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NAFC’s intern Megan Spradlin, headed to nursing school for her BSN this coming winter, did some research recently on fall prevention and its close connection to safe toileting. With Falls Prevention Month upon us, it is a good time to revisit this topic. Megan is going to be well primed for MUSC’s accelerated BSN program!
Nationally, September has been designated as Falls Prevention Month. The first day of fall occurs on September 22nd, also a day when passionate people across the country will stand together to observe the 5th annual National Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Forty-six states will participate in Falls Prevention Awareness Day this year, joining over 70 national organizations, professional associations, and federal agencies that comprise the Falls Free© Initiative to raise awareness through educational presentations, risk-screening activities, and other outreach strategies. They are standing together to bring attention to...
Approximately 10 percent of all adults in the United States have genital herpes according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey [cdc.gov]. Although many people believe that a diagnosis of genital herpes means you must give up sex and intimate contact forever, this is not true. You may need to take certain precautions or take medication to help suppress an outbreak and prevent transmitting herpes to your sexual partner. Learning about genital herpes and understanding the myths and facts about herpes can help you take better care of yourself and help protect your partner.
Myth: You can't spread herpes unless you can see blisters.
This is true of oral herpes but is not true for genital herpes. This type of herpes is often unnoticeable and can still be spread even when you do not have any symptoms.
Myth: A cold sore on your mouth can't cause genital herpes.
If you have oral sex with someone with a cold sore, you can develop herpes and if you have geni...
DefinitionAlternative NamesBathroom safety; Toilet aidesInformationPeople with physical and mental impairments may need to make some changes to their environment to improve their safe access to the toilet. Bathrooms should be adjusted for the person's mobility and self-care skills.Place handrails near the toilet to help the person transfer to the toilet. Remove any throw rugs from the bathroom and all hallways leading to the bathroom. Make sure that proper lighting is available in both the bathroom and hallways. Night lights may help the person reach the bathroom safely.Some people may get confused when they wake up in a dark room. Use night lights or motion sensor lights to help the person see their location.Special raised toilet seats may help people who have trouble using standard toilet seats (e.g. people who have had a hip fracture, or those with arthritis). You can buy these items from a medical supply company, pharmacy, or hospital supply center. Some insurance companies may co...
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