‘Viewer' helps nurses find newborns' tiny veins
In the neonatal intensive care unit at Mercy in Oklahoma City, Mercy is conducting research with a “vein viewer” to start IVs more easily in newborns in an attempt to save them from the discomfort of multiple needle sticks.
“Babies in the NICU have arms and hands smaller than their parents' fingers and that makes it extremely difficult to find a vein,” said Michele McEver, NICU nursing manager. “With this technology, we save our babies from unneeded pain.”
To reduce needle sticks, Mercy uses a vein viewer, a light that improves external visibility. Mercy officials anticipate that the research will provide needed proof that vein viewers can dramatically decrease needle sticks for the tiniest patients.
Fresh fruit, vegetables require safe handling
As grocery stores and farmers' markets stock up on a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables during the spring and summer months, the Oklahoma State Department of Health is urging consumers to follow safe handling tips for fresh produce to protect themselves and their families from the risk of food-related illness.
It is especially important to remember the role of safe food handling of fruits and vegetables that are eaten raw.
The state health department recommends when buying fresh fruits and vegetables, purchase produce that is not bruised or damaged. Also, when selecting fresh cut produce such as a half watermelon or bagged mixed salad greens, choose only those items that are refrigerated or surrounded by ice.
All produce that is purchased pre-cut or peeled should be refrigerated to maintain both quality and safety.
Help is available for children after storms
The disruption and chaos after severe storms and tornadoes may leave children vulnerable, according to child guidance professionals at the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
“Children who experience a traumatic event before they are 11 years old are three times more likely to develop psychological symptoms than those who experience their first trauma later in life,” said Beth Martin, chief of the Child Guidance Service at the Oklahoma State Department of Health. “Most children can cope successfully with a traumatic event if parents, family, friends and other adults provide support and reassurance. Help should start as soon as possible after the event.”
State health officials are encouraging parents to contact their local county health department for help from behavioral health specialists if they are concerned about their child.
A violent disaster, whether natural or man-made, may leave devastation of property, and even life.
Such tragedies also leave victims with a damaged sense of safety and well-being, and varying degrees of emotional trauma.
Children are especially vulnerable because they do not have the life experience, coping skills or understanding that the disruption is time limited and that their world will return to normal.
From Staff Reports