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Back-to-School Immunization Program Begins

Back-to-School Immunization Program Begins

 

The Southern Nevada Health District is starting regular back-to-school shot clinics Wednesday

The immunization clinics will be held at the health district’s new home at 330 S. Valley View at Meadows Lane. The shots will be available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. No other health district services will be available at the new building at this time.

Next week’s shot clinic is just the beginning of several clinics that will be held at various locations around the Las Vegas valley in the weeks leading up to the start of school. Many of the clinics will be low cost or no cost. For a complete list of clinics, go to snhd.com.

The Clark County School District requires the following vaccinations for students enrolled in public or private schools:

Red Cross Offers Workshops for Recently Returned Airmen

Red Cross Offers Workshops for Recently Returned Airmen

The Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross is now offering workshops to help members of the military recently back from a deployment and their families reconnect.

The Reconnection Workshops, Presented by Walmart are run by licensed and specially trained Red Cross mental health professionals. The sessions focus on the challenges of readjusting. The workshops are for service members, spouses, children, parents and significant others. The sessions are free and confidential. People can choose any of the sessions that apply to their individual situation. They can also choose to go to all the sessions.

For more information about current workshops, or to register for future workshops go to redcrosslasvegas.org.

New Fitness Center Opens at Nellis

New Fitness Center Opens at Nellis

 

A new state-of-the-art fitness center has opened at Nellis Air Force Base.

The $25 million facility has an indoor track, a lap pool and weight-training facilities. It is open to members of the military and their families. It also has a special section for airmen recovering from injuries.

“We have free-motion equipment for our wounded warriors. Anyone, no matter what their disability is, is able to train and remain fit,” Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Cook, a fitness specialist at Nellis, said.

The new facility replaced a fitness center that was nearly 40 years old. There is also a nutrition center to make sure fighting forces are eating healthy.

Nursing Students Help with Simulation Study

Nursing Students Help with Simulation Study

Starting this fall nursing students at the College of Southern Nevada will be part of a national study on simulated patients.

The study will use 154 full-time nursing students to see if more work with simulated patients can give students better training than real patients. The simulated patients are not the old-fashioned mannequins people might envision. The new simulated patients are highly sophisticated computerized mannequins that can replicate any patient condition.

Using a simulator means mistakes do not turn into tragedies and educators can make the mannequins go through scenarios that students are unlikely to see at a local hospital making them more prepared for unique situations.

The CSN nurses are part of a study going on at top nursing schools around the country.

 “CSN’s selection to take part in this project speaks to the national reputation of quality our nursing program has established,” said CSN President Dr. Michael D. Richards.

Free CPR Classes to Be Offered

Free CPR Classes to Be Offered

The American Red Cross invites the public to attend a free Adult CPR Class on Saturday, April 23 at the Thomas and Mack Center. Called "CPR Saturday", the event will train 1,000 people in one day in the lifesaving skill of CPR.

Two sessions will be conducted; one beginning at 8:30am and a repeat session at 1:30 pm. Each session is three hours. A two-year Adult CPR certification will be issued upon successful completion.

Register at www.redcrosslasvegas.org or (702) 531-0237.

Sunrise Hospital to Host Healthcare Seminar

Sunrise Hospital to Host Healthcare Seminar

Sunrise Hospital, in partnership with Nathan Adelson Hospice, will host a Healthcare Decisions Day on Saturday, April 16.

At this free event, people can learn details about Advance Directives, how to talk to your loved ones about Advance Directives, and vital health resources such as the Nevada Lock Box, organ and tissue donation and financial planning. You will also have the opportunity to complete and file an Advanced Directive at the event. After 1 p.m., attendees can hear presentations about community services for older adults.

The event will be held at Sunrise Hospital Auditorium, 3186 S. Maryland Pkwy., and will run from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Appetizers will be provided to all participants and community resource organizations will offer additional information. Space is limited. Please RSVP by calling 233-5454.

Free Diabetes Workshop Offered at Desert Springs Hospital

Free Diabetes Workshop Offered at Desert Springs Hospital

The Nevada Diabetes Association is offering a free patient event April 30 at Desert Springs Hospital to help educate diabetes patients about the signs and symptoms of painful Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (pDPN).

Kenneth D. Grant, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Touro University, is going to emphasize the importance of speaking with a physician, getting a proper diagnosis, and tips on how help to manage the condition.

Approximately 20 percent of people with diabetes experience pDPN, which is characterized by burning pain, pins and needles, or shooting pain in the hands or feet.  It can become extremely debilitating, affecting patients' ability to participate in everyday activities, to sleep, and to exercise.

Diabetes is one of the most common chronic and progressive health conditions in the United States today; the incidence has skyrocketed in recent years.