How Healthy is Your Community?

CommunityHave you considered the health of your Community as a whole? Interesting…

Health and well-being are products of not only the health care we receive and the choices we make, but also the places where we live, learn, work, and play. Community health improvement (CHI) is a process to identify and address the health needs of communities.

About CDC’s Online CHI Navigator

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) online CHI Navigator is a one-stop-shop that offers hospitals, health systems, public health agencies, and other community stakeholders expert-vetted tools and resources for:

$1.01 Cure for Spring Colds

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Ponchos, Rain Gear & Outer Wear

Best Cure for a Spring Cold?

Don’t get one.

These handy things are so inexpensive and small you can keep one in your desk, one in your briefcase, one in your  backpack, one in your  glove compartment of your car, one in your first aid kit and a half dozen in the kitchen junk drawer! Take along to every outdoor event this Spring, too.

Emergency Poncho

Prescription Drug Overdose a Leading Cause of Death

DRUGSDeaths from drug overdose have risen steadily over the past two decades and have become the leading cause of injury death in the United States. Prescription opioids—a class of prescription drugs used to treat both acute and chronic pain – were involved in 37 percent of drug overdose deaths in 2013. Sales of these drugs nearly quadrupled from 1999 to 2013, and overdose deaths quadrupled in lockstep.

To learn more about CDC’s role in reducing prescription opioid overdose deaths as part of the HHS initiative:

TB Threatens to Kill 75 Million People

Tuberculosis – Drug-resistant TB Threatens to Kill 75 Million People by 2050, Cost $16.7 Trillion.

Over the next 35 years, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis will kill 75 million people and could cost the global economy a cumulative $16.7 trillion – the equivalent of the European Union’s annual output, a UK parliamentary group said. If left untackled, the spread of drug-resistant TB superbugs threatens to shrink the world economy by 0.63 percent annually, the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Tuberculosis (APPG TB) said, urging governments to do more to improve research and cooperation. “The rising global burden of multidrug-resistant TB and other drug-resistant infections will come at a human and economic cost which the global community simply cannot afford to ignore”, economist Jim O’Neill said in a statement. The WHO said last year multidrug-resistant TB was at “crisis levels”, with about 480,000 new cases in 2013.

Learn more about TB –


Tips From Former Smokers

smokerConsidering giving up the puff?

Are you a former smoker wishing to help others quit?

  • Smoking can cause colorectal cancer and vision loss (macular degeneration), two critical health problems addressed in this year’s Tips From Former Smokers campaign.
  • The Tips campaign is a “best buy” for public health, costing only $393 per year of life saved—see how it works in this infographic [PDF-1.6MB].
  • You can promote smoking cessation by using and sharing Tips campaign resources, including videos, social media messages, print ads, buttons, and more.

TB: Know about Tuberculosis

TB – Since the early 1900s, immigrants and refugees applying for a visa to come to the United States undergo a medical examination that includes TB screening.

Early in 1996 OSHA issued Tuberculosis Directives that enforce the 1994 Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Tuberculosis Prevention Guidelines, and allow for the wearing of new classes of NIOSH approved respirators/masks as well as HEPA masks.

tuberculosis-institution-tileFirstAidMart’s training products on “Guarding Against Tuberculosis” include the changes in respiratory protection requirements. These products are designed to assist facilities and operations whose employees have a risk of exposure to tuberculosis. They also help employees understand the nature of the disease, as well as what they can do to protect themselves from infection. Topics covered in these products include:

  • Epidemiology and symptoms of tuberculosis.
  • Modes by which tuberculosis is transmitted.
  • The CDC Guidelines.
  • The Exposure Control Plan.
  • Recognition of exposure situations.
  • Practices to prevent exposure.
  • Administrative and engineering controls.
  • Selection and use of personal protective equipment (including respirators).
  • and more.

In 2007, CDC began implementing the screening guidelines, which require people suspected of having TB to receive a much more sensitive sputum culture test to confirm TB to ensure that people who do have TB receive treatment before they arrive in the United States. These requirements have now been completely implemented in all countries with U.S.-bound immigrants and refugees.

From 2007 through 2012, half of the 3.2 million arrivals of immigrants and refugees to the United States were screened for TB using the 2007 screening guidelines. Out of more than 4,000 TB cases diagnosed using the screening guidelines during this period; nearly 2,200 were smear-negative and culture-positive. These cases would likely have been missed under the previous screening requirements. The results of this study showed that the updated overseas screening guidelines led to a roughly one-third decrease in the number of TB cases among foreign-born persons within their first year in the United States.

Is your water safe? Groundwater Hazards

Groundwater – we think it’s better than municipal water since it doesn’t have all that gnarly chemical processing… is it?

Read about Arsenic and Old Pipes

If your water comes from a private well, let your healthcare provider know, especially if you have an infant at home.

Germicidal Tablets 50 Tablets POTABLE AQUA Drinking Water Germicidal Tablets are intended for emergency disinfection of drinki….

Generators: A Medical Market Must

A standard home will experience a power outage during a major storm or power line mishap. During this time of year we are at a high risk for power outages caused by ice and snowstorms. The initially concern here is the cold temperatures, but these power outages can last anywhere from a few hours to several days. Beyond the risk of cold temperatures, the lack of power can lead to even bigger safety and health concerns. Not only are homes affected by these power outages, medical offices can experience a much bigger devastation.

GeneratorMedical offices rely on power for almost everything they do. Without power, medical staff wouldn’t be able to communicate with their patients, access medical records or perform procedures. If any medical office doesn’t have access to power they wouldn’t be able to serve their patients in a safe and healthy environment. This could be devastating to any medical office and all of the patients involved, particularly in a smaller town with little access to other medical providers.

The solution to this problem is investing in a generator. All medical offices can benefit from having a generator to back-up their power in the case of a power outage. Patients are relying on their medical practitioners to keep them in a safe and healthy environment, and a generator can help them do that no matter the weather or power situation. Additionally, if your office is capable of moving your patients to another functioning office, in the meantime, ­ refrigerated medicine and machinery is still at risk. No matter the size of your office, power is a must.

Regardless of whether you own your building or rent your space, you have the capability of having a generator. For medical offices who rent from their building, a generator can move with you. Most generator businesses will move the generator for you, so it takes the stress off of your business. If you own your space and decide to sell it, a generator can significantly increase your property value for corporate buyers. They see a generator as an asset to their business, and it could make the deal. If you are still not convinced that a generator is right for your medical business, there are a few other things you should know.

If your business does install a generator you then qualify for a tax refund, which can cut down on the costs of installation. Additionally, the costs of losing business and medical supplies during power outages are things to consider when assessing the initial costs of buying a generator. Overall, it is all about your patients and their trust. When you have a generator to back-up your power– your patients can trust that no matter what your business will always work to maintain their health and safety.

Now that you see the major benefits about investing in a generator for your medical business, here’s a little more information about generators:

How to buy~
• If you have decided to buy a generator for your medical business then first do your research.
• Contact a generator business near you for an estimate and more information about their process.
• A generator business, like Georgia Generator, will help you in the buying process as well as install your generator.
• Once you have had your generator install, they will service your generator to make sure it is always ready to provide you power when you need it.
• Additionally, if you decide to move locations then most generator companies will move it to your next location.

How they run~
• Seconds after there is a power outage your generator will automatically kick in and start producing power for your office.
• Then a couple seconds later your designated emergency circuits will have full restored power.
• After that, the generator will monitor for your utility power to start working again. If it doesn’t your generator will continue to provide your power. If you do regain utility power then the automatic transfer switch will safely transfer the power back to utility and will go into a cool down mode.
• Once the power outage is completely over and your building is back to its utility power, then the generator will shut down and wait for the next mishap.

Written by Clayton Preble of GenSpring Power. Clayton is one of the top 25 standby generator dealers in the United States.

How to cut the high cost of falling

One out of three persons aged 65 and older falls annually and 20% to 30% of falls result in injury.fall-safety

A new study finds that community-based fall prevention programs are feasible and effective and save money.

Falls are the second leading cause of death each year in the United States (after traffic accidents)! Over 10,000 people are killed every year as a result of falls…and 200,000 to 300,000 people are disabled. Eight-five percent of all falls that occur on the job result in “lost work time”.

Our training products on “Fall Protection” provide the information employees need to work safely when they are “off the ground”, and assist in satisfying the major training requirements in the OSHA Standard on Fall Protection. Topics covered in these products include:

  • The seriousness of fall hazards.
  • Types of environments where falls may occur.
  • The “Fall Protection Plan”.
  • Concentrating and keeping a clear head.
  • The importance of housekeeping in preventing falls.
  • Measures that can be taken to protect against falls.
  • Protective equipment.
  • and more.

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