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Don’t Forget Travelers’ Health at the London Olympic Games

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London may not be considered by everyone as exotic a locale as Beijing, but travel safety shouldn’t be overlooked across the pond. The CDC has several travel factsheets and resources for physicians and patients heading to the London Olympic Games, which start July 27  and run through Aug. 12.

Start by checking out Healthy Travel to the 2012 Olympic Games — the CDC’s rundown on basic health information for the UK, including a handy translation guide for UK health-related terms. If you’ve ever been curious about national healthcare, a mishap in London could answer a lot of questions.  Of course, so could an informational website developed by the UK’s National Health Service. The CDC also offers a link to travel tips from the U.S. State Department.

Wondering about the top travel advice for Americans headed to the games? Update your routine vaccines, including measles. “In 2011, some U.S. residents who traveled abroad got measles. When they returned to the U.S. they caused 17 measles outbreaks in various communities.” Probably the most important tip for a Yank in London: look both ways.  “Look right, look left, and look right again to avoid stepping into the path of traffic. In England, people drive on the left side of the road, not the right. Your safety is important. Road traffic is one of the leading causes of injury death to U.S. travelers in foreign countries.”

Kerri Wachter


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Video of the Week: Olympic Trauma Care


Trauma care at the Olympic Games focuses on getting the athletes back in the games.  That’s what Dr. Jay Doucet told our Doug Brunk at a critical care meeting sponsored by the University of California in San Diego.

Dr. Doucet—director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at the university—was one of the clinicians who provided trauma care at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. In fact, he provided care at Whistler Mountain, where many of the high-speed events—-such as luge and bobsled—took place. “We did see quite a few injuries from that.  Luckily most were not serious or career-ending,” he said.

“The Olympics is a pretty rare event, and the opportunity to do well at the Olympics is something that these athletes really strive for.  You have to be totally focused on what they need. What they don’t need is more time off work or more narcotics. What they need is to get better.”

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