Stay Safe During Holiday Travel
The Thanksgiving weekend is one of the biggest travel times of the year, with more than 25 million people traveling 50 miles or more on Thanksgiving Day alone. Whether you're making a trip via car, airplane, or train, you should take steps to stay safe while on the go. Doing so may help you avoid an unwanted journey back home in an air ambulance. Read on for MedFlight911's holiday travel tips.
Drive safe: Make sure that everyone in the car always wears a seat belt, and that young kids travel in a car seat. If the weather is bad, use caution, or stay off the roads entirely if possible. And remember, never drink and drive. Even a minor car accident can lead to injuries that require an air medical transport back to your home.
Prepare for the worst: If you'll be traveling by car, pack a disaster supplies kit. You never know when bad weather or an accident could leave you stranded. Make sure you have jumper cables, a spare tire, batteries, a flashlight, and other essentials, as well as food, water, and blankets. If you'll be driving somewhere where snow and ice are a possibility, include an ice scraper and sand or cat litter for better tire traction. Make sure someone knows where you're traveling and when you plan on arriving, so that they can alert authorities if you don't arrive. An accident can lead to an unexpected trip in an air ambulance.
In the air: Statistically, air travel is less risky than driving, but there are still some basic steps you can take to stay safe at 30,000 feet. Pack your medication in your carry-on luggage in case your checked bags are lost. If you have a medical condition, check with your doctor to make sure you are safe to fly. If you have mobility issues or another condition that could make navigating the airport difficult, consider hiring an air medical escort to assist. MedFlight911's air medical escorts will travel with you and make sure that you get to your destination safely.
Stretch your legs: Sitting for long periods of a time (such as when on an airplane or a long car trip) can lead to a serious condition called deep vein thrombosis, a condition which causes blot clots to form in your legs. A clot can eventually break loose, travel through your blood, and eventually cause a potentially fatal pulmonary embolism. If you'll be sitting for a long time, our air ambulance medical crew suggests trying to get up occasionally and walk around. If that's not possible, you can exercise your calf muscles by raising and lowering your toes while keeping your heels on the floor, and raising and lowering your heels while keeping your toes on the floor.
The holiday season should be a time of joy and celebration. Keep them that way by taking steps to avoid a journey in an air ambulance. Use common sense, follow basic safety tips, and if necessary, travel with an air medical escort who can help you get to where you need to be.
Happy holidays from everyone at MedFlight911 air ambulance!
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