Health

Wed
27
Nov

Health Care Provider CPR offered December 18

Veterans Memorial Hospital will be offering the next recertification course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for health care providers (those working in health-related fields such as physicians, nurses, EMS, etc.) Wednesday, December 18, beginning at 5 p.m. This “Health Care Professional” CPR class will be held in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of the hospital.

All registrants should bring along their own pocket mask, if they have one. Upon successful completion of the class, the participant will receive an electronic card certifying them as a BLS Healthcare Provider for a two-year period.

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

Wed
20
Nov

Urgent Care now open; Other local health care options available


Urgent Care available at VMH ... Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon is now offering Urgent Care seven days a week. Urgent Care is designed for treating injuries or illnesses requiring immediate care, but not serious enough to require an emergency department visit. Patients may enter through the main entrance of the hospital, pictured above, and ask for Urgent Care. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon is now offering Urgent Care seven days a week.  Urgent Care is designed for treating injuries or illnesses requiring immediate care, but not serious enough to require an emergency department visit.

Urgent Care is now offered every Monday through Friday evening from 5-9 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Patients may enter through the main entrance of the hospital and ask for Urgent Care.  A registered nurse will assess each patient and decide if they meet criteria for urgent care. Urgent Care is first come, first serve with emergency patients taking precedence.

Wed
20
Nov

Continuous Glucose Monitoring at Veterans Memorial Hospital


Monitoring glucose levels with VMH Diabetes Education Program ... The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Education Program offers continuous glucose monitoring as an outpatient service. The Freestyle Libre Pro System offers the option of continuous glucose monitoring for three to 14 days. This system helps health care providers fine-tune their patients’ diabetes treatment plan, giving patients optimal control of their diabetes and their life. Once a physician has ordered a Continuous Glucose Monitoring Study, the diabetes educator is able to insert a tiny glucose sensor on the back of the patient’s arm. This procedure is quick and painless. The information in the sensor is downloaded by the diabetes educator using a hand-held reader, which generates a graphical report, such as the one pictured here, that can be shared with the patient’s provider. This information is a useful tool in modifying the patient’s medications, meal planning and activity routine to improve blood sugar control. Submitted photo.

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Education Program offers continuous glucose monitoring as an outpatient service. The Freestyle Libre Pro System offers the option of continuous glucose monitoring for three to 14 days. This system helps health care providers fine-tune their patients’ diabetes treatment plan, giving patients optimal control of their diabetes and their life.

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 onto graphs which can show the healthcare providers how a patient’s blood sugar trends throughout each day the sensor is worn.

Wed
20
Nov

Blood Donor Day set

The next Life Serve Blood Center blood drive will be held Monday, December 2 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, 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
Nov

EMT Class offered in Waukon starting in January

by the Allamakee EMS Association

Where you live may determine if you live...

This scary thought is becoming a familiar concern proposed to many rural Emergency Medical Service (EMS) coverage areas and could be our future.  What if there was no one available to take your call?

You can help. You can become an EMT!

Anyone you talk to in EMS chose that lifestyle because they genuinely want to help people. If you are interested in joining the EMS community, contact your local ambulance service and find out how!

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are needed in every community! NICC will be offering a face-to-face EMT Class in Waukon beginning in January. We hope to see this class full of new and enthusiastic people wanting to help others by joining a local EMS community.

Call NICC at 800-728-2256 to register for this January EMT Class in Waukon.  For more information, call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

Wed
20
Nov

Hospital Auxiliary Euchre Marathon

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding its monthly Euchre Marathon for all individuals of the community interested Thursday, November 21. 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. All proceeds go towards the Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital. Prizes will be awarded.

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.

Wed
20
Nov

Health Care Provider CPR offered December 18

Veterans Memorial Hospital will be offering the next recertification course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for health care providers (those working in health related fields such as physicians, nurses, EMS, etc.) Wednesday, December 18, beginning at 5 p.m. This “Health Care Professional” CPR class will be held in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of the hospital.

All registrants should bring along their own pocket mask, if they have one. Upon successful completion of the class, the participant will receive an electronic card certifying them as a BLS Healthcare Provider for a two-year period.

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

Wed
20
Nov

Allamakee County Relief Office to host “We Care” Christmas Tree at Hartig Drug

The Allamakee County Relief Office is hosting its “We Care” Christmas Tree, which is located at Hartig Drug on Main Street in Waukon this year. The “We Care” tree will have tags to be selected from the tree with general information about Christmas gift ideas for children living in Allamakee County who are less fortunate.

Based on the information on the tag, those gifts can be purchased and returned to the Allamakee County Relief Office in Waukon by December 10 for distribution to those children in time for Christmas. For more information about the “We Care” Christmas Tree, call the Allamakee County Relief Office at 563-568-3591.
 

Wed
20
Nov

Diabetes Support Group to meet

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

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
Nov

Grief Support Group will meet again in 2020

The local Grief Support Group will not be meeting at Veterans Memorial Hospital until after the first of the year, 2020. When the January date is set, notice of the next meeting will be published.

The Grief Support Group is open to anyone suffering from any type of loss, whether it be death, divorce, illness or some other grief.

Watch for the announcement for the date of the next Grief Support Group or call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411 with questions.
 

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