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Protect yourself from the flu with three Cs Cover your cough, Clean your hands, Contain your germs


Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

“Winneshiek Medical Center cares about the health and well-being of our community,” says Winneshiek Medical Center’s Chief Medical Officer, Robert Flinchbaugh, D.O. “It’s important to remind our patients, family, friends and neighbors about simple steps you can do to prevent the flu from spreading.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about half the country is experiencing high levels of flu activity, and Winneshiek County is no exception.

People with the flu can spread it to others when they cough, sneeze or talk and germ droplets get in the mouth, nose or are inhaled by people nearby. You can also get the flu by touching a surface that is infected with the virus and then touching your mouth or nose.

Dr. Flinchbaugh, says, “Most people recover from the flu in a few days, but for some, it causes complications that can threaten their health.”

Winneshiek Medical Center and the CDC recommend using the ‘3 Cs’ to help stop the spread of flu:

•Clean your hands often with soap and water

•Contain your germs. Staying away from people who are sick. Stay home and away from public places like the hospital, church, school and nursing homes if you have fever/chills, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, muscle/body aches, headaches, fatigue (tiredness), vomiting or diarrhea.

•Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

The flu is different from a cold and usually comes on suddenly. People can have the flu without having a fever. “Many people develop some or all of these symptoms during flu season,” says Dr. Flinchbaugh.

Visitor limitations

In response to the rise in influenza, Winneshiek Medical Center is implementing visitor limitations. “It is our standard to implement visitor limitations to protect our patients who are already ill and the newborns we are caring for,” says Brenda Schwan, RN, BSN, CIC, WMC Infection Prevention Specialist. “We want the public to understand that our priority is to protect patients who trust their care to us. This means implementing limitations that may affect whether or not you will be allowed to visit.”

WMC visitor limitations include:

•Visiting Hours are 8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

•WELL visitors ONLY. Feeling WELL means you have no fever, no cough, no sore throat, no achiness, .....
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Stay safe in bitter cold weather

By Andy Goodner

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

With this week’s cold winter blast, Winneshiek Medical Center wants to remind those heading outdoors that frostbite can occur within a short amount of time. If your fingers, nose or toes start to hurt or have a prickling feeling, it’s a warn ..... 
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Red Cross offers safety tips as arctic blast hits Minnesota

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.- (December 29, 2014) Bitter arctic air will put millions of Minnesotans in a deep chill overnight with temperatures 25-30 degrees below zero. The American Red Cross recommends the following tips to stay safe during the deep fre ..... 
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Norovirus hitting hard this season - prevention measures are stressed

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

As if colds, influenza and other respiratory infections weren’t enough to make Minnesotans ill in winter, this is also the time of year when digestive tract illness caused by a family of germs known as noroviruses tend to increase. This year, noro ..... 
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Housing program for people with disabilities hits major milestone

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

More than 1,000 people with disabilities will spend this holiday season in safe, affordable homes of their own because of a program sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Human Services and The Arc of Minnesota. Housing Access Services helps Min ..... 
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Getting covered is good for families in rural Minnesota: sign up by January 15 for health insurance coverage that starts February 1!

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Living in a rural community shouldn’t have to come with a hefty price tag for healthcare. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, it no longer has to. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is already making a difference in the lives of millions of rural Ame ..... 
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Red Cross blood donation opportunities

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

The American Red Cross asks eligible blood donors to make a resolution to give blood regularly in 2015, beginning with National Blood Donor Month in January. National Blood Donor Month recognizes the importance of giving blood and platelets while ..... 
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MNsure site issues

By Marvin Eggert

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Monday is the deadline for signing up for insurance through MNsure. I would like to provide a customer perspective on how the site is performing this year. Based on press reports related to failures of the service in 2013, MNsure replaced upper le ..... 
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Goal exceeded by nine at Harmony blood drive

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

Thank you to all the donors who contributed to the success of the bloodmobile held in Harmony on December 2, 2014. Our goal for the day was 38, and with 48 donors presenting (including three first-time donors), we succeeded in collecting 47 units. I ..... 
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