During this month’s column I’d like to talk about our Minor Injuries Unit at the Johnson Community Hospital.
The unit is open from 8am until 6pm every day of the year and on average sees about 300 people per week.
It’s equipped to deal with a variety of minor injuries not considered life-threatening.
As we move into the summer months we can start to see more children presenting to us with injuries.
Normally children account for around 25 per cent of our attendances, however, during the summer months this can rise to around 30 per cent, mainly because children are on their school holidays and injure themselves whilst playing.
We tend to find that the most common injuries we see over holiday periods are trampoline injuries, sunburn and an increase in falls.
We understand that accidents are a major cause of injury in children and for those aged birth to four, most injuries occur at home and in the late afternoon or early evening – boys are more likely to injure themselves than girls.
With this in mind, it is important to remember a few pieces of useful advice.
Always ensure that suncare products are suitable for use with children and have a high SPF and five star UVA protection, remembering to reapply after swimming and towelling.
It is best to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm and always encourage children to wear hats or swim suits if they’re in the paddling pool – sunglasses also protect their delicate eyes for the future.
The younger the child the more important it is to ensure that they are kept in the shade out of the sun as much as possible while still making sure that they drink lots of fluids to hydrate.
Trampoline accidents appear to be increasing and research shows 75 per cent of injuries occur when more than one person is on the trampoline.
The person weighing less is five times more likely to be injured.
It also shows how children under six-years-old are particularly vulnerable to injury and adult supervision is no guarantee of safety.
More than half of all trampoline accidents occur whilst under supervision, however, an eagle-eyed watch can greatly reduce the risk.
Hopefully you will find these few advice points helpful and please don’t take offence when we say we hope you won’t be paying us a visit during the school holidays!
I would like to thank Michael Weston, who is one of our Advanced Emergency Nurse Practitioners, for his assistance in sharing this insight into the Minor Injuries Unit.
Thank you to everybody who continues to email us with their questions – please keep them coming to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know if there’s anything you’d like to know about the healthcare we provide in the community.