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Spring Safely into Summer

Posted by | Posted in Events, Expert Tips, Physician Services, Safety, Summer | Posted on 11-05-2012

It’s the time of year almost everyone enjoys. Temperatures warm up, flowers bloom and you can once again spend time outdoors. But before you plan your next family adventure, brush up on these warm weather safety tips to ensure your family gets the most out of spring and summer fun.



As temperatures rise, bugs come out. Your best protection is bug spray that’s at least 10- to 30-percent DEET. The higher the percentage, the longer the repellant lasts. This can be mixed with sunscreen and is safe on children as young as 2 months old.

Poison Ivy/Poison Oak

Rashes from poison ivy and oak are caused by a substance in the sap of the plants. Learn to recognize the plants so you can avoid them. If you come into contact, immediately wash with soap and water. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Your Doctor May Not Prescribe Antibiotics

Posted by | Posted in Physician Services, Safety, Videos | Posted on 29-02-2012

We’ve all been there. Despite feeling miserable, you drag yourself out of bed to see the doctor in hopes of getting medication you’re certain will make life better. But instead you’re left empty handed and wondering what happened.

Chances are you had a viral infection, and no antibiotic in the world can help that. And by not prescribing antibiotics, your doctor is actually protecting you from getting even sicker. Confused?  John K. Lee, MD, from Memorial Physician Services” South Sixth Medical Associates breaks down what you need to know. Read the rest of this entry »

An Unwelcome Comeback —Whooping Cough Cases on the Rise

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, News, Parents, Safety | Posted on 31-01-2012

When is the last time you had a booster to protect yourself and your loved ones against the whooping cough? If it’s been more than 10 years, it’s time to get another — especially if you care for young children.

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a very contagious infection caused by the Bordetella pertussis bacteria and is most severe in children, said Ashish John, MD, a pediatrician with Koke Mill Medical Associates. The infection is characteristic of nonstop coughing fits during which the affected person has trouble catching a breath. When they do get the opportunity to inhale, they let out a distinct, deep “whoop” sound. Read the rest of this entry »

How a Yellow Sticker Could Save Your Life

Posted by | Posted in Emergency, Safety, Videos | Posted on 09-12-2011

You’ll soon see more cars in Illinois displaying large yellow dot decals in their rear windows. And those dots will help save lives.

Illinois launched recently its voluntary Yellow Dot program. Participants receive a bright yellow decal for their cars and a corresponding yellow folder. They place the decal in the lower left-hand corner of the car’s rear window. They put their basic medical information and a close-up photo in the folder, which is kept in the glove compartment.

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Stay Safe This Halloween

Posted by | Posted in ExpressCare, Parents, Safety | Posted on 27-10-2011

halloween safetyIt’s the spookiest night of the year. But make sure your scares come only from kids in costume by following these safety tips from Matt Johnston, MD, Taylorville Memorial Hospital Emergency Department Medical Director.

1. Careful With the Costume

Whether it’s homemade or store bought, costumes should not be too tight or too loose. Avoid flowing costumes that kids can trip on or props that can get in the way. Be sure your child can see well out of his mask and is wearing proper shoes. It’s also a good idea to have the child wear a glowing necklace or reflective tape.

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