Health

Wed
27
Jun

Blood Donor Day set for July 5 at First Baptist

The next LifeServe Blood Center Blood Drive will be held Thursday, July 5 from 12-5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon. Blood drives are held once per month in Waukon. The LifeServe Blood Center supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital with its blood and blood products.

The LifeServe Blood Center is seeking donors to ensure a safe and plentiful blood supply in Iowa. Because there is no substitute for human blood, the need for donors is continuous.

Over half of the United States population is eligible to donate blood, yet less than four percent donate on a regular basis. A single donation of blood can be used to save up to three lives and help in treatment of cancer patients, accident victims, hemophiliacs and surgery patients.  The LifeServe Blood Center is committed to serving the needs of Iowans by saving lives through volunteer blood donation.

Wed
27
Jun

Summer food safety

Simple precautions can reduce risk of food-borne illness

Warm weather means more outdoor activities, including picnics and cookouts. Every year, Iowa sees an increase in food-borne diseases during the summer. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds Iowans that a few simple precautions can reduce the risk of food-borne illness.

Wed
27
Jun

Prepared Childbirth Education Class held at Veterans Memorial Hospital

Veterans Memorial Hospital will begin the next Prepared Childbirth Education classes (formerly called Lamaze) Monday, July 9, and the class will continue for two more consecutive Monday evenings beginning at 6 p.m. in the Large Conference Room.

The Prepared Childbirth Education classes at Veterans Memorial Hospital are offered in three sessions that allow the expectant parents to choose which topics they wish to learn more on. They may choose to attend one, two or all three sessions.  Session 1 covers labor, delivery and the postpartum period following delivery; Session 2 includes relaxation, breathing and pain management; and Session 3 covers infant care. Tours of the OB Department are available with each session as well.

Wed
27
Jun

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Maloy Johanningmeier by Lesa Moose, Joyce Kuhse, Rita Kern, Kay Carter, Ray and Lorraine Mitchell, Gayle Larkin and Dave and Laurie Martin.

Memorials were also received in memory of Mary Jo Oden by Carl and Betty Christianson, Carole Krumme, Dave and Sandy Lyons, George Pickett and Chuck and Lois Votsmier.

In addition, memorials were also received in memory of Randy Sweeney by Rick and Cathy Larson, Bob and Marilyn Bulman, Gordy’s Auto Body & Salvage, Fred and Lisa Mathews, Randy and Lori Hesse, Dan and Traci Byrnes, Ardie Kuhse, Dave and Gail Prestemon, Dave and Sandy Lyons, Don and Diane Haler, Mary Ann Hager, Chuck and Lois Votsmier, Jane Dietrich, Jim and Jill Kiesau, Brad and Erin Berns, and family and friends of Randy Sweeney.

Wed
20
Jun

Continuous glucose monitoring system upgrade at VMH


Glucose monitoring at VMH ... Pictured above at right is Emmet Jones of rural Lansing and at left Angie Mettille, RN/CDE, Diabetes Educator at Veterans Memorial Hospital. Jones has successfully managed his diabetes since he was diagnosed in 1949, until now. Thanks to the new continuous glucose monitoring system, his insulin dosing has been adjusted and he again has the confidence that he is safe at home in managing his diabetes. Submitted photo.

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Management Program recently upgraded its continuous glucose monitoring system.  The Freestyle Libre Pro System offers the option of continuous glucose monitoring for up to 14 days, rather than the three-day maximum duration of the prior system.  This new system helps health care providers fine-tune their patients’ diabetes treatment plan, giving patients optimal control of their diabetes and their life.

What is Continuous Glucose Monitoring?
Continuous glucose monitoring is used to determine what a patient’s blood glucose levels are continuously, 24 hours a day, even while they sleep. When the data is downloaded at the end of the study, there are a total of 288 blood sugar readings available over a 24-hour time span. The information is able to be transferred into graphs which can show the healthcare providers how a patient’s blood sugar trends throughout each day.

Wed
20
Jun

WalkNEIowa.org highlights area healthcare providers prescribing walking to their patients

The folks at WalkNEIowa.org are back with a new spring campaign to get folks moving. The Walking Rx campaign shares the stories of northeast Iowan healthcare providers that are promoting walking to their patients as a way to support their happiness and health. Veterans Memorial Hospital is now sharing these stories highlighting their providers on social media. They can be accessed anytime on the WalkNEIowa.org website.

It is hoped that hearing these stories will inspire people to do some walking of their own, because this is not just a campaign; it is a long-term commitment to work together to incorporate walking, wellness and health into all local communities.

Wed
20
Jun

Be aware of ticks when venturing outdoors

by Sheryl Darling Mooney, RN, VMH Community and Home Care

It’s great to get out and enjoy the outdoors here in Allamakee County and Clayton counties, but remember to be vigilant about checking yourself and others with you for ticks. Examine your skin as best you can and use a hand held mirror if available. Fine toothed combs can also be used in helping to check your scalp. “I’d Like to Check You for Ticks”, isn’t just the catchy title to a country song, but a good idea to have someone else check the areas you can’t easily see.

There are ways to help decrease the likelihood of a tick bite or attachment:

- Treat dogs and cats for ticks
- Wear insect repellent containing the ingredient DEET (not recommended for children under two months of age)
- Wear permethrin-treated clothing
- Check yourself for ticks after being outdoors, especially after being out in the woods
- Shower soon after coming indoors.

Wed
20
Jun

June Fresh Conversations program to discuss Type 2 Diabetes - Myths and Facts

Eating sugar causes diabetes. All older adults develop diabetes as they age. Diabetes is contagious. Diabetes can be cured. Facts or myths?

All the statements above are myths. However, diabetes has become such a common disease that many times it’s hard to know what’s fact and what’s fiction. Fact - 29.1 million people have diabetes and over a third, 8.1 million, don’t know it. More than one out of 10 adults has diabetes.

Diabetes is a health condition that causes one’s blood sugar to be too high. High blood sugars can lead to other health problems, such as numb feet and fingers (neuropathy), heart disease and stroke, and difficulty seeing (retinopathy).

The good news is that one’s eating and activity lifestyle can help keep blood sugars in a healthy range.

Wed
20
Jun

Cancer Survivor Walk set for June 28

Veterans Memorial Hospital and Walk-On Waukon, the organization with a mission of improving sidewalks and walking access throughout the Waukon community, are teaming up to sponsor the 2018 Cancer Survivor Walk scheduled for Thursday, June 28. The inaugural event is focused on honoring friends and family who are cancer survivors, as well as those continuing to fight the disease, while at the same time raising funds for both the Walk-On Waukon organization and the American Cancer Society.

Wed
20
Jun

Diabetes Support Group to meet at VMH June 21

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, June 21 at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held at Veterans Memorial Hospital in the Large Conference Room, located on the lower level of the hospital.

This diabetes class is open to everyone who has diabetes or who has a friend or loved one with diabetes. For more information on the Diabetes Support Group, call Angie Mettille, RN at Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

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