Wentworth-Douglass Emergency earns regional recognition: Seacoast health news – Seacoastonline.com


DOVER – The Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Emergency Department has earned “pediatric ready” status with Always Ready for Children, a program focused on creating a regional approach to pediatric care to unify care standards across states and allow for collaborative improvements in pediatric readiness
Hospitals recognized as being “pediatric ready” by a recognition program scored higher on the National Pediatric Readiness Assessment and the establishment of such recognition programs demonstrated pediatric mortality rates four times lower than other hospitals, according to the ARC program.
“The ARC program has provided our team an opportunity to ensure we have the appropriate tools, guidelines, and equipment to deliver the highest quality pediatric care to those in our community,” said Kayla Fitzgerald, executive director of Critical Care Services at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital. “We are fortunate to have talented members on our team, including Molly Allard, child life specialist, Sadie Nason, our transfer coordinator ED, Jackie McCourt APRN, and Emily Knight , chair our pediatric committee, and providers from the Seacoast Emergency Physician group who provided oversight during the assessment process and who work with nursing staff to improve gaps in our clinical practice.”
To qualify for “ready” status the Wentworth-Douglass Emergency Department: assigned a Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator (nurse and/or physician within the ED) and participated in the National Pediatric Readiness Assessment with a score > 70.
Donna Kousaie, trauma program manager, led the hospital’s effort to earn the recognition and was recognized as the hospital’s pediatric emergency care coordinator. Kousaie said the hospital already had a lot of best practices in place, it was just a matter of pushing forward with a more coordinated approach.
The ARC program is a collaborative project forming a state and region-wide recognition system for emergency departments committed to improving their pediatric care. The program is hosted by the region’s EMS for Children State Partnership Programs under the federal Health Resources and Services Administration and with support from additional state and federal partners.
States involved in the program include New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
SOMERSWORTH and PORTSMOUTH – Two local community health centers will provide free breast and cervical cancer screenings this month for individuals ages 21 to 64 who have no health insurance or whose insurance that doesn’t pay for screening tests.
The screenings will be done at Families First Health Center in Portsmouth on Monday, June 27, and at Goodwin Community Health in Somersworth on Tuesday, June 28. Both clinics are from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Space is limited, and appointments are needed. To pre-qualify and register, call 603-516-2746.
The screenings will include Pap tests and breast exams, with referrals for free mammograms. Screenings are encouraged for those who have not had a Pap test in more than three years (or have never had one) and/or have not had a breast exam in the past year.
To ensure the health and safety of patients and staff, all visitors are required to wear a face mask at all times.
Regular screenings and follow-up care can help prevent or more effectively treat breast and cervical cancers. A screening test looks for signs of disease, such as cancer, before a person has symptoms. In its early stages, cancer is easier to treat. 
For additional breast and cervical cancer screening sites throughout New Hampshire, call 603-271-4931 or visit https://tinyurl.com/NHcancerscreenings.
PORTSMOUTH — Summer is short on the Seacoast, and many people try to cram as much summer fun as possible into these three months. But along with summer fun come summer accidents, mishaps and illness.  The Injury Prevention program at  Portsmouth Regional Hospital offers the following tips for having a safe summer:
Water Safety: No matter where you’re swimming – pool, lake or the ocean – water safety is important for all ages. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the second highest leading cause of unintentional injury death for children ages 1 to 14, second only to motor vehicle accidents. Adults need to be careful too, especially when alcohol is involved. One slip and fall into a pool while intoxicated can be devastating. And if you’re at one of our beaches, watch for changes to the flag color to represent rip tides or otherwise dangerous conditions. Lifeguards are on duty at New Hampshire State Park beaches during the summer (hours vary by location), but it’s up to you to pay attention. If the flag is red, stay out of the water. Don’t leave children unsupervised around water; it only takes 60 seconds to drown. According to the CDC, there are 3,960 fatal unintentional drownings each year, an average of 11 drowning deaths per day.
Sun safety: Apply, reapply and reapply again. Tans may look healthy, and summer is so short in New England that we want to soak up as much sun as possible, but sun damage can not only cause premature aging, it can cause skin cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be nearly 100,000 new cases of melanoma this year. But don’t just apply sunscreen when you’re at the beach – any time you’re outside, mowing the lawn, planting flowers, playing a game of tennis, baseball or corn hole. If you’re outside, protect your skin. It’s the only skin you’ve got.
Heat stroke and heat exhaustion: Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are different things, but are often thought to be synonymous. According to the CDC, heat stroke is the most serious and occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature. As the body temperature quickly rises, the perspiration mechanism fails and our body is unable to cool down. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not given.  Symptoms of heat stroke include: Confusion, altered mental status, slurred speech; loss of consciousness (coma); hot, dry skin or profuse sweating; seizures; very high body temperature.
Heat exhaustion is the body’s response to an excessive loss of the water and salt, according to the CDC, usually through excessive sweating. Those at the highest risk are the elderly, those with high blood pressure and those working in a hot environment. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include: Headache; nausea; dizziness; weakness; irritability; thirst; heavy sweating; elevated body temperature; decreased urine output.
Fire pit safety: Toasting marshmallows for s’mores and sitting around the campfire with your friends and family is one of summer’s best pleasures. But keep children and intoxicated individuals away from the fire, and no one should sit too close to a fire. Be sure to extinguish your campfire completely before leaving the area.
Fireworks safety: Did you know that sparklers can reach temperatures of 1,800 to 3,000 degrees? Don’t let small children play with them, and keep both children and adults away from fireworks. Sit back, relax and leave the pyrotechnics to the professionals.
Check on your neighbors: It’s also important to remember during the warmer months to check on our elderly family members and neighbors, especially when temperatures really soar. The elderly may not be aware of their rising body temperature which can put them at risk for heat stroke, which can be fatal. Some signs to look for in older adults: Headaches, confusion, muscle cramps, dry mouth, low blood pressure, rapid heart rate, infrequent urination.

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