• By Kelley Luckstein

Mayo Expert Offers Tips for an Injury-Free Summer

May 22, 2014

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Trauma and injury remains a devastating problem in the U.S. It is the leading cause of death for those under the age of 45. Almost 200,000 Americans die of injury every year and nearly all are completely avoidable, Mayo Clinic experts say. May is National Trauma Awareness Month and Mayo Clinic trauma and injury prevention expert, Donald Jenkins, M.D., offers some advice on how to prevent common injuries in adults and kids this summer, while still having fun.

Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Jenkins are available in the downloads.

“Summertime is the worst time of the year for injury, and our trauma numbers go way up,” says Dr. Jenkins. “We seeYoung girl lying on ground from skateboard accident many injuries related to boating, ATVs and motocross. People are getting outdoors, doing high energy activities and they really need to take a moment and think about safety before doing an activity and take some preventive measures.”

Here are some simple tips to remember to keep your summer injury-free:

  • While operating motorized equipment, go slow, avoid or limit alcohol consumption and always wear a helmet.
  • Motorcyclists and motocross riders should wear full protective gear, in addition to their helmet. Bicyclists should always wear a helmet. Serious injuries can occur in an accident, but survival chances increase exponentially when a helmet is worn.
  • Utilize safety precautions when using pesticides and fertilizers and keep them out of the reach of kids. “Poisoning actually kills more people in this country every year than car crashes — 40,000 deaths related to poisoning,” says Dr. Jenkins.
  • Make sure to keep an eye on your children. “Trauma kills more children than all of the other causes of death of children combined,” says Dr. Jenkins. This is the time of year when lightning strikes, boating accidents happen and there is an increase in drowning. Dr. Jenkins advises that ladders should not be easily accessible for above ground pools and that locked fences should be installed around in ground pools. If you can hear thunder or see lightening keep children indoors until the storm passes.child's hand holding a sparkler
  • Avoid fireworks. The high heat and explosives used in fireworks can lead to serious burns and are the leading cause of blindness. Children should be closely supervised while using any kind of firework even sparklers and other fireworks thought to be relatively safe.
  • Heat injury is a serious problem. As temperatures climb, never leave kids in the car, even for a short period of time. Also, when participating in outdoor activities, apply sunscreen, drink plenty of fluids and wear loose-fitting and lightweight clothing.
  • Avoid cliff jumping or diving. It’s a dangerous activity which is often mixed with alcohol. Cliff divers may not see debris beneath the water which can pose a serious hazard.

“People should get outdoors and enjoy themselves, but as a part of the preparations for having fun, just take a few safety notes and you’ll be able to have more fun for many more years without any regret,” he says.

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Would it be possible to assign a delegate to this system so we can modify another user's activity transcript? The providers I support do not have time to maintain this.

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While the portfolio doesn't have a delegate function, you can add educational activities for someone else. Go into your own MayoExpertPortfolio,(click on the link in this article), go to the activites tab, and click on "add an activity for someone else".

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Does this apply to Florida as well? Thanks.

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I added my physician but how to I activate her in this program? I am not finding a place to put her name in to get the information.

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Can secys print the information off for the doctors if needed? Or can they view the information for the doctors?

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Does this extend to the Mayo Clinic Health System yet?

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Michelle, To add a CME activity for your physician, go to your portfolio, go to the activites tab, and click on "add an activity for someone else". You can enter your physician's name there. If you have problems, click the "questions or feedback" link at the bottom of the page to send a note to the team – someone will follow up with you.

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Mary, Because the portfolio is a private tol for gathering educational activities, you cannot see or print the transcript for your physician. Your physician can print his or her transcript directly from the portfolio by clicking on "CME report" on the activities transcript.

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John, Yes, this applies to MCHS.

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As this is suppose to be a help for the med secy and assts who support consultants, I think there should be a way that the secy can print this information off. As most secys and assts are the ones who enter this information and print the reports as well.

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Mary, you make a very valid point. Up to this point, the MayoExpertPortfolio team has struggled between keeping the information truly private and enabling an assistant or medical secretary to assist his/her physician. It is something that our team will continue to discuss. Until we have the ability to print or view on behalf of another person in the Portfolio, there is a quick reference guide linked here that can be given to anyone needing to print their own CME record: http://mayoweb.mayo.edu/cme/documents/PrintingCMERecord.pdf Thank you for your feedback.

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Agree with Mary. Perhaps the physicians could sign an authorization for assistants/medical secretaries (add delegate) to print this information off. HUGE time saver

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The information that is available via the MayoExpertPortfolio is nothing that the med secy and asst. doesn’t already know. This is something that they have to have in order to support the physician. We already know the DEA, medical license numbers, SSN’s, and multiple other personal information. As a med secy now, I enter the CME for my doctors and keep this information up to date throughout the year anyway. So please explain to me how can something that allows us to enter the information into it but not see the final result be consider helpful when it prevents us from doing our job.

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Can you add a place where a physician can add a delegate? Seems like that would be the most logical thing to do and then it is the physician giving permission to their secretary/Administrative secretary.

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Is there capability to print data on someone else's behalf (i.e. secretary to print for consultant that he/she supports)?

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