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Family Nurse Practitioner Jen Scott, ARNP-C, treats patients of all ages and has a special interest in cardiac care. 

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Oh my Heart!

With a new little one, the tests, forms and information are abundant. Family Practice with Obstetrics Physician Dr. Shawn Richmond knows this all too well! One test that all of his little patients receive is a pulse oximetry to measure the amount of oxygen in the blood. Sounds big but it’s actually quite small. The test uses little sticky monitors (think of a band-aid), that are applied to a baby’s foot and hand. Don’t worry, this test is totally painless, but provides insight on their health, often before any signs and symptoms could be noticed. Pretty neat huh?

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Published Feb 23, 2017

Shake Those Hips!

When it comes to your body, aches and pains can really throw you for a loop! One common complaint is hip, knee and shoulder pain, at least in MHP Orthopaedic Surgeon Sreedhar Somisetty, MD’s, office! Some may think replacing those joints will fix all; however, Dr. Somisetty likes to remind patients that it’s not a race to the finish line and taking baby steps will get you on the road to recovery!

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Published Feb 16, 2017

Teaching Handwashing

MHP Teaches Preschoolers how to properly Wash Hands

Mahaska Health Partnership Infection Control Coordinator Kim Rutledge, RN, BSN, spent the day with Oskaloosa Preschoolers teaching proper hand washing techniques.

 

“Good hand washing is the first line of defense against the spread of many illnesses, from the common cold to more serious illnesses such flu and even diarrheal diseases and pneumonia,” Rutledge said. “However, children typically don’t wash their hands properly.”

When kids come into contact with germs, they can unknowingly become infected simply by touching their eyes, nose or mouth. Rutledge said that once they're infected, it's usually just a matter of time before the whole family comes down with the same illness.

Children learn through their senses and because germs can’t be seen, heard or even tasted, Rutledge said it is important to make them tangible so children understand. “Mahaska Health Partnership recently purchased GlitterBug, an educational product that makes hand hygiene fun and memorable.”

GlitterBug Potion, the illuminating way to teach hand washing, was placed on children’s hands. It looks like a lotion but bright spots show hard-to-clean cracks and crevices where germs like to hide or areas where proper hand-washing wasn’t completed.

“The children washed their hands and then placed them under the GlitterBug Hand Show, which makes areas of the hands that were not washed properly fluorescent under a special lamp. The children were surprised and fascinated as they viewed the ‘germs’ left on their hands after washing them.”

Rutledge then taught children proper hand washing techniques. She demonstrated how to clean hands thoroughly and stressed that they should wash their hands long enough to sing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” two times.

“We had a lot of fun, but more important, I believe we got through to some of the children and they will be better at washing their hands and reducing the spread of germs that cause serious illness.”