TERRE HAUTE —
Learn about fall prevention at event
Senior Education Ministries Inc. has scheduled Dine with a Doc from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 15 at Victory Baptist Church, 133 S. Washington St., Clinton.
This session will welcome Kelly Jo Mills, RN, BSN, CEN, trauma program manager at Union Hospital Inc. She has been employed at Union for eight years, most recently developing and coordinating care of patients that have been traumatically injured.
Mills will present “Stand Strong for Life,” a fall-prevention program for older adults. Topic highlights will include common injuries related to falls, risk factors, in-home and outside risks and how to prevent falls. There will be Interactive handouts, as well, pertaining to fall risk assessment, healthy movements, feet and footwear check, and a home fall prevention checklist. A question-and-answer period will follow the discussion.
Lunch will be provided courtesy of Vermillion Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center.
Reservations are required and can be made by calling 812-230-7772.
Explore Unlocking The Spectrum
Unlocking The Spectrum invites the community to be a part of the grand opening celebration at their second Terre Haute center, at 3464 S. Fourth St. The event will take place from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 25, and will include children’s activities and a tour of the facility.
The new center expands the organization’s applied behavior analysis therapy services, with an 800-square-foot motor room, mock cafeteria, classrooms and social groups. Unlocking the Spectrum has been offering ABA therapy services since 2011.
Unlocking The Spectrum was created with the mission of making this therapy accessible to all children with autism by providing services throughout Indiana. It has centers in Indianapolis, Columbus and Bloomington, among other locations.
The organization provides ABA and verbal behavior therapy services in various settings including in the home, center, school and community. Other programs include consultation, family/therapist training and program management; along with specialized services such as toilet training, school transitions and support, and social skills training.
Visit www.unlockingthespectrum.com for more information.
Hospital honors nurse anesthetists
Paris Community Hospital/Family Medical Center recognizes the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist profession by celebrating the 15th annual National Nurse Anesthetists Week, Sunday through Jan. 25. This year’s theme is “Our Priority. Our Passion. Our Patients.”
Established by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, National Nurse Anesthetists Week was created to bring awareness to the role of CRNAs while highlighting the importance of anesthesia safety, questions to ask prior to undergoing surgery, and the benefits of receiving anesthesia care from nurse anesthetists.
CRNAs, who are advanced practice nurses with graduate-level education in anesthesiology, safely administer 34 million anesthetics to Americans each year and are the primary providers of anesthesia in rural communities.
The national “Our Priority. Our Passion. Our Patients” theme emphasizes the high standards which CRNAs adhere to when administering anesthesia. CNRAs have been the main provider of anesthesia care to U.S. service men and women on the front lines since World War I, including current conflicts in the Middle East. Their responsibilities include administering anesthetics, monitoring vital signs, and helping ensure millions of patients receive the safest anesthesia care possible.
Lung cancer scans not for everyone
Certain current or former heavy smokers should start getting yearly scans for lung cancer to cut their risk of death from the nation’s top cancer killer, government advisers said recently — even as they stressed that the tests aren’t for everyone.
The long-anticipated decision by the influential U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says these CT scans of the lungs should be offered only to people at especially high risk: Those who smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years or an equivalent amount, such as two packs a day for 15 years — and who are between the ages of 55 and 80.
That’s roughly 10 million people, but not all of them qualify for screening, said task force vice chairman Dr. Michael LeFevre, a University of Missouri family physician. Even those high-risk people shouldn’t be scanned if they’re not healthy enough to withstand cancer treatment, or if they kicked the habit more than 15 years ago.
Lung cancer kills nearly 160,000 Americans each year. Smoking is the biggest risk factor, and the more and longer people smoke, the higher their risk. Usually, lung cancer is diagnosed too late for treatment to succeed, but until now there hasn’t been a good means of early detection.
The newly recommended screening could prevent as many as 20,000 deaths a year, LeFevre said — if it’s used correctly.