Ebola Reappears in Liberia

people in Liberia since the outbreak began in December 2013, is back after the West African country was twice declared free of the disease… read more

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The Benefits of Drug Testing Your Employees

Businesses who don’t test their employees for drugs will likely see absenteeism, an increase in turnover, employee fraud and theft and regulatory compliance issues. Research has shown that substance abusers are about 33 percent less productive and actually cost their employers about $7,000 annually. Here are some reasons for why drug testing is beneficial.

1. Fewer Accidents

There will be fewer accidents and mistakes in the workplace because employees aren’t working while impaired.

2. Decrease in Absenteeism and Increased Productivity

You will see a marked decrease in absenteeism, problems with supervisors and theft on the job. Productivity, competitiveness and employee moral will be increased.

3. Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Any employee who loses his job after a positive drug test may forfeit his eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits. If an injured employee refuses a drug test, he too, could lose workers’ compensation eligibility. Finally, on a post accident drug test where the employee tests positive, he will likely not be entitled to receive benefits from workers’ compensation.

These are some of the practical reasons for implementing drug-testing policies in the workplace. Drug screening in San Diego is worth the effort and will likely save your business money by increasing its efficiency. Please visit the website for additional information on this topic.

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Responding to People with Mental Illness

Emergency responders face an increasing number of calls involving people with behavioral and mental health issues… read more

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Three Signs of a Possible Unhealthy Heart

Most people know the general signs for a heart attack. However, research now suggests that there are signs that can alert you before your heart has trouble. When the heart starts to fail, the symptoms can manifest in different parts of the body. Here are some surprising signs that your heart might be unhealthy.

1. Sexual Problems

Cardiologists know, but the average male doesn’t know that erectile dysfunction is an early tip-off to heart disease. Visit the doctor to investigate whether or not your problem has an underlying cardiovascular issue.

2. Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Does your partner snore loudly enough to keep you up at night?  If yes is your answer, he may be suffering from restricted breathing while sleeping. Those with snoring and sleep apnea problems are often found to have three times the risk of having a heart attack within five years.

3. Sore and Bleeding Gums

Swollen, sore and bleeding gums are definite signs of periodontal disease, but they can also indicate early signs of cardiovascular disease. Experts now know that poor circulation caused from heart disease can be an underlying cause of periodontal disease.

If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms, it could be beneficial to receive cardiac testing in San Diego.

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How to Care for Your Injury and Your Cast

A cast is given to help broken bones and torn ligaments heal. The injury will heal more quickly because the cast keeps it immobile. Casts are usually worn for about four to six weeks.

Broken bones and torn ligaments cause pain. With a cast, the pain becomes less severe with each passing day. Once the injury is casted, most of the pain is associated from swelling. Thus, keeping the swelling is key to reducing the pain. Here are some tips to follow that will help your recovery.

It’s important to keep the extremity elevated above the heart as much as you can. The first 48 hours after the cast is applied are critical to reduce swelling. If your leg is casted, lie flat on your back and prop your leg on a large pillow or couch cushion. Remember that your leg needs to be higher than your heart, which is why you need to lie flat.

If your arm is casted, place a pillow across your chest. Place your arm on the pillow and make certain that it is elevated above the heart. When you walk, keep your arm elevated with your fingers pointing to the ceiling.

Ice the cast. This is especially important for the first 48 hours. If you keep the ice on long enough, it will penetrate through and help to reduce the pain and swelling. A great way to ice down the cast is to us a bag of frozen vegetables. If you don’t have frozen vegetables, use ice in a zip-lock bag wrapped in a towel to prevent the water from leaking onto your cast.

Be sure to take your medication on time for the first 48 hours. Take the medication as directed by the hospital or clinic. Don’t think that you are feeling good enough to not take your pain meds, as the anesthesia will wear off quickly. You’ll want the medication in your system to help ease the transition. Do not take more medication that prescribed without first speaking with your doctor.

Take precautions to avoid getting the cast wet. Don’t submerge it. Wrap it in a plastic bag when you shower or bathe. If you do accidentally get it wet, try using a hair dryer on a low heat setting and blow air through the cast.

Following these guidelines will help you care for your cast properly. Please visit the website for additional information and for x-ray services in San Diego area.

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Are You Ready for a Drug Test?

If you are employed, you likely have been warned that you may face a random drug test. But what does that mean? Take a look at some ways a test may be administered and how you can prepare for it.

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Wound Care Before Urgent Care

Here are three things to do to take care of your wound before going to an urgent care facility.

1. Clean the Wound

The most effective way to clean a scrape, cut or puncture would is with cool water. Run cool water over the wound. Use a soft washcloth and soap to clean the skin, trying your best to keep soap out of the wound. Sanitized tweezers can be used to remove dirt from the wound.

2. Bleeding

Bleeding actually helps to clean out the wound. Most small scrapes and cuts won’t bleed for a long amount of time. Using a clean cloth, apply firm but gentle pressure to stop the bleeding. If the blood soaks through, don’t take the cloth off. Keep applying more gauze or additional cloths of top of what is already in place and keep applying pressure.

3. Do I Need a Bandage?

Don’t cover the wound if it’s in an area that won’t get dirty or rubbed. Leaving the wound uncovered will help it to stay dry and heal quickly. If it is in an area that can get dirty, cover it with an adhesive bandage.

Once you have taken these steps, go to an injury care facility in San Diego if the wound appears to need professional care, visit this website.

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