Medical emergencies happen. At all hours of the night. On any day of the year. You can't plan for them, but you can be ready in the event one occurs.
For many patients, the emergency room is the first place they turn for healthcare.
The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association awarded Sky Lakes Emergency Department a Gold Plus award for its continued success using the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program. The department also is listed in the Honor Roll Elite for its performance in the Target: Stroke program. Meet the Sky Lakes Stroke Team.
The Sky Lakes Emergency Department sees nearly 30,000 patients each year. We are always open, always at attention, and can handle any life-threatening medical emergency of any nature. Read the department's 2017 annual trauma report (PDF).
As medical professionals, we want to help you be healthy and safe. Check out the topics below.
Distracted driving is never OK.
Accessing the world of the web through your mobile device or checking email or Facebook is all well and good as long as the texting, browsing and checking isn't occurring from behind the wheel. Browsing the web and texting while driving is dangerous and contributes to motor vehicle accidents.
Tips for Teens:
- Be smart. Don’t text and drive. No text message is worth being distracted while you drive.
- Be in control. Remember it’s your phone. You decide if and when to send and read texts so take control. Consider turning your phone off, setting it to silent or even storing it in the glove box before hitting the road.
- Be caring. Never send a text message to a friend who is driving to meet you, or to anyone you know is likely behind the wheel.
- Be a friend. Friends don’t let each other text and drive.
Tips for Adults:
- Be an example. Don’t send the wrong message by texting while you drive. Your teen will follow your example.
- Be caring. Don’t send a text when you know your teens are driving. Wait for them to call or text you once they have arrived safely at their destination.
- Be aware. Know your options. Check with your mobile provider to see what options they offer parents to manage their teen’s cell phone and text messaging activity.
Above all else, the message is simple, yet vital: When it comes to texting and driving, It Can Wait.
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