The refreshed tobacco policy has been in effect at Guthrie Corning Hospital since July 1 and across the system since Sept. 1. Thank you to all who have supported this important initiative, and who are actively working to create a healthier environment for our patients, visitors, employees and the communities we serve.
September is National Preparedness Month. Everyone has a role in emergency preparedness at Guthrie. An important step in getting involved is to become knowledgeable in your department’s disaster plan. Most of these plans can be found on Compliance 360, otherwise you can contact your supervisor. Make sure you know how to respond to various overhead emergency codes used at Guthrie, be familiar with your facility’s evacuation procedures to move patients and yourself to safety and keep your contact information current on the department’s phone tree.
Guthrie Employee Wellness is holding a Mind & Body Balance class on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 12:15 p.m. at Howard Elmer Park. This is a 30-minute class that will combine stretching, basic yoga poses and meditation. The class is low intensity and low impact so all fitness levels and ages can participate. The price for the class is $16 and lunch is included. To register, email Darcy Wills at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the flu has caused between 140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths annually in the United States since 2010. The best way to protect yourself, your family and our patients from the flu is to get your mandatory flu shot as soon as possible.
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.