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HEALTH SPOTLIGHT

By Felicia Lowenstein Niven

Your Summer Safety Net: AtlantiCare’s Urgent Care YOU MAY NOT THINK TWICE ABOUT DONNING A BATHING suit and heading to the beach this summer, or hopping onto a boat or personal watercraft. But some of these outdoor adventures, and even rites of passage such as a first summer job, could land you at Urgent Care, in the Emergency Room, or at the very least at your primary care provider’s office. That’s why it’s important not only to take precautions to keep you and your family safe and healthy, it’s good to know the medical resources that are at the ready. “We’ll see a lot more sports-related injuries in the summer,” said

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Dr. John Ruskey, Co-Medical Director, AtlantiCare Urgent Care Services. “People are out enjoying the weather, so that may mean a sprained wrist or ankle from a bicycle ride. You also can get dehydrated very quickly out in the sun, and if you don’t apply enough sunscreen, sunburn is a painful reality.” But it’s not just summer fun that puts you at risk. Dr. Ruskey sees a lot of teenagers at their first summer jobs. “We’ll see kids who work in restaurant kitchens for burns or injuries,” he said. “Recently, we treated a teen who cut himself slicing a tomato. We had to irrigate the wound,

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