Health Literacy Pop Quiz

QUESTION: Going to the Emergency Department? How many hours till you are first seen by the Doctor? ANSWER: Approximately 2.5 hours. Up to 4 hours! That’s NOT the total length of your visit. So….. bring a book. Here’s the trend graph in Island Health and Canada, below. Note this is all pre-pandemic data… currently, peopleContinue reading “Health Literacy Pop Quiz”

Answer – Health Literacy Pop Quiz

Question What common kitchen ingredient would I recommend using over cough syrups? Answer Honey. I still cringe at the memory of artificial cherry or grape flavored cough syrups I was made to take as a kid–in hindsight these medicines probably did me almost no good. Most cough and “colds” are due to one of manyContinue reading “Answer – Health Literacy Pop Quiz”

Answer – Health Literacy Pop Quiz

Question If you had bad abdominal pain shooting through to the back, I would tell you to go to the Emergency immediately. What condition am I worried about that kills 9 of 10 people? Answer What we worry about: Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) rupture. Your aorta is your body’s main “plumbing”–the big blood vessel thatContinue reading “Answer – Health Literacy Pop Quiz”

Answer – Health Literacy Pop Quiz

Question What’s more dangerous? Stepping on a rusty nail barefoot, or stepping on a clean nail through sneakers? Answer (Also see Disclaimer) Puncture through footwear.This doesn’t seem to get enough public attention, but I think it’s really important to know. If you step on a nail with bare feet, it’s usually not too much ofContinue reading “Answer – Health Literacy Pop Quiz”

Answer – Health Literacy Pop Quiz

Question If you had a case of the stomach flu, should you drink plain water, ginger ale, or half-strength apple juice? Answer See the table below. Ginger ale is likely a poor choice because it does not contain any significant ginger (which has been found to be an anti-nauseant). The sugar would pull fluids intoContinue reading “Answer – Health Literacy Pop Quiz”