EGH EMS offering ACLS course
Elkhart General Hospital Emergency Medical Services is offering an Advanced Cardiac Life Support course from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Elkhart General Health Education Center, 2222 Rieth Blvd., next to Lowe’s along U.S. 33 in Goshen.
The two-day course is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to evaluate and manage an adult cardiac arrest and other acute cardiopulmonary emergencies by integrating critical BLS skills with ACLS interventions. This program is intended for any healthcare provider responsible for emergency cardiac care.
Course fees are $100 for affiliated providers and $125 for non-EGH affiliated providers. Courses are open to the public.
For more information, call Elkhart General Emergency Medical Services at 574- 875-6430. To register online, visit www.egh.org.
Washing hands can help prevent sickness
Hand washing is an important step to staying healthy, especially during the winter.
According to Dr. Will Sawyer, an infection prevention specialist) and many others, people have the power to prevent the flu, and many other respiratory illnesses. All it takes is frequent and thorough hand washing, and following a few other principles.
Dr. Will offers the following “4 Principles of Hand Awareness”:
1. Wash your hands when they are dirty and before eating.
2. Do not cough into your hands.
3. Do not sneeze into your hands … and most important,
4. Do not put your fingers into your eyes, nose or mouth.
Those who follow these principles will be in virtual isolation, regardless of the people around them, Elkhart County Health Department officials said. Direct contamination (inoculation) of our mucus membranes is how infectious diseases enter people’s bodies. It is not germs wafting through our ventilation systems, officials said.
By frequently washing our hands, we wash away germs that we have picked up from other people, contaminated surfaces or from animals and animal waste, health officials said.