Parish Nursing at CCPC
Central College Presbyterian Church is blessed to have a Parish Nurse(PN) program in place with RN Amy Taylor on staff. The PN program provides healthcare information, activities and programs throughout the year. Volunteer RN's assist with regularly scheduled blood pressure screenings and more.
Health Happenings Spotlight - Health Happenings Nov/Dec 2017
Revascularization Procedures for Lower Extremities.
November is Diabetes Awareness month. Diabetes is a disease that is growing in incidence in the United States. Diabetes not only affects the endocrine system when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin to regulate blood glucose, but it is also a vascular disease. The damage to the vascular system caused by high blood glucose affects the eyes, kidneys, heart, brain and extremities. Good foot care is vitally important. Anyone with diabetes should do daily foot inspections. (See the Welcome Center Wall Pocket for Foot Care Handouts.)
Due to the impact on circulation in the lower extremities, diabetes contributes to many amputations each year. Diminished circulation in the legs can also occur in the absence of diabetes. Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) or Peripheral Venous Disease (PVD.) These diseases of the blood vessels in the legs can cause disabling pain, open sores and other skin problems. Preferred treatment by the NIH for PAD, PVD or wounds caused by diabetes is artery bypass surgery or the newer technique of revascularization of the blood vessels through transluminal angioplasty. This is the procedure that has been done in heart vessels for several years, which uses a small catheter and balloon to open up a blood vessel and often includes placing a stent to keep the vessel open. Advantages to angioplasty include: safety, more economical, low morbidity, repeatable, doesn’t require general anesthesia and infrequent complications. Disadvantages are that it isn’t effective with calcified occlusions (blockage) and the chance that the blood vessel remains open for 5 years is inferior to artery bypass surgery. Central Ohio is fortunate to have several vascular surgeons and interventional radiologists who perform revascularization surgeries so that amputation is not the first method of treatment, but a last option.
Care Visitors - Providing care to Caregivers. Get more HERE.
Communion Bread - The communion bread at CCPC is now gluten-free (11/15). Ingredients include milk, eggs butter, and gluten flour (Whole grain sorghum flour, brown rice flour ,whole grain millet flour, rice flour, whole grain quinoa flour, xanthan gum.) The flour does not contain any nut flours.
+ Blue Christmas service on Sunday, December 17 at 7 p.m. This service is for anyone who has experienced a loss and is not feeling joyful for the holiday season
+ Blood Pressure Screenings -For Diabetes Awareness Month, the Parish Nurses will be doing blood sugar screenings on Sunday Nov. 19th between services.
Please let us know if you would like pastoral care. Please be aware that unless we are notified, Central College Presbyterian Church may not know that you have been hospitalized. One of our members, a family member of the affected member, or a hospital employee who has been given permission (requested by the patient) to contact the church directly, may contact the church to let us know of your hospitalization. This is part of federal HIPAA regulations, but has been hospital policy for many years.
With your best care in mind. Amy Taylor, Parish Nurse (Contact Amy)