Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

July 13, 2004

AAMC seminar Thursday to focus on sports injuries

Anne Arundel Medical Center, in collaboration with three area doctors' offices, will host a seminar Thursday for athletic directors, coaches and support staff on protecting players from sports-related injuries.

The speakers and their topics are:

Dr. Brian Sullivan of Maryland Brain and Spine, "Head Injuries and Return to Play Guidelines."

Dr. Alan Sokoloff of the Yalich Clinic, "Prevention of Heat-Related Injuries and Dehydration."

Dr. Edward McDevitt of Bay Area Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, "Performance-Enhancing Drugs."

Dr. Larry Plotkin of the Yalich Clinic, "Pre- and Post-Game Nutrition."

The seminar will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Room 250 on the second floor of the Sajak Pavilion.

North Arundel offers screenings, exhibits at mall

North Arundel Hospital will offer screenings and educational exhibits at its Arundel Mills storefront, between Jillian's and entrance 4:

Today, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., foot screenings.

Tomorrow, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., colon screenings; 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., diabetes and diet information; and 9 a.m. to noon, cholesterol screenings.

Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., blood pressure and lung capacity screenings; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., blood pressure screenings.

Monday, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., information on county Department of Aging services.

July 20, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., foot screenings.

July 26, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., blood pressure screenings.

July 27, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., foot and blood pressure screenings.

Information: 410-787-4366.

Red Cross plans classes on CPR, first aid

Courses in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid have been scheduled for this month at several sites in Anne Arundel County by the Red Cross of Central Maryland. They include:

Adult CPR, teaching emergency action principles, rescue breathing, anti-choking procedure and rescue for victims 8 years and older. It is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 24, Severna Park United Methodist Church, 731 Benfield Blvd., Severna Park; July 31, Edgewater. Cost: $37.

Adult, Infant and Child CPR, comprehensive training for CPR on adult, infant and child victims, including rescue breathing, clearing obstructed airway and one-rescuer CPR. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 24, Severna Park. Cost: $42.

Adult CPR and First Aid Basics, teaching about rescue breathing, clearing an obstructed airway, performing one-rescuer CPR on victims age 8 and older. Course also includes first-aid basics on how to treat life-threatening bleeding, burns, fractures, shock and sudden illness. The course will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 31 in Edgewater. Fee: $42.

Infant and Child CPR, teaching emergency action principles, rescue breathing, anti-choking procedures and CPR for infants and children to age 8. The class is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Annapolis. Cost: $37.

Infant and Child CPR and First Aid, teaching emergency action principles, rescue breathing, anti-choking procedures and CPR for infants and children to age 8 emphasizing first aid for those who work in child care settings. Class, which includes infant and child CPR certification, will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Annapolis. Cost: $42.

CPR for the Professional Rescuer, an advanced-level course teaching those with a job-related duty - law enforcement officers, lifeguards, health care professionals - how to act in an emergency situation. The class will meet from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. July 24 at Edgewater. Cost: $45.

"Crime Avoidance Training," interactive training focusing on empowering individuals to take responsibility for their safety. The class, organized around a typical day, covers security awareness, tough-target strategies, safety on the move, using an automated teller machine and responding to threatening situations. Instructors will come to a facility, group or organization at a time that is convenient for the group. A minimum of 10 people is required. The fee is $9.95 per person. Information: 410-764-7000, Ext. 7235, or mbrooks@arc-cmc. org.

All courses are on a first-come basis; preregistration with payment is required. Information: 410-764-4609.

Medical center expands blood donation schedule

The Anne Arundel Medical Center Blood Donor Center has announced an expanded appointment schedule.

The blood bank will now be open for appointments:

Mondays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Tuesdays from 7:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. (evening hours by appointment).

Wednesdays from 7:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. (evening hours by appointment).

Thursdays from 7:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Fridays from 7:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

The donor center is on Level 1 of the Acute Care Pavilion, 2001 Medical Parkway. To make an appointment: 443-481-4215 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Red Cross seeks volunteers for summer blood drives

The Red Cross Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services region is seeking youths to work as volunteers at blood drives this summer. 14 or older can earn service learning credits and develop job skills by helping the blood collections staff. Training is provided.

Volunteers will welcome donors to the reception area and help care for them in the refreshment area after donation. A commitment of 40 hours over the summer is required. Blood drives last four to six hours and are held daily around the state.

Volunteers will help with blood drives in Baltimore and in Anne Arundel, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties. Registration for training: 800-272-0094, Ext. 1; or e-mail karlofft@usa. redcross.org.

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