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Education

 

Swingbed Defined

Swingbed is an extended hospital stay program.  People who are recovering from an illness or procedure, who are not quite ready to go home yet, but don’t meet criteria for acute hospitalization, may need Swingbed.  Once a patient has had 3 consecutive acute care nights, has the appropriate insurance and meets certain eligibility requirements (established by Medicare) the Discharge Planner can contact the Washington County Memorial Hospital Swingbed Coordinator to arrange for a possible transfer to the program.  

For more information download the full document HERE.

 

Washington County Project C.A.L.M. (Childhood Asthma Linkages in Missouri)

This project has been established through the partnership of Washington County Asthma Coalition, Washington County Memorial Hospital, Washington County Health Department, C2000 Partnership and The Missouri Foundation for Health.  Funding for the project was received from The Missouri Foundation for Health.

 
WHAT IS ASTHMA?
Asthma is a disease that affects the lungs and makes it difficult to breathe.
 
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF ASTHMA?
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Itchy throat
  • Sneezing
  • Difficult Exhaling
  • Tightness in Chest
  • Waking up Frequently in the Night
 
WHAT HAPPENS
Something triggers an episode.  During an asthma episode, air has trouble getting in and out.  Here's what happens:
  • The lining of the airways swells
  • Muscles around the airways get tighter.  This narrows the airways more.
  • Mucus clogs the airways.  Mucus normally helps the airways stay moist, but during the asthma episode, the airways get too much mucus.
 
WHAT ARE SOME TRIGGERS?
Triggers may be:
  • Allergic reactions to things like pests, dust mites or mold
  • Irritants such as dust or smoke
  • Outbursts of emotion or physical response to changing weather
Some other triggers:
  • Pollen
  • Strong chemical smells
  • Perfume
  • Exercise
 
HOW CAN ASTHMA BE CONTROLLED?
  • Identify triggers
  • Eliminate as many triggers as possible
  • Take medications as directed
  • Keep peak flow diary
  • Follow up with your doctor
 
 
 

Diabetes Education

 

What is Diabetes?

The human body is made of many tiny cells.  Muscles, bones, skin, nerves, brain, everything is made of cells which need energy to function and grow.  The energy the cells use comes from food.  When we eat, much of our food is changed to glucose, a type of simple sugar.  When the glucose arrives at the cells, it is converted to energy.  In people who don’t have diabetes, glucose is used with no problems.  But when a person has diabetes, something interferes with the process.  Instead of becoming energy, the glucose floats around in the bloodstream and causes all types of health problems.


 

What are the dangers of uncontrolled Diabetes?

 

  • When the blood sugar stays high, many organs of the body are at risk.    The following are some of the complications of uncontrolled diabetes:
  • Blindness
  • Kidney failure requiring dialysis
  • Amputations
  • Heart disease
  • Strokes
  • Neuropathy  (pain and loss of feeling in parts of the body)
  • Death

 


 

What are the symptoms of Diabetes?

 

  • Excess thirstiness
  • Excess urination
  • Excess hunger
  • Weakness or tiredness
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Tingling, burning, numbness, or pain in the feet and lower legs
  • Wounds that heal slowly or become worse, especially on the feet
  • Repeated infections
  • Vision problems
  • Frequent headaches
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Dark bands of skin around the neck or in the armpits

 

 

What are Diabetes risk factors?

 

  • Family history of diabetes
  • Aging
  • Native American ancestry
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Being overweight
  • Having low blood sugar when younger
  • Having high blood sugar during pregnancy
  • Women having a baby over 9 pounds

 

 

How is Diabetes diagnosed?

There are several tests your doctor or nurse practitioner can order.  They range from fingerstick blood tests to laboratory blood draws.  The important thing is to contact your doctor if you think you have symptoms or are at high risk.  The earlier the disease is diagnosed, the easier it is to get under control.

 

How can Diabetes be controlled?

There are many good medications that help people control the disease.  Your doctor can talk to you about them.  But the most important person in controlling Diabetes is the patient.   Washington County Memorial Hospital has a Diabetic Educator who can help you learn how to take charge of Diabetes.   In one-on-one sessions you can learn how to keep your glucose in range, prevent serious complications, and live a longer, healthier life. 

Diabetes Group Meetings

On the second Thursday of each month, WCMH Diabetic Education Department hosts a group meeting at 6:00p.m.   A wide range of topics is covered by guest speakers who share their insights about eye diseases, foot care, better food selections, medications, and many other diabetes-related subjects.  The meetings are held in the Education Center at Kwan Plaza off Hwy 8 east. 

 

For information about how you can take charge of Diabetes, call Janie Deal, RD LD at 573-438-5451, extension 334.


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

300 Health Way
Potosi, MO 63664

573.438.5451

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