While the people throughout Adair County continue to be our most valuable asset, we are also focused on transforming our delivery of care through the use of technology. Many at Adair County Health System are gearing up for the rollout of Cerner, a new electronic patient medical record that is set to go live on June 8th at midnight. The health system began its journey back in July 2013. In order for us to stay compliant with governmental guidelines, we needed to decide on our electronic medical record. Staff and providers were asked to evaluate several different EMR vendors. Results of demonstrations and surveys were evaluated, and it was decided to implement Cerner. We hope this will be a seamless process that goes unnoticed by our patients. We do know there may be a potential for our patients to experience a slight delay in check-in times and other processes during [ … ]
As we leave the cold winter behind and roll into spring there are many exciting things happening at Adair County Health System. We continue to grow and look for new ways of providing convenient access of care throughout Adair County. Recently, we have expanded our specialty clinic services to include Iowa Ortho. We are excited to welcome, Michael Gainer, M.D., specializing in hand and upper extremity surgery; John Netrour, M.D., hip and knee surgery; and Anthony Stark, D.O., physical medicine and rehabilitation.
In October, we completed our 3P project that centered on the renovation of our current operating room, admitting/registration area, and ambulance drop off. Our next steps will include public tours and community meetings to share the plans for the spaces and invite ideas from the public.
Our growth is expanding beyond the bricks of the hospital walls. We are working to improve the overall health and wellness of the community [ … ]
1. A method of guiding people through behavior change.
2. Utilizes a strong compelling vision, goal setting, accountability, and support.
3. Focus is on the client.
4. Coaches help to identify strengths, barriers, strategies, and motivators to aid in behavior change.
Clients decide what they want to work on; coaches guide clients through the coaching process. Coaching focuses on helping clients grow and become experts of their own well being. Coaching has been around about 20 years. Coaches have been used in a variety of ways. The coaches work with People who have chronic illness, to make sure they get the care they need.
It is common for Patients to ask for answers or “Quick fixes”. The Health Coach believes you are the expert on you. However I can give you evidence that shows what other people have done and what has worked. Patient outcomes improve when they are an active collaborator in their treatment. Empowering Patients involves exploring [ … ]
Each year, exposure to cold, vehicle accidents caused by wintery roads, and fires caused by the improper use of heaters injure and kill hundreds of people. These and other winter weather hazards have a significant threat to human health and safety. Major winter storms can include high winds, freezing rain or sleet, heavy snowfall, and dangerously cold temperatures. The aftermath of a winter storm can last for days, weeks, or even months. To know what you should prepared for, it is important to know what different types of advisories, watches and warnings that are issued during winter weather:
Winter Weather Advisory:
Accumulations of snow, freezing rain and/or sleet may cause significant inconveniences and could lead to life-threatening situations.
Winter Storm Watch:
Winter storm conditions are possible in the next 12 to 48 hours.
Winter Storm Warning:
Issued when hazardous weather in the form of heavy snow, heavy freezing rain and/or heavy sleet is occurring or [ … ]
Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is important for overall health and can help you prevent and control many diseases and conditions. If you are overweight or obese, you are at higher risk of developing serious health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, gallstones, breathing problems, and certain cancers. That is why maintaining a healthy weight is so important: It helps you lower your risk for developing these problems, helps you feel good about yourself, and gives you more energy to enjoy life.
What Is Overweight and Obesity?
Overweight is having extra body weight from muscle, bone, fat, and/or water. Obesity is having a high amount of extra body fat. Body mass index (BMI) is a useful measure of overweight and obesity. Talk to your health care provider if you are concerned about your BMI.
What Factors Contribute To a Healthy Weight?
Many factors can contribute to a person’s weight. [ … ]
Over time high blood sugars cause damage to large and small blood vessels. This damage increases the risk of problems with the heart, eyes, kidneys, feet, and legs. High blood sugars also damage nerves throughout the body. The purpose of treating diabetes is to keep the blood sugar as close to normal as possible. When the blood sugar is kept close to normal you can prevent these problems. A normal blood sugar is fasting under 100 and random (non fasting anytime of the day is under 140).
People with diabetes are 10 times more likely to have a lower limb amputated than those without diabetes. Diabetes can cause or contribute to a number of eye diseases, from retinal bleeding and swelling to cataracts and glaucoma.
Patients with leg pain should report it to their Physicians. People with risk factors such as Hypertension or Diabetes should take care of the medical conditions that [ … ]
Heart failure also known as congestive heart failure occurs when your heart muscle doesn’t pump blood as well as it should. Conditions such as narrowed arteries in your heart (coronary artery disease) or high blood pressure untreated over a period of time gradually leave your heart to weak or stiff to fill and pump well or as normal.
Signs of CHF Shortness of breath, Fatigue and weakness, Swelling of your legs or feet, Rapid or irregular heartbeat, Reduced ability to exercise, persistent cough or wheezing, increased need to urinate at night, swelling of your abdomen, sudden weight gain for no reason no change in diet habits, Lack of appetite and nausea, elevated blood pressure, and even chest pain.
When to see a doctor
See your doctor if you think you might be experiencing signs or symptoms of heart failure. Seek emergency treatment if you experience any of the following:
Fainting or severe weakness
Rapid [ … ]
People are tempted to take prenatal vitamins because of unproven claims that they make your hair thicker and nails stronger.
They are not suitable if you are not pregnant and not planning to become pregnant. Prenatal vitamins are made specifically for women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, and women who are breast-feeding.
Folic acid Women who are trying to get pregnant or are pregnant need 600mcg (micrograms) through diet and supplements. Healthy adults need only 400mcg, while uncommon getting to much folic acid can mask the symptoms of B-12 deficiency and delay diagnosis and treatment.
Iron While pregnant it is recommended women take 27mg (milligrams) a day. Women between the ages of 19 and 50 who aren’t pregnant need only 18mg a day, and women over age 51 and all adult males need 8mg a day. Getting to much iron can be toxic because it can build up in your [ … ]
By Cassie Rasmussen, DO
It’s that time of year again! Time to receive your influenza vaccination or “flu shot”. Influenza is a highly contagious virus that spreads around the country usually between October and May. Symptoms of the flu come on suddenly and consist of fevers, chills, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, cough, headache and nasal congestion. One of the top ways to prevent contracting influenza is by receiving your yearly vaccination.
Flu viruses are frequently changing. Each year’s influenza vaccine protects against the 3 or 4 most common flu viruses expected for the year. Children six months through eight years of age should receive two doses of the vaccine, at least one month apart, the first year they get vaccinated. All other people only need to receive one dose each year. A “high dose” influenza vaccine is available for people 65 years of age and older.
There are three types of influenza [ … ]