Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

November 08, 2006

Pandemic flu topic of workshop

"Pandemic Preparedness ... Are We Ready?" a symposium and networking opportunity to help Anne Arundel County businesses and government agencies prepare their responses to a flu pandemic, will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Sheraton Annapolis Hotel, 173 Jennifer Road.

It will provide an overview of pandemic influenza and its impact on businesses and government agencies. Topics will include:

How a pandemic will affect your workplace;

What area businesses can expect from government agencies and the health system during a pandemic;

How to plan for continuity of business operations during a pandemic.

The symposium is sponsored by the county Department of Health and Office of Emergency Management, the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce, Anne Arundel Medical Center and Baltimore Washington Medical Center.

The registration fee is $25 and includes continental breakfast, lunch and resource materials.

Registrations will be accepted through Friday. Visit https:--web.memberclicks.com/mc/quickForm/viewForm.do?org Id=aaaccc&formId=19528 or call 410-222-4115 to receive a registration form.

Hospital recognized for quality of care

Baltimore Washington Medical Center recently ranked in the top 16 percent of 200 hospitals nationwide for its quality of care in five areas: pneumonia, hip replacement, ischemic stroke, heart failure and medically managed myocardial infarction/heart attack.

The ranking earned Glen Burnie hospital the CareScience Select Practice Customer Quality Leaders Award. CareScience is a care management system that helps hospitals identify areas for clinical improvement, implement better treatment processes and improve patient outcomes. Baltimore Washington Medical Center has participated in the system since 2003.

Each year, CareScience reviews all of its hospitals' performance to determine which ones qualify for the quality leaders award. The system analyzes clinical data, such as mortality, severity of illness and length of patient stay. Patient factors are also taken into consideration, such as age, sex, health history and other illnesses that the patient is being treated for.

Medical center plans free seminar

Anne Arundel Medical Center will offer free spine and back pain seminar from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Michael's Eighth Avenue, 7220 Grayburn Ave., Glen Burnie.

Registration and information: 410-481-4700.

County schedules flu-shot clinics

The county Department of Health is offering flu immunizations for Anne Arundel residents at a series of clinics.

Vaccinations are recommended for people age 50 and older; people with medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, cancer and HIV/AIDS; children ages 6 months through 4 years; pregnant women; health care personnel who provide direct patient care; and household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children under 5 years old.

Pneumococcal vaccine will also be provided for people over age 65 or with chronic heart and pulmonary conditions, who have lost their spleen or have sickle-cell anemia.

The vaccinations are free, but $20 donations will be accepted to cover costs. Medicare Part B will cover the $20 donation for the flu and pneumococcal vaccines. Individuals should bring their Medicare cards.

Immunizations will be offered:

Tuesday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Maryland City Fire Station, 3498 Fort Meade Road, Laurel.

Information: 410-222-7343.

Hospital in need of blood donors

Anne Arundel Medical Center reports a critical shortage of all blood types, especially O-positive and A.

The blood bank is open for donations:

Mondays, 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Fridays, 7:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. To donate, call 443-481-4215 to schedule an appointment.

ADHD information offered to caregivers

Child care providers and parents who have problems with children with disruptive behavior related to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can get help from a copy of the latest issue of "Building Blocks," a newsletter from the county Department of Health.

Information: 410-222-7979 or www.aahealth.org.

Outreach center lists activities

Baltimore Washington Medical Center will be offering the following activities at its Arundel Mills Outreach Center between Dave and Buster's and entrance No. 4:

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

Nov. 16, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., blood pressure and lung capacity screenings.

Information: 410-787-4367.

Hospital offers November activities

Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer the following screenings and activities:

Monday, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Man-to-Man, a prostate cancer support group, meets to discuss cancer diagnosis, treatment and management, first floor, Tate Center Conference Room. 410-553-8129.

Tuesday, 6 p.m., a stroke support group meets to discuss resources and services available to stroke patients. 410-787-4118.

Nov. 15, 4 p.m., Joint School meets to discuss total joint replacement. Reservations. 301 Hospital Drive. 410-553-8282. Registration: 410-787-4367.

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