Today we take a moment to remember the events of September 11, 2001.
Wishing all of our health care colleagues, patients, family and friends a safe and healthy Labor Day.
Heat Cramp Safety Tips
As summer activities pick up, so does the temperature. That's why it's essential to be aware of the signs and symptoms of a heat cramp.
These muscle spasms typically occur after excessive exercise in hot environments. They can be longer and more painful than regular cramps.
Prevention starts by remaining hydrated while exercising. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and limit vigorous activity outdoors on extremely hot days.
If experiencing pain that may be heat cramps, take these steps:
- Rest and cool down
- Drink clear juice or a sports drink with electrolytes
- Perform gentle stretching or massage to relieve pain
Call a doctor if cramps last longer than an hour.
Do not resume strenuous activities for several hours after the cramps have dissipated.
Knowing your limits will help keep summer fun and pain-free.
Insect Safety Tips
Summer create the perfect conditions for insects and the diseases they can carry. To help you and your loved stay safe, check out these tips.
Wear repellant outside to help avoid stings and bites.
Long pants and long-sleeved shirts can work as a great barrier from ticks and mosquito bites.
Avoid standing water in your yard, as mosquitos like to lay eggs there.
Check your skin and hair for ticks after you've been in the woods. Ticks can carry diseases like Lyme and Anaplasmosis, both of which can have deadly consequences if left untreated.
If you do encounter any insect and appear to have an allergic reaction, seek treatment. Symptoms can include hives, nausea, fever or trouble breathing.
Have a safe and insect-free summer!
Skin Safety | Sunscreen
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Roughly 9,500 people are diagnosed every day according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
One in five Americans will develop skin cancer before age 70, and most skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun.
Ultraviolet lights cause damage to the DNA in skin cells. This can occur from tanning devices as well, which have been known to produce UV radiation in amounts higher than the sun.
Get out there and enjoy the weather, but be sure to always wear sunscreen!
Today we celebrate the birth of American independence. Wishing you and your family a safe and happy Independence Day.
Providing compassionate, respectful care is a top priority at Select Medical. Every day, we strive to uphold a culture of safety by focusing on two key goals: preventing harm and building trust.
A summer evening filled with fireworks can be festive and fun. Despite their awe-inspiring beauty, mishandling and misuse can cause a deadly bang. Follow these tips to keep everyone cheering this Fourth of July and beyond.
- Wear eye protection around lit fireworks
- Keep a bucket of water on hand in case of fire
- Dunk all used fireworks in water before discarding
- Use fireworks away from houses, people and flammable material
- Permit children to manage fireworks
- Light fireworks indoors or while holding them
- Point or throw a firework at another person
- Use illegal fireworks
Celebrate safely this summer!
With the summer sun blazing, some families like to head to the beach while others go to their local pool. Whatever your preference, keep these water safety tips in mind.
If you’re boating, always remember to wear a life vest and be cautious of swimming around the propeller.
If you’re at your local beach or even at a destination ocean, be wary of strong currents and know your limits when it comes to swimming.
You should only swim if another person is present, and children should always be supervised when they are in or near the water.
Have a safe summer and remember to wear your sunscreen!
we celebrate the proclamation that formally ended the practice of slavery in the U.S. We reflect on the importance of the message delivered by General Gordon Granger on this day in 1865 and recognize the extraordinary sacrifices so many have made in the name of freedom and equality.
June is , an annual observance that serves as a reminder of how we keep ourselves and each other safe in the workplace, at home or any place we travel.
Throughout the month, we’ll share weekly safety tips, videos from Select Medical’s leaders and other information that highlights how our culture of safety keeps our patients and employees safe, both physically and emotionally.
This we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country and their families.
Grill and Fire Safety.mp4
Memorial Day weekend is prime grilling time. But before turning out those sizzling hot dogs and hamburgers, take these steps to prevent a grill fire.
- Remember the three-foot rule: Always grill at least three feet away from houses and other structures.
- Keep a three-foot circumference around the grill to prevent children and pets from coming too close.
- Know how and where to dispose of cooking materials.
- Place coals in a metal can with a lid only when completely cooled.
- Never leave a lit grill or fire pit unattended.
We’re hard-wired to connect with others. Smartphones and tablets make it a snap.
For those with hearing and speech loss, these smart devices are a smart way to truly connect. They can boost sound or cancel out background noise. They give visual alerts for doorbells and phone calls. They can caption speech in real-time to see what’s being said or speak what’s been typed for user-friendly conversation.
It’s Better Hearing and Speech Month. Better hearing and speech… made possible by technology that not long ago might have seemed magical.
May is National Stroke Awareness month and a big part of awareness is prevention. While you cannot control all factors that contribute to a stroke, you can control certain lifestyle choices.
Diet and exercise are two important factors. Having high cholesterol puts you at a higher risk of stroke. So, it's important to maintain a balanced diet. Exercise is also important. Try and aim for at least 30 minutes day.
Smoking and drinking alcohol can negatively affect your body and enhance your chances of a stroke. Moderation is the key when it comes to alcohol. As for smoking, try to quit altogether. Smokers are twice as likely to have strokes than non-smokers.
Lastly, having a sleep schedule to that helps you to get eight hours is also important. A healthy sleep schedule can prevent sleep disorders which can contribute to your chances of having a stroke.
It’s Better Hearing and Speech Month and we’re celebrating our exceptional speech-language pathologists and how they help make recovery happen:
Restoring function, teaching strategies to overcome challenges and educating the patient and family about disorders and treatment options.
Training people on safe and efficient swallowing, maintaining appropriate nutrition/hydration, improving oral hygiene and regaining overall quality of life.
Recovering lost vocal abilities, expanding communication skills and teaching alternative communication methods.
Helping people improve breathing patterns that result in a stronger voice and/or more articulate speech, improved swallowing and the ability to handle daily living and physical activities.
I started my career with Select Specialty Hospital -- Harrisburg in 2008 as a PRN nightshift nurse. Working for Select has been so rewarding. We specialize in caring for chronically, critically ill patients. We get to see the amazing progress they make, especially those who need longer stays for vent liberation or wound care. This challenging work environment allowed me to grow and become the confident, competent nurse I am today. Select offers so many opportunities for growth. I became nightshift house supervisor, then moved into the nurse manger position. Now, I have taken the CNO position at Select Specialty Hospital -- York. Select is even paying for me to return to school this fall for my BSN. My goal is to develop a superior team of caregivers who, in turn, provide exceptional patient care. We have the potential to make such a significant impact on their recovery; let’s make it happen!
Hospital Week - Spotlight on Pharmacists
During Hospital Week, we’re kicking-off a new series spotlighting team members in our critical illness recovery and inpatient rehabilitation hospitals. These professionals often work “behind the scenes,” but provide care that is essential to patient recovery. Our first video focuses on pharmacy teams and the clinical expertise they provide to our hospitals and patients.
I couldn’t imagine being anything other than a nurse. It’s not just a career -- it’s a calling and passion. I worked as a CNA directly out of high school. My career goals were constantly in flux and I found that I truly loved providing patient care.
It gave me a sense of purpose, of being part of something so much bigger than myself.
With encouragement from my family and the nurses I worked with, I went to nursing school. I was the first new grad at Select Specialty Hospital -- Quad Cities. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be the CNO 14 years later.
My passion for the profession has shifted over time. While safe patient care still drives me each and every day (or night), growing my team and creating a culture that recognizes and rewards greatness fills my bucket.
Select has allowed me to grow professionally and personally with the many opportunities I have been afforded. I was awarded the RN to BSN scholarship in 2016. The same year, I had the opportunity to step into the DQM position. In 2020, I became CNO. I love that Select promotes growth within the company and celebrates success at every level.
This Nurses Week, I am thankful to work with such an amazing group of colleagues. The Regional CNO team is the most supportive group of peers I have ever encountered. It's possible because I was given the opportunity to work my way through Select Medical's advancement program. It provided me with such valuable perspectives – from new graduate nurse to Regional CNO – it's been the journey of a lifetime. I am so grateful to be a part of this organization in every way.
Stroke - Inpatient Rehabilitation
Select Medical's care continuum offers stroke survivors and families treatment options that support optimal healing and recovery.
Critical illness recovery hospitals provide round-the-clock medical monitoring and early therapy. Mobility and ventilator liberation programs, coma emergence protocols and targeted physical, occupational, speech and respiratory therapy prepare patients for an inpatient rehabilitation hospital.
According to the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, stroke survivors who choose an inpatient rehabilitation hospital have greater improvement, fewer complications and are able to return home sooner than those treated at nursing facilities or other settings. Our inpatient rehabilitation hospitals provide highly individualized, carefully integrated stroke care programs that have been shown to make the difference in patients’ outcomes. Discover the benefits of our comprehensive stroke rehabilitation program by visiting http://ow.ly/BrY050J3XWR.
Stroke - Inpatient Rehabilitation
Our care teams provide specialized stroke rehabilitation designed to help optimize patients' physical and cognitive recovery and enhance their quality of life upon discharge.
Did you know that May is National Stroke Awareness Month? As an expert in rehabilitation, Select Medical wants you to know the warning signs of stroke.
Use F.A.S.T. to spot a stroke.
F = Face dropping.
A = Arm weakness.
S = Speech difficulty.
T = Time to call 911.
These symptoms can point to a stoke and you should seek treatment immediately.
Other symptoms like numbness, confusion, trouble seeing (in one or both of your eyes) and/or walking and severe headaches are also associated symptoms with strokes.
According to the CDC, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year and ¼ of those people have experienced one before. They are the leading disability in older adults and caused by a sudden disruption of blood flow to the brain.
Know the signs and stay safe!
After life-saving care, some patients need more time to heal. Select Medical’s critical illness recovery and inpatient rehabilitation hospitals extend medically supervised recovery time, offering physician-led, individualized treatment plans and 24-hour nursing care. Licensed similarly to a general hospital, we specialize in beginning or continuing physical, occupational and speech therapies that rebuild quality of life. During COVID-19, Select’s critical illness recovery hospitals liberated thousands of survivors from ventilators and our rehabilitation hospitals helped them rebuild strength and increase independence. During National Hospital Week, we salute the thousands of caring professionals who make recovery happen for our patients each day.
Nurses are an integral part of our interdisciplinary care teams. Select Medical is fortunate to employ these dedicated, caring professionals across its network of Critical Illness Recovery and Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospitals. Their clinical excellence drives outstanding experiences for patients every day.
This , we asked nursing colleagues to share what inspires and propels their career journeys.