Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

June 12, 2005

Water quality readings available online, by phone

Water sampling results from 101 county beaches are now available online and by phone through Labor Day.

Anyone can log on to www.aa health.org or call 410-222-7999 for water quality information. The Web site and phone line also alert for emergency closings on beaches and waterways.

In cases of emergency closings, the areas stated are closed to recreational uses such as swimming and other water sports.

Focus group forming on smoking habits

The county Department of Health is seeking African-American smokers and ex-smokers for focus group research. All participants must be county residents and be between 18 and 34 years old. Men and women are needed for the study.

The groups will meet for two hours in the evening in the Annapolis and Glen Burnie areas. Members will discuss their attempts at quitting, experiences with smoking and opinions of smoking cessation materials.

Groups will meet this month and next. Meals will be provided and each participant will receive $50. 410-222-7979.

Orientation offered for health professionals

Anne Arundel Community College is offering the following orientations for health professionals:

June 20, 10 a.m., Emergency Medical Technician Program Orientation, Florestano Building, Room 402, Arnold campus.

June 22, 6 p.m., Physical Therapist Assistant Program Orientation, Florestano Building, Room 402, Arnold campus.

All programs are free. Registration: 410-777-7318, or www. aacc.edu/healthprofessions.

Medical center urgently needs blood donations

Anne Arundel Medical Center is urgently seeking blood donations. Although some hospitals purchase blood or use donations from the Red Cross, AAMC depends solely on donations made at the hospital. The hospital's blood bank is open for donations from 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Monday; 8:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Thursday; and 7:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Friday. Any healthy adult between the ages of 17 and 70 who weighs at least 110 pounds is eligible to donate. Appointments: 443-481-4215.

American Red Cross offers CPR, first-aid classes

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

Adult CPR, teaching emergency action principles, rescue breathing, anti-choking procedure and rescue for victims 8 and older. It is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, 345 Pike Ridge Road, Edgewater; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 25, Severna Park; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 25, Edgewater. Cost: $37.

Adult, Infant and Child CPR: comprehensive CPR course trains for CPR on adult, infant and child victims, including rescue breathing, clearing obstructed airway and one-rescuer CPR. The classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 25, Severna Park. Cost: $42.

Adult CPR and First Aid Basics: learn rescue breathing, how to clear an obstructed airway and perform one-rescuer CPR on victims 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 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 25, Edgewater. Cost: $42.

Infant and Child CPR: teaches emergency action principles, rescue breathing, anti-choking procedures and CPR for infants and children from birth to age 8. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Severna Park. Cost: $37.

Infant and Child CPR and First Aid, including infant and child CPR certification, emphasizing first aid for those who work in child care settings. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Severna Park. Cost: $42.

CPR for the Professional Rescuer, an advanced course for those with a job-related duty -- law enforcement officer, lifeguard, health care professional -- to act in an emergency situation. Meets from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Edgewater Red Cross. Cost: $45.

All courses are on a first-come, first-served basis, and advance registration with payment is required. Information: 410- 624-2060.

Free health screenings, panels at Arundel Mills

North Arundel Hospital is offering free screenings and discussions at its Arundel Mills storefront:

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

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

Thursday, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., blood pressure screening.

June 20, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., county Department of Aging will offer information on its services.

June 24, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., computerized neck and back screenings.

June 27, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., blood pressure screenings.

June 28, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., foot screenings.

June 28, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., blood pressure screenings. Registration. 410-553-8129.

Screenings, exhibits set at North Arundel

North Arundel Hospital is offering free screenings and exhibits in the main lobby:

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