Everyone has heard the news and discussions
about the H1N1 virus that is becoming more and more prevalent.
However, although there
are some concerns for individuals with pre-existing medical conditions
such as pregnancy, asthma, diabetes, heart or lung disease, or
other conditions that weaken the immune system, most individuals
will recover from the flu with some common sense home treatment
and rest. We therefore advise that before you rush into the doctor’s
office or Emergency Room and wait needlessly in a crowded waiting
room, you may want to utilize the “FLU ELEVATOR” at
www.flu.gov to do a self-evaluation, gain valuable information,
and make informed decisions that will help you and your family
make solid health decisions during this unusual flu season.
FLU SYMPTOMS CAN INCLUDE:
Symptoms of the H1N1 “swine” flu include fever, body
aches, nausea, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, chills and coughing.
If you are experiencing mild symptoms, you should stay home from
contact with others to keep from infecting them. Influenza is thought
to spread mainly through the coughing or sneezing of infected people.
Holy Rosary Medical Center encourages everyone to use soap and
water or a waterless hand hygiene solution to wash hands frequently;
keep hands away from nose, eyes and mouth; and cough away from
others and into a disposable tissue. If you cough or sneeze into
your hands, make sure to wash them.
According to the Center for Disease Control, it isn’t necessary
or feasible to test every person with influenza-like illness for
H1N1 (formerly called the swine flu). Most people recover from
the flu without needing medical treatment.
People with flu-like symptoms who are not at high risk for influenza
complications do NOT need to be seen by a doctor and do NOT need
to be tested for H1N1. Doctors may decide to test specific individuals
based on their evaluation of that person’s particular illness.
At Holy Rosary Medical Center, we are following recommendations
from the CDC and the Health Department regarding testing and
treatment for influenza. Treatment for influenza
is recommended only for patients who fall into the “high-risk” category. Those high-risk groups are:
- People hospitalized with confirmed, probable or suspected H1N1
- Children younger than 5 years old.
- Adults 65 years of age and older.
- Persons with the following conditions:
- Chronic pulmonary, cardiovascular,
renal, hepatic, hematological, neurologic, neuromuscular, or
- Immunosuppression, including that caused by medication or HIV
- Pregnant women
- Residents of nursing homes and other chronic care facilities.
We are happy to evaluate you for other illnesses and to recommend
treatment for your symptoms if Tylenol,
Motrin and over-the-counter remedies are not working.
Most people recover from the flu without needing medical treatment.
You’ll feel sick for 7-10 days. Please stay home—you’ll
feel better and you won’t infect your friends, co-workers
or fellow students. During that time, you should get plenty of
rest and drink lots of clear fluids (water, broth, sports drinks,
electrolyte beverages for infants) to keep from becoming dehydrated.
Be sure to cover coughs and sneezes.
As indicated on the CDC website, “you should take medications
as needed for fever and pain. These include acetaminophen (Tylenol®)
and ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®, Nuprin®), and cough
medicine. Carefully follow the dosing instructions on the labels.
These medicines do not need to be taken regularly if your symptoms
Additionally, the Center for Disease Control instructs:
You should not give aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) or products
containing aspirin (e.g. Pepto Bismol®) to children younger
than 19 years of age.
- You should not give children younger than 4 years of age any over-the-counter
cold medications without first speaking with a health care provider.”
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then dispose of the
tissue immediately in the trash, or cough and sneeze into the
crook of your elbow.
- Throw away tissues and disposable items used by the sick person
in the trash. Wash your hands after touching used tissues and
- Have everyone in the household wash hands often with soap and water,
particularly after coughing and sneezing, or use alcohol-based
- If you are sick and sharing a common space in your home, wear a
facemask to help prevent spreading the virus to others.
- Keep sick children under care at home when you go to the store
or out in the public
- And finally, now more than ever, it is very important to eat a
balanced diet and get plenty of sleep.
For additional information about the H1N1 Flu virus pertinent to
please visit the Malheur County Health Department website
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Holy Rosary Medical Center’s top
goal is to keep our patients safe as they receive care, which
is why we are excited to be part
of a new Hand Hygiene Campaign. In collaboration with the Oregon
Medical Association and Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health
Systems, Holy Rosary is involving our patients and their families
to help us reach our goal of proper hand hygiene 100 percent of
the time. We invite patients to ask staff members and physicians
if they have washed or sanitized their hands. Our hospital is proud
to be a place where patients are welcomed and encouraged to be
involved in their care.
The facts about hand
Hand washing or sanitizing may seem like an easy thing to do.
Unfortunately, national research shows that hospital staff
washes or sanitizes
their hands only half of the time they should. When hands do
not receive appropriate sanitation both patients and staff
are at risk
for infections. Many of these infections are serious and can
lead to illnesses or even death. Proper hand washing or
one of the best ways to prevent infections.
Steps Holy Rosary Medical Center is taking
to ensure proper
- Soaps are enhanced with lotions to help alleviate drying and cracking
from excessive washing.
- Alcohol based hand rubs are located in every patient care area.
- Waiting rooms, the cafeteria, and high traffic areas have readily
accessible sanitizers for visitors, physicians, and employees.
- The amount of soap and sanitizers used will be monitored to measure
compliance with the campaign.
- Signs to remind visitors, physicians, and staff to wash or use
sanitizer are posted throughout the medical center.
Patients will be involved:
Our hospital is proud to be a place where patients are welcomed
and encouraged to be involved in their care. The key to our new
campaign is involving patients in their care. We encourage patients
to ask every staff member or visitor who comes into contact with
them, "Did you wash or sanitize your hands?" This may
be in the patient room or anywhere else in the hospital where
the patient is receiving treatment.
We have brochures entitled Help
Us Help You for our patients
and/or their families. The brochure explains the program
that we really do want our patients asking their healthcare
workers if they have washed their hands.
If you would like a copy
of this brochure, please contac
Our ultimate goal is to heal our patients and aid them in getting better as soon
as possible. We expect patients to ask so we can work as a team to provide the
best healthcare possible.
October 13, 2006, Holy Rosary Medical Center received notification from the
American Diabetes Association that it had received an Education Recognition
Award for it's Diabetes Self-Management Program (Living With Diabetes). An
honor that no other hospital between Boise and Portland, OR has received.icsInternet/AmericanDiabetesLg.png" width="568" height="140">
October 13, 2006, Holy Rosary Medical Center received notification
from the American Diabetes Association that it
had received an Education Recognition Award for it's
Diabetes Self-Management Program (Living With Diabetes). An
honor that no other hospital between Boise and Portland, OR has
In their communication about this award it was stated:
American Diabetes Association is pleased to award Education
Recognition to your program. Adherence
to the National Standards has undoubtedly improved the education
provided to people with diabetes. We are confident that
those you serve appreciate your effort, committment, and success
in providing quality diabetes education."
You Know. . . .Living
with Diabetes is an educational program that Holy Rosary Medical
Center’s dietary department offers to inform, recently
diagnosed and long standing, diabetics about how to control the
disease and stay healthy. The diabetic education program offers
patients a community based support system through fellow diabetics
and Holy Rosary Medical Center staff. The class is taught by
a licensed, registered dietician and a registered nurse specializing
in diabetic education. The course covers topics such as: blood
glucose monitoring, meal planning, medications, monitoring blood
sugars, complications, stress management, and exercise regime.
is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use
insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed
to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed
daily life. The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery,
although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity
of exercise appear to play roles.
There are 20.8 million children and adults in the United States,
or 7% of the population, who have diabetes. While an estimated
14.6 million have been diagnosed with diabetes, unfortunately,
6.2 million people (or nearly one-third) are unaware that they
have the disease.
Rosary Medical Center wishes to specifically acknowledge the
hard work and efforts by our dedicated staff of
professionals who made this accomplishment possible:
- Reta Sutton, RN, CDE, Program Coordinator
- Deb Hampton, Registered Dietitian
- Tiffany Scott, Registered Dietitian
If you would like information about the Diabetes Self-Management
program offered at Holy Rosary Medical Center, please contact any
of the individuals listed below.
Sutton, RN, CDE, Program Coordinator (541) 881-7402
Hampton, Registered Dietitian (541) 881-7480
Holy Rosary Medical Center Recognizes National Breast Cancer Awareness
Oregon – October is National Breast Cancer Awareness
Month (NBCAM). Since the program began in 1985, mammography rates
have more than doubled for women age 50 and older and breast cancer
deaths have declined.
This is exciting progress, but thee are still women who do not
take advantage of early detection at all and others who do not
get screening mammograms and clinical breast exams at regular intervals.
age 65 and older are less likely to get mammograms than younger
women, even though breast cancer increases with age.
- Hispanic women have fewer mammograms than Caucasian women
and African American women.
- Women below poverty level are less likely than women at high
incomes to have had a mammogram within the
past two years.
- Mammography use has increased for all groups except American
Indians and Alaska Natives.
“If all women age 40 and older took advantage of early detection
methods – mammography plus clinical breast exam – breast
cancer death rates would drop much further, up to 30 percent,” says
Linda Scott, Director of Diagnostic Imaging.
“The key to mammography screening is that it be done routinely – once
is not enough.”
Rosary Medical Center’s Rama Vadapalli, Nuclear Medicine,
will host a free public health education seminar Wednesday, November
1, 2006 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Snake River Conference
Room at Holy Rosary Medical Center. The topic is breast cancer
screening, diagnosis, and treatment and guest speaker include:
Dr. K. Farrell, Dr. J. Cegnar, and Dr. S. Bolender. This seminar
is open to the public; to RSVP please call (541) 881-7375.
For more information about NBCAM, please visit
- National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
For additional information, please call one of the following toll-free
American Cancer Society, (800) 227-2345,
Institute (NCI), (800) 4-CANCER,
Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization,
The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month program is dedicated
to increasing public knowledge about the importance of early detection
of breast cancer. Fifteen national public service organizations,
professional associations, and government agencies comprise the
Board of sponsors, who work together to ensure that the NBCAM message
is heard by thousands of women and their families.
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On June 20th
Christina Miller and Sandra Jensen of the HRMC Sleep Center participated
at the 12th Annual Walter Knox Memorial Hospital
Health and Safety Fair. The theme was "Family O’Fair " and
our HRMC Sleep Center was able to talk to numerous residents of
Emmett and the surrounding area about healthy sleep habits and
It is our goal to raise the publics awareness of the health risks
involved in unhealthy sleep. How about you? How much do you know
about sleep and when sleep goes wrong? Do you know of anyone who
has problems with their sleep? Maybe they snore or gasp for breath.
Or perhaps toss and turn a lot. Maybe their limbs jerk or twitch
often while they sleep. Or they wake up unrefreshed and feel tired
all day. These are just a few of signs of a possible sleep disorder.
Here at Holy Rosary Medical Center we have an excellent Sleep Center!
Please help us improve the lifestyle of those who suffer from problems
with sleep by spreading the word.
Sandra Jensen, RPSGT
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Thanks from CHI - Catholic Health Initiatives congratulates your
hospital for its recent participation in the 100,000 Lives Campaign,
created by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Your efforts,
and those of all hospital employees, strengthen this ongoing commitment
to use proven techniques that can assure patient safety and quality
of care. Thank you for the role you play in providing excellent
care to our patients and community.
The following are the initiatives that HRMC is participating in:
- Deploy Rapid Response Teams - at the first sign of patient
- Deliver Reliable, Evidence-Based Care for Acute Myocardial
- to prevent deaths from heart attack;
- Prevent Adverse Drug Events
(ADEs) - by implementing medication reconciliation;
Central Line Infections - by implementing a series of interdependent,
scientifically grounded steps called the “Central Line
Surgical Site Infections - by reliably delivering the correct
Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia - by implementing
a series of interdependent, scientifically grounded steps called
the “Ventilator Bundle.”
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message to parents and caregivers is simple – Fragile:
Handle With Care – and the biggest supporters of this message
are Idaho’s children. Beginning April 3, every newborn in
Idaho and at Holy Rosary Medical Center in Ontario, Oregon,will
remind parents of this important message by wearing a specially
designed onesie from St. Luke’s Children’s
Hospital and the Idaho Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
and an informational packet about the importance of handling
babies with care will be given to the parents of every child
during the first full week of April. This statewide effort will
educate new parents about the dangers that exist when frustrating
parent moments arise, especially during a newborn’s early
stages of development.
care of an infant can be challenging, especially when it seems
like the crying will never stop. Even if you have
tried to calm your child but nothing seems to work, it's important
to stay in control of your temper,” said Dr. David Christensen,
president of the Idaho Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. “It's
never okay to shake, throw, or hit your child. If you feel as though
you could lose control take a deep breath, take a time out, or
call someone for support.”
twenty hospitals in Idaho are spreading the message of child
abuse prevention by holding media events throughout the
state of Idaho in the cities of Boise, Pocatello, Coeur d’Alene,
Nampa, and even in Oregon at Holy Rosary Medical Center in Ontario.
Media representatives are invited to hospitals and newborn nurseries
statewide to discuss the risks associated with shaking a baby,
how to sooth a crying baby, and the importance of handling a child
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