Carilion Clinic - Safe Kids Southwest Virginia

Working to Protect Children from Accidental Injuries

We talk about safety year-round, but it seems that Summer brings extra risk, with kids on their bikes, at the pool or lake, and playing in the hot sun. Thats why Carilion Clinic Safe Kids Southwest Virginia coordinator Jill Lucas Drakeford has been busy this month, making community presentations and talking to the media. Thanks Jill!  Here are some of her recent appearances on WDBJ and Fox-21/27.




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"Bath Salts" Use Declining

One year after designer drugs known as "bath salts" became illegal, their use is declining. But according to Carilion Clinic Addiction Psychiatrist Dr. William Rea, the community still needs to keep its finger on the pulse of the issue. Learn more in this story from WDBJ's Chris Hurst. 

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Jefferson College of Health Sciences Adds New Degree Programs

Jefferson College of Health Sciences is adding two new graduate degree programs. The Master of Healthcare Administration is an online program that begins in the Fall of this year.  The Master of Science in Nursing will be offered online in 2014.  In addition, JCHS is expanding available seats in its Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing course. Thanks to Jenna Zibton with WSLS for helping get the word out! 

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Carilion's Camp Too Sweet - Kids Having Fun and Learning to Manage Diabetes

Having diabetes can be tough when you're a kid. You have to eat differently, take medication or shots, or even wear a mechanical pump. Carilion Clinic's Camp Too Sweet gives kids a chance to enjoy being with their peers without feeling different, and teaches diabetic self-management skills that can prevent serious complications later in life. Thanks to WDBJ for featuring Camp Too Sweet and Carilion Pediatric Endocrinologist Dr. Erica Reynolds

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A Timely Warning about Heat, Kids and Cars from Carilion's Safe Kids Coalition

As the June temperatures climb, Carilion's Safe Kids Coalition reminds us that a child should NEVER be left alone in a vehicle for ANY reason, even for a "minute".  When the temperature is in the 60's, the temperature inside a car can rise to 110 in minutes, imagine what happens when the temperature is in the 80's or 90's! If you see an unattended child in a hot vehicle, call 911. Here's more information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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