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 July/August 2018 - Immunizations
One of the National Health Observances for the summer months is Immunizations. Immunizations are vital to maintaining public health and safety for people of all ages. Required immunizations for school age children include doses of Hepatitis B, DTAP, HIB, PVC13, IPV, MMR, Varicella, and Hepatitis A.
There has been an increase in the number of parents refusing to vaccinate their children due to what is now know to be a fraudulent study that linked the MMR vaccine with autism. Still a reluctance to immunize continues in parts of Europe, the U.K,. and the U. S. In 2006, the primary reason given by parents for refusing to vaccinate or delay the schedule of vaccinations was safety of the vaccines. A more recent study from 2013 found that the primary reason parents are refusing now is that they think the vaccinations are no longer necessary. Unfortunately, this is not at all true. Diseases that were almost eradicated worldwide have shown resurgence in several countries. The United States has seen an increase in outbreaks of measles and whooping cough. In fact, the cases of whooping cough went from 2,000/year in the 1980’s, to 50,000 cases in 2012. The last few years the cases have declined although are still ten times higher than 30 years ago. Children who are unvaccinated and develop a fever require more testing when seen in an emergency setting than children who have been vaccinated because with children who have been vaccinated, physicians are able to eliminate potential causes more easily. Unvaccinated children are not only more at risk of developing life-threatening diseases themselves, but put those children and adults who are immune-compromised or unable to receive vaccinations due to age or other health disorders at more risk.
Adults also need regular vaccinations. Yearly flu shots, two types of pneumococcal vaccines, tetanus vaccinations every ten years, and often at least one DTAP as an adult to help prevent pertussis (whooping cough), and shingles vaccines. There is a new shingles vaccine called Zostavax that can be given after age 50 and is more effective than the first shingles vaccine that was developed.
For more information on childhood and adult vaccination schedules, or the Zostavax vaccine, please see the wall pocket in the welcome center.
I have joined a partnership program with Mount Carmel East. This program is studying the benefits of having a faith community nurse, like myself, do follow up with patients after they have been hospitalized to see it the phone calls have an effect on preventing readmissions. This only applies to those of you admitted to MCE, but if you are, and are asked to participate, it will mean a couple of calls from me, one within 72 hours of discharge and one at 30 days hospitalization.
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.
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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)