It’s trauma season and my heart skips a beat every time I hear CareFlight fly over our end of the hospital because I know a parent somewhere is hoping and praying, wondering if his or her child is going to be OK – because it only takes a second for an accident to happen.
In an instant, a split second – a car accident, drowning or ATV crash can happen – and lives are changed forever.
It seems that every trauma season we have trends for various injuries – this summer is no exception.
Unfortunately, it’s little surprise that we’ve seen a lot of near drownings. It’s hot outside – I mean really hot – and the pool is a great way to cool off. However, the trend that we’re seeing is little kids unattended around a backyard pool or apartment complex pool. Many times these little ones are with family members – at a reunion or birthday party – and someone thinks someone is watching the kids…but in reality there isn’t a lot of active supervision.
It only takes a second for a little one to fall into the pool or a backyard pond – and drowning is silent. With the hustle and bustle of birthday cakes and laughter at Old Uncle Albert that silence can be deadly.
So please – as summer winds down – let’s have fewer CareFlight trips. Let’s be vigilant about supervision of our littlest ones (and older ones too). Let’s have trauma season go out like a lamb…because our little ones are counting on us!