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    Mardi Gras Safety

    Last updated 10 days ago

    If you choose to drink:

    ·         Keep track of your drinking and pace yourself.

    ·         Eat food (especially protein) and drink water throughout the day

    ·         Know the source of your drinks. Don’t accept drinks from strangers.

    ·         Sweet drinks (daiquiris, hurricanes, margaritas) can mask the taste of alcohol so you are less aware of how strong the drink is

    ·         Mixing alcohol and energy drinks increases the risk of dehydration and alcohol overdose because caffeine masks the effects of alcohol.

    ·         Have a plan to get home. Appoint a designated driver or save the number of local cab companies in your phone. Do not ride in the car of an intoxicated driver.

     

    Signs of Alcohol Overdose:

    ·         Mental confusion

    ·         Seizures

    ·         Cold, clammy, bluish skin

    ·         Vomiting uncontrollably

    ·         Breathing slowly or irregularly

    ·         Passed out and can’t be woken up

    ·         Heart rate is slow or irregular

     

    If you suspect alcohol overdose:

    ·         Call 911. Never assume the person will sleep off alcohol poisoning.

    ·         Try to keep the person sitting up. If the person must lie down, place the person on his/her side to prevent choking or aspiration on vomit

    ·         Do not leave the person alone

    Mardi Gras Safety

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Children’s Safety at Parades:

    ·         Pack a bag for the day that includes everything your child may need (diapers, hand sanitizer, snacks, drinks, etc.)

    ·         Always keep children within your line of sight. Never leave them unattended.

    ·         Be aware of what your children are catching. Toddlers and infants can choke on beads and trinkets.

    ·         Make sure children stay out of the street when a parade is rolling.

    ·         Avoid putting your child on your shoulders. A child can easily get knocked over and adults can lose their balance or trip/slip.

    ·         Ladder seats are a safe way for children to watch a parade. Ladders must be placed as far back from the street as they are tall. Always have an adult on the back of ladder for safety and ladder stability.

    ·         Choose a designated meeting place if you get separated.

    ·         Teach your children to find a police officer if they get lost.

    ·         Young children should have identifying information sewed inside their shirt or jacket, including their name and mom/dad’s contact phone numbers.

    ·         Take your child's picture with your cell phone before you head out for the day. If the worst happens, you can show police exactly what the child looks like and what they are wearing.

    Mardi Gras Safety

    Last updated 15 days ago

    Mardi Gras is a time for fun, family and revelry! Remember to be safe and consider the following safety tips so you can let the good times roll this carnival season.

     

    General Safety Tips:

    • Bring your ID, insurance card and cash
    • Make sure your cell phone is fully charged and note that large crowds can affect cell phone usage.
    • Wear comfortable, closed toe shoes
    • Check the weather report and layer clothing appropriately
    • Watch where you’re walking! Sidewalks and streets can be uneven. Beads and other trinkets can cause you to slip or trip.
    • Make a plan to get to and from the parade route
    • Choose a designated meeting place if you get separated from your group.
    • Eat a filling meal before going out
    • Pack a bag with the following:
      • Water
      • Snacks
      • Toilet paper
      • Hand sanitizer
      • Sunscreen
      • First Aid kit
      • Poncho or umbrella
    • Know where the closest medical facility is
    • Know where the closest restroom is located

    How to Take Control of Your Heart Health

    Last updated 21 days ago

    It’s a common misconception that only individuals who are elderly and those who have been diagnosed with cardiovascular conditions need to pay attention to their heart health. In fact, everyone can benefit from leading a heart-healthy lifestyle, including children and teens. If you have been diagnosed with a heart condition, be sure to check with a local cardiologist before making significant changes to your lifestyle. Your cardiologist can offer some tips on managing your condition.

    Undergo Screening Tests

    Your cardiologist may recommend that you undergo some screening tests to assess your general health. A physician can evaluate your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels, and body mass index (BMI) to provide personalized recommendations for improving your wellness.

    Revise Your Meal Plan

    Eating heart healthy doesn’t have to mean cutting out your favorite foods. You’re much more likely to stick to a diet plan if you enjoy what you’re eating. Look for substitutes for foods that are high in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. For example, instead of eating a cheeseburger, grill a delicious salmon burger with a whole grain bun. If you have a sweet tooth, flavor your baked goods with zero-calorie stevia, a natural sweetener, instead of sugar. Additionally, make sure you fill your plate with foods that are high in fiber, such as vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, in addition to lean proteins.

    Exercise Regularly

    Physical activity will support your heart health. However, be sure to check with your cardiologist before starting or changing your exercise program, particularly if you experience chest pain or dizziness. Increase the length of your workouts to at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity each week.

    Tulane Medical Center has a longstanding tradition of excellence. Our cardiologists, heart surgeons, and other specialists are dedicated to meeting the highest standards of patient care and safety. New Orleans residents can explore our cardiology services by calling our patient referral line at (504) 302-0664 or visiting our website to learn more about following a heart-healthy lifestyle.

    Preparing for Kidney Transplant Surgery

    Last updated 28 days ago

    Transplant surgeries are procedures in which a diseased or damaged organ is replaced by a healthy organ that may be donated by a living or deceased individual. Kidney transplants, which are one of the most common types of transplant procedures in the U.S., help individuals living with kidney failure. If your surgeon has informed you that you could benefit from kidney transplant surgery, there are some steps you can take to get ready for the procedure.

    Undergo a Transplant Evaluation

    Once you’ve been referred for a transplant surgery, you’ll need to undergo a comprehensive evaluation. You can expect a physical exam, review of your medical history, and psychosocial assessment. You’ll also likely have a nutritional consultation to discuss healthy lifestyle modifications for the surgery. You can expect many different consultations with various specialists and many different tests before the surgery.

    Update Your Health Information

    If there is no kidney readily available to transplant, you’ll be placed on a transplant waiting list. The length of time you may spend waiting for a kidney is unpredictable – it may be months or years. You’ll need to stay in touch with the transplant team during this time to update your health information and submit blood samples.

    Remain Constantly Accessible by Phone

    While waiting for a kidney, it’s imperative that you remain accessible by phone 24 hours per day, seven days per week. If your contact information changes, you must immediately update your info with the transplant team.

    Pack for the Hospital

    Once a kidney becomes available, time is of the essence. You’ll need to rush to the hospital as soon as you get the call. It’s important that you remain packed for a hospital stay at all times. You may wish to place a bag with all the items that you’ll need in the trunk of your car or by your front door. Pack clothing and other personal items, in addition to your medications.

    The Transplant Institute at Tulane Medical Center is a leader in providing kidney transplants. Our medical center in New Orleans also specializes in orthopedic surgery, heart surgery, back surgery, and robotic surgery, and offers extensive cardiology services. If you would like a referral to our Transplant Institute, a cardiologist, or another specialist, you may call (504) 302-0664.

Disclaimer: The materials provided are intended for informational purposes only. You should contact your doctor for medical advice. Use of and access to this website or other materials do not create a physician-patient relationship. The opinions expressed through this website are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the hospital, medical staff, or any individual physician or other healthcare professional.
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