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Merry Christmas (and how to keep it that way)
December 11, 2013
The Holiday season is upon us. Along with the joys and celebrations come the dangers and accidents that can befall us at this time of year. Here are some tips to help you keep your holiday joyful AND safe. The Tree: If getting a live tree get one that is fresh cut. Check to see that needles are firmly attached and don’t fall off when the tree is lightly shaken. Be sure the trunk is long enough so you can cut off two inches and place the fresh cut trunk in a sturdy stand that holds water. Water the tree every day! Keep the tree away from heat sources such as fireplaces and radiators. DO NOT put lighted candles on the tree or have candles near the tree. OH! And if you or children in your home have allergies or asthma use an artificial tree. A real tree can have up to 38 different asthma/allergy triggers on it. Be sure an artificial tree is labeled fire resistant and if pre-lit that it has a UL label on the lights. All strings of lights should have that tag on them. Turn off tree lights when you are going to be gone. Use only one extension cord. Get one long enough to get the job done with one. Don’t link up multiple cords. Use only 3 light strings per extension cord.

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Mendota Community Hospital's Emergency Department Goes Electronic
November 21, 2013
On September 17th, 2013 the Emergency Department at Mendota Community Hospital went “live” with Meditech (Medical Information Technology, Inc). This software based system is from Massachusetts. Meditech is a medical information system that is installed in healthcare facilities throughout the world. MCH began implementing Meditech’s healthcare information system back in 1997. We began integrating modules into individual departments with the latest being the Emergency Department Management (EDM) module. EDM started with the nursing documentation go-live in February of 2013 and the physician documentation with physician order entry on September 17th, 2013.

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Emergency Management Training, Infant Abduction Drill (Code Amber)
November 14, 2013
On Thursday November 13, 2013 with the help of Mendota Police Department the hospital tested their Infant Abduction Policy. Testing this plan helps Mendota Community Hospital meet the Illinois Department of Public Health Emergency Preparedness requirements while providing valuable training for staff. The hospital is required to have community partners involved in testing and training of Emergency Operations Plans. Achieving good results in the event of an Infant Abduction (Code Amber) situation requires strong team work and good communication both internally and externally. Incident Command was established in the hospital and Mendota Police and Hospital Incident Command Team worked together. Police also used canine units to assist in the search. After the drill a critique of the event was held to learn areas that need improvement.

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