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Health And Fitness

Words on Wellness August Newsletter

Vaccine Clinic for the month of August
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Department Spotlight: Operating Room

Contessa and Katie serve as Surgical Technologists The Operating Room team at Virginia Gay Hospital is comprised of three main roles, Surgical Technologists, Central Sterilization Technologists, and Registered Nurses. Each department has a set of responsibilities in preparation for surgeries.Patients have certain responsibilities like completing pre-op testing, following the NPO (Nil per os or Nothing by mouth) orders, and following the instructions to hold or take their home medications.

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HHS and DNR Confirm Naegleria fowleri at Lake of Three Fires Media

The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in conjunction with the CDC, have confirmed the presence of Naegleria fowleri in Lake of Three Fires located in Taylor county.Naegleria fowleri is an amoeba that commonly occurs in warm freshwater such as lakes, rivers, ponds and canals. In extremely rare cases, it can cause primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM), a brain infection that may result when water containing the amoeba rushes up the nose and reaches the brain.
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DNR weighs options for brain-eating amoeba

-Jared StrongState officials are considering whether to test more lakes, put up warning signs and launch a public-awareness campaign after a Missouri resident who swam at a southern Iowa lake recently died after being infected by a brain-eating amoeba.“We’re having those discussions about what happens next,” said Tammie Krausman, a spokesperson for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Iowa Department of Health and Human Services announces the launch of 988

The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces the launch of 988, The National Suicide Prevention Line (NSPL) three-digit number to call for individuals in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Iowans who contact 988 will be directly connected to trained crisis counselors who provide crisis de-escalation and connect individuals to the services and supports they need, when they need it.

Gov. Reynolds and officials warn Iowans of dangerous Fentanyl and fake pills

 Today, Governor Kim Reynolds joined with state health and safety officials to warn Iowans about the growing threat of illicit fentanyl and counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl.  Counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl are increasingly being found in Iowa communities. In 2021, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s Criminalistics Laboratory analyzed 17,163 fentanyl pills disguised as prescription drugs.
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988 Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Q&A: 988 Suicide Prevention LifelineWith U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley Q: What is 988? A: President Trump signed into law a nationwide three-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to simplify access to this life-saving resource. Starting July 16, Iowans experiencing a mental health emergency may dial 9-8-8 to reach a trained crisis counselor for assistance.

VGH Blood Drive July 27

You have what it takes flowing in your veins. It only takes an hour to save three local lives. You never know whose life you might save! Schedule an appointment with us at an upcoming blood drive in our area by clicking the link below.Virginia Gay Hospital and Vinton CommunityWednesday, July 27, 202212:30 pm - 04:30 pmVirginia Gay Hospital-Clinic Conference Room502 N 9th AveVinton, IA 52349It's easy to schedule, click here!Thank you for being a contributor to your community!If you have been told previously by LifeServe Blood Center or another blood center that you should never donate blood, please disregard this message.
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