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Home Parenteral Nutrition (HPN) Awareness Week August 5-11

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

August 5–11 is  Home Parenteral Nutrition (HPN) Awareness Week. With the goal of demystifying HPN and helping others better understand what HPN patients go though on a daily basis, the Oley Foundation has come up with plenty of ways you can get involved throughout the week and we’d like to share some of them with you!

The awareness we are able to spread as a group over the week will be largely up to you! You are the heart of the effort, and your experiences are key in creating understanding and hope in others. Contact your local media, post your story on the PHS Facebook page, upload a YouTube video, or send us your story via email (dmakerson@pediatrichomeservice.com) so we can post it in our blog and share with all the PHS followers—the more we all work together to spread the word, the larger an impact we can have.

Be sure to use HPN Awareness Week logo as Facebook profile photo; and join in on any discussions!

  • Sunday, Awareness:
    • explain what home parenteral nutrition is and how it has helped you. Tell your family, friends and co-workers
    • distribute and wear HPN Awareness Week buttons (available through Oley)
    • post on Web sites, blogs
  • Monday, Outreach:
    • share Oley materials with someone with a similar diagnosis
  • Tuesday, Advocacy:
    • send letters to elected officials; write to local media (samples at oley.org)
    • write a letter to the editor
  • Wednesday, Education:
    • how to travel with HPN, share some facts about HPN and/or Oley, etc.
    • write a letter to the editor
  • Thursday, Networking:
    • explain how knowing others on HPN has helped you, introduce Oley (and RCs), how to connect to others
    • share information packets with doctors, other organizations, etc. (available through Oley)
    • Third item of embedded list
  • Friday, Understanding:
    • address misconceptions (HPN can be administered at home, can help one feel stronger, etc.)
    • letter to editor
    • talk to family, friends, co-workers
  • Saturday, Awareness:
    • share a positive experience you have experienced because of HPN, and what made it positive
    • post on Inspire forum, Oley FB page

Download an HPN Awareness Week poster to display at your home or work as a way to start a conversation!

Tweet, twitter, and post—and get others involved.

Please use the HPN Awareness Week logo whenever it’s appropriate. It will be great if everyone could use it as a Facebook profile photos August 5–11! Use it on your blogs and e-mails.

If you have Facebook, Twitter, etc., please share this message with fellow HPNers.

Create excitement for the week of August 5!

The role of immunizations in the health of children

Friday, September 16th, 2011

With the winter season fast approaching and kids back in school, we thought it would be a good idea to sit down with PHS’s Medical Director, Roy Maynard, M.D. to discuss immunizations and most importantly now, the flu shot. Watch the video below to see what he had to say.

In the past 50 years vaccine preventable diseases have decreased by 90% through the use of vaccine preventable diseases.

There are still diseases out there that are vaccine preventable such as the whooping cough, chicken pox, invasive haemophilus influenzae and influenza disease, but in order to avoid these, children must be vaccinated.

Claims have been made that the Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine cause autism, that is not true. It has been disproven and vaccines are safe. Parents who elect not to use vaccines do so by placing their children at risk in the population.

AAP promotes vaccines, and have a routine immunization schedule. PHS supports the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy on childhood immunizations.

Some children with immunodeficiency syndrome should check with their physician or health care provider prior to immunization especially if they have concerns with live vaccines and their children.

Now that children are back in school and fall is approaching, the risk for infection increases. It is a good idea to take a look at your child’s immunization schedule and consider a flu shot for you and your family.

Another important way that can help you and your family keep infection free during this flu season is with proper hand washing. Contact PHS for your free copy of our hand washing otherwise feel free to print a copy from our PHS Resources page here.

Immunizations can be a hot button topic for some. Are you planning to get a flu shot this fall for you and your children? Why or why not? We’d love to hear from you.

Prevent Infection with Surface Cleaning

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Bacteria are lurking in your home — in the places where you and your family spend most of your time.

Surface areas can become contaminated in any number of ways, including through touch, coughing, and contact with food.

Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to keep bacteria at bay and help prevent the spread of infection. In an earlier post, we talked about the importance of proper hand washing. Another thing you can do is to regularly clean the surfaces in your home that come in direct contact with people’s skin and where bacteria can often be found.

Watch PHS nurse educator Jill Wall demonstrate the importance of proper surface cleaning in the preventing the spread of infection

Best practices in surface cleaning

  • Use a clean, disposable wipe every time you clean
  • Don’t use a rag or cloth that has been sitting in the sink
  • Thoroughly clean a surface, vigorously rubbing the area
  • Toss the wipe when you are finished; don’t use the other side
  • Allow the surface to dry thoroughly, giving agents time to work; don’t wipe dry with a paper towel or cloth

Common areas that need cleaning

  • Microwave handles and areas touched frequently
  • Kitchen sink area, including edges and the faucet and handles
  • Refrigerator door handles and other areas touched during use
  • All doorknobs and countertops
  • Computer keyboards
  • TV or video remote controls
  • Handset phones
  • Bathroom sinks, toilets, tubs
  • Any equipment your child touches frequently

What do you do to prevent the spread of infection in your home, office or other public places? Do you have any tips to share? We’d love to hear from you.

Proper hand washing is No. 1 way to prevent infection

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Clean hands can save lives.

Infections pose a health threat for any child—especially as we head into the flu season and spend more time indoors—but they can be particularly devastating for medically-fragile children with weakened immune systems. For these kids, illness, recurring infections, and hospitalization can be life threatening.

Proper hand washing is the best defense.

It’s quick, easy, and the single most effective thing you can do to stop the spread of germs and prevent infection at home or in the hospital, in school or at work, or anywhere in the community.

It’s important to do it right.

Watch PHS Nurse Educator Jill Wall, RN, BSN, CRNI, demonstrate proper hand washing techniques and hear what she says about hand sanitizers on the PHS YouTube channel.



How to wash your hands

  • Wash your hands with soap and water, scrubbing for 40 to 60 seconds (the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice).
  • Get in between all the fingers and wash thoroughly around fingernails and any jewelry, all the way up to and including the wrists.
  • Rinse your hands thoroughly and dry them vigorously with a paper or clean cloth towel. Turn the water off using the towel to protect your clean hands.

Waterless cleaning with hand sanitizer

Soap and water are best, but if they aren’t available, hand sanitizers are a good second choice. Use enough of the sanitizer to thoroughly wet your hands and wrists, rub all over for 20 to 30 seconds, again including the wrists, until the sanitizer is completely dry.

Get our free PHS hand washing guide

Call PHS at 651-642-1825 and ask a customer service representative for a free hand washing guide. Keep it handy to prevent the spread of infection in your home.

Good hand washing is a simple thing, but not always practiced. Do you have any advice on how to make sure people remember to wash their hands, and do it properly? What other things do you do to stop the spread of germs at home or when you are out and about?

We’d love to hear from you.