It’s been a quiet month on my unit. The respiratory bugs have all died down, school sports are over for a few months, and people are more preoccupied with planning their summer vacations than going into the hospital. It’s been very strange…. and very eerie. It’s like we all know something is just around the corner. And it is. Trauma Season. We got a taste of it last week during the Memorial Day Rush. We had a little influx of it during prom season as well…. lots of motor vehicle accidents involving teenagers.
Soon school will be out here in Carolinas, and the kids will be outside droves. It’s time for the car wrecks, the kid vs. car, the bicycle accidents, the (ugh) lawnmower injuries, the ATV rollovers. They will start pouring in in the following weeks…. and while it is somewhat exciting to be a nurse during Trauma season, it’s never easy to see all the kids come up to my floor with preventable injuries. It’s never easy to see the child who might lose his foot to a lawnmower, or a teenager who may never walk quite right again because she was on an ATV that slammed into a tree.
So parents, take some time this summer to educate your kids on summer safety… wear seatbelts, helmets, and be responsible. Look both ways when crossing the street, and don’t ride double on the John Deere.