at Jacksonville Baptist Hospital, “ Major football games are one of the busiest nights in the ER.”

 

Sunscreen

With the cooler temperatures and overcast skies, people often think that sunscreen is not needed, but that is not true.

Recommend your people to apply sunscreen 30 minutes before they leave the house and reapply every 2 hours while they are outside. No matter what the weather is, a person can still damage their skin and get a sunburn. Even when the sun is behind the clouds, the UV rays are able to pass through. Along with sunscreen a wide brim hat and sunglasses can help protect from dangerous UV rays as well.

 

Food Safety

Tailgating can be a fun way to spend the day, but people often feel pressured to eat something with questionable quality. Remind people to not be afraid to say “no thank you” if they are unsure how the food was prepared or how long it had been sitting out. Food is generally okay sitting out for 2 hours. This does not apply to chips and other foods that do not need to be kept at a certain temperature. If a perishable food is sitting out longer than 2 hours it is better to toss it than risk getting sick.

 

It is important for your employees and their families take care of themselves during the busy fall months. Send them push notifications with these tips to remind them that you care about their safety and health. With having all their resources available to them in one app, they will have the help needed when they are unsure about their health. No symptom is too big or too small for the Health Ambassadors at Continuwell. They can help prevent unneeded ER visits, thus saving money on healthcare for your employees, and help educate your employees on health issues. Health Ambassadors are available 24/7 to help your employees navigate the season safety.

 

Contact Continuwell to get a free consultation on how you can you engage with your employees and empower them to make the best decisions relating to their health.