Harvest Lunches Focus on Safety this Harvest Season
Harvest season is a busy and important time for many of our local communities. It can also be a dangerous time with many working long hours and taking few breaks, needed machinery fixes and more. To help remind those in agriculture of the importance of being safe during the harvest season, Manning Regional Healthcare Center recently handed out harvest lunches and safety reminders to those hauling grain into AGP Manning.
On Wednesday, October 7, MRHC handed out paper-bag lunches and bottles of water to farmers and drivers delivering grain to AGP. Included with the lunches were safety reminders about the importance of taking breaks when feeling tired, staying hydrated and making sure to turn equipment and PTO’s off before doing any repairs or maintenance.
Also included in each bag were a dust mask and ear plugs. Common diseases and ailments those in agriculture suffer from include:
- Hearing loss from frequent exposure to equipment noise,
- COPD, Emphysema and other breathing ailments due to frequent exposure to dust and particles,
- And skin cancers and melanoma from exposure to the sun, often without sunscreens.
On the note included in the bag was a friendly reminder to use ear and hearing protection, dust masks and sunscreens when exposed to these elements.
According to the most recent Iowa State University Extension study regarding annual farm related accidents, more than 1,000 farm related injuries occur annually, with approximately 150 of them resulting in hospitalization and 38 of those accidents being fatal. The leading cause of farm-related injuries in Iowa during the last decade included slips and falls (20 percent of all injuries), animals (19 percent) and injuries that occurred when a person was struck by something other than a machine (23 percent). Acute chemical injury accounted for one percent of the total reported injuries. Tractors remain the number one killer of Iowa farmers. And sadly, youth aged 19 and younger made up 16 percent of the total farm-related injuries with five children under the age of 19 dying as a result of those injuries.
MRHC to Host Flu Shot Clinic Saturday, October 10
As the fall season starts to approach, so does the infamous flu season.
Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others.
“It’s important that everyone consider the flu shot, not only for themselves but for their families. As a family, business or community, the more we can do to stop the spread of influenza, the better off we’ll be as a whole. The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a vaccine,” explains Jill Arp, RN, MRHC infection control.
Who Should Get Vaccinated?
Everyone who is at least 6 months of age should get a flu vaccine this season. It’s especially important for some people to get vaccinated, including:
- Children under the age of 5 years old
- Adults over the age of 65 years old
- Pregnant women
- American Indians and Alaskan Natives
- People with chronic medical conditions
- People with weakened immune systems
Additionally, the following individuals should strongly consider flu vaccinations:
- Health care workers
- People who live in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities
- Household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
- Household contacts and caregivers of children
- Daycare providers
- Teachers and educators
Strides of Hope Relay for Life Team Hopes to “Light Up the Night”
For the second year, Manning Regional Healthcare Center’s Relay for Life Team, Strides of Hope, is hoping to “light up the Night” in area communities. In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Strides of Hope team is selling standard pink light bulbs to be displayed at area homes in the evening and dark hours.
“We had a lot of fun with this promotion last year and it was great to drive around our local community and see all of the pink porch lights and pink lights on houses. You could literally see how supportive our community is of the fight against cancer,” said Elaine Macumber, MRHC’s Strides of Hope team co-captain.
The light bulbs are being sold at MRHC for $5 per bulb, with the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life program. Those who purchase a bulb are asked to light the bulb at their home or business during the month of October to light up the night and show support for breast cancer awareness and research. Questions can be directed to Sarah Foley, (712) 655-2072 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manning Regional Healthcare Center presents it’s October Medical Mini-Series:
Understanding the Common Cough
If you’re confused about coughs, rest assured you can get a good sense of what’s ailing you or your loved one by keeping an eye on a few cues and symptoms. Join us at MRHC’s October Medical Mini-Series as Nate Fuller, PA-C, helps you decode the common cough with some helpful advice and tips.
Understanding the Common Cough
Thursday, October 8, 5:00—6:00 p.m.
MRHC—West Campus, Conference Room 1
Join us as we discuss common coughs and symptoms, what to look for and when to call your health care provider. From the mucus-filled cough to the barking and wheezing coughs, Nate Fuller, PA-C, will talk about six primary types of coughs, their symptoms and how to treat them.
Light snacks and refreshments will be served. No need to RSVP in advance. These meetings are open to the public and there is no charge to attend. Questions? Call Sarah Foley at 655-8121.
Mommy Marketplace Taking Program Applicants
MRHC’s Mommy Marketplace is now taking program applicants. Program participants must be expecting a child and/or have a child under the age of 2 years old to participate. An application is available by contacting Jackie Blackwell at (712) 655-8167, Jill Arp at (712) 655-8170, or by requesting an application from the MRHC – Clinic. Once an application has been approved, a program participant will receive a points book, which will be used to catalog prenatal visits, well child visits, educational opportunities attended and more. Each of these well child and well family events earns the participants “points.” The points may then be redeemed for items from the Mommy Marketplace. Available items include diapers, formula, clothing, feeding supplies and other well child items.
“This Mommy Marketplace program is free to participate in and open to any new or expecting mothers and fathers, and those with children up to two years of age. You don’t need to be an MRHC patient to participate, our primary goal is healthy and happy babies and families,” explains Jackie Olson, MRHC’s OB coordinator.
Mommy Marketplace inventory is provided through donations and grants. For more information contact Olson at (712) 655-8167 or call (712) 655-2072.
2013 Community Health Needs Assessment Report Released
The 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment Report is now available by clicking on the link below. Printed versions will also be available at the Manning Regional Healthcare Center hospital lobby and the Manning Regional Healthcare Center – Clinic. These reports summarize the findings of a comprehensive community health care needs survey.
COMPLETE 2013 CHNA REPORT
From Small Beginnings…Come Great Things: Prenatal Classes Scheduled
Congratulations on becoming a parent. It is a very joyous and exciting journey, but at the same time, you may feel nervous about what to expect. At Manning Regional Healthcare Center, we want to help you through the labor and delivery process by offering prenatal classes to help you prepare for your new arrival.
To schedule a prenatal class, please call Jackie Blackwell, RN and OB Coordinator, at (712) 655-8167 to schedule a class
During the class, we spend time discussing a wide variety of topics: from what to pack for the hospital, when to come to the hospital, what to expect during labor and how to take care of yourself and your new baby after delivery.
Snacks and beverages are provided, along with samples and handouts with helpful information for you to take home. The cost for the class is $25 per couple. We look forward to seeing you there.
If you have additional questions, please contact Jackie Blackwell at (712) 655-8167 for more information.