Don’t ‘Break a Leg’ During Spring Break

With Spring Break just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to make vacation plans.Whether your family is heading to a ski resort, touring a national park, flying to Disneyland, traveling abroad or visiting relatives, Rapid Med offers a few safety reminders:

  • It is flu season across the U.S. and with travel plans, it is important to remember to take insurance cards with you in case of illness.
  • Check for area hospitals and medical facilities ahead of time to be prepared in case of an emergency.
  • Remember to make a list of all current medications, physician contact names and numbers for background information and other related medical data for each family member.
  • If traveling by automobile, going camping or for any outdoor adventure, add a first aid kit to your shopping list. You can find them at most pharmacies or in the pharmacy areas at grocery and department stores.
  • If you are currently under a physician’s care, consider discussing your planned trip beforehand to reduce the risk of problems arising with existing medications or medical conditions. Consider adding a few extra doses of medications in case of travel delays. March winter storms have been known to cause significant delays for those traveling by air and on freeways.
  • Stay aware of your surroundings and keep safety in mind. For instance, if you are a novice at skiing, take lessons before venturing away from the bunny slopes. Breaking a bone is never a fun way to end a vacation.
  • If you are making a pit stop, particularly at night, make sure you stop in a well-lighted area where other people are also around.
  • If you are staying at a hotel, familiarize yourself and family members with emergency exits.
  • Have your vehicle serviced before a road trip — tires (including the spare tire), belts, battery, oil levels, water, etc. And throw in the battery charger and a flashlight. It never hurts to have them, just in case.
  • Keep your phone charged and readily available during your travels.
  • Don’t forget those allergy medications even if you are not currently suffering from allergies.
  • If you are going abroad, check the news in the region beforehand. Though passports do come with suggested immunizations, other illnesses could be prevalent at the time of your visit. It pays to be prepared.
  • Check in with the State Department for the latest safety information about your destination abroad.
  • Scan your passport and email a copy to the email available on your phone. This allows you to leave the passport safely packed away and can serve as identification should your passport become lost or stolen.
  • For any trips, make sure someone knows your destination, itinerary and is equipped with an emergency contact.
  • For camping, pack extra supplies such as food and water. And, check the weather to ensure you are packing the proper attire and equipment.
  • Be sure to stay away from any wild animals — for your safety as well as theirs. They also can carry diseases, such as rabies, so it is important not to touch them or attempt to pet or capture them, regardless of how cute they seem.
  • Keep important items with you while traveling — such as passports, identification, jewelry, money, etc. Do not store them in luggage placed in bus or plane cargo holds or leave them out in a hotel room. Take advantage of hotel safes when they are available.
  • Allow time for plenty of rest. The temptation is strong to pack as much experience as possible into every trip. But risk rises the more tired you become. Better yet, plan to rest a day before returning to school or work.

We hope you have a great time this Spring Break. Stay safe!

Dr. Gomez
Dr. John Gomez was born in Venezuela but spent most of his childhood in Texas, his father a Spaniard and mother American. After working a few years as a full time emergency physician in a few hospitals, Dr. Gomez noted and came to dislike the inefficiencies and near total lack of personalization required to practice the best medicine. He developed a perspective that medical care, even when an emergency, should be patient centered and streamlined and it was with this vision that he began Rapid-Med. Dr. Gomez maintains a special interest in ultrasound and sports medicine with emphasis on concussion management. He currently serves on the L.I.S.D. Concussion Oversight Team (COT) as physician advisor and enjoys his close relationship with the local athletic trainers and Flower Mound High School.
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