Keeping a Close Eye on Halloween Safety

When talking about Halloween safety, we tend to think about the importance of flashlights, staying with a group and wearing bright colors, but do you ever think about eye safety? You should, according to Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD, chair of the Department of Ophthalmology. Dr. Schaal recently took to Facebook to enlighten our followers about the dangers novelty contacts, masks and sprays can pose to one’s eyes as we transform ourselves into ghouls and goblins! Watch her Facebook Live video to learn the best ways to keep your eyes protected this Halloween!

Watch Simply Well Summer Video; Win Farm Fresh Fest Tickets

Keep your #simplywellsummer going strong by watching our third summer safety video featuring seven gardening safety tips. And if you haven’t already, don’t miss out on getting your “50 Things To Do for Under $10” printout emailed to you. All you need to do is Follow the Simply Well Blog. Once you have your list in hand, you can be a part of #SimplyWellSummer and enter a drawing to win a family four-pack of tickets to Wachusett Mountain’s Farm Fresh Fest. Just do any of the activities on our list and share your photos to enter. Read the full contest details.

We’re Having a Heatwave; Health Tips You Need to Know

Dr. Broach

Central Massachusetts is seeing a string of daily temperatures above 90 degrees which poses several health risks to our communities. “Especially with the humidity, in addition to the 90-degree heat, that’s absolutely warm enough to experience pretty significant heat illness,” John Broach, MD, division director for EMS and Disaster Medicine told the Boston Herald last week. Heat-related illness can impact a body whether an individual is being active or inactive. The three most common types of heat-related illnesses are heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Visit our website for tips on safety in the summer heat and read the Boston Herald story for more information.

Metal Detector Now in Place in ED on Memorial Campus

Left photo, the Securitas team oversees the metal detector screening; right photos, signage is provided in the visitor parking garage and entrance to the Memorial Campus ED.

In support of caregivers and patient safety, a metal detector is now operating in the Emergency Department (ED), Memorial Campus. Manned by Securitas, a local security company, the metal detector, which is located adjacent to the triage area, began screening for metal objects 6 am Monday, November 27. Patients and visitors to the ED are now greeted at multiple entry points in the parking garage, the valet, and the ED entrance with signs alerting them to the new screening process. The no weapons policy means visitors can either leave weapons in their car or have them stored safely during their stay. Two metal detectors will be in operation on the University Campus ED beginning December 11.

Simply Well Blog: Find Your Nature Zen and Hiking Safety Tips!

What’s something you can do this summer to get exercise and enjoy everything nature has to offer? Hiking is an activity for all ages and fitness levels, whether you’re taking a stroll through a local park or summiting mountains. In the latest Simply Well blog post, Mandi Strzelewicz, marketing and communications intern, talks about proper preparation for your next hike, such as clothing, fuel, navigation and emergency supplies. Also learn “no trace” practices to keep the trails maintained. Simply Well is a community wellness blog produced by the Marketing and Communications Department. Follow the blog today.

What You Need to Know about Fall Prevention at Home and Work

Falls are some of the most common causes of injury for trauma patients in our hospitals. Learn about fall prevention by visiting the Injury Prevention Center table Tuesday, May 16, 11 am and 1 pm, University Campus, near the pharmacy. Stop by to get information on making your home a safer place and different things you can do to make yourself or your loved one less likely to fall. Print out a home safety checklist.


Remember to Put Safety at the Top of Your Holiday List!

Campus Police and the Environmental Health and Safety Department remind employees that being aware of your environment and paying particular attention to safety measures is particularly important during the holidays.

  • Campus Police strive to ensure the safety and security of our entire Medical Center and Medical School community every day. Review the Public Safety Holiday Reminder that can help you minimize your risk of being a victim of crime by taking steps to avert potential issues.
  • It’s that time of year when employees like to celebrate the holidays by decorating work areas. In order to keep our patients and each other safe, and to comply with various fire regulations, there are some basic guidelines we must follow. See Safety Chat: Holiday Decorations 2016 for a full list of guidelines.

Join Tuesday’s Event to Learn about Campus Safety Awareness

The Diversity and Inclusion Office is sponsoring a campus safety event to raise awareness for employees and students about campus safety and an effective response to take when campus security is threatened. The event is Tuesday, December 6, University Campus, Jacob F. Hiatt Auditorium (S1-608), noon to 1 pm. Speakers include Chief John Luippold, UMass Department of Public Safety; Michael Kneeland, MD, MPH, clinical professor, associate dean for Allied Health; and C. Greer Jordan, associate vice chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion Office. Learn more.

Medical Center and Highway Safety Hold Summer Safety Media Event

The Highway Safety Department (HSD) is partnering with our Medical Center during a media event Tuesday, June 28, to build upon the HSD’s 100 Deadliest Days of Summer campaign aimed at teen drivers and their parents/guardians. The event will highlight summer traffic safety issues such as distracted driving and local/state police enforcement efforts. It will also provide informatoin about resources for parents and teens, including bike helmet and car seat programs. This media event will be held in the Pine Street parking lot, University Campus. Employees should note that parking may not be available in the upper lot that morning.

Patient Safety Week: ‘Ask Me Three’ Helps Patients Take Active Role

patient-safetyOne of the key themes of National Patient Safety Week is the Ask Me Three initiative, designed to help patients become active members of their health care teams. These three specific questions will help patients and family members work together with their caregiver team to create an environment of safety, trust and communication (Watch video):

  1. What is my main problem?
  2. What do I need to do?
  3. Why is it important for me to do this?

Sign up for a free National Patient Safety Foundation webcast Thursday at 1 pm.