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ALMH on the cutting edge

First participant in first-of-its-kind-in-
the-country emergency medical program

[DEC. 17, 2001]  SPRINGFIELD ó More accurate diagnosis and improved early treatment of burn victims are among the key benefits of the Regional TeleBurn Network being launched through the joint effort of Memorial Medical Center and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, both in Springfield, and Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.

The Regional TeleBurn Network is the first interactive telecommunications network of its kind for acute burn care in the country. Funded by SIUís Rural Health Initiative, it is the first clinical application for Memorialís TeleHealth Network.

 


[Photo provided by SIU News]

The new TeleBurn Network establishes a real-time, visual link between Memorial and local burn evaluation centers such as Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. With both audio and visual communication, the on-call physician in Memorialís burn center can more accurately assess the extent and severity of a burn, prescribe proper administration of fluids and even direct the treating physician through surgical procedures. The burn center is staffed by SIUís Division of Plastic Surgery. The ALMH physician overseeing the project is Dr. Larry Pinter, director of emergency medicine.

 

The system utilizes the stateís Illinois Century Network to provide audio and visual communications between Memorial and the hospitals and health care facilities that join the network. Computers, cameras, monitors and related telecommunications equipment provide audio and visual communication links between the hospitals. The technology has been installed in the emergency department at ALMH and at the Regional Burn Center at MMC. The network is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Communications will be encrypted in order to protect against interception and to maintain patient confidentiality.

Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital is the first to join the network as a certified burn evaluation center. As many as 15 hospitals in an area from Interstate 80 to the stateís southern tip are expected to join in the next several years.

 


[Photo provided by SIU News]

"Prompt, accurate diagnosis and treatment for burn patients are critical," said Dr. Stephen Milner, associate professor of plastic surgery at SIU and medical director of MMCís Burn Center. "Until now, burn center physicians relied solely on telephone communication to assess a burnís severity and recommend initial treatment, without the benefit of visual evaluation."

The new network also makes it possible to assess conditions that can be treated with local care and thus eliminate the need for patient transport to Memorialís Burn Center.

 

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"Outpatient follow-up is another very important benefit," Milner said. "This will save patients, caregivers or family members time, travel expense and inconvenience."

The network was made possible by two grants, totaling $219,780, awarded by SIU to Memorial. The grants, made possible through state funding of SIUís Illinois Rural Health Initiative, cover costs for equipment, installation, training and related costs to connect Memorial with four other downstate hospitals ó including Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. After those four, adding hospitals to the network will depend on availability of future funding.

Ongoing costs per site are estimated to be about $4,300 per year. These include Illinois Century Network access fees, equipment maintenance and administrative support.

"SIU School of Medicine is extremely pleased to support a health care initiative that benefits Illinois citizens and health care providers throughout a large region of Illinois," said Dr. Carl Getto, SIU dean and provost. "This is a real pioneering effort and the beginning of a more active Ďtelehealthí effort under way at the medical school. Not only can we further our mission of bringing high-quality, accessible health care to those we serve, it also allows us to expose our medical students and residents to the possibilities this technology holds." The medical school is part of Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

 

Edgar J. Curtis, Memorialís executive vice president and chief operating officer, said, "Memorial is privileged to join the SIU School of Medicine, state of Illinois and the hospitals which join the network. The benefits range from improved assessment and treatment for burn patients to better continuing education opportunities for health care providers in various other disciplines."

Getto and Curtis pointed out that the network has application potential for many medical settings, including dermatology, cardiology, pediatric care, emergency medicine and psychiatry as well as administration of medical care for correctional facility inmates.

[News release]

 


3D holiday message for everyone

[DEC. 8, 2001]  The holidays are quickly approaching and with them bring many celebrations. For that reason, December has been designated National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Month. Drinking and driving is an all-too-familiar tragic occurrence during the holiday season. More people are on the road to holiday destinations, and more people are consuming alcohol as a part of their holiday celebrations.

The facts you should know to make a difference are:

ē  There is an average of one alcohol-related fatality every 33 minutes. (NHTSA)

ē  Most children who are killed in crashes where alcohol is involved, die at the hands of someone they know. (CDC)

ē  Two out of three children who die in these crashes are actually riding as passengers in a drunk driverís car when they are killed. (CDC)

ē  The average American has a 30 percent chance of being killed or injured by an impaired driver during his or her lifetime. And while the number of alcohol-related fatalities are at an all-time low, impaired driving is still a leading cause of death for people under the age of 30. (NHTSA)

The simple fact of the matter is that driving while impaired is a crime. Last year alone, 15,936 fatalities were attributed to alcohol-related crashes, and in 1997, more than 1.5 million arrests were made of impaired drivers. To address this problem, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration has initiated the "You Drink & Drive, You Lose" Campaign, with the underlying goal of reducing the number of impaired driving fatalities to no more than 11,000 per year by the year 2005.

While individuals rarely possess the tools to determine their own blood alcohol content (BAC is the amount of alcohol present in oneís blood system), law enforcement officials do and will not hesitate to use them if they believe a driver to be impaired.

An individualís BAC can vary after drinking the same amount of alcohol, due to a number of physical and environmental factors, including, but not limited to, height, weight, previous experience with alcohol and amount of food consumed prior to drinking. Because of the wide variance that exists between individuals, it is wise to make alternate travel plans or designate a driver when even a minimal amount of alcohol is involved in any given situation.

Studies show that impairment begins at any BAC level over .00 and can affect an individualís judgment and ability to react ó factors that are critical to safe driving. While it is true that accepted BAC levels vary from state to state (Illinoisí BAC level is .08), to ensure the well-being of all those on the road, the only truly safe driving is sober driving. Real change will not take place until the public recognizes that driving under the influence, at any BAC level, endangers the life of the driver, his or her passengers, and all those traveling on the road. The physical, emotional and economic burdens impaired drivers inflict upon the community each year are unparalleled.

 

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If an individual is found to be impaired while driving, he or she will experience criminal repercussions. These repercussions can include fines, the loss of driving privileges, incarceration, higher insurance rates and a criminal record. Law enforcement officers are cracking down on impaired drivers by stepping up their policing activities on a regular basis.

The question of being caught, however, is a major factor in the impaired driving problem. The public needs, instead, to ask, "What will happen if I donít get caught?" This answer is much more frightening and carries with it much more dire consequences than fines, prosecution or the loss of oneís license. The destruction impaired drivers inflict upon their communities is immeasurable. Everyone is affected by the impaired driverís irresponsible and malicious behavior, whether in higher taxes or the emotional destruction a family experiences after losing a loved one.

The following is a list of tips for a safe holiday party:

Serve non-alcoholic beverages. It is possible that some of your guests will not want to drink alcohol.

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Always serve food with alcohol. High protein and carbohydrate foods like cheese and meats are especially good. They stay in the stomach much longer, which slows the rate at which the body absorbs alcohol.

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If you serve alcoholic punch, use a non-carbonated base such as fruit juice. The body absorbs alcohol faster when mixed with carbonation.

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If you are serving alcohol, stop about two hours before the party is over.

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If any of your guests have been drinking and should not drive, please donít let them take their keys and drive. They could hurt themselves or others, and maybe just a little persuasion from you could mean the difference between life and death.

[Logan-Mason Mental Health news release]


State gets federal grants for programs
to treat substance abuse and HIV/AIDS

[DEC. 3, 2001]  SPRINGFIELD ó As World AIDS Day was observed on Saturday, Dec. 1, Gov. George H. Ryan announced that the Illinois Department of Human Services' (DHS) Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (OASA) received three federal grants totaling more than $5 million to improve its drug, alcohol and HIV/AIDS treatment services. The funds will be used to implement pilot programs designed to expand services in targeted areas.

[Click here for World AIDS Day article posted Saturday in LDN.]

"These three grants will strengthen the Department of Human Servicesí continuum of care as they work to ensure that the stateís resources are being used in areas that need them most," said Gov. Ryan. "This, coupled with the new pilot programs, will allow the department to improve services and better the lives of thousands of Illinoisians."

The first pilot program award will provide approximately $1.8 million over three years to create a team charged with linking homeless people with substance and mental health services, housing and supportive services on the west side of Chicago. The second pilot program award will provide approximately $2.5 million over five years to serve addicted people in East St. Louis who are at high risk of infection or have HIV/AIDS. These two grants were awarded from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Servicesí Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and will be funded through the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.

OASAís other grant award totaled $900,000. This grant will be used to research and identify substance abuse services throughout Illinois. This grant was awarded to OASA from the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.

"Whenever the department can merge its services and interconnect supports, we can better help the client," said DHS Secretary Linda Reneť Baker. "I am very proud of OASA for all their efforts in the community and being awarded these grants, because they strengthen the departmentís resolve to provide high quality services to Illinoisí citizens."

The first grant will create an intergovernmental, interagency network to administer services. Partners and providers involved in the initiative include the city of Chicagoís Departments of Human Services and Public Health, the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Northwestern University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and a number of substance abuse treatment, mental health and homeless service organizations.

 

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Under the second program grant, OASA will add 50 methadone treatment slots at its Cornell-Interventionsí East St. Louis site and provide specialized services to reduce the risk of infection, re-exposure and the transmission of HIV and hepatitis C. In addition to group counseling and education, the project will provide enhanced medical and psychiatric services, case management, and a recovery assistant to help clients make the transition from addiction to recovery. The project will be linked with St. Maryís Hospital in East St. Louis.

The third grant will fund three-year studies that will identify the stateís specific substance abuse treatment needs and how to better allocate those resources.

The Household Survey will assess the current substance abuse treatment needs of the stateís older adolescent and adult populations. The data will be used to better identify those in need of treatment, including adolescents, people with disabilities, people suffering from mental disorders, domestic violence victims, people at risk for homelessness, gay and lesbian populations, pathological gamblers, people receiving government assistance and criminal justice populations, including people currently on probation and those recently incarcerated.

The Database Linkage project will analyze data from multiple state agencies in order to track post treatment performance and assist OASA in determining the stateís unmet needs.

The Administrative Client-Level Treatment Data project will develop an integrated database of treatment results and long-term client histories. This information will allow OASA to better understand how treatment episodes are linked and how treatment works over time. The Household Survey, the Database Linkage project and the Administrative Client-Level Treatment Data project will be completed in conjunction with the University of Illinois at Chicagoís Survey Research Laboratory.

[News release]


Health Matters

A monthly feature from  Logan County Health Department

An estimated 300,000 Americans
have it and donít know it

[DEC. 1, 2001]  World AIDS Day is being observed Dec. 1. The United States theme, "I care... Do you? Youth and AIDS in the 21st century," emphasizes that every individual has a responsibility and an opportunity to make a constructive contribution to the prevention of HIV/AIDS. The goal of this day is to underscore that youth are significantly affected by HIV and to call for greater education and involvement of young people in diagnosing, treating and preventing HIV/AIDS.

As of 2000, 25 percent of teens surveyed in the United States falsely believed that HIV testing was standard in routine exams. Fewer than one-third of sexually active teens in the U.S. have been tested for HIV.

In the United States 800,000 to 900,000 people of varying ages are living with HIV or AIDS. An estimated 300,000 of these are unaware they are infected! Since the beginning of the pandemic 450,000 people in this country have died from AIDS. In the early 1990s new HIV infections were estimated at 40,000 per year and have remained largely at that level throughout the last decade.

The number of new HIV infections and AIDS cases is increasing among women in the United States. Of all HIV-positive women, 41 percent report they were exposed through heterosexual contact, and 20 percent reported infections were through IV drug use. Studies indicate that women are less likely to receive or seek treatment when compared to men because of health care, social or financial barriers.

Statistics for HIV and AIDS remain high for Hispanics and African-Americans. As of 1999, while African-Americans accounted for 37 percent of all AIDS cases, they represented only 12 percent of the U.S. population. Social and economic conditions contribute to the increasing risk of HIV among minority communities.

 

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As of December 2000, 46 percent of all reported U.S. AIDS cases were transmitted through male-to-male sex. Cultural and religious biases may act as significant barriers to treating and preventing HIV transmission among this group.

If you have engaged in any behavior that can transmit HIV ó sexual transmission or needle and blood contact ó it is important that you seek counseling and testing. Are you certain the needles used in body piercing or tatooing were clean? Your risk for HIV increases if contaminated equipment was used. Engaging in a committed, monogamous relationship with a person who is free from HIV or other STD is safer if you both mutually agree to refrain from any high-risk behavior.

We all have the power and responsibility to make a difference. We appeal to our youth and those who influence them to educate themselves on how to prevent HIV infection and to help others learn how to prevent the spread of this devastating illness. For more information on HIV prevention or testing, phone the Logan County Health Department at (217) 735-2317.


Click here for a previous LDN posting, "How long has it been since we talked about AIDS?" by Trisha Youngquist.


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Mobile health unit schedule

The Rural Health Partnership has announced the schedule for its mobile health unit. Effective Feb. 1, 2001, the unit will run as follows:

 

Morning: 9-11 a.m.

 

 

Afternoon: 1-3:30 p.m.

Monday

1st and 3rd

Hartsburg

1st and 3rd

Emden

 

2nd and 4th

San Jose

2nd and 4th

Greenview

Tuesday

Weekly

Chestnut

Weekly

Mount Pulaski

Wednesday

Weekly

New Holland

Weekly

Middletown

Thursday

1st, 2nd, 3rd

Elkhart

Weekly

Atlanta

4th

Friendship Manor-Lincoln

Friday

1st, 2nd, 4th

Latham

1st

Beason

     

2nd and 4th

Broadwell

 

3rd

Maintenance/ special events

3rd

Maintenance/
special events

The mobile health unit does not operate on the following dates/holidays during 2001:  Feb. 19 (Presidentís Day), April 13 (Good Friday), May 28 (Memorial Day), July 4 (Independence Day), Sept. 3 (Labor Day), Oct. 8 (Columbus Day), Nov. 12 (Veterans Day), Nov. 22-23 (Thanksgiving break), and Dec. 24 - Jan. 1, 2002 (Christmas break).

For more information on the mobile health unit schedule and services, contact Dayle Eldredge at (217) 732-2161, Ext. 409.


This family resource list to save and use is provided by the Healthy Communities Partnership (732-2161, Ext. 409) and the Healthy Families Task Force.         

Resources for Logan County families

Agency

Phone number

Address

911

911 (Emergencies)
732-3911 (Office -- non-emergency)

911 Pekin St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital

732-2161

315 Eighth St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Aging (Department of)

785-3356

421 E. Capitol, #100
Springfield, IL 62701-1789

American Cancer Society

546-7586 (24 hour)

1305 Wabash, Ste. J
Springfield, IL 62704

American Red Cross

732-2134
1-800-412-0100

125 S. Kickapoo
Lincoln, IL 62656

Catholic Social Services

732-3771

310 S. Logan
Lincoln, IL 62656

Chamber of Commerce

735-2385

303 S. Kickapoo St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Community Action (CIEDC)

732-2159

1800 Fifth St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Community Child Care Connection

525-2805
1-800-676-2805

1004 N. Milton Ave.
Springfield, IL 62702-443

Crisis Pregnancy Center

735-4838

513 Pulaski St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

DCFS (Department of Children & Family Services)

735-4402
1-800-252-2873
(crisis hotline)

1100 Keokuk St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Heartland Community College GED Program

735-1731

620 Broadway St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Hospice Care of Illinois

1-800-342-4862
(24 hour)
732-2161, Ext. 444

720 N. Bond
Springfield, IL 62702

Housing Authority

732-7776
732-6312 (24 hour)

1028 N. College St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Illinois Breast & Cervical Cancer Program

735-2317
1-800-269-4019

LCHD - 109 Third St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Illinois Department of Public Health

782-4977

535 W. Jefferson
Springfield, IL 62761

Illinois Employment and Training Center (replaces JTPA office)

735-5441

120 S. McLean St., Suite B
Farm Bureau Building
Lincoln, IL 62656

Legal Assistance Foundation

(217) 753-3300
1-800-252-8629

730 E. Vine St., Ste. 214
Springfield, IL 62703

Library - Atlanta

(217) 648-2112

100 Race St.
Atlanta, IL 61723

Library - Elkhart

(217) 947-2313

121 E. Bohan
Elkhart, IL 62634

Library - Lincoln

732-8878

725 Pekin St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Library - Mount Pulaski

792-5919

320 N. Washington
Mount Pulaski, IL 62548

Lincoln Area YMCA

735-3915

319 W. Kickapoo St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Lincoln/Logan Food Pantry

732-2204

P.O. Box 773
Lincoln, IL 62656

Lincoln Parentsí Center

735-4192

100 S. Maple
Lincoln, IL 62656

Lincoln Park District

732-8770

1400 Primm Rd.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Logan County Department of Human Services (Public Aid)

735-2306

1550 Fourth St., P.O. Box 310
Lincoln, IL 62656

Logan County Health Department

735-2317

109 Third St., P.O. Box 508
Lincoln, IL 62656

Logan Mason Mental Health

735-2272
1-888-832-3600
(crisis line)

304 Eighth St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Logan-Mason Rehabilitation Center

735-1413

760 S. Postville Dr.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Oasis (Senior Citizens of Logan County)

732-6132

501 Pulaski St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Project READ

735-1731

620 Broadway St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Salvation Army

732-7890

1501 N. Kickapoo
Lincoln, IL 62656

Senior Services of Central Illinois

732-6213
1-800-252-8966
(crisis line)

109 Third St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

Sojourn Shelter & Service Inc.

732-8988
(217) 726-5200 (24-hour hotline)

1800 Westchester Blvd.
Springfield, IL 62704

U. of I. Division of Specialized Care for Children

524-2000

1-800-946-8468

421 S. Grand Ave. West, 2nd Floor
Springfield, IL 62704

U. of I. Extension Service

732-8289

122 S. McLean St.
Lincoln, IL 62656

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