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Educate your patients on the health risks of summer

Whilst most of us welcome the sunshine and warmer weather, it is important to remember the various health problems that summer can bring.

From heatstroke to hay fever, there are a range of health risks in the summer months that people should be aware of, and educating your patients on these risks can help to prevent unnecessary suffering and potentially even visits to a healthcare professional.

Read our guide below on some of the most common summer health risks and how you can educate your patients on these risks using the library of media available with Envisage.

Heat Exhaustion and Heatstroke

While many people enjoy the warmer summer weather, higher temperatures can cause some people to become unwell through overheating, dehydration, heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

Heat exhaustion occurs when someone can’t cool themselves through sweating. If it’s not treated then it can quickly turn into heatstroke. If someone is showing the signs of heatstroke, then it should be treated as an emergency.

Our new Heat Exhaustion and Heatstroke video explains the signs of heat exhaustion, as well as providing a range of tips to help cool someone down if they are exhibiting symptoms. It also explains what someone should do if they or someone they know starts exhibiting symptoms of heatstroke.

You can view our Heat Exhaustion and Heatstroke video here.

Hay fever

The NHS recently reported that hay fever sufferers searching for NHS advice has more than doubled as temperatures rise across England.

Professor Sir Stephen Powis, NHS National Medical Director, said: “Most people will be pleased to see summer finally arrive, but it also seems to have led to an increase in pollen levels and discomfort for hay fever sufferers.”

Hay fever symptoms can usually be managed at home with medication that is available in community pharmacies or supermarkets.

Our Hay fever educational video helps to make patients aware of the signs and symptoms of hay fever and provides a range of tips and advice to help them manage their symptoms. There is also guidance on when to speak to a healthcare professional.

Click here to view our Hay Fever media now.

Skin Cancer

It is widely known that too much UV radiation from the sun can damage DNA in skin cells and cause skin cancer, but did you know that nearly 9 in 10 cases of melanoma skin cancer could be prevented by staying safe in the sun and avoiding sunbeds? 

Melanoma skin cancer rates have increased by almost a third over the past decade, and ensuring that people are aware of how to stay safe in the sun is vital in reducing this number.

Our Skin Cancer Prevention video provides a range of tips and advice on being safe in the sun, including wearing suitable clothing, avoiding spending time in the sun between 11am and 3pm, and using sunscreen with a high protection level.

Educate your patients on the dangers of the sun by adding our Skin Cancer Prevention video to your playlist now.

More Information

For more information about the benefits of waiting room TV and how you can use this to educate your patients on a range of topics, please contact us here or call our sales team on 0114 243 3896.

If you are an existing Envisage customer and need any help adding any of this content to your system, then please contact our technical support team on 0114 399 0010, or email: support@numed.co.uk.