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Archive for the day “September 15, 2015”

Needle-exchange continues strong start

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We saw six people, received 584 used needles and gave out 113 clean needles Friday, Sept. 11, at our needle-exchange program. We will open again 1:30-4 p.m. Sept. 18.

In total, we have received 843 used needles and given out 283 clean needles.

Insulin syringe reminder
The Lexington-Fayette County Needle Exchange Program will not accept needles from diabetic patients.

We realize the need for these patients to dispose of their used needles and have learned from the city that these needles can be put in the regular trash if they are sealed in a heavy plastic or metal container such as a coffee can or similar plastic container.

This is the link for LFUCG Solid Waste regarding disposal of “other items” including medical waste: http://www.lexingtonky.gov/index.aspx?page=2423

We urge patients who need to dispose of needles used for insulin to do so according to acceptable city procedures.

CPR class can help save lives


LFCHD employees took part in a CPR class Friday afternoon for non-clinical workers who want a “layperson” understanding of basic life-saving information.

The Safety Committee had previously discussions about the AEDs (automated external defibrillators) located throughout the building and how some are in spots where no employees know how to use them. AED instructions are included in CPR certification classes, which are only required of nursing employees. Nurses, however, aren’t located in all areas of the building.

The health department is offering CPR classes for non-clinical staff to ensure there will be at least 1-2 people in all areas who are CPR-certified and know how to use the AED in the event of a medical emergency requiring CPR.

Carla Basanta will be scheduling another class for those employees who missed Friday’s class.

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