Monthly Archives: October 2014

A little bit about Janet Orf, NP in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) at BMC

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By: Boston Trauma Staff

Janet Orf is a Nurse Practitioner in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) at Boston Medical Center. She graduated with her BSN from State University of New York at Stony Brook and her MS from University of Maryland at Baltimore. She received her Acute Care Nurse Practitioner degree from University of Massachusetts at Worcester. She previously worked as a Critical Care Transport Nurse for Boston MedFlight for about 9 years.

She has been at BMC for the past 16 years working in various roles. Apart from working as an NP in the Emergency Department and now currently in the SICU she also has experience as a Trauma Program Manager for about 18 months. She is grateful for BMC for providing her with the opportunity to do what she enjoys the most. About three years ago she traveled to Antarctica for 6 months to be a Flight Nurse with the Raytheon Polar Services Corp. She brings a unique set of skills to BMC and her ability to thrive in challenging environments is a tremendous asset to the team. She is passionate about taking care of the sickest and complex patients.

During her spare time she enjoys traveling, hiking, renovating her home, and is an accomplished sailor.

Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Drivers

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10/20/14; Courtesy of CDC

Many parents don’t realize it, but the #1 threat to their teen’s safety is driving or riding in a car with a teen driver. The fact is, about 3,000 teens lose their lives every year in car crashes. That’s eight teens a day too many. The main cause? Driver inexperience.

CDC’s Parents Are the Key campaign helps to educate parents on their invaluable role in reducing risk and managing their teens’ driving behavior. Now, just in time for National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 19-25), CDC has launched a refreshed Parents Are the Key website, featuring new materials and resources in English and Spanish—including a Parent-Teen Driving Agreement.

We encourage you to visit the Parents Are the Key website, which we’ve designed to help parents, pediatricians, and communities keep teen drivers safe on the road.

Spread the Word

We ask that you please help us raise awareness of these resources during National Teen Driver Safety Week. Here are some sample tweets and Facebook posts that you can use:

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Motor Vehicle Crash Injuries Costly but Preventable

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Courtesy of CDC website.

More than 2.5 million Americans went to the emergency department (ED)—and nearly 200,000 were then hospitalized—for crash injuries in 2012. On average, each crash-related ED visit costs about $3,300 and each hospitalization costs about $57,000 over a person’s lifetime. The best way to keep people safe and reduce medical costs is to prevent crashes from happening in the first place. But if a crash does occur, many injuries can still be avoided through the use of proven interventions. More can be done at every level to prevent crashes and reduce injuries, but state-level changes are especially effective.

State officials can:

  • Consider using proven interventions that increase the use of car seats, booster seats, and seat belts; reduce drinking and driving; and improve teen driver safety.
  • Support traffic safety laws with media campaigns and visible police presence, such as those used with sobriety checkpoints.
  • Link medical and crash data to better understand why crashes happen, the economic cost of those crashes, and how to prevent future crashes.

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