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Staying hydrated during the hot summer months

Ignoring symptoms can lead to heat stroke, which is much more severe and requires medical treatment. One of the most important things you can do is to stay hydrated. If you’re an evening exerciser, make sure to drink fluid, especially water, throughout the day, not just during your workout. If you’re a morning person, drinking enough the night before is critical. Limit alcoholic beverages, which may contribute to dehydration. Eat colorful and water rich foods to add a boost of hydration. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends drinking:

16 – 20 ounces of water two hours before moderate-intensity summer exercise,

8 -12 ounces 10 – 15 minutes before going out in the heat, and

3 – 8 ounces every 15 – 20 minutes during activity when active for less than 60 minutes, 3 – 8 ounces of a sports beverage every 15 – 20 minutes when exercising greater than 60 minutes.

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Healthchoice Corner

July is Eye Injury Prevention Month

July is Eye Injury Prevention Month and the focus of the month is to promote protecting your eyes in various environments, especially the workplace. Approximately 2,000 eye injuries of all types occur on a daily basis. The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that almost 70% of the eye injuries studied occur from falling or flying objects or sparks striking the eye.

How can you prevent the injury from occurring? The most common way to prevent injury is to wear appropriate eye protection. In addition to proper safety eyewear, early detection and treatment of conditions and diseases are essential in maintaining good vision at every stage of life. It is also important to be a good role model and always wear eye protection. If you have children it is important to teach them how to use eyewear properly, never to point flying objects or any objects with a projectile and missile at another person and how to carry sharp objects the correct way.

How can Healthchoice help? If you have suffered an eye injury it is important to seek immediate medical attention, either through the emergency room, in-network urgent care centers or Walgreen’s Take Care Clinics. For further follow up of these injuries you can contact Healthchoice to assist you in finding an in-network provider for further medical care. For yearly and routine eye exams please remember to contact our vision provider, Humana at 1-866-537-0229. Remember you only get one pair of eyes in a lifetime, treat them well.
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Healthchoice Works

When is it appropriate for a team
member injured on the job to be seen in the ED?

An injured team member may be seen in an ED for a work-related injury if care is needed and it occurs outside of normal business hours, on a weekend, or anytime if it is an actual medical emergency. Emergency care consists of services for an injury or sudden illness which require immediate attention to prevent risk of permanent damage to a person’s health. If an emergency situation should arise, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency facility.

Kindly note that if a team member has an ED visit, then it is required that the injury also be evaluated at Occupational Health by the next business day or as soon as reasonably practicable. It must be determined if the team member can be cleared to return to work and they must be approved for any specialist referrals. Occupational Health is located near ORMC at 77 W. Underwood St. and are open between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The team member can take the submitted Notice of Injury to Occupational Health once they have called 321-841-5212 for an appointment.
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