Prevent Medication Poisonings in Your Home
Most parents know to keep chemicals and cleaning supplies away from children. Many poisonings also happen with medicines. Some products (e.g., gummy vitamins, marijuana edibles, etc) can trick a child into thinking they are food or candy. For a child, taking even a small amount of the wrong medicine can be deadly.
Safe Use of Medicines
• Read all the directions on the medicine bottle. Follow them carefully.
• Turn on the lights. Get your glasses. Be sure you have the right amount of the right medicine.
• Keep medicines in the child-resistant containers they come in.
• Never share or sell your prescription drugs.
Keeping Children Safe
• DO keep the poison center’s phone number beside all your telephones and in your cell phones. In the U.S., the number is 800-222-1222. In Canada, the number is different for each province. Find it in your local phone book or online at https://safemedicationuse.ca/tools_resources/poison_centres.html.
• DO keep medicines and chemicals in a locked or safe place where children cannot see or reach. This includes medicines you apply to your skin (e.g., nitroglycerin cream, menthol rubs, etc), natural supplements, vitamins, etc.
• DO put medicines away right after taking them. Child-resistant containers might slow children down, but they can still be opened.
• DO safely dispose of any ipecac syrup you may have. It should no longer be used for poisonings.
• DON’T take medicine with children watching. They like to copy adults.
• DON’T call medicine candy or say that it tastes like candy.
• DON’T let guests leave medicines where children can find them, like a purse, coat pocket, or unlocked suitcase.
• DON’T put chemicals or cleaners in bottles or cups. These can be confused for drinks.
• DON’T put your next dose of medicine on the counter or anywhere children can reach it.
• DON’T leave children alone with medicines. It only takes a second for a child to get it.
• DON’T throw away medicine patches, e-cigarette containers, or other medicines where children can find them. Fold used medicine patches with the sticky sides together. Even used patches can contain enough medicine to hurt a child if chewed or stuck to their skin.
• DON’T keep medicines you no longer need. Ask your pharmacist for the best way to get rid of them.
What to Do if a Poisoning Happens
• Stay calm.
• Don’t give the person anything to treat the poisoning or make them throw up.
• Call 911 if the person has passed out, is not breathing, has a hard time breathing, or has a seizure.
• If the person is awake, call your poison center.
• Stay on the phone and do what the emergency operator or poison center tells you.
Source: Copyright © 2018 by Therapeutic Research Center
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The Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant (HNHB) Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) is inviting applicants to join the Burlington Sub-Region’s Anchor Table as Patient and Family Advisors.
Share your stories, experiences, opinions
Represent Burlington patients, families, and caregivers
Be involved in local Burlington-specific health care planning
Help make the patient experience and health care system better
For more information and to submit an Expression of Interest, click here. The deadline to apply is March 2nd, 2018, 9:00am.
Monday December 25th – CLOSED for Christmas Day
Tuesday December 26th – CLOSED for Boxing Day
Monday January 1st – CLOSED for New Years Day
Wishing you a safe and healthy holiday season!
In recognition of Occupational Therapy (OT) month (October), our clinic OT, Leanne, has put together a few frequently asked questions about this field as well as the role of the OT in a Family Health Team!
Occupational therapy (OT) enables individuals to develop the skills needed for day-to-day activities when their abilities have been impacted by illness, chronic disease, mental health issues, the impacts of getting older or other health factors.
What is the role of an Occupational Therapist (OT) at the Burlington Family Health Team?
- Support individuals in function/ability to live independently or with minimal assistance in their home and prevent injuries and complications.
- Falls prevention which is an assessment of individuals who are at risk of falling or who have fallen and would like to be assessed for further treatment
- Home safety assessments of home environment and/or equipment needs
- Cognitive assessments to screen for cognitive impairment
- Liaison to other community services within Burlington area
Are there any programs that are run by the OT that patients can participate in?
We have several programs that patients can participate in; they include:
Aging at Home, Better Living for Your Brain, and Boosting Balance and Bone Health.
Click here to learn more about these programs.
How can I be referred for OT services at the Burlington Family Health Team?
If you feel you would benefit from seeing the OT, you can be referred through your physician or allied health within the team.. just ask!
The Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) is the screening method for average risk people between the ages of 50 and 74. It is a simple test that you can do in the privacy of your home. The FOBT is the most widely available test for screening for colorectal cancer.
It is recommended that men and women between the ages of 50 and 74, who do not have a family history of colorectal cancer and do not have symptoms, be screened every two years using an FOBT. Studies show when this screening test is performed every two years, combined with a colonoscopy for those who test positive, it will reduce death from colorectal cancer by 16 per cent over a decade. (From Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Website)
Testing – click here to read more on the FOBT kit
An FOBT kit can be given to you the patient at the office to take home. You need to have a requisition inside of your FOBT kit in order to send it to the lab for testing. You can get your requisition and kit at a regular patient appointment, at the nursing clinic, or you can call the clinic to pick one up.
Appointment Information and Follow-up
Your test results for FOBT test will be sent directly to your Physician to review. If any follow-up is needed you will receive a call from our clinic.
Are you a healthy adult over the age of 60 who has age-related concerns about your memory and want to learn strategies in a group setting to keep your brain healthy?
If so, you may be interested in joining our community program, BETTER LIVING FOR YOUR BRAIN!
Better Living for Your Brain is a collaboration between the Burlington Family Heath Team and the Caroline Family Health Team and is run by two registered Occupational Therapists.
You do not have to be a patient of either Health Team to join!
It is a group program that is dedicated to providing education on brain function, the importance of brain health, lifestyle measures to maintain cognition function, and strategies for managing memory changes.
The next group starts January 17th, 2018 and runs every Wednesday for 5 weeks.
Each session is 2 hours.
LOCATION: Burlington Public Library –Central Branch, 2331 New St., Burlington, ON
For more information and to sign up, please contact Marcy at 905-632-8007 ext. 107
If you have an emergency please call 911 or visit your nearest emergency department
Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!!!
GET A NALOXONE KIT AND SAVE A LIFE
Naloxone is a short-acting opioid antidote that temporarily reverses the effects of opioids of there is an overdose.
You can pick up a naloxone kit for free by presenting your health card at a pharmacy where you will also receive brief training from the pharmacist.