Health

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Mar

Diabetes Alert Day March 26


Diabetes team members at VMH ... Stay Alert when managing diabetes is the advice from the Diabetes Team at Veterans Memorial Hospital. Pictured above, left to right, are diabetic team members Jill Fleming, Dietitian and Angie Mettille, RN, Diabetic Educator at VMH. Submitted photo.

By Angie Mettille, RN
Diabetic Educator
Veterans Memorial Hospital

Living with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes can make you feel like you have more daily tasks than someone who does not have diabetes. Whether it’s checking your blood sugars, monitoring your carbohydrates, exercising, or taking medications and insulin injections, you probably often feel overwhelmed with your day to day routine.

It is normal to get so caught up in a daily routine that you may forget about the less frequent, but just as important, annual or bi-annual exams that can help you attain the high quality of life you are working towards daily. Dilated pupil exams, dental exams, foot exams, immunizations such as the influenza vaccine, and visits with your diabetes healthcare team are all time-worthy appointments to fit into your calendar.

Wed
27
Mar

Babysitting Seminar April 13

Veterans Memorial Hospital will sponsor a Babysitting Seminar Saturday, April 13 from 8:30 a.m.-12 Noon. The class will be held in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of Veterans Memorial Hospital.

Intended participants are individuals 10 years of age and older who are responsible for their own care after school until their parents come home from work, and individuals who care for other children in or outside of their own home. Girls are not the sole babysitters in this society. Boys are also welcome and encouraged to attend.

Topics to be covered include fire and personal safety, accident prevention and emergency actions, nutritious snacks and basic care of children.

Wed
27
Mar

SIDS informative open house to be held March 28

Thursday afternoon, March 28 from 2-5 p.m., anyone from the general public is welcome to stop into the main entrance of Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon for information on how to decrease the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Patty Keeley, Executive Director of the Iowa SIDS Foundation, will be on site to share information on safe sleep for infants, current safe sleep recommendations and resources about the Iowa SIDS Foundation. This is an informal opportunity to ask questions about safe sleep for infants as well.

This open house is available for anyone in the community - those expecting their first child, anyone with young children, any grandparents, anyone who cares for young children or anyone who is just interested in learning the newest facts on safe sleep for infants.

For additional information, call Cheryl Livingston, Paramedic at Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.

Wed
27
Mar

Prepared Childbirth Education Class to be offered at VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital will begin the next Prepared Childbirth Education classes (formerly called Lamaze) Monday, April 8, and will continue for two more consecutive Monday evenings beginning at 6 p.m. in the Large Conference Room.

Preregistration is necessary, as seats are limited. Contact Machelle Bulman, RN at 563-568-3411, or register online at www.veteransmemorialhospital.com.  The hospital’s next Prepared Childbirth Education courses are scheduled for July.
 

Wed
27
Mar

Waukon Community Blood Drive scheduled for April 1 through Life Serve Blood Center

The next Life Serve Blood Center blood drive will be held Monday, April 1 from 12-5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon.  The LifeServe Blood Center supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital with its blood and blood products.

The LifeServe Blood Center seeks 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.

How much does one blood donation help? The LifeServe Blood Center states that one blood donation can do the following:

• Cancer: up to eight platelet units per week
• Burn Victims: Up to 20 plasma units
• Automobile Accidents: Up to 50 red blood cell units.
• Premature Infants:  Up to five units
• Heart Surgery: Up to six red blood cell units plus six platelet units
• Organ Transplants: Up to 25 plasma units plus 30 platlet units plus 40 red blood cell units.

Wed
20
Mar

March is Athletic Training Month; Local athletic trainer Brad Krambeer covers area schools


Athletic Training at VMH ... March is National Athletic Training Month. Pictured above is Brad Krambeer, Athletic Trainer at Veterans Memorial Hospital, with sports patient Keri Picha of the MFL/Mar Mac School District, who has been working with Krambeer since January following surgery at Gundersen Health for a torn ACL and meniscus. Krambeer provides full coverage in Waukon for all sports and also attends all football games and all home wrestling meets. He travels to Kee High School in Lansing two days per week to provide injury assessment of any type of sports injuries that may have occurred. If a student has an injury that needs to be assessed, the student should contact their coach or school office, who can then contact Krambeer to complete the assessment, which can be performed at the school or at the hospital. Submitted photo.

March is National Athletic Training Month.  Brad Krambeer, A.T.C., L.A.T., is the Athletic Trainer at Veterans Memorial Hospital. He has served the Allamakee Community School athletes since 1992, and has since begun offering athletic training services at Eastern Allamakee Community Schools as well.  “I truly enjoy my work with the kids at the schools and especially watching them compete,” states Krambeer.

Athletic trainers help treat and prevent injuries for people of all ages from athletes to laborers. They specialize in the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of physical injuries to the muscle, ligament and bone, as well as rehabilitation following surgery. Athletic trainers are also key in teaching injury prevention by explaining flexibility exercises, proper use of equipment and applying prevention devices such as tape, bandages and braces.

Wed
20
Mar

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week: Pulmonary Rehabilitation helps for better function day to day


Pulmonary Rehabilitation at VMH ... Pictured above is pulmonary rehabilitation patient Joan Gisleson of Luana with Amy Rolfs, RN, during a pulmonary rehabilitation session at Veterans Memorial Hospital. Submitted photo.

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program offered at Veterans Memorial Hospital that teaches a person to live and breathe better with chronic lung disease. Conditions such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, restrictive lung disease and cystic fibrosis can make doing every day activities difficult due to shortness of breath and low activity tolerance. Participation in a pulmonary rehab program can help increase strength, manage shortness of breath, decrease anxiety and depression and implement a consistent at-home exercise program.

Wed
20
Mar

Diabetes Support Group to meet at Veterans Memorial Hospital

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, March 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 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.
 

Wed
20
Mar

Babysitting Seminar set for April 13 at VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital will sponsor a Babysitting Seminar Saturday, April 13 from 8:30 a.m. - Noon. The class will be held in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon.

Intended participants are individuals 10 years of age and older who are responsible for their own care after school until their parents come home from work, and individuals who care for other children in or outside of their own home. Girls are not the sole baby-sitters in this society. Boys are also welcome and encouraged to attend.

Topics to be covered include fire and personal safety, accident prevention and emergency actions, nutritious snacks and basic care of children.

Wed
20
Mar

Community CPR for child care providers and lay people offered at VMH March 20

Veterans Memorial Hospital in cooperation with the American Heart Association is offering a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for lay people (those not working in healthcare), which includes child care providers, Wednesday, March 20 from 5-8 p.m.

The CPR class, which will cover adult, child and infant CPR, will be held in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of the hospital. The cost of the class, for certification or recertification, is the same. The card received with the course does certify attendants in CPR for two years.

CPR is administered when someone’s breathing, pulse, or both, stop. When both of them stop, the victim has suffered sudden death, which can be caused by poisoning, drowning, choking, suffocation, electrocution, smoke inhalation, or the most common cause, heart attack.

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