Spring weather can be unpredictable. Reduce injury risk and plan ahead.
Spring is the time of year when many things change—including the weather. Temperatures can swing back and forth between balmy and frigid. Sunny days may be followed by a week of stormy weather. Sometimes extreme weather changes can occur even within the same day. Mark Twain once said, "In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours."
Thunderstorms cause most of the severe spring weather. They can bring lightning, tornadoes, and flooding. Whenever warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air, thunderstorms can occur. For much of the world, this happens in spring and summer.
Because spring weather is so unpredictable, you may be unprepared when severe weather hits—particularly if you live in a region that does not often experience thunderstorms, tornadoes, or flooding. And when severe weather hits unexpectedly, the risk of injury and death increases. So planning ahead makes sense; prepare for storms, floods, and tornadoes as if you know in advance they are coming, because in the spring, they very likely will.
Often by the time we are aware of an approaching storm, we have little if any time to prepare for it. aAdvance planning for thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes, and floods requires specific safety precautions. You can follow many of the same steps that you would for all extreme weather events.
Keep an emergency kit on hand. Some items to include are:
A battery-operated flashlight, a battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio, and extra batteries for both
An emergency evacuation plan, including a map of your home and, for every type of severe weather emergency, routes to safety from each room
A list of important personal information, including:
telephone numbers of neighbors, family, and friends
insurance and property information
telephone numbers of utility companies
According to the American Red Cross a first aid kit may include:
assortment of adhesive bandages
sterile gauze pads in assorted sizes
absorbent compress dressings
adhesive cloth tape
aspirin packets (81 mg each)
first aid instruction booklet
(NOTE: Customize your first aid kit to meet your individual and family needs.)
A 3–5 day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food Personal hygiene items
Blankets or sleeping bags
An emergency kit[1.08 MB] in your car
Prepare your family members for the possibility of severe weather. Tell them where to seek appropriate shelter as soon as they are aware of an approaching storm. Practice your emergency plan for every type of severe weather. Show family members where the emergency supplies are stored, and make sure they know how to turn off the water, gas, and electricity in your home.
Often by the time we are aware of an approaching storm, we have little if any time to prepare for it. But we do know that when spring arrives, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and floods are real possibilities. So why not take the surprise factor out of severe weather and prepare yourself, your family, and your home? If thunderstorms, tornadoes, and floods do occur, you'll be ready for them.
To Learn more visit the CDC website here.
"Prepare for Spring Weather." CDC, 21 Mar. 2016. Web. 13 Apr. 2016. <http://www.cdc.gov/features/springweather/index.html>.
When it comes to your health and your family’s health, be pro-active and don’t be afraid to ask!
The current Swing Bed program paid under Medicare and some private insurance was developed in the 1970’s to assist hospitals in utilizing unused beds to provide care to the elderly who might otherwise have to seek nursing home placements far from home.
The term “Swing Bed” refers to transitioning or “swinging” from acute care to a skilled care status. The actual room or bed does not change, what changes is the level of care the patient receives.
Qualifying criteria for Swing Bed service includes an acute care stay of three (3) consecutive days. The key is consecutive days and does not include hospital stays that are considered observation stays. The three consecutive days can occur anytime 30 days prior to admission to Swing Bed. In addition, the patient must be covered by Medicare Part A or have pre-authorization from private insurance. Lastly, the patient’s needs must meet a skilled level of care, that is to say the care requires supervision of professional or technical personnel.
Once the criteria is met, Medicare Part A pays the first 20 days of care at 100%. However, private insurance coverage may vary. Beginning on the 21st day, a daily co-pay is applicable and this fee is covered by most supplemental plans. You may continue to receive skilled care under the Swing Bed program as long as you are making measurable progress as determined by rehabilitative services, nursing and the physician. Your stay may be as short as 3 days or as long as 100 days, with the ultimate goal for the patient to return home.
Pershing Health System offers Swing Bed services that provide a variety of skilled services including but not limited to Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Wound Care and Extended IV therapy. The Swing Bed program offers the additional benefit of an in-house pharmacist and registered dietician. Swing Bed patients can enjoy a day at home with family when provided a therapeutic pass by the attending physician. These passes are often helpful in identifying additional areas of rehabilitation needs prior to discharge to home. In addition, discharge planning meetings are held three times weekly and an interdisciplinary group measures progress toward goals and identify ongoing needs at discharge.
If you find yourself or a family member in the hospital, inquire if Swing Bed might be appropriate for your diagnosis or injury. If you are in an out-of-town facility, their social worker, case manager or discharge planner can assist in making arrangements for transfer to Pershing’s Swing Bed program at discharge.