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EBCH Recognized for Efforts to Protect Patients from Influenza

93 percent of facility’s employees received influenza vaccination in 2016-17.

FluSafe - Vaccinating staff, protecting patients

Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital was among 139 hospitals and nursing homes from around the state recognized today by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for achieving high influenza vaccination rates among facility employees during the 2016-17 flu season.

93 percent of EBCH staff, received influenza vaccinations during the past season of the Minnesota FluSafe program.  In October, EBCH uses their monthly employee recognition day know as Positive Thursday to promote the vaccination program by hosting “Shot and Beer Day”.  Members of the Patient Relations Committee go around the facility offering the influenza vaccination along with a refreshing root beer.  The facility received a blue ribbon and certificate of achievement from Minnesota Commissioner of Health Edward Ehlinger for its efforts.

The FluSafe program aims to get 100 percent of all health care personnel at hospitals and nursing homes in Minnesota, except those with medical exemptions, vaccinated against influenza each season. According to state health officials, unvaccinated health care workers can potentially pass highly contagious influenza to their patients, many of whom are at high risk for complications from influenza.

Of the 149 facilities that participated in FluSafe this year, 67 reached vaccination rates of 90 percent or greater, 41 reached rates of between 80 and 89 percent, and 31 reached rates of between 70 and 79 percent.  Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital was the only facility from St. Louis County to receive blue ribbon statis.

“After seven years of FluSafe, we continue to be grateful for – and impressed by – the important steps participating facilities are taking to prevent flu through health care worker vaccination,” said Kristen Ehresmann, director of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control at MDH.

Health care facilities participating in the FluSafe program receive guidance and access to tools and promotional materials from MDH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help them increase their influenza vaccination rates. The facilities record and document their vaccination rates through the state’s immunization information system, the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC).

More information on the FluSafe program, including a list of the 2016-17 facilities earning blue, red, and white ribbons, can be found on mdhflu.com.

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Winter Tips

Anything can happen during winter as we all saw from the blanket of snow and gale force winds that hit our neck of the woods on November 18th.  Winter comes every year but yet we always seem to have a certain level of “unpreparedness.”

Here are some winter safety tips to keep in mind as we head into December and the Northern Minnesota Deep Freeze brought to you by Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital:

  •  Watch the road conditions and always keep an emergency kit in your vehicle that contains a minimum of a working flashlight, some basic first aid supplies, non-perishable, high energy food and wooden matches in a waterproof container.
  • Avoid back strains and injuries while shoveling or using a snow blower by always stretching first and taking frequent breaks.
  • Watch for frostbite and hypothermia and get treatment immediately if you feel you have been exposed.
  • Be sure you have a carbon monoxide detector with new batteries near every bedroom and never ignore the alarm.  Remember Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that sends 20,000 people annually to emergency rooms.

Everyone at Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital wishes you all a safe and happy winter season!!  Get out there and enjoy all that Ely has to offer!!

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