Epicare Associates, Inc. specializes in outsourced training and consultation for healthcare organizations and facilities. All of the Epicare staff are Master’s or doctoral prepared nurses, with extensive experience in their specialty area. There is an extensive range of programs and services. Our goal is to offer high quality educational programs and educational support services that meet all regulatory requirements on an outsourced basis. Most organizations and healthcare agencies without significant educational resources, find this a cost-effective option for training.
July is UV Safety Month
When summer rolls around, people are usually excited to take advantage of the sunshine and warm weather after months of cold and dry winter, but it is important to be educated and informed about the dangers of ultraviolet (UV) exposure through sunlight. UV rays are usuallly strongest between 10 AM and 4PM, and are stronger during spring and summer months. More UV rays can reach the ground at higher elevations, so make sure to check the UV index to determine how strong the UV light in your area is. UV rays can bounce off of surfaces like sand, water, pavement, and grass, and you can be exposed without realizing, so take precautions at all times. It's important to remember that UV rays can still reach the ground on cloudy days; just because you can't see the sun doesn't mean you aren't in danger of UV exposure. Increased UV exposure through sunlight can have many harmful effects, including leading to skin cancer. It can also cause sunburns (which present a higher risk of skin cancer), premature aging, vision impairment, and a weakened immune system. Be safe and have fun in the sun by wearing protective clothing, hats and sunglasses, and sunscreen with a high SPF (sun protection factor).
Note: Older adults and people of any age with certain serious underlying medical conditions like lung disease, heart disease, or diabetes are at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness and should seek care as soon as symptoms start.
Monitor the person for worsening symptoms. Know the emergency warning signs.
Have their healthcare provider’s contact information on hand.
If they are getting sicker, call their healthcare provider. For medical emergencies, call 911 and notify the dispatch personnel that they have or are suspected to have COVID-19.
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
New confusion or inability to arouse
Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
Balancing Work and Life during Challenging Times
Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 “To assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women; by authorizing enforcement of the standards developed under the Act; by assisting and encouraging the States in their efforts to assure safe and healthful working conditions; by providing for research, information, education, and training in the field of occupational safety and health.”
Although the United States has implemented public health measures to limit the spread of the virus, it is likely that some person-to-person transmission will continue to occur.