6 Deadly Things We Don’t Take Seriously (Enough)

Universal Precautions

Universal precautions is an approach to infection control to treat all human blood and certain human body fluids as if they were known to be infectious for HIV, HBV and other bloodborne pathogens. (Quote from OSHA.gov)

Blood is so dangerous you should treat all blood as if it came from an HIV+ patient.

The solution: Basically, if it’s wet and it didn’t come from you, don’t touch it.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless, and tasteless. You won’t know it is there. It won’t hurt. You’ll simply go to sleep and never wake up. Click here to learn more from the National Safety Council.

The solution:  Get a carbon monoxide alarm! And if it EVER goes off, call 911. Better safe than sorry.

Antimicrobial resistance

Without urgent, coordinated action, the world is heading towards a post-antibiotic era.

Over-prescribing antibiotics can lead to resistant super-bugs that are virtually impossible to kill. Just like bacteria, the super-bugs will become commonplace. An infection from an infected scratch that could be taken care of by common antibiotics will no longer work… and you will die.

Bullet points from WHO.int:

  • Antimicrobial resistance threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses, and fungi.
  • It is an increasingly serious threat to global public health that requires action across all government sectors and society.
  • Antimicrobial resistance is present in all parts of the world. New resistance mechanisms emerge and spread globally.

The solution:  None.

18-wheelers

Tractor-trailers (semi-trailers) can’t stop as quickly as your Prius. Most people forget they are 40-ton vehicles. Think twice before cutting a semi truck.

If a fully loaded semi is driving at 55mph and the driver slams the breaks, it will take almost a full football field for it to come to a complete stop. Never, ever try cutting a semi off on the exit ramp. The 18-wheeler can’t stop, and your car will be pancaked to the barrier.

The solution: Don’t be an idiotic driver.

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Overdose

If Tylenol were introduced into the pharmaceutical market today, it would never be approved for over-the-counter use.

Exceeding 200mg/kg body-weight will absolutely destroy your liver and kidneys. The big kicker? Acetaminophen is frequently an ingredient in cold and flu medicines, so you might not be aware of your full dose if you’re taking multiple over-the-counter medicines.

The solution: Follow directions, read ingredient labels.

Hot Oil

Cooking with Hot oil is extremely dangerous, but rarely taken seriously.

The solution: Never use water to extinguish an oil/grease fire.

What is your lifesaving advice?

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