Thursday, March 6, 2014

What does Bed Rest Mean while Pregnant?

As per the Mayo Clinic:

In some cases, bed rest during pregnancy simply means decreasing your activity level for a period of time. You might be free to move about the house, as long as you avoid lifting children and doing heavy housework. Depending on the demands of your job, you might even be able to continue working.
In other cases, bed rest guidelines are stricter. You might need to remain in a sitting or reclining position most of the time, only getting up to use the toilet or shower. You might not be allowed to work or do even light household chores until the baby is born.
If your health care provider prescribes total bed rest during pregnancy, you might need to lie on your side at all times — including when you eat. Personal hygiene might be limited to sponge baths and a bedpan. This type of bed rest might require hospitalization.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Home Infection Control - Leading a Clean Life

Prevent infection while on dialysis by:

Wash hands with soap and water
Use Alcohol gel when their is not a water source available
Remove shoes when entering your home
Change your sheets weekly
Apply Clean underwear each day
Laundry and visibly dirty items are kept in a basket  or bin
Enforce visitors washing their hands when entering our home 
Cover your home dialysis equipment with a towel to avoid curious hands.
Keeps pets and  children away from your dialysis supplies and equipment
Take your renal vitamins as directed
Wash your dishes with hot soapy water and change sponges often 

Friday, February 28, 2014

Hand Washing - Community Health Series

Hello All:

Hand washing - It is everyone's responsibility!

Health Promotion video: 

According to the Center for Disease and Prevention, hand washing prevents the spread of disease.  The best way to clean your hands is with soap and water.  Teach children to wash their hands before meals, after using the toilet, and when they get home each day.

What should you do if you don't have soap and clean, running water?

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of microbes on them in most situations. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of microbes on hands in some situations, but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs.
Hand sanitizers may not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy.
How do you use hand sanitizers?
  • Apply the product to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount).
  • Rub your hands together.
  • Rub the product over all surfaces of your hands and fingers until your hands are dry.

Tip:  Watch this Video to encourage children to wash their hands.  Teach children to sing their favorite song as they wash to clean away all the dirt.

Review Hand Washing with family and friends.