The 9Health Fair is this Saturday, April 21, from 7 a.m. to noon. Get all your health screenings done in one day, and for free or a reduced cost! How can it get any better? Returning this year is the free rheumatoid arthritis screening, and a newer feature is the Total Wellness Zone – where you can learn about whole body health and how to keep yourself well for years to come. You can register online for the health fair at 9healthfair.org, so your check-in process on Saturday will be faster.
This morning’s active shooter drill was a valuable learning experience for everyone who participated. All those involved in the drill were called together at 8:30 a.m. to begin simulating a surge in patients occurring as a result of an active shooter situation. Our “patients” were student volunteers from Colorado Christian University. The volunteers were great – made up in faux blood – they were very convincing. Clinical staff in the ED, Med/Surg/Tele, ICU and OR areas were given the chance to triage, “treat” and transfer patients in real time as the overall situation changed. Thinking on their feet, many of our staff came up with creative ideas to solve problems, and teamed up to help each other when it was needed.
As we had hoped, the drill ran smoothly, and gave us plenty of information and practice to use in the event that a real disaster situation should occur. Thanks to everyone who played a part, we could not have made this happen without each of you!
Recently our very own Platte Valley Ambulance Service was selected by local Daisy Troop 65806 as their Home Town Heroes! As thanks, the troop raised donations to purchase 115 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies for PVAS to enjoy, and earlier this month they stopped by to present the treats to our medics. The girls got to tour the ambulances and say hello to our Ambulance staff. The troop had tons of fun, and our medics were very grateful for their cookies.
For the next three weeks, Platte Valley will be focusing on hand hygiene awareness. Practicing great hand hygiene is not only the best way to protect our patients, it’s also expected as a part of our behavior standards. And, who knows, you may get caught hand washing and be rewarded with a $1 off coupon for the Bistro!
Stay tuned to the ICE for the next 3 weeks for more information on great hand hygiene.
When and How to Wear Gloves
- Wearing gloves is not a substitute for hand hygiene. Dirty gloves can soil hands.
- Always clean your hands after removing gloves.
- Steps for Glove Use:
- Choose the right size and type of gloves for the task
- Put on gloves before touching a patient’s non-intact skin, open wounds or mucous membranes, such as the mouth, nose, and eyes
- Change gloves during patient care if the hands will move from a contaminated body-site (e.g., perineal area) to a clean body-site (e.g., face)
- Remove gloves after contact with a patient and/or the surrounding environment (including medical equipment) using proper technique to prevent hand contamination
- Failure to remove gloves after caring for a patient may lead to the spread of potentially deadly germs from one patient to another
- Do not wear the same pair of gloves for the care of more than one patient
- Germs can live under artificial fingernails both before and after using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and handwashing
- It is recommended that healthcare providers do not wear artificial fingernails or extensions when having direct contact with patients at high risk (e.g., those in intensive-care units or operating rooms)
- Keep natural nail tips less than ¼ inch long
- Some studies have shown that skin underneath rings contains more germs than comparable areas of skin on fingers without rings
- Further studies are needed to determine if wearing rings results in an increased spread of potentially deadly germs
Beginning May 1, both CLI telephone and Stratus video interpreters will be asking the department units and Platte Valley Medical Group clinics for their specific eight (8) digit account number when using their services. We will no longer use the four digit department account numbers. For your convenience, the correct number has been placed on every Stratus iPad. For CLI telephone interpreters, the unit directors and clinic managers can provide you with the appropriate account number for that specific unit. You can also contact Lidia Puga for further information at 303-498-1905 or by e-mail at Lidia.Puga@sclhs.net.