Influenza 101: Reminders for Us All
The flu season is here and this year it’s making big headlines. Here are a few friendly reminders to get you through the last of this year’s flu season.
Follow the C’s to prevent infection:
- Clean your hands frequently. Soap & water work well – hand sanitizers are convenient.
- Cover your coughs & sneezes. Throw away tissues immediately and have lots of tissues available.
- Confine germs by staying home when you are ill.
- Clean your work area frequently. The disinfecting wipes work quickly to kill germs on desks, door handles, handrails, remotes, pens/pencils, and keyboards.
Symptoms of influenza include:
- Fever (greater than 100.0)
- Sore throat
- Nasal congestion
- Body aches
- Stomach symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea – are more common in children than adults)
Most importantly, if you are feeling under the weather or exhibiting any flu-like symptoms, consider staying home or away from others where you could possibly spread illness or germs. This is particularly important for anyone dealing with the public or those who may have compromised immune systems.
An important note for parents…
Understandably, keeping an ill child home from school or daycare is a burden for parents who don’t want to miss work, but the consequences of spreading this infection to others with weakened immune systems or chronic health problems could be fatal. Remember, you should keep your children home until they are 24 hours fever free without the use of any medication to keep the fever down. If your child does have any symptoms of influenza, consider having them checked out by a healthcare provider. When children are sick they need lots of fluids: water, pedialyte, popsicles, jello, etc. If they cannot keep these things down you may need to contact your health care provider. Running a humidifier in a child’s room can help with congestion as well as the use of cough drops for sore throat, and other over-the-counter products available at your pharmacy. Additionally, when people are ill, adults and children, they need lots of rest.
Simple Remedies for Common Ailments to be Focus of MRHC’s January Event
Simple remedies for common ailments, including the common cold, sore throat and others, will be the topic of Manning Regional Healthcare Center’s January Medical Mini-Series event.
“So often people assume the only cure for them is an antibiotic, however that’s not always the case. Sometimes the simplest remedy or an over-the-counter solution will work just as well, or better,” explains Jen Morris, pharmacist at MRHC.
During the hour-long informal and informative event on Thursday, January 15, at 5:00, Morris and Jill Arp, MRHC RN, will discuss several remedies for common ailments and signs that you or your loved one should seek medical attention. Morris will talk about the benefit of over-the-counter medications and when the right time to use an antibiotic might be.
In 2014, MRHC hosted monthly “Lunch & Learn” sessions, each focusing on a different topic. In 2015, MRHC will continue to host monthly educational sessions for the public, however they’ll be held in the evenings, typically at 5:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month.
“We’re hoping that by holding our monthly educational sessions in the evening, more of our community will be able to attend,” says Sarah Foley, MRHC marketing coordinator. These sessions are free and open to the public.
For additional information regarding MRHC Medical Mini-Series events, visit www.mrhcia.com or call (712) 655-2072.
MRHC to Host Photography Contest
Local Photos to be Utilized for Hospital Decor
Manning Regional Healthcare Center will be hosting a local photography contest to gather potential artwork to be used as hospital décor.
“We’ve debated several options for artwork to adorn our new facility, but the management team really feels that some of our best potential for artwork is right here, in our local communities,” explains John O’Brien, CEO.
Area shutterbugs are being asked to submit original, digital photographs that they’ve taken within a 60-mile radius of the MRHC campus. Digital photographs should be a minimum of 1 MB and can be submitted by email, on a disc or on a travel drive. All entries must be submitted by January 31, 2015, to be considered, and all entries become property of MRHC to be used in advertising and publicity once they’ve been submitted.
Entries will be reviewed by a committee in February to determine which photographs will be made into canvas art pieces to hang in MRHC hallways and patient areas.
“We’re not just looking for photographs of our hospital, employees or even our local community. Our patients come to us from all over and they have a variety of interests. Perhaps it’s a close-up of your favorite flower, a scenic sunset or a portrait of a local monument… all of these would make great art pieces for our wall,” adds O’Brien.
Click on this link for the official artwork contest poster and contest specifics. Questions may also be directed to Sarah Foley, marketing coordinator, (712) 655-8121 or email@example.com.
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. Our classes are currently scheduled as follows:
Please call Jackie Olson, RN and OB Coordinator, at (712) 655-8167 to schedule a class
Parents may also call to arrange alternate class dates and times if the above options do not work for a couple’s schedule. To schedule an alternative date/time, please call Jackie Olson, OB Coordinator, at (712) 655-8167.
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 Olson at (712) 655-8167 for more information.
Click here to sign up!