County to begin wildlife rabies vaccinations The Anne...

HEALTH NOTES

September 03, 2002

County to begin wildlife rabies vaccinations

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health has set Monday as the start of its annual oral rabies vaccine project. The goal is to immunize thousands of wild raccoons on the Annapolis and Broadneck peninsulas to reduce the risk of human and pet exposure to rabies.

Baits will be distributed by Department of Health personnel and volunteers. Bait teams will be wearing orange vests, and will travel in marked county vehicles. In less densely populated areas, baits will be distributed from a county police helicopter.

Property owners who do not want bait placed on their property should contact the Department of Health at 410-222-7256.

Arundel hospital named `most-wired' hospital

Anne Arundel Medical Center has been named one of the 100 "most-wired" hospitals and health systems in the nation by Hospitals & Health Networks, the journal of the American Hospital Association.

This is the second consecutive year AAMC has been named to the list, which is compiled by the journal in cooperation with McKresson Information Solutions, Qwest Communications International and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

Among the technologies employed at AAMC are its picture archiving and communication system, which electronically stores and transmits radiology images; Par Excellence, an automated inventory system; a systemwide intranet; and computerized bedside patient records.

Children's Safety Day scheduled for Saturday

The Pasadena office of Caldwell Banker Residential Brokerage will offer a free, noninvasive DNA LifePrint identification at Children's Safety Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 3201 Mountain Road, Pasadena.

A fire truck from the Jacobsville Fire Department also will be on hand, as well as free fingerprinting for children by the Anne Arundel County Sheriff's Office. Safety seat checks, bicycle safety information and educational materials from D.A.R.E. and the Maryland Poison Center will be featured, along with free refreshments and face painting.

Prizes include a free bicycle and helmet donated by Annapolis Banking and Trust, a backpack and school supplies from Rite-Aid and Office Depot.

Donations to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will be accepted, as well as donations of nonperishable food items for the Anne Arundel Food Bank.

Information: 410-255-7700.

New program helps end painkiller dependency

Pathways, Anne Arundel Medical Center's addiction rehabilitation facility in Annapolis, has begun a new outpatient detoxification program for individuals suffering withdrawal from prescription medications.

"Opiates such as OxyContin, Percocet and Darvocet are powerful painkillers, when used appropriately," said Pathways director Shirley Knelly. "Yet these same medications can create physical dependence among some patients, who then require a change in cessation of medication."

The program weans patients from analgesic medication in a nonthreatening environment for a period of three to 10 days, followed by a return referral to their physician for ongoing care and support in pain management.

The program, conducted under the direction of Pathways' medical director, Dr. Roopam Sood-Khandpur, and registered nurses Helen Reines and Joyce Adaire, will operate seven days a week between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Appropriate referrals are accepted from the patient's primary care physician or a physician specializing in the treatment of pain management.

Information: 410-573-5400 or 800-322-5858.

N. Arundel Hospital offers medical consent forms

North Arundel Hospital offers medical consent forms that enable doctors to give immediate care to a child during an emergency, in the absence of the child's parents or guardians. The consent form features a legal notarization section, parent/guardian information, emergency contact numbers, child's health history, insurance information and alternative contact information.

The back of the form shows a detailed map to the location of North Arundel Hospital as well as the hospital's emergency contact phone numbers.

To receive free copies of the form, call 410-787-4367.

Dance fitness classes to begin next week

Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks Department and Bio Aerobics Inc. will hold dance fitness classes for adults and teens beginning next week.

Programs available include "Cardio Fit," "Tone and Trim" and "Step Intervals." The eight-week session features 16 classes. The cost is $52.

Classes are held at Northeast Senior High, Lake Shore Elementary, Linthicum Elementary, Lindale Elementary, Belle Grove Elementary, Southgate Elementary and Oakwood Elementary schools.

Classes also will be held at other locations throughout the county. Information: 410-956- 1084 or www.bioaerobics.com.

Hospital schedules series of health screenings

North Arundel Hospital will offer the following screenings and educational exhibits this month at its Arundel Mills storefront, between Jillian's and mall entrance No. 4:

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