Be Safe for Summer Fun
Summertime is upon us. School is out for kids, and the weather is warming up which leads to increased activity outside. It would be wise to prepare for summertime activities with some safety precautions. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Supply everything you need for a safe trip or just to safely enjoy your leisure time outdoors.
Summertime preparedness includes (but is not limited to):
- staying hydrated
- protecting the skin
- defending against insects
- packing the right clothing and equipment
- water safety
- proper food preparation and
- being aware of potential environmental hazards.
According to the American Red Cross, when hiking in the mountains, “falls are the biggest threat, many due to poor decision-making, lack of skill or not being properly prepared.” Be aware of your surroundings such as cliffs, steep slopes and the like, and make sure to stay close to the designated trails. Be sure to stay hydrated and by bringing water to drink, especially while away from civilization. Hiking can be especially dangerous without the proper supplies, food, and water. Heat exhaustion and dehydration are a real danger.
To protect against the sun a helpful resource is the UV Index Search provided by The Environmental Protection Agency allows you to see the level of ultraviolet radiation in your area. Be sure to stay in the shade, wear sunglasses, hats, and clothing that keeps your skin protected. Try to avoid being out in the most intense hours of the day. Sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher is recommended to those with sensitive skin. Apply sunscreen regularly.
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Madison Memorial Hospital Earns 2017 Qualis Health Quality Award
Madison Memorial Hospital earned the Award of Excellence from Qualis Health for the hospital’s “Quality-Driven Medication Reconciliation” program.
“Medication safety is crucial during times of care transition,” said Mikel Barr, RN, Director of Quality at Madison Memorial.
“But when a patient is admitted to the hospital, it is not uncommon for their primary care physician to be uninvolved with their care. In cases like these a patient may experience interruptions in medications for chronic conditions, variations in the dosage of those medications, or even be prescribed new medications. These changes can result in flare-ups of the chronic condition, may affect the patient’s ability to recover from the acute condition for which they were hospitalized, or cause dangerous drug interactions.”
To address this disconnect, Madison Memorial Hospital piloted an innovative medication reconciliation program, with the aim of improving patient safety by preventing adverse drug events, and reducing hospital readmissions.
At the focus of the program, certified pharmacy technicians complete a medication reconciliation review with patients and families on admission. Their goal is to fully communicate with patients and families so that the patient has a clear understanding of the medications they should be taking when they leave the hospital or move to the next level of care.
As a result, Madison Memorial has reduced its number of medication reconciliation errors significantly, with the effect of reducing the number of adverse drug events from 30 in 2015 to 12 in 2016, and readmissions from 92 in 2015 to 70 in 2016.
Qualis Health is one of the nation’s leading population health management organizations, and it distinguished Madison Memorial Hospital along with other medical organizations throughout Idaho for continued improvement in healthcare quality and outcomes.
Award recipients were recognized during a ceremony at the Idaho Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Conference in Boise, Idaho. Kelly McGrath, MD, MS, Qualis Health Idaho Medical Director, presented the awards.
The awards recognize those who demonstrate outcomes to the three broad aims outlined in the National Quality Strategy:
• Better healthcare (for individuals)
• Better health (for populations)
• Reduced costs through improvement
I was preparing for my wedding four years ago, I began to experience mild numbness and tingling in my hands. The sensation wouldn’t dissipate, and coworkers’ opinions and stories about conditions such as diabetes and heart disease weren’t helping. The longer the numbness lasted, the greater my anxiety grew. Was something seriously wrong? Would the happy future I was envisioning as my wedding date drew closer be compromised by a health condition of which I was unaware?
Had I not been experiencing intense uncertainty, I probably wouldn’t have cared that my office was offering biometric screenings for all employees. But health was on my mind, and my worries drove me to set an appointment. The screening was surprisingly short and simple. It was painless. Taken together, the questions and general procedures I completed lasted no more than 15 minutes. The results, however, brought lasting peace of mind.
Screenings are about timing. Sadly, too many Americans recognize the value of screenings only after being diagnosed with a late-stage illness. Up to half of all premature or early deaths in the United States are due to preventable factors, according to a report by the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine. Prevention often depends on early detection, and early detection often depends on screenings.
My own experience with screenings has increased my awareness of their importance and my gratitude for the local health care establishments that promote them. At the Madison Community Wellness Fair, health care professionals will be available to provide information about screenings to men, women, and children at all stages of life. It took me fifteen minutes to ease months of worry—but that same fifteen minutes just as easily could have saved my life.
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Organizational Communication and Advocacy Major at BYU-Idaho