Studies have found that an estimated 10% of patients self-report as being penicillin allergic but 9 out of 10 of those patients reporting a penicillin allergy are not truly allergic. Inaccurate diagnoses of a penicillin allergy can adversely impact medical costs for both patients and healthcare systems. Patients labeled penicillin-allergic have a threefold increased risk of adverse events. Correctly identifying those who are not actually allergic can improve antibiotic prescribing and combat the risk of super-bugs by allowing patients access to safer, less toxic antibiotics.
September is National Preparedness Month. After you have developed your emergency plan, you should build a kit to support you and your family during emergencies. Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with all the items on the Recommended Supplies List which you can view here. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find, and any one of them could save your life.
There will be a flu shot clinic on Sept. 25 from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre across from the Employee Health Office. This is a great opportunity for employees to receive their mandatory flu shot and get their sticker for their badge.
September is National Preparedness Month. One way to be prepared is to get involved in your community, especially before a disaster occurs. Community leaders agree that the formula for ensuring a safer homeland consists of trained volunteers and informed individuals working to increase the support of emergency response agencies during disasters. Major disasters can overwhelm first responder agencies, empowering individuals to lend support.
Week 1 - Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends
Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area. Know how you will contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that is familiar and easy to find.
Step 1: Put together a plan by discussing these four questions with your family, friends or household to start your emergency plan.
Dr. Mustafa Aman, Guthrie Weight Loss Center bariatric surgeon, will be presenting “New and Emerging Technologies” at the upcoming Obesity Symposium. The event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Arena in Binghamton.
Guthrie now offers the American Lung Association’s Freedom from Smoking program for cancer patients. Our Certified Trainer provides an 8-session smoking cessation program focused on biological, psychological and social/cultural links to smoking. Each participant will receive a Freedom from Smoking kit to assist with the cessation process. The class will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. in the Cancer Center Conference Room on Guthrie Sayre campus. Attendance is required at all sessions: Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 6, 11, 18, 25.
There will be three sessions of presentations about Pennsylvania's approach to impaired nurses which will include information on the signs and symptoms of an impaired health care professional, requirements for nurses suspected of impairment, current drug trends and more. These presentations will take place in the Patterson Auditorium on Guthrie Sayre campus on Nov. 8. The first session will be from 8 - 10 a.m. tailored to the new nurse, the second session will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. tailored to nurse managers and educators and the third session will be from 1 - 3 p.m.
On August 21st, with most of the nation following the eclipse, Danika Lisi decided to offer lemonade to thirsty eclipse-watchers. Danika, of Painted Post, set up a lemonade stand in her community and donated the proceeds to Guthrie Corning Hospital’s Cancer Center Fund, in honor of her father, a cancer survivor. Danika’s father also recently donated to the Cancer Center Fund during the annual Relay for Life. Our thanks to the Lisi family for their thoughtfulness and generosity.