WCHH is a proud promoter of good health. Our event that was held on November 17, 2011 was a great example of our many upcoming events. The attendance for this event was outstanding and our participants learned a great deal about WCHH Medical Staffing and our recommendations to improve health. We hope to have many more events to come.
It is critical to assure that medical offices and other outpatient facilities (e.g., outpatient/ambulatory clinics, outpatient surgery centers, urgent care centers, physical therapy/rehabilitation offices or clinics) that provide routine, episodic, and/or chronic healthcare services can manage an increased demand for services in the midst of a novel H1N1 influenza outbreak. Ensuring a sustainable community healthcare response will be important for a likely recurrence of novel H1N1 flu in the fall.
Develop a Business Continuity Plan – Novel H1N1 flu outbreaks will impact your organization, employees, suppliers of critical materiel, and your family. Identify your office/clinic’s essential functions and the individuals who perform them. Make sure you have trained enough people to properly work in these essential functions and allow for potential absenteeism. Develop a plan that will sustain your core business activities for several weeks. Make sure you have alternate plans for critical supplies in case there is disruption in your supply chains.
Inform employees about your plan for coping with additional surge during pandemic – Provide clear and frequent communication to ensure that your staff are aware and understand the plan. Explain any policies and procedures that will be used to protect staff and your patients, and to manage a surge of patients. Improve the resiliency of your staff by advising that employees have a pandemic family plan or personal plans.
Plan to operate your facility if there is significant staff absenteeism – Are you ready for 20 to 40% of your employees not being able to come to work? Cross training your staff is key to resilience here. What else can be done to assure continuity of operations with reduced staff?
Protect your workplace by asking sick employees to stay home – Be sure to ask sick staff to stay home. All personnel should self monitor daily for signs and symptoms of febrile respiratory illness. Staff who develop these symptoms should be instructed not to report to work, or if at work, should cease patient care activities and notify their supervisor. Be sure to align your sick leave policies so ill staff can stay home.
Plan for a surge of patients and increased demands for your services – Consider using your telephone system to deliver messages to incoming callers about when to seek medical care at your facility, when to seek emergency care, and where to go for information about caring for a person with flu at home. Consider extending your hours of operation to include telephone triage of patients during a community outbreak.
Care for patients with novel H1N1 flu in your facility – Make plans to screen patients for signs and symptoms of febrile respiratory illness at entry to the facility. If feasible, use separate waiting and exam rooms for possible novel H1N1 flu patients; plan to offer surgical masks to symptomatic patients who are able to wear them (adult and pediatric sizes should be available), provide facial tissues, receptacles for their disposal, and provide hand hygiene products in waiting areas and examination rooms. For information on caring for patients see: Interim Guidance for Clinicians on Identifying and Caring for Patients with Swine-origin Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Infection.
Take steps to protect the health of your workforce during an outbreak of H1N1 – All healthcare personnel who come in close contact with patients who may have novel H1N1 flu should take precautions to include use of respiratory and eye protection for all patient care activities (see: Healthcare Workplaces Classified as Very High or High Exposure Risk for Pandemic InfluenzaExternal Web Site Icon). For information on the use of infection control measures including use of personal protective equipment for staff, see Interim Guidance for Infection Control for Care of Patients with Confirmed or Suspected Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Virus Infection in a Healthcare Setting. Plan now to stockpile sufficient PPE for your staff.
Provide immunization against seasonal flu at no cost to your staff – In the fall there may be several influenza strains circulating at the same time. Although seasonal flu immunization will not provide protection to novel H1N1 influenza, annual influenza vaccination is recommended for health care professionals and will likely protect against seasonal influenza strains.
Make sure you know about the pandemic planning and response activities of the hospitals, outpatient facilities and local public health in your community – Actively seek information from and coordinate with key medical, clinical facilities and public health departments in your community to learn about how they will manage patients during a pandemic. Medical offices, emergency rooms, urgent care centers and hospitals in communities with outbreaks will likely have difficulty managing a large influx of patients; a coordinated community response is important to manage surge and assure optimal patient care. Develop a plan to manage your patients who do not need to seek emergency services.
Plan now so you will know where to turn to for reliable, up-to-date information in your local community – Staff in healthcare settings should monitor the CDC H1N1 Flu website and local and State health department websites for the latest information.
Eat 5 small meals a day (300 to 500 calories)
Eat large meals in the morning and smaller meals at night to improve your hormone and immune system. Combine protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats. Drink enough clean water, equivalent to half your weight in ounces daily. Water increases nerve conduction, improves digestive function, helps eliminate toxins in your body, and reduces your risk of colon cancer by 45% and breast cancer by 79%. A 2% drop in water in your body is enough water loss to create a foggy shot-term memory, give you trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on a computer screen or printed page. Drink a minimum 8 to 16 ounces of water when you get up in the morning and always drink purified, well, or spring water. Avoid drinking tap water.
Read food labels
About 90% of all foods eaten in America are processed foods. There are 3,000 additives in our foods and only 300 have been tested for safety. Ironically, people want to know how to get rid of disease and still be able to eat from these four groups:
Take deep breaths often. This is excellent for the lymphatic system (circulating immune system) and clears out toxins from your body. Deep breathing will reset your nervous system.
Absorb sunlight at least 20 to 30 minutes daily on as much skin as possible, preferably between the hours of 9 and 11 in the morning. Sun activates Vitamin D, which in turn activates all other nutrients in the body.
Get adequate rest and recovery time
Go to sleep by 10 PM to activate your anti-aging hormones and repair your body and mind. According to the American Sleep Disorders Association, 68% of Americans suffer from insomnia. If your hormones are balanced, you burn fat through the night. If cortisol levels are too high, you can’t shut down your body and mind. Progesterone helps to turn you body off mentally and physically. Melatonin keeps you asleep so you can rebuild and repair growth hormones (anti-aging) produced during sleep.
Get tested, using functional diagnostic medicine
Check your adrenal glands through a simple saliva adrenal function analysis. Check your nutritional status for vitamin and mineral levels and check your gut for parasites, overgrown bacteria and proper immune function.
Exercise clears your lymphatic system and your cells love the oxygen. Do you want to get old fast? Stop moving. So walk, run, swim, bicycle…do something! Walking 1 hour per day will reduce your risk of colon cancer by 50%. The more active you are, the more energy you will burn and the better your metabolism. A recent study followed 40,000 post-menopausal women for seven years. It found that those who regularly exercised had a 41% lower early death rate than those who did not exercise. Studies at Harvard University, University of Minnesota and many other institutions concluded that brisk walking at least 30 minutes a day could reduce the incidence of breast cancer in women by as much as 40%, reduced body weight by 5% to 7% and can cut the risk of pre-diabetes by as much as 60%.
Get out of pain
The primary barrier to getting exercise is experiencing pain. Since pain and stress have a negative affect on one’s ability to lose weight and an increased sense of well being, one must address these issues as part of the comprehensive program. Pain can make you feel old. It makes you not want to move and prompts you to take unnecessary drugs seeking relief. The primary cause of pain is usually physical damage to muscles and nerves, which need to be addressed.
Have a good attitude. It smoothes out the bumps in this road we call life. Remember that 10% of life is what happens and 90% is how you chose to deal with it. So dance, smile, sing, and laugh.
Wash Your Hands Frequently…
- Before you eat or touch food
- After you use the bathroom
- After you change a diaper
- When you come in from working or playing outdoors
- After you touch or play with an animal
- After you cough, sneeze, or blow your nose
How to Wash Your Hands…
- Wet your hands with warm water
- Apply a small amount of liquid or bar soap
- Rub all the way back to your wrists
- Rub your hands together about 10 times ( for 20 seconds)
- Rinse your hand under the running water
- Dry your hand thoroughly with a clean paper towel
- Throw the towel into the trash.
Additional Tips – Practice Healthy Habits…
- Eat right, sleep tight, and exercise often to keep your immune system strong
- Dispose of used tissues in the trash- not ino your pocket r on surfaces in your home
- Rinse your hand under the running water.
- Provide separate(or desposable) cup and towels in the kitchen and bathroom for each member