Almost every summer our forest around us can be plagued with wildfires that can deliver dense smoke miles away into the river valley were live in. This may seem nothing to be concerned about actual fire reaching our community, but wildfire smoke can irritate your eyes, nose, throat and lungs. They can make you cough or wheeze and can make it hard to breath. There are some things you can do to protect your health from wildfire smoke like staying indoors, stay alert to news coverage or health warnings, keep windows close to prevent smoke from entering your home, use an air conditioner, and use a filtered mask like N95 or N100 industry mask if you are going out doors. Bottom line is avoid breathing smoke if you can help it.
Other helpful fact sheets from the CDC website about wildfire smoke.
Protect Your Lungs from Wildfire Smoke or Ash PDF
Reduce Your Smoke Exposure PDF
Protect Your Large Animals & Livestock for Wildfire Smoke PDF
Protecting Children from Wildfire Smoke and Ash PDF
Foot and Mouth Disease
This announcement is in regards to Hand Food Mouth disease that has affected our community and communities.
Hand Foot Mouth Disease is a Viral condition that leads to ulcers, or sores, inside or around the mouth, a rash or blisters on the hands, feet, legs, or buttocks.
This virus is usually contracted by Children 10 years or younger, but can affect adults as well. The virus is spread through contact with everyday items such as doors, phones, tabletops, and especially contact with others who have the virus.
Early signs of the condition include Fever and Sore Throat. Blisters will form a day or two on the hands, feet, in the mouth and can be painful.
This condition is normally not life threatening so please do not be alarmed. The condition usually runs its course in a few days similar to that of a common cold
But, if you feel you have any of these signs or symptoms and need to be seen by a medical provider when you come to Winslow Indian Healthcare, Leupp, or Dilkon clinics please notify our front desk staff, nursing or medical staff immediately upon arrival of your condition and they will do everything that they can to assist you through this.
If possible please call in advance, but this is not required.
Thank you for your attention to this matter again this is a Public Service Announcement and Notification.
Jorge Kinds RN BSN MBA
SCN WIHCC Urgent Care
News, Events and Feeds
Yá’át’ééh The Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Newsletter of Winslow Indian Health Care Center publishes quarterly. Paper copies are available at WIHCC facilities at Winslow Indian Care Center, Leupp clinic and Dilkon clinic.
Spring 2019 issue is available
Division of Nursing Award Winners
Congratulation to Liz Blackgoat for the Nomination of The DAISY Award
It is never easy to find a nurse who fits all the criteria for the Daisy Award. However it was great to discover that we have an extraordinary nurse among us. Through her hard work and dedication, this nurse cannot be overlooked.
This Daisy Award citations for this extraordinary nurse - Liz Blackgoat, RN. Besides being a skillful nurse, (when WIHCC was young) Liz is the Women's Health coordinator. She works hard to make sure her patients are scheduled and seen in a timely manner. Knowing how a cancer diagnosis can devastate a patient and her family, Liz is always supportive to her patients, reassuring them and comforting them. Her compassionate style of caring gives all of us a feeling that someone cares.
Liz is always ready to educate her patients and their families as well as her coworkers. There was a time, on short notice, Liz was asked to make brochures demonstrating the services her clinic offers to meet the needs of American Indian Women and without hesitation she designed and produced the brochures that were needed. She uses her resources to help to provide pertinent information an education on cancer screening and treatment to all of our clinical nurses.
Liz has excellent interpersonal skills, She is always calm, polite and works well wiht all departments here at WIHCC. It is obvious that she is committed to her patients by the programs she has set in motion, all in her commitment for better quality of care to our patients and to WIHCC.
Kay Bassani, RN