Holiday safety interviews available now

ER physicians can discuss variety of health-related topics

SAN ANTONIO (Dec. 11, 2012) — Bruce Adams, M.D., professor and director of the Center for Emergency Medicine at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, and his team of experienced ER doctors are available this holiday season to discuss an array of safety issues which are common during this hectic, stressful time of year.

Here are topics they can discuss:

  1. Holiday injuries and illness: ER visits and hospital admissions really do go up over the Christmas holidays. What you can do to stay healthy over the holidays:
    1. Practice basic safety to avoid injury, especially with putting up decorations and the Christmas tree or playing with new toys on Christmas day.


  1. Eat, drink and exercise in moderation to avoid illness, especially heart problems.
    1. If you can’t reach your doctor, the ER is always open to serve your medical needs. Know what symptoms indicate an emergency.


  1. Holiday plants are a wonderful tradition but can be poisonous to children or pets.
    1. Poinsettias are NOT poisonous.


    1. Mistletoe and firethorn should be kept out of reach of children and pets.


  1. Call the South Texas Poison Center at 800-222-1222 if ingested.

Dr. Adams and the Center for Emergency Medicine physicians are available now through Dec. 24. Please email or call Catherine Duncan at (210) 567-2570 or to set up an interview because they do have busy schedules between working in the ER and their university duties.


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