Archive for January, 2013

Resolving joint pain: The latest options

Erik Stroemer, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic, will be presenting “Resolving Joint Pain: The latest options” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Village Common Senior Apartments in Elko New Market. 

Dr. Stroemer, who sees patients at the FamilyHealth Medical Clinic in Lakeville and performs surgeries at Northfield Hospital, will address the wide range of treatments available for people who suffer from joint pain. He will speak about available medications, supplements, injections, rehabilitation and the critical factors that point to a total joint replacement.

The presentation is free of charge. Refreshments will be served. 

For information call FamilyHealth Medical Clinic at 952-469-0500.

Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic and FamilyHealth Medical Clinic are owned and operated by Northfield Hospital & Clinics.

 

EMT course to be offered in February

The Northfield Hospital Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is offering the initial certification course for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).  The 160-hour class will begin in February at Northfield Hospital’s EMS Station, 1600 Riverview Lane.

Students who successfully complete the course will be eligible to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Technicians practical and written exams. The curriculum is based on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration National EMS Education Standards and includes lecture, practical skills, and field internship.

Details regarding the course can be obtained from Brian Edwards, EMS manager, at 507-646-1444 or edwardsb@northfieldhospital.org. Class size is limited and advance registration is required.

Flu outbreak requires caution

Healthcare providers are seeing a widespread outbreak of influenza in our communities. We have individuals admitted to our hospital and being treated for the flu. FamilyHealth Medical Clinics and the Emergency Department are seeing many  patients with flu symptoms, which include fever, dry cough, sore throat, headache, extreme tiredness, stuffed-up nose, and body aches, it is important to note Influenza symptoms come on quickly. These symptoms can be severe and put you in bed for several days 

Community members are advised not to visit friends or relatives in the hospital if you have a fever or a cough.

  • 1)   Stay home when ill.
  • 2)   Cover your cough
  • 3)   Clean your hands after coughing or sneezing.
  • 4)   Treat symptoms with over the counter medications.
  • 5)   Only individuals at high risk of complications (over age 65, under age 2, pregnant women or those with chronic diseases)  should seek prescribed medication treatment such as antiviral (Tamiflu).

 

 All healthy visitors are reminded to:

  • 1) Clean your hands after arriving and before departing;
  • 2) Use a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze;
  • 3) Clean your hands after coughing or sneezing.

 

It is not too late to be vaccinated for the seasonal flu. Appointments can be made at any of our clinics for a flu vaccination.

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