Remember to Wash Your Hands
Think about all the things you touch in a day. The light switch in the bathroom, the coffee machine at work, the keyboard at your desk, the shopping cart at the grocery store. Think about how many other people have touched those things?
Hand washing is one of the most practical and effective ways of preventing the spread of disease, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). So why do so many people neglect to do this simple task?
According to the Registered Nurses Association of Manitoba only 1 in 3 Manitobans wash their hands after using the bathroom. Not only should you practice hand washing after using the washroom. Everyone needs to be encouraged to wash hands many times throughout your day, this includes:
• Before, during, and after preparing food
• Before and after eating
• After diapering young children
• Before and after caring for someone who is sick
• After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
• Before touching your eyes, nose or mouth
• Handling pets/animals
• When your hands are visibly dirty
Proper hand washing means:
• Rinse hands with warm, running water, add soap to palms and rub hands together to create lather
• Thoroughly cover all the surfaces of your hands and fingers (including nails) for 10 to 15 seconds
• Rinse under warm, running water
• Dry hands thoroughly with single-use towel or hand dryer
• Turn off the tap with a clean paper towel
If your hands are not visibly soiled, and soap and water is not available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (but ensure the alcohol content is at least 60 percent).
Wash your hands often and help reduce the spread of germs.
Three New Nurse Practitioners
Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) is pleased to announce that three new Nurse Practitioners (NPs) have successfully been recruited to provide services within the health region. Two of the three NPs were PMH-sponsored students and recent graduates of the Nurse Practitioner (Master of Nursing) Program.
The three new NPs will be working out of the communities of Melita, Ste. Rose and Winnipegosis. PMH will be providing notification to residents regarding clinic hours of operation and how to make an appointment to see the NP in the three communities very soon.
“One of our strategic directions and priorities involves continually improving access to care for patients, clients and residents within our health region,” stated Penny Gilson, Chief Executive Officer of PMH.
“With assistance from Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living we have been able to support a ‘grow your own’ type of strategy, which sees nurses upgrade their training to become qualified Nurse Practitioners,” Gilson added.
Nurse Practitioners work independently from physicians and prescribe medications, order and manage the results of screening and lab work, request diagnostic tests (like x-rays, CT scans and MRIs), do suturing and casting as well as some other minor procedures. However, as part of a team approach, there may be times when a NP needs to consult with a physician, specialist or other health care professionals to ensure that overall health care needs of clients are met.
Besides general primary care, NPs focus on wellness and healthy lifestyles. A NP is able to provide screening, management, education and follow-up for patients/clients that have chronic illnesses like diabetes and high blood pressure.
PMH sincerely appreciates the assistance and guidance of physicians and other NPs that helped recent graduates with their mentorship phases required through the NP Program.
In the Prairie Mountain Health region, there are currently 13 full-time and two casual NPs on staff. They are based in or serve the communities of: Baldur, Birtle, Boissevain, Carberry, Erickson, Glenboro, Grandview, Melita, Minnedosa, Roblin, Russell, Ste. Rose, Wawanesa, Winnipegosis and the 7th Street Health Access Centre in Brandon.
Some NPs also provide service on the PMH Mobile Clinic, which has been seeing patients in the region since February 2014. They can also be found working in a variety of settings including primary care clinics and personal care homes.
Read the latest edition of Thrive featuring an article on our Nurse Practitioners: Enhancing Access to Care Within Prairie Mountain Health