Health

Wed
09
May

Protecting against the measles

With a recent confirmed case of measles in the southwest Wisconsin area and contact that patient had in La Crosse and Trempealeau County establishments, Gundersen Health System shares the following steps to take if anyone suspects they were exposed to measles and to prevent the spread of measles.

Get vaccinated. If a person, their child or family member(s) have not received the MMR vaccine (two doses for school-aged children and adults; one dose for preschool-aged children), they should strongly consider making an appointment to be vaccinated. The measles vaccine is considered one of the most effective vaccines that exists; one dose is 93 percent effective in preventing the measles and two doses is 97 percent effective.

Individuals are communicable, or contagious, with the onset of cold-like symptoms including:

Wed
02
May

April was National Occupational Therapy Month: Lymphedema


The Occupational Therapy Staff at Veterans Memorial Hospital recently recognized Occupational Therapy Month, the month of April, with a series of informative news articles. This final article outlines lymphedema including forms of treatment and care. Pictured at right is Tami Gebel, Occupational Therapist at Veterans Memorial Hospital, with Penny Wheeler, C.N.A. at Veterans Memorial Hospital and also an occupational therapy patient for lymphedema. Submitted photo.

by Tami Gebel, OTR/L at Veterans Memorial Hospital

Lymphedema is the chronic or persistent swelling of a body part due to an obstruction of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system lies underneath the skin and works closely with the blood circulation system as it transports fluids throughout the body to lymph nodes. While in the lymph nodes, the fluid is “cleaned” of bacteria, viruses, and other unwanted materials. The “clean” fluid is then sent to the blood and re-circulated throughout the body.

Lymphedema occurs when the lymphatic system is damaged and unable to move the fluid, therefore the fluid collects in the body part and swelling develops. Damage to the lymphatic systems occurs when there is surgery, mastectomy, lymph node removal, radiation, or injury to skin tissue, such as a burn.

Wed
02
May

Diabetes support group to meet

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, May 17 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
02
May

VMH Auxiliary Euchre Marathon to be held

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding its monthly Euchre Marathon for all individuals of the community interested Thursday, May 17. Men and women are welcome to attend, even if not an Auxiliary member. The Euchre marathons are held the third Thursday of each month at the Senior Citizens Room at the Waukon Wellness Center.

The Auxiliary’s Euchre Marathons begin at 11:30 a.m. with dinner, if chosen.  Call Northland Agency on Aging at 877-838-8077 if choosing to eat dinner. Card playing will follow at 12:30 p.m. until approximately 2:30 p.m.  Anyone wishing to stay and play cards following the Senior Citizens meal is more than welcome to do so.

Anyone interested in attending, but preferring to play Bridge is also welcome to join in.  It is asked that they come with their own table of four players, however.

For more information, call Auxiliary President Nona Sawyer, at 563-568-3105.
 

Wed
02
May

Blood donations matter: Blood drive scheduled for this Thursday

How much blood is needed by certain patients? Here are some facts from the LifeServe Blood Center:

· Cancer patients can use up to eight units of blood a month.
· Bone Marrow Transplant patients can use up to two units a day.
· Cardiovascular Surgery patients can use between two and 25 units.
· Liver Transplant patients can use up to 100 units.
· Auto/Trauma Accident patients can use from five to 100 units.
· Premature infants can use from one to four units.
· Burn victims can use up to 20 units of platelets.
· Heart surgery patients can use up from three to eight units of red cells and one to 10 units of platelets.
· Organ transplant patients can use 10-30 units of blood.

The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Thursday, May 3 from 12:30-5 p.m. The blood drive will be held at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon.

Wed
02
May

Health Care Provider CPR

Veterans Memorial Hospital will be offering a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for health care providers (those working in health related fields such as physicians, nurses, EMTs, etc.) Monday, May 14, beginning at 5:30 p.m. This “Health Care Professional” CPR class 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 and all registrants should bring along their own pocket mask. The card received with the course does certify attendants in CPR for two years.

Pre-registration plus a minimum of three participants is required. For more information and to register for the “Health Care Provider” CPR Course, call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.

Wed
02
May

Grief support group May 8

The local Grief Support Group will hold its monthly meeting at Veterans Memorial Hospital Tuesday, May 8 at 5 p.m. in the Education Conference Room. This informal meeting is open to anyone suffering from any type of loss, whether it be death, divorce, illness or some other grief. Feel free to attend and bring a friend. This grief support group now meets the second Tuesday of each month at Veterans Memorial Hospital.
 

Wed
02
May

Caregiver support group to meet

A new, local Caregiver Support Group has begun meeting monthly at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. The meetings are taking place the third Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m.

The next meeting of the support group will be held Monday, May 21 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Large Conference Room, located on the lower level of Veterans Memorial Hospital.

This informal meeting is open to anyone who provides care and support for a family member or friend. Feel free to attend and bring a friend. This new Caregiver Support Group will continue to meet the third Monday of each month at Veterans Memorial Hospital.
 

Wed
02
May

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Vernon Shogren by Arlen and Karlene Wonderlich, Randy and Lori Hesse, Ernie and Donnalee Osland, Ken and Gloria Krambeer, John and Lorna Kerndt, Orrin and Nan Grangaard, Jane Dietrich, Dorothy Sandry and Russ and Mary Jo Meyer.

Memorials were also received in memory of Maloy Johanningmeier by Dave and Laurie Martin, in memory of Don Breitsprecher by Jackie Westby, in memory of Blaine Schultz by Mary Ann Hager, and in memory of Ralph and Joann Welch by the family of Ralph and Joann Welch.

Memorials were also received in memory of Pastor Lynn Groe by JoAnn Peake, Meg Schaller and Brad and Erin Berns.

Wed
25
Apr

National Laboratory Month; Veterans Memorial Hospital Lab brings more testing in-house


In-house lab testing at VMH... Recently, the Veterans Memorial Hospital Laboratory, with the help of the Health Care Foundation, added a new piece of equipment to allow more testing to be performed in-house. This new GI Panel Analyzer was purchased with the help of the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation and tests for 22 of the most significant causes of infectious diarrheal illnesses, including bacteria, parasites and viruses. With this new machine now in-house, the test only takes a little over an hour. Pictured with the new GI Panel Analyzer is Medical Laboratory Technicians Michelle Benda, M.L.T., at left, with Jenna Rosendahl, M.L.T., at right. Submitted photo.

April is National Laboratory Month. Recently, the Veterans Memorial Hospital Laboratory, with the help of the Health Care Foundation, added a new piece of equipment to allow for more testing to be performed in-house. 

The need for fast, sensitive and specific results for causes of diarrheal illness are extremely important. The new GI Panel Analyzer is very beneficial to that aspect. A GI Panel tests for 22 of the most significant causes of infectious diarrheal illnesses, including bacteria, parasites and viruses. This analyzer tests for these organisms’ DNA, making it extremely sensitive and specific. Plus, with this new machine now in-house, the test only takes a little over an hour.

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