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Summer is right around the corner, which means school is out and the kids are outside and playing in the pool. While the cool water and pool toys will keep the kids busy for hours, pools can become quite dangerous when rules aren’t set and followed.
At Rawlins County Health Center, the last thing we want for Atwood residents is to have a poolside accident. We want everyone to be able to enjoy their summer vacation, not spending the afternoon or weekend in the hospital. Here are some of the top pool safety tips. In the case of an emergency, visit our 24-hour ER for exceptional service and care.
Keeping Kids Safe This Summer by the Pool
- Never leave a child unattended: Young kids should never be left alone by the pool. An adult who is a strong swimmer should always be around to watch young swimmers.
- Keep a range of safety items nearby: Pool safety items include a long pole with a hook and a life ring, as well as pool guards to make edges visible.
- Install pool alarms, covers, and barriers: Use a pool cover when the pool is not in use, install covers on the filters and drain covers, and make sure there is a tall, sturdy fence or gate surrounding the pool.
- Learn CPR: Enroll in a CPR class in the case of an emergency and ensure that your certification is current.
- Teach kids how to swim: Teaching even swimming basics like blowing bubbles and kicking feet can go a long way to protect inexperienced swimmers.
- Maintain the pool area: Keep an eye out for broken edges, cracks in the decking, holes in the fence, and loose ladders, and fix any necessary repairs right away.
- Don’t rely on fun floatation toys: Arm floaties and tubes should not be used as floatation devices as they can actually endanger a child who doesn’t know how to properly swim. Rather, purchase a full personal floatation device (PFD) or life jacket.
- Wear sunscreen: Spending hours in a secure pool without sunscreen can still be dangerous. Be sure to protect your skin as well.
If you have any questions or need medical assistance, don’t hesitate to contact Rawlins County Health Center. Stay safe this summer and remember to have fun!
Even though most people welcome the warmer weather of spring, the green buds on trees, and flowers popping up from the ground, anyone with seasonal allergies can’t wait for the season to be over. When some people are cutting flowers and making arrangements, others are sneezing, sniffling, and rubbing their eyes. So what can you do about it?
At Rawlins County Health Center, we want to treat patients with care and a range of exceptional services. If you’re suffering from seasonal allergies and need more than just over-the-counter medication, visit our health clinic and we’ll do our best to help you out. In the meantime, here are a few things you can do to combat the symptoms of pesky allergies.
Reduce Your Exposure
We don’t want to suggest that you need to stay indoors and avoid all life during the spring season, however, you can try:
- Staying inside on dry or windy days.
- Enlist someone else to mow the lawn or pull the weeds.
- Wash clothes right away after they have been exposed to outside allergens.
- Dry your clothes inside with a dryer rather than on a clothesline.
When Pollen Counts Are High
- Watch the news to find out when pollen counts are high.
- Take medication before symptoms begin.
- Keep doors and windows closed.
- Pollen counts tend to be higher in the morning, so only go outside in the afternoon.
Protect Your Inside Air Quality
- Install a high-efficiency HEPA filter in the forced heating or air conditioning systems.
- Use a dehumidifier to keep the air dry.
- Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
Clean Your Sinuses
Use a saline solution to give your nose and sinuses a good rinse. With a squeeze bottle from a health clinic, rinsing the sinuses will help relieve congestion and flush out mucus and allergens.
Whether it’s a nasal spray, antihistamine, or decongestant, medication is a quick solution to provide some relief. If over-the-counter medication doesn’t seem to cut it, feel free to schedule an appointment with your doctor at Rawlins County Health Center.
People with allergies can dread spring, but with the right allergy protection and medication, you can enjoy it! If you have any questions, contact Rawlins County Health Center today.
On April 17, 2019, Rawlins County Health Center hosted a town hall meeting consisting of thirty-three people to discuss physician recruitment and retention. There was a lot of great discussion from community members. The next quarterly town hall meeting will discuss Business Development.
Choosing a retirement home is an incredibly important decision, and isn’t one that should be made lightly. It may be a decision that you don’t want to make at all, and that’s understandable. But at Rawlins County Health Center, we aim to create an environment and a space that you would be excited to call home.
If you’re looking for a retirement home for yourself or for a loved one, here are some of the top tips for choosing a home that you will love.
- Services & Care
Choosing a retirement home is similar to looking for a home to buy in that one of the most important factors is the location. Not only the immediate surroundings, but also the amenities that are in the area, proximity to family, kids, and grandkids, and also how fast you are able to get to a medical center. Living in a retirement home doesn’t mean that you lose all sense of independence, so it’s important to have access to entertainment, people, and services.
In addition to independence, seniors should also be able to easily socialize with other people. Depending on your needs and desires, look at the layout of the community, how many residents live there, and if there are any community areas where people can gather and talk. This may not be on the top of your list, but if you choose a community based solely on services and staff, but there are only 20 residents, you may end up feeling lonely.
Services & Care
This is quite possibly the most important factor when choosing a retirement home. Get to know as much as possible the types of services and care that they provide, and if they have specialty services that you may need, such as a health clinic. Ask questions about meals, in-home care, dementia care, if they offer help with medication. Make a list of questions and requirements that you have before scheduling a time to visit.
The nurses, doctors, and even administrative staff can have a big impact on the culture of a retirement home. Make a point to visit the community during different hours of the day so you can interact with the various staff. Ask if you can sit down with some of the staff to get to know them and ask what they enjoy about the community. And most importantly, ask management what qualifications are required to work there, what training they get, and if they offer any continuing education. The care that you receive from the staff should be a top priority.
The price is a significant concern for many who are choosing a retirement home, so be sure to get specifics about how or if they will work with your insurance company. Ask for a detailed breakdown of what their costs include, as well as any fees. You may also want to speak with your insurance provider to make sure you have a clear idea of the full cost.
What activities does the community offer? Is there entertainment, such as restaurants, movie theaters, and shopping in the area? Is there a clubhouse where family can come visit? Are there scheduled events? Find a retirement home that suits your personality as well as medical needs.
Rawlins County Health Center has a retirement home, Prairie Plaza, that is minutes away from our health clinic. If you’re looking for a home that has top medical care, a beautiful surrounding, and fully equipped apartments, you’ve found the place!
Advances in breast cancer prevention and treatment have come a long way since our mother’s or grandmother’s days; however, according to Susan G. Komen women in the U.S. have a “1 in 8” lifetime risk of getting breast cancer. Whether or not a woman gets breast cancer is largely out of her control, as risk factors include family history, lifestyle, reproduction, and the environment.
Knowing that getting breast cancer is largely out of your control makes it even more important to take getting regular screenings seriously. When breast cancer is caught early on, there is a much better chance of the cancer being treated effectively before it becomes serious and even life-threatening.
At Rawlins County Health Center, we offer a range of diagnostic services, including mammography. Our hospital uses the latest technology to get a better picture of the breast tissue in order to help our physicians make a more accurate diagnosis.
For women who have never had a mammogram, we understand that it can be a scary and overwhelming process. But we want to assure you that the screening is quick and painless for most women. Keep reading to learn more about mammography and call our Atwood hospital today to schedule a screening.
When Should Women Start Getting Mammograms?
According to the American Cancer Society, women between the ages of 40 and 44 should begin having regular breast cancer screenings. Women between 45 and 54 should get a mammogram once per year. And women who are 55 and older can switch to getting a screening once every other year. If there is a history of breast cancer in your family, you may want to talk to your doctor about being screened with MRI in addition to having an X-ray screening.
How Do You Complete a Self Examination?
In addition to getting a yearly or every other year screening, women should also complete self-examinations. These should be done once every month and should also be taken seriously. Before you get out of bed in the morning, or in the shower, raise your left arm above your head, and with the right hand using medium pressure, use your fingers to inspect the tissue around the entire breast area and the armpit. Complete this process on the other side and consult with your local hospital if you feel anything abnormal.
What to Know Before Getting a Mammogram
- Don’t wear deodorant: Because a mammogram scans the entire breast area as well as the armpit, ingredients in deodorant can interfere with the final images. If you do wear deodorant, it can show up on the image as white spots, which can be hard to distinguish from white cancerous spots.
- Schedule the screening two weeks after your period: The breast tissue tends to be tender and slightly swollen during menstruation, so the process may be more uncomfortable if the tissue is sensitive.
- Know your family history: Before the actual screening takes place, the doctor will ask about your family’s health history. Keep in mind that even if no one in your family has had breast cancer, there is still a risk of developing it. The more thorough a history you can provide, the better.
What Does Getting a Mammogram Involve?
Breast cancer screenings are generally a fast process (about 15 to 30 minutes), so there shouldn’t be anything to worry about. You will be given a gown and asked to undress from the waist up for the imaging. The technologist will take two images of each breast, one from the top and one from the side, making a total of four images.
Mammograms are X-rays of the breasts and during the screening, each breast will be placed in between two plates, which then compresses the tissue in order to get a clear image. The plates may be cold to the touch, and you may experience some uncomfortable pressure, but few women experience pain. Mammograms give off a very small level of radiation and are completely safe.
What Happens After a Mammogram?
After the mammogram is complete, you will receive a letter in the mail usually within 30 days. If you are called and asked to come into the hospital to review the results, it does not mean you have cancer, and in fact, this is fairly common. It simply means that they have found something suspicious. It could be a cyst or a tumor. If there is a tumor, it may need to be biopsied, but this still does not mean you have cancer. During a biopsy, a small amount of tissue is removed in an out-patient procedure. The results from this will tell whether or not the tumor is cancerous or benign, or not cancerous.
If you’re over 40 years old and have not yet had a mammogram, get in touch with our hospital staff to schedule an appointment today. The best way to prevent breast cancer is with regular screenings and self-examinations.