Protect Your Body on the Job

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From burns, to cuts to germs, there are health risks to be aware of at the workplace. The Doctors shows you how to protect yourself on the job!

Burn Notice
Eric is a coffee shop barista who often burns his hands on steaming hot drinks. He asks The Doctors for the best way to treat the burns.

There are three types of burns: first, second and third degree:

First-Degree Burn
• Occurs when only the outer later of skin is burned. It is the least serious type of burn and can cause the skin to turn red, with slight swelling and some pain, such as a sunburn.

Second-Degree Burn
• This burn injures the outer layer of skin and extends to the second layer, which is called the dermis. It can cause the skin to turn red, blisters to develop and severe pain and swelling.

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Third-Degree Burn
• This is the most serious type of burn and affects all three layers of the skin. It can char the skin or cause a dry, white appearance and can result in permanent tissue damage.  If a person is extremely burned, he or she may require a skin graft.

The Doctors demonstrate the right and wrong ways to treat a burn.

Get Fit at Work
Do you have trouble finding enough hours in the day to go to the gym? Why not workout at the office?

According to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, people who spend more than six hours a day in a chair at work are 68 percent more likely to become overweight. Personal trainer Alycia Perrin shows you how to stay fit at your desk!

Stay Fit at Work:
Walk over to co-workers to talk instead of sending an e-mail
At your desk, sit on a fitness stability ball instead of a chair
Walk to lunch
Take the stairs

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Treating a Cut
As a bartender, Terri often cuts herself when she breaks a glass. She asks The Doctors what to do if she gets a wound, and how to remove a glass splinter from her hand.

Wound Care Tips:
Wash your hands before touching an open wound and rinse with cool water.
Do not pour hydrogen peroxide into the wound. In addition to killing bacteria, it kills the cells that help repair the wound.
If the cut is bleeding, apply light pressure with a sterile gauze pad and hold it for five to 10 minutes to stop the bleeding.
Apply a sterile, non-adhesive bandage to the wound. Replace the bandage every one to two days, after a shower.
See a doctor if a wound becomes swollen or irritated.

Dr. Travis uses an animation to show how to remove a small foreign object from your hand.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which controls sensations to the palm side of the thumb and fingers, is pressed or squeezed at the wrist. Symptoms of the condition include numbness, tingling and burning in the palm and fingers and can be caused by illness, pregnancy, obesity and repetitive motions, such as typing on a keyboard or blow drying hair.

Sinus Pain

Kirstin is a flight attendant and experiences sinus pain while flying. Dr. Ordon explains why it occurs and how to ease the pain!

"It's actually pretty common in surgeons, like myself," plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon says. "When I'm doing liposuction, for example, I'm at risk for this kind of thing."

Find out how to prevent and treat the pain from carpal tunnel syndrome.

Office Germs
Do you know what's lurking on and around your desk at the office? Melissa says that she knows she is supposed to clean her keyboard and mouse frequently, but wants to know what other office germs she should be aware of.

A recent University of Arizona study found that the average office desk has more bacteria than a toilet seat! "Not just a little bit more," pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears says, "but hundreds of times more!"

To find out where germs are lurking at Melissa's office, The Doctors, along with Environmental Testing Associates, swabbed the printer, microwave, telephones and other items at Melissa's office. Using a state-of-the-art technology called Bio Reveal, which measures a specific molecule found in mold and bacteria, The Doctors expose the dirtiest and most dangerous places on the job. If the active bacteria levels on an item are higher than 100, it fails the test. While many items passed the test, some failed with shocking results:

Workers' Rights

Actor Jimmy Smits, in partnership with OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), shares an important message about workers' rights.

Office Germ Results (active bacteria levels)
Phone: 675
Co-worker's laptop: 1,205
Mouse pad wrist pad: 2,105

"These are just readings for bacteria," Dr. Travis says. "It doesn't mean they're dangerous. That's an important point."

To decrease the number of germs in your workspace, clean items frequently with antibacterial wipes or disinfectant spray. "Most of these bacteria are, for the most part, harmless," Dr. Travis says. "Don't fear bacteria. Just be careful and be smart around your workspace."

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