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Interview with Rich Kelley, pre-hospital clinical supervisor at Mount Nittany Medical Center

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Medical Minute; 2:05

Dave Kurten: The 3WZ Medical Minute is brought to you by Mount Nittany Medical Center. Mount Nittany life forward. Summertime means fun in the sun, but there are some safety issues we need to keep in mind. Our guest today is Rich Kelley, prehospital clinical supervisor at Mount Nittany Medical Center. Rich, what are some of the top safety issues?

Rich Kelley: Managing the heat and safe swimming.

Dave Kurten: What steps can community members take to keep their families safe this summer?

Rich Kelley: Well, as far as the heat goes, significantly increasing your water intake helps tremendously. Dehydration occurs quickly when sweating. Certainly, if you’re taking any kind of medications that come with a warning to avoid the sun, be diligent and follow those directions. And then, the other thing you want to try to do is avoid any kind of caffeine or alcoholic beverages because they only increase the dehydration. As far as swimming goes, never swim alone. Many state parks, as you know nowadays, have a swim at your own risk warning; they don’t have lifeguards on duty anymore. So, as parents, you want to certainly make sure that your children are watched at all times. The other thing you want to be cautious to do is not to mix swimming with alcohol and it would be a good idea for parents, and even older children, to take time to learn a CPR class.

Dave Kurten: When should someone come to the emergency department, as opposed to self-treating?

Rich Kelley: Well, certainly any time they experience a life threatening injury or medical emergency. And other times, whenever you’re using over the counter medications to try to help some of your symptoms, and you find out that they’re not working as they were intended, you want to see your physician and/or seek out the emergency department. Certainly if your symptoms become more severe, uh, you want to see the emergency department right away.

Dave Kurten: Where can community members get more information on summer safety?

Rich Kelley: Well, the internet’s a wealth of information. If you go to the Mount Nittany Medical Center website, at www.mountnittany.org, and click on “wellness library”, you can find all kinds of information on safety tips and how to have a safe summer. Also, the American Academy of Pediatrics website and the American Red Cross website have a lot of information as well.

Dave Kurten: Rich Kelley, prehospital clinical supervisor at Mount Nittany Medical Center has been our guest on this edition of the 3WZ Medical Minute. Thanks for joining us.

Rich Kelley: Yes, thank you for having me.

Dave Kurten: The 3WZ Medical Minute is brought to you by Mount Nittany Medical Center. Mount Nittany life forward.

Steve Williams: The 3WZ Medical Minute is brought to you by Mt. Nittany Medical Center – “Mt. Nittany Life Forward”.   

 

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