Avoid Trauma With Some Extra Safety Precautions
By Angel MedFlight Contributor
Most of us don’t ever think about air ambulance service or the possibility of a medical flight, but the reality does exist for many lives every day. At Angel MedFlight, we are passionate about revolutionizing the medical transport industry; exceeding the expectations of the patients, families and case managers we serve. We do this by demanding exceptional safety standards, highly-trained and specialized flight and medical crews, and by genuinely and lovingly caring for our patients at every step of the transport process. Patients need us because they are critically injured or ill – not because of voluntary measures. Taking part in these difficult, heart-wrenching journeys with our patients day in and day out makes us extra aware of how precious life and good health really are.
As we find ourselves in the middle of the holiday season, there are several factors that can affect our risk for injury or illness. At Angel MedFlight, we know how important it is to help everyone stay safe and think ahead to avoid unnecessary accident and injury. Interestingly, we hear many people comment that air ambulance service is for those with age-related illness. Not true! In fact, a large percentage of the transports we provide are due to accident-related trauma, such as motor vehicle accidents, sporting accidents and other accidents involving severe injuries. Seeing firsthand the consequences and lives that are dramatically affected, we are forced to think about safety and prevention every day. It can be as simple as taking a few minutes to prepare, so we wanted to share some information to help you develop good habits starting this holiday season.
From now through January, a higher than usual number of travelers are taking to the roads, rail tracks and skies to spend time with the ones we love. This year, INRIX, a traffic-congestion tracking firm,predicted more of us will choose to drive to our destinations via automobile, so we can all refresh our automobile safety knowledge and help keep our friends, family, neighbors and other travelers safer this Thanksgiving, Chanukah and Christmas. Whether you will be driving across country or across town, the following are some basic musts:
-Don’t drive under the influence; utilize a designated driver or call a cab.
-Buckle up. Make sure your passengers are buckled up. Seatbelts reduce fatal injury by roughly 45 percent.
-Slow down. Keep a safe driving distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
-Don’t drive in treacherous weather conditions: snow, ice, hail, fog.
-Be cognizant of motorcycles; drive at a safe distance and remember they stop much faster than cars and trucks do.
-Plan ahead by checking tires, oil and routine maintenance to avoid break downs.
-Don’t text and drive! Pull over if it can’t wait.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day routine without thinking about the little things we do having larger consequence; however, with some extra planning and incorporating additional safety measures while driving, you can stay safe and have a fun, healthy holiday!