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How to Survive and Thrive at Spring Carnival https://www.wilsonmedicone.com.au/blog/Pages/How-to-Survive-and-Thrive-at-Spring-Carnival-.aspxHow to Survive and Thrive at Spring Carnival It's that time of the year where Australians are getting geared up for one the most significant events on the calendar the Spring Carnival. From Derby Day to Melbourne Cup and everything in between, it's an exciting slice of our national culture to be a part of. However, with race days often comes the misfortune of overly-eager racegoers who forget to take proper care of their health. To ensure you make the most of your Spring Carnival experience and sidestep any potential regrets, we've prepared this quick six-point checklist to help you stay out of trouble. Your body will thank you for it. Avoid a big night before Perhaps it's the Friday night before Stakes Day or the Monday evening before the Melbourne Cup public holiday. You knock off work and are keen to get into the racing spirit. While a few drinks can't hurt, be careful not to overdo it and ruin the next day for yourself. Be sensible, go to bed early, and wake up refreshed and rejuvenated for a full day of celebrations. Pre-plan your transport Many racegoers will opt for public transport to get to and from their race event. While this is usually fine for heading to Flemington, be mindful that crowds can get chaotic at the end of the day. Avoid getting crushed in the stampede to the train station or waiting around in the hot sun for a taxi by booking your transport beforehand. Delegate a time to leave and order an Uber or cab for then — this is not only a safer option, but can also be a cheaper one if you have four people in the car. Have a decent meal before you go Many people will flock to Flemington earlier in the day, with their morning consisting of getting ready and perhaps indulging in a few pre-race drinks. Often, this means breakfast might be missed. However, a proper meal will be your buoy throughout the day and provide a foundation for avoiding a hangover the next morning. Consider having a hearty brunch — a bacon and egg toasted sandwich is great for lining your stomach, while foods such as chicken and avocado take longer to digest, thereby helping to slow down the increase in blood alcohol levels. Keep hydrated and be mindful of your alcohol choices Of course, drinking plenty of water on the day is essential. While water won't protect your liver, it will help to moderate the effects of drinking in the sun for hours. Try to have a glass of water between each alcoholic drink, and switch up your champagnes for lighter beverages such as a Vodka lime and soda, a gin and tonic or a light beer. Don't let fashion get in the way of sun smarts While Spring Carnival is all about dressing to the nines, make sure you take care of your skin in the process. Apply sunscreen liberally half an hour before you leave, and pop a travel tube in your clutch or pocket for re-applications every two hours. If your headwear on the day happens to be a wide-brimmed hat, even better. Protect your feet Race days often call for 'oh-so-high' heels for the women, which can make for the picture of elegance at the beginning of the day, yet lead to blisters, bruises and cramps as the hours go on. Avoid hobbling off the racecourse by investing in your feet beforehand. When shopping for that perfect pair of shoes, be practical wedges, low heels, rounded toe shapes, buckles and straps all offer ticks of approval. Furthermore, a soft leather or fabric will often be more forgiving than patent leather options. Also consider paying a visit to your pharmacy to pick up some gel cushions for the balls of your feet, gel heel grips, and arch supports — these take up next-to-no room and can be easily slipped into your clutch. Last but not least, fit in a pedicure or pull out that emery board and attend to any areas of hard skin, then apply a moisturiser or heel balm to soften the skin. This will help prevent blisters from developing. Treatment & Prevention2017-10-30T13:00:00ZTrue
How to Beat Hay Fever this Springhttps://www.wilsonmedicone.com.au/blog/Pages/How-to-Beat-Hay-Fever-this-Spring.aspxHow to Beat Hay Fever this Spring Winter is passing, the sun is coming back out and the flowers are starting to bloom. The air is filled with pollen, which for some goes by unnoticeable. However, for 1 in 5 people, it can trigger hay fever. Hay fever is a type of seasonal allergic rhinitis which is at its height during springtime and summer due to the escalated amount of pollen and mould spores in the air which are breathed in by an individual. An inside look When an individual starts to feel the effects of hay fever, it is common to feel blocked up and swollen in the eyes, nose and throat. Those with a sensitised immune system will start producing immunoglobulin E, an antibody that attacks the pollen substance. This causes the release and overproduction of the antibodies histamine as a response made to foreign pathogens perceived as a threat (in this case, pollen) can be the cause of common symptoms of hay fever such as runny eyes and sneezing. Common symptoms associated with hay fever are Weed Pollen Pet Dander Grass Pollen Dust Mites Tree Pollen Spores forming from fungi or moulds Beating the fever Individuals who know they are susceptible to hay fever needn’t worry, as there are numerous ways to heighten the chances of an allergen free spring and avoid exposure to triggers. Whilst there is no cure for hay fever, here are some ways to avoid serious irritations. Allergen Free Indoor Air If you know that the pollen count in the air is high in your area, then it would be vital to ensure you have clean and safe air indoors. One way to achieve this is through air filtration systems, which can remove up to 95% of allergen particles from the air. Minimise your susceptibility by not participating outdoor activities such as mowing the lawn, gardening or raking leaves. Ensure that you shower and wash your face after a going outside to get rid of pollen that may have gathered on your body or hair during the day. Avoid hanging your clothes or bed linen outdoors as pollen may gather and build up. Cut down on the time spent with pets, as their dander is known to be a trigger to hay fever. If a pet is entering your house from the outdoors, wipe their fur down with a wet cloth to try and rid it of pollen that may have collected. Ensure that you have the right medical gear on hand if your reaction becomes irritating or enervating. Speak to your medical professional on how to best combat the effects of hay fever this spring. Treatment & Prevention2017-11-14T13:00:00ZFalse
What to Look for in a Good Patient Transport Servicehttps://www.wilsonmedicone.com.au/blog/Pages/What-to-Look-for-in-a-Good-Patient-Transport-Service.aspxWhat to Look for in a Good Patient Transport Service ​​​​​​​​ When it comes to transferring your patients from one facility to another, it goes without saying that you want to ensure their utmost safety, comfort and wellbeing along the way. This is why it's important to employ the services of a professional transport service who you can rely on to always have the best interest of your patients in mind. Take a look at just a few of the qualities you should look for in a service provider that will indicate that they can get the job done. They should employ latest technology When your patients are on the road and away from all the resources provided by a healthcare facility, you want to make sure that there is adequate equipment available to help them if their health takes a turn for the worse. For this reason, it's crucial that your patient transport team is up to date with the latest medical technology. As the healthcare industry is always changing to account for the highest quality of care, it's imperative that they can provide best practice techniques if your patient happens to need it. Their services should be wide-ranging and comprehensive Anyone who works in the healthcare industry understands just how unpredictable patient care can be, especially since it can vary so much from person to person. That's why your patient transport service should be as equipped as possible to deal with a variety of situations in which someone may require specialised care. Services such as international transport, the ability to transfer patients to or from facilities in all manner of terrains and the ability to order vehicles of all sizes are just a few of the ways that a service can set themselves apart from the rest. When your transport has the capacity to account for a range of situations, you will find yourself feeling confident and secure in their ability to really care for your patients. Here at Wilson Medic One, we pride ourselves on our ability to provide the highest quality of specialised care for every individual we transfer. It's important that we are able to cater to a wide variety of healthcare needs, which is why we aim to accommodate for every patient using top of the range vehicles equipped with all the necessary technology. They should have a friendly team of caring professionals In the healthcare industry, you should never underestimate the importance of providing your patient with people whom they can trust and feel comfortable with. After all, these are the situations in which people feel most vulnerable, so it's imperative that the people providing this service not only have the technical skills, but the people skills as well. When choosing your transport provider, be sure to find out who will be coming face to face with your patients. After all, they are the ones you are trusting to deliver a quality of care that you and your facility can be proud of. ​​​ If you'd like to enquire about patient transport services​​ contact us here.​​ When it comes to transferring your patients from one facility to another, it goes without saying that you want to ensure their utmost safety, comfort and wellbeing along the way.Case Studies & Insights2017-11-09T13:00:00ZFalse
Are Apps the Best way to Teach People About Health Risks?https://www.wilsonmedicone.com.au/blog/Pages/Are-Apps-the-Best-way-to-Teach-People-About-Health-Risks.aspxAre Apps the Best way to Teach People About Health Risks? We live in a world where technology has the ability to influence what we think and do on a daily basis – there’s no doubt about that. But while smartphones are being used for everything from taking photos to proposing to your significant other, medical experts are looking towards app development as a way to educate and inform people on important health concerns. Although app-based awareness campaigns are not commonplace as of yet, there are a few recent examples that suggest people respond positively to these initiatives. In 2014, an app called the Stroke Riskometer was released, which told people their risk of having a stroke in the next 5-10 years by getting them to answer a few simple questions. The results were incredible, with major organisations throughout the world supporting its campaign and American doctors voting it the number 1 medical conditions app worldwide. Even more importantly, the app shifted the focus from prevention strategies for high-risk people to prevention for people at any age or risk category. With the prevalence of strokes increasing worldwide, successfully engaging people in learning about their own risk-factors proved to be a big step in the right direction. Not only are apps a good way to engage a population, but they suit the changing world of medicine perfectly. New information and prevention strategies are always being formulated when it comes to high-risk conditions such as cardiovascular disease, so apps are the perfect way to keep up with this. After all, when people are armed with outdated or incorrect information, it puts them at risk. When all the information is stored on an app, however, the information can be continuously updated and communicated with the smartphone owner, ensuring that they are always in the know. In an increasingly digitised world, it seems only fitting that health awareness campaigns will continue to grow more and more traction via technological innovation. Ultimately, if it gets people engaged and interested in their own health and wellbeing, it can only be a positive step in the right direction. ​Case Studies & Insights2017-11-06T13:00:00ZFalse
Working with Childrenhttps://www.wilsonmedicone.com.au/blog/Pages/Working-with-Children.aspxWorking with Children Treating children in a medical capacity poses a whole range of new obstacles and considerations. Not only are children still developing their immune systems making them more susceptible to viruses and infection, they are also developing their language skills and self-awareness. Children don't yet have the knowledge most adults can use to communicate symptoms and articulate feelings and concerns with those treating them. Add to this a high risk of injury due to rough play and accidents, and there is a mine field of potential situations where medical knowledge is required. For those working with children, having a solid understanding of First Aid and CPR is essential for a number of reasons 1. You can identify serious medical concerns earlier Children do not have the benefit of general knowledge and life experience to draw on when they experience physical symptoms. Adults can often distinguish between a regular headache caused by stress and dehydration with a more serious headache symptomatic of underlying concerns. Children are also much less likely to connect multiple issues as symptoms of one medical problem. For those working with children, it is essential to be aware of common conditions that affect children and present with specific or multiple symptoms. 2. CPR for children is different than CPR for adults While CPR is much more common in first aid for adults due to the higher rates of disease, heart attacks and strokes, unfortunately plenty of children require CPR every year due to anaphylaxis, drowning, asthma and other conditions. Knowing basic CPR principals is a good start, however understanding the difference between CPR methods for adults, children and infants is important to ensure you do not cause any additional harm to the child, and they are given the best treatment possible. 3. Kids receive higher rates of burns, cuts and breaks Not only do kids like to play rough and tumble, often resulting in breaks, cuts and head knocks, they also receive a higher rate of burns. Children are yet to comprehend risk and are still developing their knowledge base informing them of what items may be sharp or too hot to touch, with kids often touching ovens, grabbing pots off stoves, touching hot dishes and spilling boiling water. Knowing how to treat and assess a burn is essential in knowing how best to deal with a child's injury, and when medical attention is required. Similarly, due to kids lack of danger awareness and their active imaginations, many children experience falls and tumbles from trees, couches, monkey bars, walls and anything else they can climb. Knowing the signs of concussion and basic first aid for head wounds is vital in identifying potentially serious injuries. Completing and maintaining your CPR and First Aid Training is essential for anyone working with children not only for the safety of the child, but for your peace of mind. Whether it's in a professional setting, or you are a parent, family member or friend regularly caring for children, being equipped with the right tools could save a life. Training & Experience2017-10-26T13:00:00ZFalse
New Research Could Cure Severe Allergieshttps://www.wilsonmedicone.com.au/blog/Pages/New-Research-Could-Cure-Severe-Allergies.aspxNew Research Could Cure Severe Allergies Every day millions of Australians suffer from severe allergies including asthma and lethal allergies to medication, foods, insects and more. With many people relying heavily on daily medication just to breath and needing to constantly monitor their surrounds, diets, medicines and more. Finding a permanent solution to allergic reactions would not only help sufferers save money on expensive preventatives and treatments, it would also save countless lives lost to fatal anaphylaxis. The good news is, a lifelong cure for allergies looks to now be well on its way. Scientists at the University of Queensland have discovered a way to turn off the immune response responsible for an allergic reaction, with the researchers believing the treatment will be available in a simple injection within the next 10 years. So how does it work? Immune 'Off Switch' An allergic reaction occurs when a person comes in contact with a substance the body deems a risk, called an allergen. While there are common allergens such as nuts, pollen, shell fish and animal hair, each individual is different and can be allergic to a huge range of substances. The symptoms occur when immune cells, called T-cells, react to a specific protein the allergen. These T-Cells form a type of memory that makes them resistant to treatment. The new treatment works by wiping the memory of the T-Cells using gene therapy. The T-Cells essentially forget to have an allergic reaction, and instead tolerate the allergen protein. Developed by Immunologist Associate Professor Ray Steptoe and his team, the new gene therapy is highly targeted, and while it has shown to stop allergic reactions, the immune system still functions and performs vital responses necessary for the body's protection. While the research has been successful, there is still a long way to go before it's ready for public use. What's the Next Step? So far the research has been conducted using animal cells, so the next step is to replicate the findings in human cells. While the research is currently using an experimental asthma allergen, Dr Steptoe states that "this research could be applied to treat those who have severe allergies to peanuts, bee venom, shell fish and other substances." With allergies at the very least causing discomfort and lifestyle limitations, and at their worst causing fatal anaphylactic reactions, this research is welcome news to millions of allergy sufferers. Knowing how to treat an allergic reaction can help save lives, learn how to treat someone suffering an allergic reaction with a first aid course contact us here.​​​ Case Studies & Insights2017-10-23T13:00:00ZFalse